‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6, Episode 5 Recap: Psych 101

May 09, 2022 · 211 comments
Mocrava (Farmington Hills, MI)
Query: Do Gene's diamonds represent the Sandpiper 'reward'? If not, How were they acquired? Doesn't seem like Kim's in Nebraska enjoy them. Neither does 'Gene' seem to enjoy them. How did Kim get to HHM and New Mexico? Why didn't she stay in Nebraska? Where's Kim's mother?
Greg (Tucson)
In the previews for Episode 6, I believe I saw business cards for the Disappearer (along with that little notebook with the odd, cryptic entries that was in the box of Saul’s stuff taken out of his house in the first episode). Assuming I’m right, that is a big deal. I don’t think these previews are for the second half of the season so someone may be disappearing soon. Sounds like Kim. Lalo has other ways to disappear and the others are in Breaking Bad.
Mrsmarv (Dutchess County NY)
Kim has definitely gone dark in her dealings. I have trouble seeing the attraction and romance between Kim and Jimmy. To me, they don't have that connection. It always felt to me like they were roommates, not lovers. That's the only disappointing aspect of BCS. Otherwise, it's brilliant on so many levels. It knocks BB out of the ring.
zed officious (the ideal world)
he took the beating because he knows deep down that their plans for Howard practically demand it. I think ultimately the plan is to get the Sandpiper money settled. Will impersonating a judge play a role? Surely, but not in some way that gets the judge taken off the case, because that would introduce the variable of a new judge. And Hamlin's reputation must be ruined to get the money to the Sandpiper victims (and Jimmy's share into his pocket). Then whoever impersonates the judge can't be recognizable to Howard or the victims. I'm reaching the end of my guessing ability, but it should be fun no matter what right? And even if it's not really all that great, it'll still be very good because Gilligan is a high standards kind of guy
Cynthia (New York)
When Marco died, Jimmy never told anyone about losing his best friend, someone he'd been close to since childhood. He never even told Kim. When Chuck died, he did the same thing. He just stopped talking or thinking about him (or so he said), but still reacts badly when anybody mentions Chuck's name. Nobody in New Mexico knew Marco except Chuck, so there's no one to trigger Jimmy into overreacting to the mere mention of Marco's name. Maybe back in Cicero it would be different. It's like these events stopped him dead in his tracks, made him turn in a new direction, and take off on a different path. (Kind of reminds me of Jessie's Roomba -- vacuum, bump into a meth-head, do half a spin, keep moving.) With each pivot, Jimmy leaves behind some essential part of himself. He's been disappearing before our eyes one chunk at a time. And his "replacement parts" (sorry, also reminds me of The Disappearer's vacuum business) are all Saul. If/when Kim goes away, will that be the last chunk of the real Jimmy to disappear? If she dies, he'll never mention her name again, and the next pivot will complete his transformation into Saul Goodman, the vulgar, misogynistic, greedy, egomaniacal, *criminal* lawyer we all came to know and love in BB. And I guess when Saul himself has to disappear forever, the only thing left will be his shadow: Gene.
MC (East Bay)
I have a feeling that Lalo will end up, somehow, permanently 'encased' in the completed super lab of BB fame.
Megs (Podunk, NC)
@MC You mean like the Ben Kingsley character in Sexy Beast? A device that was used so successfully in the Malayalam movie Drishyam.
M. (Flagstaff, Arizona)
Howard had to have been able to at least smell Wendy's albeit brief appearance in his car and known something was amiss.
Elisabeth (Chicago)
Why is Kim not telling Jimmy that Lalo is alive? I think this is a plot device- when Lalo kills Kim, it won't be Jimmy's fault. But he'll still feel like it is and the trauma will drive him fully into the Saul Goodman persona. I hope I am wrong (not least because trauma plots are kind of lame), but this is where I feel things are headed.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
So can we just all admit that these writers are amazing... The scene from the current episode where Jimmy returns from the ring after his bout with Howard trying to cover wounds for court first thing in the morning, and Kim says: "Why? I'd say you'd be missing a bet." then acting out "I'm Saul Goodman (POW); I fight for you." To which Jimmy gives a dismissive laugh. Then check out this Breaking Bad Saul Goodman Ad https://youtu.be/oN4PSu8qzNc
Jennifer (Florida (unfortunately))
As usual, the comments here are very thought-provoking. I couldn't help but think of Tuco's grill that the PD had saved in acrylic for Hank and wonder if that's any type of ongoing symbol or just a coincidence.
The Chief from Cali (Port Hueneme Calif.)
@Jennifer, Maybe symbolism of things coming back to bite the viewer.
Lou (Anytown, USA)
"How exactly he is going to determine their names is not clear." I think it is very clear. The encased slide rule has a label on its bottom identifying its maker. Lalo will go there and, in one way or another, persuade the maker to tell them who had ordered the gift.
Northstar5 (Los Angeles)
I feel like the writers may have written themselves into a corner. In the need to make Saul likeable they have made it very hard to buy into the nihilist he is in Breaking Bad, someone who casually suggests murdering young Badger, makes innuendos about using prostitutes, and displays the amorality of a sociopath. There are not many episodes left for that transition to happen, and it will only work if it turns out Saul's BB persona is actually an act for reasons we don't yet understand. I am hoping he and Kim decide to send her into the vacuum cleaner guy's disappearance program while Saul puts on a 'criminal lawyer' act to make lots of money and eventually join her. I really, really hope they don't make Kim the reason for Saul's moral downfall, where her darkness and growing amorality leave him so disillusioned that he has no faith left in humanity and gives up all remnants of his conscience. I would hate to see that misogynistic trope used here. In addition, the cartel vs. Gus storyline makes it hard to believe that Heisenberg could operate with relative impunity without incurring the wrath of the cartel and Gus very early on. The drug-trade environment in BCS is controlled and territorial, and not a place where a rival would be allowed to rise to Heisenberg's level. The relationship between Saul and Mike is also far closer than implied in BB and "I know a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy" isn't how this is coming across. I'll keep watching and hoping!
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@Northstar5 I suspect it will be Jimmy who finally has to betray Kim - then you'll see the nihilist Saul.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@Northstar5 The cartel comprised both the Salamanca operation and the Fring operation - competitors within the same organization, a dynamic played out many times in BCS. Walter's first encounter with the cartel was through Jesse, who was a low level street dealer for Crazy 8, an employee of the Salamanca cartel. With Crazy-8 dead, he then soight out Tuco, one of Hector's nephews who was acting as head of the family in the US as Hector's delegate. Only after things blew up with Tuco did Walter try to connect with Fring (same cartel, different "wing") through Mike. At first unsuccessfully and later successfully. This began a long love-hate relationship between Walter and Gus . But until season 4 (when Walter managed to arrange the deaths of both Hector and Gus) that Walter ever got out from under the cartel. Up until that point he was working for the cartel (first with the Salamancas then with Fring) or providing product to the cartel. Also, I took the "know a guy who knows a guy" thing as Saul protecting his source when connecting Walter with Gus. Saul clearly did not know Gus Fring or his involvement, but it did become clear in BB that he and Mike had some history before those events.
