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While the Jimmy-Mike dynamic provides the episode's most entertaining moments, it's the deeper dive into Jimmy's back story that makes "Nacho" a winner.
"Nacho" continued Better Call Saul's tendency towards quieter, character-rich storytelling. But while Jimmy tracking down the Kettlemans came off as a bit too easy, Jimmy's predicament seems more complicated, and intriguing, than ever.
A couple of "Heeeeere's Johnny" catchphrases, some smart detective work and a desert trek later, Jimmy had saved his skin and found a duffle bag full of crooked cash to boot. Roll credits. Another hour of primo programming had whizzed by.
It no longer seems remotely nuts to have built a dramatic show around an actor that is best known for sketch comedy. Mostly [Odenkirk] is a hoot, and never more so than when he sinks his teeth into a good insult wrapped in a pop-culture reference.
... "Nacho," did more than any other single scene so far to fill in the character's backstory.
The flashback to Jimmy's past, when he was estranged from his brother and clearly headed for a life of crime, is intriguing.
It has interesting characters. It has tension. It has smart writing and kooky character tics and a fully realized setting.
As always, Jonathan Banks was a delight to watch.
The story beats work internally without having to lean on outside knowledge like a crutch.
The most intriguing episode yet, with an early flashback giving interesting insight into Jimmy's tangled past.
With Better Call Saul Season 1 Episode 3, Better Call Saul just keeps getting better and better.
Saul has to be more than the Jimmy and Mike Show to work long-term, and we're starting to see the other pieces -- the supporting characters, the structure, hints of larger arcs -- come into place, slowly but surely.
Either Better Call Saul is still figuring out what it's trying to be or we're seeing what it's decided it will be: a stylish genre-defying drama orbiting the Breaking Bad universe. And both things are more than fine with me.