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In a departure from the existing Better Call Saul narrative, "Five-O" provides essential backstory for Mike's character, delivered in a gripping, award-worthy performance by Jonathan Banks.
It was the most devastating, guttural moment in a career often marked by raised eyebrows and grumbled remarks - like someone got the VCR to stop flashing 12:00 and instead project 3-D Blu-rays onto the wall.
It was not an episode viewers will have expected or much craved, which made its impact all the more forceful.
The episode is a game-changer for the series, opening up the world of "Better Call Saul" beyond Jimmy's nail salon (which was honestly starting to feel a little claustrophobic) as well as broader themes, about corruption and culpability.
There was always the sense that the writers were stalling. Then came Monday night's episode of the "Breaking Bad" prequel... and the payoff.
So they skimped on references this week. It's okay, though. We were a little too distracted by Jonathan Banks' riveting/heartbreaking/emotionally raw (and likely Emmy-worthy) performance anyway.
Seriously, just give Jonathan Banks the Best Supporting Actor Emmy now. His performance in this episode alone was a masterpiece.
"Five-O" gives those Ehrmantraut die-hards out there a vision of what Better Like Mike would have looked like as a series.
Better Call Saul continues to deliver some of the best of what television has to offer as both those familiar with Breaking Bad and new viewers alike were given a shattering look and Mike's tragic past.
The series took what feels like a quantum leap forward with its sixth episode, which both further cemented ties to its beloved predecessor and finally unleashed one of the show's not-so-secret weapons that had largely been held in check.
A change of pace this week as we spend the whole episode in Ehrmantraut country.