Dan B (New Jersey)
@Northstar5 Heisenberg didn't get anywhere until he hooked up with Gus. That was the whole point- he could cook but couldn't sell.
philg (Kansas City)
As for the less face to worry about, perhaps they plan to kidnap the mediator, and put an imposter in his place that will push the case to settle at the mediation.
Interested Citizen (NYC)
An off the all Kim and Jimmy ending, based on them trying to protect each other through the series (such as this episode, in which she hides knowledge of Lalo's live status from him.) In BB, Saul's implied behavior toward women seems like a playboy, his whole demeanor seems cynical. Something must happen to push him over that edge. Kim dying or going to jail would probably not put in that state convincingly. But what if there is a plot twist such that, to actually protect Jimmy, she has to disappear and to protect him further, she makes it "look like" she is leaving him or scamming him. So he doesn't ask questions, she "takes it on the chin" by letting it seem as if she has done him wrong, which protects him, but also justifies his turn to cynicism. He never learns that what she does or lets happen, is really to protect him. She sacrifices herself and also his perception of her to protect him while getting herself out of this mess. A crazy theory, I know, but I could see it working.... What do the others think?
Doghouse Riley (Hell's Kitchen)
@Interested Citizen It makes the most sense sense psychologically. Kim is Jimmy's soft spot and rock -- oops, very mixed metaphors. It would take that depth of betrayal and abandonment to complete his transmogrification to Saul.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
This show can make me laugh out loud. In this episode, it was when Cliff thinks Howard is copping to his drug problem and will go for rehab and says joyfully something like "You can start today!" And Howard is already preoccupied with working on his "Jimmy problem."
thaumielx72 (Bristol, Pa)
It sure looks like that slide rule is somehow pivotal to the story. There’s something about it that it looks mundane to us but important to Lalo.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
@thaumielx72 It was a memorial gift from Werner's crew, and the label on the bottom naming its maker may help Lalo figure out what Werner was building for Gus.
Kay Penning (Florida)
@D Dejordy Yes, the label. I couldn't see what the label said but your comment that it might reveal the maker is a good clue.
cagy (Palm Springs, CA)
@thaumielx72 Based on the show's intro and detail of how that slide rule was carefully encased in plastic and honed down to a perfect block, I would agree; maybe it captured the final setting of Werner's calculation of some aspect of the building - structural flaw, latitude and longitude of the lab? And who (besides maybe Gale Boetticher), uses a slide rule any more?
Mocrava (Farmington Hills, MI)
Kim's sure to get her comeuppance soon. But by whom? It's irritating to see Kim casually lunching and munching with whomever she wishes; perfectly setting up conditions favorable to her scheming with impunity. Apparently all she needs to do is make a phone call and her staging works perfectly. But remember it was Howard who sent her to the basement dungeon as a punishment at HMM. I think Howard may deal the cudgel and finally expose her shenanigans. He was pretty good at boxing. Maybe it's time for Howard to show his mettle.
May18 (Ohio)
@Mocrava Agree!
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@Mocrava Kim is getting into territory that is making even Jimmy uncomfortable - though he continues to support her rather questionable activities out of a sense of loyalty (which is what Kim always gave him) and, of course, love. I am beginning to think that, while Howard will be the occasion for Kim's downfall, Jimmy will find himself in a corner where he will be the one who actually pulls the (figurative) trigger on Kim.
Jennifer (Florida (unfortunately))
@Mocrava Good point. I wonder if what makes it somewhat believable is that she's always been pleasant and genuinely wants to do the right thing (until lately). That could be what makes the others so willing to meet with her (?)
Colin Hulse (Canada)
How did Lelo know about the German Engineer?
The Chief from Cali (Port Hueneme Calif.)
@Colin Hulse, From the reservations Werner had made for his wife.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
In reading reviews of the episode on other sites, I am struck by how many people don't know what a slide rule is.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@D Dejordy A ubiquitous tool that became completely obsolete almost overnight. But typewriters and vinyl still manage to survive!
Deb (Louisiana)
@D Dejordy They probably "don't know much about science books" either... LOL
kcatbat (PHX)
@CFXK Texas Instruments killed (or started killing) the slide rule with their SR-10 calculator in 1972.
Tuxedo Cat (NYC)
Kim is my spirit animal
Bettina (PA)
Has anyone else noticed that the episode title, “Black and Blue,” is the English equivalent of the “Negro y Azul” episode title of Breaking Bad? I wonder if we are meant to see any similarities in the present or future situations of the characters in these episodes. All I can remember from the BB episode is the “Ballad of Heisenburg” video that opens the story, with the lyrics, (paraphrasing) “Heisenburg is a dead man; he just doesn’t know it yet.” I suppose this is not any great insight, given the downward path of most of the characters in both worlds — still, I am hoping someone has noticed a more substantial comparison.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@Bettina Great catch. Worth pondering - since the writers have tended to be very deliberate about connections like this. Thanks
Haapi Job (NYC)
@Bettina Perhaps Kim is going to be the (next) dead (wo)man. Or Jimmy's soul is about to be killed by something.
Mocrava (Farmington Hills, MI)
It was fun seeing Jimmy all dolled up as a Howard kewpie doll. Good suit; good tan; nice hair. But if Jimmy plays the part of the mustachioed lawyer, I think it will be too Groucho Marx - and not effective.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
Anyone know the country sounding song playing at end of bar scene with Lalo and widow? It’s not listed. It has similarities (chord progressions) to the song playing in the diner when Mike went to see Kim—an obscure tune called Isle of Misery sung by Teri Norton with Lester Norton. Teri Norton seems so obscure that she barely has an online presence. Where do they find this stuff?
edward (vancouver)
Can anyone give a reasonable explanation of how Lalo coud have possibly figured out who, where, and how to meet Werner's wife? This particular plot point troubles me more than it should.
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@edward he knew his name. A private investigator could easily find the rest.
Leo (TN)
@edward I assume when Lalo was in the Travel wire office. After he killed the clerk he was looking for the paperwork that would have told him where Werner wired the money.
Casper Pike (az)
@edward Here is my take.; - he knew his name. - knew she sent money, and her name and sending location after killing the clerk (If that is not enough) - He was at a resort presumably there to meet her - Could check flight records from people arriving from Germany to Denver or LA or even Dallas ($$$$ talks))) - Check on rental car reservations and credit card details ($$$$ talks)
Chris Smith (Arlington VA)
I hope we can have an episode wthout pretentious music at the beginning. it is starting to be a cliche of “prestige” television.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
Define “pretentious.” It was a German song that fit the opener. What would qualify as not pretentious?
