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A terrifically-acted, heart-wrenching revelation, mixed with a tough and powerful subplot for Mike, makes "Pimento" a superior penultimate episode of a consistently strong season.
Boy, screenwriter Thomas Schnauz, who penned some of my favorite Breaking Bad episodes, can write some serious dialogue.
The penultimate installment at the very least sets the stage for a blowout finale, and at its most is the dramatic realization of the whole season's potential.
That was brutal.
The penultimate dispatch ratcheted the tension further as the relationship between McGill and brother Chuck reached a crisis.
It's always good to see Mike in action, and the puppy stuff with Kaylee and her mother was nicely played, but here's hoping we have some more Mike and Jimmy interaction next week.
This kind of writing separates Better Call Saul from almost everything else on TV, including Breaking Bad in many ways.
It's an incredible unravelling, their tender brotherly relationship seems to fall apart in less than two minutes.
... what's already become clear is what this short, eclectic first season of Better Call Saul is supposed to be...
I made the ADD-addled mistake of thinking "Pimento" was slow at first, at least for the penultimate installment of the season. But much like the series itself... it was all a setup for the closing suckerpunch and a further vault into the origin story.
Aside from being entertaining, Mike's side story raised a very interesting question that will likely shape the remainder of Better Call Saul - what is the difference between a bad guy and a criminal?
What "Pimento" does such a great job of illustrating is that change is impossible when others have the power to determine your path.
Better Call Saul revealed the betrayal that may very well be at the heart of what turns Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman, as this stunningly crafted story continues to unfold.