Jane III (Sharpie, AL)
“In Stiller Nacht” translates from German to “In Silent Night” where in the episode Kim Wexler and Gus Fring are up all night worrying about Lalo where we’re forced to imagine the terror and disturbance this is causing both of them. It could also refer to Lalo quietly waiting all night to break into Werner’s wife’s home in Germany. Brahms wrote it and it refers to a German folktale whose origins got lost. The moon stops shining, the birds stop singing, the stars stop gleaming because of all of those are grieving as hard as the person whose grief is also this profound. So, in the context of this show, it’s a clue to what’s coming? Perhaps it’s foreshadowing to the transformative grief that we all suspect will change Jimmy forever? We’ll see.
KO (CT)
Another thought I had when Jimmy/Saul said "a lot less face" about the judge with the handlebar mustache - doesn't Gene, the Cinnabon manager, have a big mustache? Maybe Saul recalled the judge when he went into hiding, and incorporated the mustache into his disguise.
Deb (Louisiana)
@KO I think Saul is going to impersonate the guy and it will be easier to cover much of his face with a large mustache than to be made up to look like him. For Howard, a wig and a spray tan did the trick.
Amylou (NYC)
I think the Howard scam is just a MacGuffin used to show us Kim's journey, to wherever that ends.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@Amylou I'm thinking the same. There has been a rapid downward spiral with Kim and a real darkness about her that has been making even Jimmy uncomfortable. The deceiving and exploitation of Viola in this episode is something that would have been utterly inconceivable before this season. And Kim's discomfort and evasion at Viola's admiration of her public defender work is a pretty clear indication that Kim is fully aware of just how much her moral center fallen apart, So a central storyline this season seems to be her descent - especially with Jimmy's metamorphosis into Saul near completion (seems about all that is left is to design and decorate that office and get the big Statue of Liberty blow-up from the Kettlemans). I do suspect Howard will be instrumental in Kim's final downfall, though. And maybe even Jimmy himself will play a part in it.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
David Segal usually gets most things and misses little. Not this time. What Lalo found was the name of the creator of the encased slide rule. Last thing we saw in its creation was the affixing of the creator's label on it. Last thing we saw of Lalo's search was his discovery of that label. And who were the boys to which this labeled piece was given - and whom Werner surely loved? The same boys who dug the hole in ABQ. And who was the boy that BCS went to great pains to show was talented but unreliable and untrustworthy? Kai. So it's not at all unreasonable, then, that rebellious and suspicious Kai figured out a lot more about what his crew was doing and where they were doing it than anyone else had figured. So, it's obvious to me: label leads Lalo to Kai; Kai leads Lalo to the laundry. The crumbs leading to this were pretty evident in the episode; not sure why Segal missed them. And then...the boxing pretense? Clearly, Howard has something up his sleeve. Clearly, Jimmy and Kim have something up their sleeves. And both think they know what the other has up their sleeves But I strongly suspect that we will find that they are both wrong. That neither knows what is really playing out here. Why? Because the BCS writers room has things up their sleeve that none of us have yet contemplated. And, try as we might. we never will. Until they tell us. I can't wait.
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@CFXK I would not assume he missed them. I would assume there is more to be filled in the mosaic as which point it becomes clear!
Mocrava (Farmington Hills, MI)
@CFXK There is no question that the label is the 'proof' that Lalo was looking for. Very obvious, I thought.
Andrea (Upstate)
The first thing I thought of with Boxing was Tuco’s necklace when he handed Mike his butt.
Peter (Maine)
Contemplating “black and blue”: of course the physical damage from Saul getting hit, but there are a lot of bruises - emotional and psychological ones- that are slow to heal in these characters. Kim: her childhood; Howard’s treatment of her; Lalo’s impact on her through Jimmy Jimmy: his moms favoritism toward his brother; the way his brother treated him; Howard’s condescending view of him. Gus: his lover’s death. Mike: his role in his son’s death. Marguerite: losing Werner without closure. Lots of others I’m missing, I’m sure. Everyone is black and blue, bruised and trying to heal through a wide array of actions, from scams to nihilism.
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
@Peter Wasn't Jimmy his mother's favorite? Or should I say, his parents' favorite? I always thought that this was the reason Chuck hated Jimmy. When their mom died, her last words were "Jimmy!", even if Chuck was right next to her. And at Jimmy's hearing in front of the bar association, Chuck complained that his parents always favored Jimmy and could not realize he was stealing from them.
Rick (Mi)
@Peter you got something wrong here. Jimmy's mother faed JIMMY. That was the source of Chuck's jealousy and anger toward him.
Casper Pike (az)
@Peter Interesting points but I think Jimmy's mom thought he was the special one over Chuck,
WI political junkie (Madison, WI)
Grateful for these comments. I'm disturbed about Kim and Jimmy's conversation on that worried night. She hasn't told Jimmy about meeting Mike, and that Lalo is alive. Jimmy, of course, notices the chair returned to its spot, but doesn't ask about it. They're each hiding major problems to try to protect the other, but it's agony to watch!
Adrian (M)
Name/location of the business that created the customer slide rule memento was on the bottom of the item. They'll have records of who ordered it - name, phone, payment, shipping address. He only needs to find one, but he can probably "convince" them to give up the rest, if needed.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
@Adrian Exactly, and we know there was one guy on the crew who had been reprimanded and was disgruntled.
Casper Pike (az)
If I had a large 4K TV I would check out the several number indicated by the cursor. Something the geeky BCS writers may set up as a clue. I hope an interested commenter zooms in and notes the numbers!
Kat (NYC)
@Casper Pike what is "the several number indicated by the cursor" mean? Not sure of you had a typo or I am misunderstanding...
Cynthia (New York)
Lalo actually saw all of Werner's guys the day Juan Bolsa was trying to get Fring and Lalo to get out of each other's way, and Fring had set up the phony construction project at the chicken warehouse. The question is, did Lalo get a good look at any of the guys? Didn't Kai look him right in the eye? Was Lalo paying attention? I'm sure Lalo has been searching every corner of his brain for missed clues now that he knows Werner was building something for Fring and Werner had "his boys" working with him -- none of whom came to the funeral despite their love for the man. Lalo has a lot of the pieces of the puzzle already in his hands.
Cynthia (New York)
Last week, there was an observation somewhere (sorry, can't remember where -- I even devour the after-show reviews on YouTube) that there appears to be a lot of foreshadowing of Kim's fate. Lots of scenes where she's covered in shadows of bars, like she may ultimately end up in jail. I was acutely aware of that in this episode. When she's putting the chair under the doorknob, she's completely covered in bar-shaped shadows cast by moonlight or street lamps streaming through the window blinds. In another scene, she's in the restaurant where there are bars on the windows and beams on ceiling. The camera angle made it look like the "bars" on the ceiling are coming down on her. Hmm.
C (Baltimore)
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Jennifer (Florida (unfortunately))
@Cynthia Great observations! The symbolism in this show is just incredible!
Tom (Brooklyn)
I think Kim and Saul set up Howard to look like he tries to bribe the mediator. It’ll be an opportunity fir Saul to come back into the case.
David Segal (London)
I need to add an Odds and Ends section that just summarizes all of the fab insights in the comments section, from this and previous episode. You people are good.
Marge Keller (Midwest)
@David Segal "Odds and Ends" section. I like that. I actually LOVE that.
Adrienne (New York)
"Less face to worry about" makes me think of how Saul transformed into Howard. They stress that the judge is retired, so maybe Saul will become the judge and make a cray cray decision in the case.
Kat (NYC)
@Adrienne The only problem with this is that Cliff Main, Howard, and their associates will be in the room with the judge. Any one of them would recognize Jimmy so that's out of the question. And if they got someone else to impersonate the judge, how can Jimmy and Kim assure no one else knows the real judge? There has to be something else planned. I can't wait to find out.
Steve (Denver)
“That’s a lot less face to worry about.” To me that's foreshadowing that J-Kim are plotting another impersonation, this time of the mediator/retired judge Casimiro. I believe this because 1) He’s tied to the Sandpiper case which J-Kim are trying to manipulate, and 2) it’s the kind of twist and twisted stunt J-Kim and the writers would concoct.
C (Baltimore)
@Steve That would be comically awful, so I hope not.
Kat (NYC)
@Steve I just replied to someone else on here that I don't think that would work. It can't be Jimmy impersonating the judge because he would be recognized right away. Plus how can they know for sure that one of the other lawyers doesn't know the judge from law school, other cases, socially, etc? That comment foreshadows something though.
Greg (Los Angeles)
I'm not a voyeur, but come on Kim, no woman wears a bra to bed...
Cynthia (New York)
@Greg -- Actually, some do. It purportedly slows down the sag factor. But yeah, I noticed that, too. :)
gudrun victoria (new york)
@Cynthia She’s been wearing bras in bed ever since she appeared on the show. Goes with her uptight personality.
Andrea (Upstate)
And, Greg, you know this how?
Rolland (Orlando)
So didn't Los Pollos Hermanos burn down a few episodes ago? They rebuilt it already??
Howdy (MD)
@Rolland I assumed it was a chain, and the employees were moved to another one.
C (Baltimore)
@Rolland It’s a chain.
ImmodestyBlaise (Boston)
@Rolland Gus owns 14 locations. He can afford to lose a couple.
Cynthia (New York)
I'm still hopeful that the seemingly dumb plot against Howard will end up taking us all by surprise, much like Jimmy's ruse in "Chicanery" knocked Chuck on his butt. There's some big thing we don't know. But Jimmy knows. That's what Kim said to him when he wondered aloud why he let Howard goad him into boxing. Kim said to Jimmy, "You KNOW..." not "YOU know..." Something about that subtle shift in inflection reminded me that WE don't know.
Mocrava (Farmington Hills, MI)
@Cynthia It seemed ovbious to me that the remark reflected what their next planned incident was. Their post-it notes are important. All their planning is there.
AG (Upstate NY)
At the end of the show,Lalo picks up the lucite encased slide rule. Underneath is a label that says Voelker’s. My guess is that is where Lalo is going next, to find out who had it commissioned.
Somebody (Someplace)
I liked this episode far more than any on this season, mainly because there is more Rhea Seehorn and more Tony Dalton. Also more clues and Howard became more interesting, as did the Howard frame-up.
CitizrnTM (NYC)
@Somebody Why so many people like Tony Dalton with his gratuitous 1970s sleaze-charm puzzles me. Someone who is not with it - even in the early naughts.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@CitizrnTM the gratuitous sleaze charm is the whole point of the character - a facade covering up a very lethal cold-blooded man - likely a psychopath.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
@CFXK I don't even think he's a psychopath. He is merciless but he only kills when it serves business. He didn't kill the dog or the widow because he didn't need to--he got what he needed--and doing so could draw attention to him or that someone was there.
Marge Keller (Midwest)
I swear, this plethora of comments is equally as enjoyable and entertaining as the beautiful weekly re-cap by David Segal. Thank you everyone for such rich conversation, intrigue and questions raised . . . It's as if we are all working on the same jigsaw puzzles but no one knows, much less has the complete picture yet, only snippets of what it could be. I love this!!! Thank you everyone once again.
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
I really don’t get the negative comments about this show. It seems to me like a lot of people want to see Breaking Bad 2. It isn’t. Also, I fully expect the two main plots (the cartel and the framing of Howard) to come together at one point. And in a very dramatic way. One comment mentioned that Howard (working with a private investigator) could expose Saul’s connections with the cartel, which would not be very good for anybody… I fully agree.
Dan B (New Jersey)
@Michel Forest Saul's connections to the cartel are known. He's a criminal defense lawyer and he represented Lalo/Jorge de Guzman in court.
Mel (Morris County)
@Michel Forest Mike E had folks keeping an eye on Kim. Those people will now notice Howard’s guy tailing her and Saul which will tie the two plot lines together.
Andrea (Upstate)
Howard’s PI encroaching on Mike will not end well.
Michael (Orange County)
What's interesting is that Howards tags on his license plate said 2005. Breaking Bad debuted in 2008. What happens in the 3 year time span?
Dan B (New Jersey)
Something about Gus seems different than Gus in breaking bad, aside from that the actor is older and fatter. Can't quite put my finger on it.
Casper Pike (az)
@Dan B He was on top of the world in BB. He is under a lot more pressure in BCS.
CitizrnTM (NYC)
@Dan B He actually has been wearing a bullet proof west in the last few episodes. But yes - even Giancarlo Esposito does not evade aging. For a very contrasting performance I recomment THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM, where he plays Adam Clayton Powell.
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
@ Dan B Gus started wearing a bulletproof vest when he understood that Lalo was still alive, ergo the « fatter » look.
Dan B (New Jersey)
My patience is wearing thin with this show. By the time we get to Breaking Bad, Saul is a seasoned criminal lawyer with deep ties in the Albuquerque underworld. I'm not seeing it.
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
@ Dan B I think that the point of the show is to explain how Jimmy became Saul, not to show Saul the corrupt lawyer. By the end of the season, he will have arrived at that point. He’s not that far, actually: he now has the office, the secretary and is building his very shady clientele. The connection with the cartel is already established. And there are 8 episodes left.
C (Baltimore)
@Dan B we’re 3+ years from the beginning of BB.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@Dan B The watch Breaking Bad if that is what you want to see; that's not what this series is about.
Dan B (New Jersey)
I don't quite get why Lalo is so consumed with figuring out what Gus is up to with the laundry/meth lab. The cartel's MO is to keep Gus under their thumb. If he builds a great meth business, they'll just take a cut of it. It isn't building the lab (and stumbling upon Walter) that allowed him to take them down, it was the boldness of his attack on Don Eladio at his hacienda. That's what Lalo and co should have been worrying about.
C (Baltimore)
@Dan B he can’t prove the attack, but if he finds the superlab it proves Gus is planning to betray Eladio and Lalo can then kill Gus.
CitizrnTM (NYC)
@Dan B He believes (correctly) that Nacho was sent by Gus to kill him. And since everybody believes he is dead (Gus does not, nor does Mike) he plans his moves carefully to ruin Gus.
Mel (Morris County)
@Dan B How can they take a cut if they don’t know about it. Gus’ lover was murdered for producing and selling drugs without the consent of the cartel.
Casper Pike (az)
The opening was not too subtle in telling the Zieglers would return.. I must say the appearance of M. Zieger was not the image I had in my mind when Werner was having extended telephone conversations with her. Like Lalo's opinion of Kim with Jimmy , Wermer is punching above his weight.
Jeanne (San Francisco)
More of a trophy wife than the older Frau Ziegler I had visualized.
Casper Pike (az)
@Jeanne I dunno she is age-appropriate, just a stunning looking woman out of Werner's league like Lalo/Kevin Wachtel thought about Kim and Jimmy
Kurt Freitag (Newport, Oregon)
The commenters and "recapper" are batting about zero in explicating the plot, so there is no point in considering anything any of them have to say. This is largely because the writers and directors have no interest in consistency. They may very well kill off Jimmy before the end of this series, utterly unconcerned about how he comes back in a sequential series (was it all A DREAM?) The show is becoming more and more unwatchable as the stakes have become preposterous. My own guess is that there will be some species of imposter mediator storyline, which makes absolutely no sense owing to the fact that -- as anyone who has ever been in mediation knows -- the mediator has little to do with settling cases. But this is today's television.
CFXK (Alexandria, VA)
@Kurt Freitag Huh?
Kelly (Portland, Oregon)
If it’s unwatchable to you, just stop watching it. Don’t complain about the show because it’s not what *you* want it to be. I’m enjoying and appreciating BCS more than ever because the actors, production, and crew all seem to be at the peak of their talent. You can tell how hard they’ve worked to give us this show. I would spend years upon years watching these characters (especially Mike, my personal favorite) if we were so lucky to get more. Life is short. Enjoy or move on.
Lesley (Vancouver, Canada)
@Kurt Freitag Explicating?!
Mike (Rhode Island)
I agree that the balance between the high-tension cartel related plotline and the occasionally ridiculous Kim-and-Jimmy vs. Howard plotline tipped a little too much towards the latter this week. I get the rationale: juxtapose comedy or at least comic elements with drama, to break the tension, but sometimes it seems like the plot is driving the characters in the Kim-Jimmy-Howard story rather than the characters creating the plot. The boxing match was gorgeously shot and very silly. I half-expected the menacing man who refereed to block Jimmy’s escape and Howard to tell Jimmy he wasn’t leaving unless he got into the ring first, or for Howard to say something that would cause Jimmy to stop and choose to fight. Regardless, I found the it ludicrous, though, again, it looked very nice on screen. I love that Margarethe has a pet dachshund. Dachshunds were bred for hunting. The word dachshund literally means ‘badger hound,’ and they were bred with long bodies, strong jaws and long tails in order to go underground into holes to hunt badgers. Hmm, hunting for something that hides underground…sound familiar? On Howard figuring out what’s going on: I’m not sure that it affects in any way what Kim and Jimmy will do next, but I read elsewhere that Howard, in hiring a private detective to tail Jimmy, may find himself close to people (Jimmy’s cartel connections) who have zero-tolerance for being found out. I can see this private detective business backfiring badly for Howard later on.
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Mike I think whenever it gets goofy it’s time to know something big is coming - the theatre of absurd is a tip-off
Mz (St. Louis)
@Mike Do you think Howard will end up getting killed and THAT is the line that breaks Kim & Jimmy?
Chris coles (Alameda California)
@Mike a lot has been made of Kim and Lalo being part of the future Breaking Bad world. If I’m not mistaken neither Howard nor Cliff Main are in that world either.
Freddy (NYC)
It is interesting to me that Howard has that PI following Jimmy at the same time that Mike has people watching Jimmy and Kim. I wouldn't be surprised if that Howard's man ends up missing.
Mocrava (Farmington Hills, MI)
It seems to me that we might be looking at a similar outcome as was seen in the movie: Days of Wine and Roses. Kim won't be able to change. She's hooked on scams. It may be that Jimmy is the one who see's the light of change and finally goes it alone. Both the movie and Better Call Saul delve into the most basic relationships that exist between a man and a woman; their beginnings and their endings.
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Mocrava I think that is a great insight. In that movie the husband gives her a sip and she becomes the worse alcoholic. But she had that predisposition encore he gave her a drink. I think Kim is worse than Jimmy ever was actually. When she stands up to Lala I got the impression that she was practically volunteering to launder his money. He thought she was attractive and it would not be shocking if she throws Jimmy over to work for the cartel or end up with Lalo or try to until his life is cut short.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
@Mocrava My suspicion is that Kim will end up being the one with the truly dark heart. In her mind, the work she does for the disadvantaged gives her free pass to inflict her deep festering bitterness onto others whom she thinks deserve a reckoning (like Howard). Jimmy gets engaged in shady doings, but his motives aren't horrible, and most of the nastiness he's been into lately is under Kim's wing--and he doesn't fully know what she knows.
JLS (NJ)
Clearly something catastrophic happens to Kim that she is at the nexus of the Sandpiper/GetHoward/LaloLives plot and not even mentioned once in BB 3 years down the road. 1. Dead by Lalo - easiest plot but hard to imagine that leaves Jimmy happily in employ of Salamanca LLC 2. Witness Protection by Vacuum Cleaner Services - Jimmy not allowed to know details but knows she’s safe. Maybe an aged Gene and ‘Kristie’ are sitting on a bench in suburban Omaha as final credits roll. 3. Death by Howard misadventure. Jimmy never mentions her again and Howard in prison and not in BB plot. 4. Disappears into Cartel desert never to be heard from again.
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
This felt like one of these episodes when nothing spectacular happens, yet I think that the writers are carefully laying down the plot elements that will determine the end of the show. The calm before the storm, if you prefer. Let’s not forget that there are only two episodes left before the end of part one of the final season. I think that the real fireworks will happen during the second part, next Summer. The plot to frame Howard may seem a bit juvenile, but it makes a lot of sense. It is clearly meant to show the toxic influence of Jimmy on Kim. It started in season 2, when they pulled off some little scams at the hotel bar. Then, those little scams got bigger and bigger and now, they are engaged in a criminal scheme to frame an annoying -but innocent- lawyer. Kim is really « Breaking Bad », a fact made more obvious when Kim spoke to her former assistant who reminded her what a great, honest lawyer she could be. The whole point of the show was to explain how Jimmy McGill turned into the uber-corrupt Saul Goodman. The real tragedy could very well be that Jimmy will become a highly successful and criminal lawyer, while Kim will probably be disbarred (or worse) because of her relationship with Jimmy.
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Michel Forest I think there is much more to the silly Howard plot than the silly Howard plot. I think the dumb silliness is the surface of it to throw focus on Jimmy and his immature antics while the true evil plot of Kim is unfolding under the surface.
R.A. (NYC)
The answer to the question of the week: Jimmy and Kim have never had ANYTHING in store except talking, smoking, eating and plotting contrived, laughable schemes to kill time. They should get out of the way and let the cartel connected characters conclude this cheap imitation of the great Breaking Bad so we can indulge in the thrill of watching it again and erase the bad taste left by BCS.
Doralee Rhodes (Hollywood)
@R.A. I recently binge-watched Breaking Bad. There's an entire episode dedicated to Walt's efforts to kill a fly in the lab. That's it. That was his entire plot that episode. I fast-forwarded through most of it.
CitizrnTM (NYC)
@Doralee Rhodes It's been explained many times by now. The contract was for 13 episodes. But budget overruns meant they did not have the money for 13 comlex episodes. So a cheasy 1 location 2 character episode was thrown in.
Rick (NM)
@R.A. One, it's not a cheap imitation. It's a stand-alone show that can be enjoyed immensely whether one saw BB or not. And two, no one is forcing you to watch it.
jb1971 (Baltimore)
Gosh, I love this show, but this episode seemed self-indulgent. So much seemed to take longer than it needed to. The only explanation I can come up with is the dallying in this episode is meant to lay the groundwork for the next one, but, boy, it will have to move fast to make sense out of all the cool shots and vague lines.
John O (Birmingham, AL)
So Gus stops the deep clean on the bathroom and announces "we are going out." after Mike says it will all end up right here. You could see the light go off in Gus' face and they proceed to the Lab, a plan in the works. Mike describes in essence how secret/cutoff the lab is, tunnel, fill dirt etc. Gus waits him out, Mike leaves, Gus plays with power cable, measures a distance with his stride, secreting the gun in the treads. He knows exactly what he's going to do when it all ends up right here. Afterall, Lalo is dead to all but Hector and Gus' crew. And the real body will never be found.
eba (boston)
When Howard took over the Sandpiper meeting with the the seniors, I thought that Howard was sounding and acting like Jimmy in full spiel...Does Howard have an inner Jimmy lurking?
Zac (Brooklyn)
@eba He's a lawyer, and lawyers know how to talk. It's an essential part of the job, especially for trial lawyers. Is he piling it on? Sure. Jimmy was a natural at it, and Howard is too but in a different more "respectable" way.
May18 (Ohio)
@eba I thought that scene was to show Howard as the competent senior attorney stepping in to save the meeting from the flailing junior associate. His younger associate didn't know how to talk to clients, and Howard stepped in to save the meeting.
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
@ May18 Jimmy once told Howard: « You’re a bad lawyer, but a great salesman. » How true!
Rich (Hartsdale, NY)
Doesn't it seem likely that Lalo tracks down Kai, the member of Werner's crew who was always causing trouble and who Mike punched in the face?
Chris (California)
The boys in the writer's room are getting too clever for their own good. Ha, ha, to the German song at the opening. Thing is they only have one more episode to finish this mess. Tie up the Lalo plot and somehow resolve the Kim, Jimmy, Howard mess. Unless they are going to have a part two.
Alec (NYC)
@Chris 16 episodes in this final season. Only the mid season finale in 2 weeks, 7 episodes in. After a hiatus of several weeks, the last 9 will air.
Shane (Chicago)
@Alec actually, 13 episodes total. 2 episodes left of S6 Part 1. Part 2 of S6 starts back on July 11 with the final 6 episodes
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
@ Alec Actually, 13 episodes this season. 2 left before a pause in June, then 6 this summer.
yimminy (Ontario, Canada)
It may mean, as Times writer asks, that Jimmy could try to impersonate Mr Handlebar Mustache. In any case, starting last night, I've been thinking about & checking out examples & definitions of 'shaggy dog stories,' or variations upon. In my first high school year, a big guy named Doug suckered us into listening, every time. Groans upon groans did not deter him. At least we know that this "story" line isn't Jimmy/Saul's decision, nor Kim's. But Lalo, well, he's the great deflector--for now.
yimminy (Ontario, Canada)
@yimminy Sorry, everybody already mentioned Jimmy and the judge.
Neelie (Philadelphia, PA)
"Whatever happens next is not going to go down the way you think". We don't know the details of Jim / Kim's scheme other than the goal is to settle the Sandpiper case.  It's gonna' backfire. Clearly Jimmy plans to impersonate the judge with the mustache which will cover most of his face so he doesn't have to do much of a disguise.   Lalo wants more than to just kill Gus. He wants to destroy his whole operation ....then kill him. I agree that Gus / Kim have OCD going on.  And the whole build up of Gus hiding the gun in the super lab was way too long.   So yeah has to be a future gun shoot out.  Overall the episode was not one of my favorites.   Great to finally see Lalo.   And Howard fights back in more ways than one with Jimmy....should be interesting. I miss Nacho.
Ken (San Diego)
@Neelie agreed, aside from ep.3, the Nacho show. That was pretty good.
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Neelie I on the side and love episodes like this, we’re things slow down almost a real time and even though my mind wheels around at triple speed, trying to figure out what will happen next, how it fits in, I still can’t. Yet I know so many clues are being dropped. It also really gives time for the characters to just be people, and if one steps back from trying to unravel the plot, one can get a lot of insight into the people and their motivation…which may in the final analysis drive an understanding of the plot. I think episodes like this are terrific, because it’s like a pause button so my brain has a chance to catch up on some of the deeper things or character points I might have been missing during the rush of plot development
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Ken I must be the only person who couldn’t stand nacho and was not that interested in his plot. Admit that I used to fast forward through his scenes and just read captions so I kept current with the clock. I’ll be honest, and I always say this because he is not a person, I don’t really miss him at all.
Lea (Florida)
Werner was killed in Breaking Bad. Better call Saul was before Breaking Bad yet Werner is dead. How could that be. If he is dead in Better call Saul how was he alive to work designing the super lab under the laundry? In Better Call Saul Werner's widow is talking about his death with Lalo. This timeline doesn't make sense to me. Can someone explain this?
Chris (California)
@Lea Just one more thing that doesn't make sense in the hot mess of a season.
Rich (Hartsdale, NY)
@Chris Maybe there are some things that don't make sense but this isn't one of them. The timeline is correct, Werner was killed in Better Call Saul, not Breaking Bad.
Amanda (Long Island)
@Lea Werner was killed in BCS, not BrBa.
Colinoklast (Italy)
I get the feeling that the scriptwriters were getting desperate with silly ploys. The slapstick element detracts, ultimately. The Howard story seems to be an unlikely thing, an irrelevance. I hate to say this but I'm a bit underwhelmed by these episodes, a shame because I was waiting for them with almost unbearable anticipation. Anyone else feel this way?
May18 (Ohio)
@Colinoklast Yes, agree! It seems that the legitimate lawyers (including Howard) from the three elite law firms where Jimmy and/or Kim used to work would have been long gone from the show by now as Jimmy and Kim hurtled down their chosen path. Their plot against Howard doesn't seem to fit the overall story, unless the writers can somehow figure out a way to make it relevant, perhaps as a vehicle to dispose of Kim. But I agree that it is dragging down a disappointing season.
John O (San Clemente)
When Mike or Lalo appear on screen my interest level spikes. Mike Lalo Gus are the show’s center of gravity, and Saul Kim feel irrelevant to me In episode 4 when Mike appears in the restaurant to address Kim, the wide screen shot sort of represented the universe of possibility opening up. Without Mike, the concerns of Kim Saul seem trivial BCS BrBa : so much of the series are carried by Mike, the adult in the room. He performs his tasks because he said he would even tho at $5mkl his family’s needs have been met . Even Gus is driven by a revenge that makes him petty, and exposes him to danger. WW continues to earn / pursue money long after his financial needs have been satisfied.
Rick (NM)
@Colinoklast Hasn't Vince Gilligan earned your trust over 117 episodes of BB and BCS? I guarantee you this plotline will become relevant . . .
Mr. Monk (San Francisco)
kinda wasted episode. no plot movement, no character movement was it all a dream?
Rick (NM)
@Mr. Monk It's the calm before next week's storm.
Michelle (Santa Criz)
We start with Kim having insomnia at 3:17am. The clock is upside down and the old school LEDs read "LIE". Nice touch.
Cynthia (New York)
@Michelle - Wow! What an eagle eye!
Jane III (Sharpie, AL)
What a fun catch. If only the clock could read 53:17. Which lie is the clock referring to? The lie of commission (the deception against Howard) or the lie of omission (not telling Saul about Lalo being alive & that Mike tipped her off as well as ID’d him as parking lot guy)?
Marylouise (PA)
Why was Michael Mando's (Nacho) name listed in the opening credits?? I never saw him in this episode....
Alec (NYC)
@Marylouise Nacho took his own life two episodes ago, but they still kindly list Mando in the credits so he still gets a paycheck. You'll notice that until last night, Tony Dalton had only appeared in the opener, but he is also listed every week.
Shane (Chicago)
@Marylouise regular "stars" of the series get listed every episode, even if they don't appear.
C (Baltimore)
@Marylouise It just means they paid him for the full season.
Soundtrack (Earth)
Dollars-to-donuts Gus had someone plant the sliderule in Verner’s house when he had them remove the “proprietary materials” as a cover in case his wife asked questions. Could Lalo be heading to somewhere connected to Madrigal? They are in Germany, after all.
cg (chicago)
@Soundtrack Yep, and it's also not a stretch to think that Gus wanted Lalo to speak to the widow, so Lalo would return to the construction site, curiosity piqued, to meet his demise.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
@Soundtrack I don't know why Gus would deliberately plant any additional clues to what Werner was doing. I think it was just a case of Gus or whoever not seeing the significance of the slide rule memento and the information (ie, the label on the bottom) it could provide.
Zac (Brooklyn)
After watching the prior episode I turned to my wife and said Howard and Cliff would easily put 2 and 2 together when it turns out that Kim was with Cliff during the prostitute incident. Now I suspect that was on purpose, just as stated in this recap. Maybe the trap is being laid for Howard to ACTUALLY do something egregious to Kim and Jimmy and get caught doing it. The private investigator is just the start of what Howard will do. And, hmmm, private investigator. They aren't usually the most scrupulous of people. Maybe this one is associated with Jimmy too.
Mocrava (Farmington Hills, MI)
@Zac Your comment is tantalizing. Unique. Yes, Howard may destroy himself! What a delightful twist. We did see Howard 'unbutton' his tight shirt as he sat with his counselor. The beginning scene of a man who has a 'mild' domestic problem and is trying to resolve it through calmly via therapy. But, now, with the PI in tow, Howard may have just gone too far - perhaps to his ultimate demise as the prominent attorney/country clubber/titan that he is. Yes, The bigger they are, the harder they fall. (Another male/female tale in Better Call Saul! that may not end well!)
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Zac I have also suspected that the entire point if the highly obvious plot against Howard is actually to get Howard to destroy himself.
LaLaLafayette (Lafayette CA)
Opener, the digital alarm clock: 3:17 or LIE? Inquiring minds need to know. And, the vacuum man returneth… Bring it on
SDS (Los Angeles)
Going back to the great season opening, at the end of the sequence when the tequila cactus bottle stopper rolled out of Jimmy’s desk, I instantly thought, oh no, Kim is dead. Why else would Jimmy have that stopper, the one Kim saved, kept in her desk at the office and then went back for when she left that firm? What happens to Kim - that’s the only real question this season, especially now that Nacho is gone - and I’m afraid, very afraid of the answer…
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@SDS I think it would be too painfully obvious for them to just killer off. I think it’s going to be much, much more sophisticated than that. Personally, I think it’s possible that she has been scamming Jimmy, and has much bigger fish in mind when she gets her hand on that money. I also think when she confronted Lalo in the previous season, she was practically offering to be a money laundering attorney for Lalo. It’s obvious she really cares for Jimmy, but that doesn’t mean she really wants to stick with him for the long-haul. She seemed perfectly OK in the earlier season to just appreciate the time they had together and move on, yes she cried a little less emotional but she really seemed. willing to do it. I also think Jimmy was all just something when he said I’m good enough for you to sleep with I’m good enough for you to live with but not to work with. It’s possible that all along Jimmy has just been a temporary affectionate side track for Kim, somebody she cares for it has fun with, but who she’s not going to let stand in the way of her future. Even if it makes her a little sad.
CB (Texas)
Wait… Lalo dons a perfect American accent? This sent me straight to the internet to see where real life actor Tony Dalton is from…Laredo, Texas!
Jeanne (San Francisco)
For a real treat binge, watch Tony Dalton in “Sr. Avila”.
Rick (NM)
@CB This is what actors do. Did you know the actor who plays Beth on "Yellowstone" is British?
JO (Birmingham, AL)
@Jeanne Thanks for the tip!
Jeanne (San Francisco)
I’m afraid Lalo will be the first to go out of the Superlab in a barrel.
Jeff (Beverly Hills)
@Jeanne I did notice a steel 55 gallon drum in the unfinished lab.
Zips (out west)
Boring. BOOORING!
Peter (Irvine, CA)
I love this show. It's my favorite, ever. But the thing with Howard is almost ridiculous. I hope to God that Jimmy does not impersonate the judge, or have him impersonated, that would be a 'Jump the Shark' moment for me. On the other hand, the cartel side of the show has been so suspenseful it's really hard to watch at some points. I was with another commenter when they talked about watch scenes through my fingers. Come on Vince and Peter. Don't screw this up.
Carole Goldberg (Northern CA)
@Peter They're distracting you with Howard's silly boxing plan while Kim is quietly lining up something very serious for him.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
You think they are going to let you down now?
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Peter whenever it gets ridiculous, that’s the time to pay attention, because they’re trying to distract you and everyone else on the show. The one the more ridiculous it is, the more you have to take it seriously.
JF (Los Angeles)
The impersonation of the judge can't involve an actual legal decision, that would never fly. I suspect it will be a "glancing impersonation," perhaps from a distance, like Jimmy's impersonation of Howard in his car, for Cliff's benefit. Re whatever trap Kim & Jimmy are luring Howard into: We need to remember Kim said something a few episodes ago a la "We don't really need to destroy Howard." The goal is to get Sandpiper settled, not necessarily to see Howard suffer. Of course, their plan could go horribly wrong... BTW, if they get Sandpiper settled ahead of Howard's/Cliff's schedule, Kim and Jimmy are doing the seniors a favor. That woman had a point - the extra money isn't so important to people who may only have a few years left. Howard/Cliff are selfishly looking for a bigger settlement so they can pocket the bigger commission. They don't give a damn if all the plaintiffs die before they can enjoy the money. So relieved Lalo didn't kill that poor widow. Or her dog. One of the best series in the history of TV, but I think they're going overboard with these pre-credit scenes that are incomprehensible from a narrative standpoint. Maybe they just love doing that and figure it's the last season, they can do whatever they want...
Fielding (New York, NY)
@JF I wouldn’t be so sure the Margethe survives.
D Dejordy (Arlington Heights, IL)
The preceding scene was 1) the kind of scene Vince loves for its own sake: a meticulous view of the making of something, the exact nature of which you don’t know till it’s finished (like the spiked garden hose that Mike made with his granddaughter or the gas cap alteration he did) and 2) yielded an object that is very important to the plot (in what it reveals to Lalo).
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@JF Those opening credits are designed, I think, to be tantalizing and hold clues to the meaning or future developments of the show
Amy (Bronx)
My husband and I also noticed the Toto song (we are of a certain age…). Was anyone else nervous for that very cute little dog?
Michel Forest (Montreal, QC)
@ Amy About the dog: that was my first thought when Lalo broke into the house. « He better not do anything to that dog! » I am convinced the writers put the dog in there to raise the tension in that scene.
HS Wright (Washington DC)
@Amy I correct myself, most posters seem to think it was "Georgy Porgy," which is Toto. My mistake.
Jennifer (Florida (unfortunately))
@Michel Forest Same here! I was so scared for the dog (and Werner's wife...but mostly for the dog!)
VSB (San Francisco)
Good Evening: When Lalo said, "It's nice! so quiet," did anyone else feel a chill down their spine?
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@VSB a callback to the German song in the opening. That song is about grief.
Marge Keller (Midwest)
@Interested Citizen I thought that tune and the various harmonies was one of the most beautiful choral pieces I have ever heard, especially those soft suspensions thrown in. And I was a music major in college. I thought that piece was the perfect companion tune for the task being performed. Another brilliant move and decision by the writers of BCS!!! WOW and then some.
Patrick (the NY metro area)
One of things that is so great about this show is just how hard is to predict what will happen. Lalo in Germany?? The whole thing with Howard? That judge? And how about that business card for a vacuum cleaner parts business in the "Next on BCS"?
Peter (Irvine, CA)
@Patrick And the coded book. Remember that from the season cold upon? Is this a 'Granite State' flash forward or what? This show is becoming the 'Time Machine'.
Jennifer (Florida (unfortunately))
@Patrick I missed the vacuum cleaner business card, but that must be the guy who takes people into hiding. I remember him from El Camino.
WI political junkie (Madison, WI)
@Patrick I'm hoping that Kim uses that card to safely disappear, and meet Jimmy years later. (One can dream!)
Liz (Swampscott, MA)
Thanks for your reviews! I had to watch Lalo in Margaretha’s house through my fingers - the show is really ratcheting up the suspense factor. I, too, wonder what Jimmy and Kim have planned next in Operation Howard/Sandpiper. It seems Jimmy is going to impersonate the judge and the mustache makes that task easier- but to what end? Can they bring about the resolution of Sandpiper without Howard now? Will they set up a meeting with Cliff Main and the judge - but surely Cliff knows the judge already? Or perhaps they can have the lead plaintiff called in to meet with the judge and settle the case that way. Perhaps an attorney can weigh in on this question. And why isn’t Kim telling Jimmy that Lalo is alive? The role reversal is mystifying - unless Kim wants to keep Jimmy from being spooked and possibly thwarting the plan. Or she thinks she’s protecting him, but wouldn’t it make more sense to tell him so he can be on guard? It’s unnerving to see Kim and Gus, normally two cool cucumbers, rattled and looking over their shoulders. I worried for Mrs. Ryman’s safety as she drove into the garage, and was relieved to find that the scene was about hiding Mike in the back of her SUV so he could enter Gus’s home unnoticed. Not much for Mike to do this week, but it’s always a pleasure to see him at work - Jonathon Banks is wonderful as he picks up the clipboard and looks it over. I wouldn’t want to be the team member who missed a seemingly trivial but ultimately important detail.
Amy Landers (Wallingford PA)
@Liz A mediator can lean on litigants and encourage the parties toward settlement. For example, a mediator can speak with the lead plaintiff about the problems with the case and tell them whether Sandpiper's (low) offer seems fair, better take it now. The hardest part of the impersonation for me is the mediator's voice--Jimmy's is so distinctive and Howard is likely to attend as a lead lawyer. Howard's likely to recognize Jimmy's voice (and Jimmy can't rely on his voice-distorting mic that he used to warn the Kettlemans). Thanks for this review for finding a way to incorporate "Marquess of Queensberry rules." It needed to happen.
May18 (Ohio)
Thank you for another good recap! I'm a longtime BCS fan, but was put off by this episode. Perhaps I'm just cranky because there seemed to be more commercials than show time. But glad the plot advanced a bit, although there seemed to be too much time wasted on artsy shots and overly long scenes of nothing happening in the restaurant and lab. Lalo finally appeared, but my question for the week is: How did Lalo know about Werner's widow and how to find her? As a final note, I found Jimmy and Kim's plotting about the mediator for Sandpiper troubling. I'm hoping Howard can foil their plot.
Rick (Mi)
@May18 Lalo found out about Zeigler when he was snooping about the Lab in a prior season. It wouldn't be hard to read about his "accidental death" and trace the widow.
Peter (Irvine, CA)
@May18 I'm with you. The mediator seems like a bridge too far. I hope they didn't go that direction.
Jennifer (Florida (unfortunately))
@May18 Thank you for asking about how Lalo found Werner's widow (and for everyone else's responses). I was wondering the same thing.
Amanda (Long Island)
Can "Black and Blue" only refer to Jimmy's face? Nothing is done without hyperattention to detail and that seems way too pat. The title reference is the only thing I feel like I'm missing this week!
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Amanda I see your point - just referring to bruises or psychic / emotional damage seems too one dimensional. Maybe we need to what other meanings the colors black and blue, or individually black and blue, might have, in the US, Mexico, and/or Germany?
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Amanda I see your point - just referring to bruises or psychic / emotional damage seems too one dimensional. Maybe we need to what other meanings the colors black and blue, or individually black and blue, might have, in the US, Mexico, and/or Germany? Like the following: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=blue-black Especially the reference to what color body bag do you want, blue or black!
Interested Citizen (NYC)
@Interested Citizen Someone else pointed out that there is a BB episode called Negro y Azul (Spanish for black and blue)... maybe there are some tie ins with that episode.
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