Gloves Off
Better Call Saul Season 2



Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

"Gloves Off" finds Better Call Saul coming further into its own with an enthralling episode that highlights Jonathan Banks' contributions.

Episode Info

Jimmy's actions unexpectedly create waves for Kim. Meanwhile, Mike cautiously weighs a lucrative proposal that might bring about dire consequences.


Bob Odenkirk
as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman
Michael McKean
as Chuck McGill
Jonathan Banks
as Mike Ehrmantraut
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Critic Reviews for Gloves Off

It's time to start coming to the realization that Better Call Saul is no longer a spinoff... The show is clearing standing on its own, not even two complete seasons in.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Michael Mando imbues Nacho with a fluid presence that enables the character to transcend any minor-gangster cliches; there's more going on in the way he folds his arms as Mike pulls away than many such characters can muster in an entire episode.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Tonight's installment showcased everything Saul does best.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Mike is a tough guy weighed down by a big sad heart and his bottomless melancholy has provided an important counterpoint to Jimmy's frenetic glibness. Now he is increasingly driving the plot too.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Saul, like its progenitor, has some really sublime cold opens.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

This week Jimmy's story pauses for an update on his relationship with his brother, while Mike's story takes center stage.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Gloves Off" is a nearly perfect example of what you can accomplish by balancing two storylines with a deftness found rarely on television.

Mar 10, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Better Call Saul is a show with high stakes, even if they are personal ones.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

I love the Jimmy-centric version of this series, but the hours revolving around Mike work pretty spectacularly, too.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

"Gloves Off" paid off on a lot of set-up and brought the series back into its wheelhouse of crumbling lives, moral stands, and detailed crime.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Let's talk about Jonathan Banks. Holy crap, this guy is a revelation. He was great in Breaking Bad, but I love seeing him at the forefront of this show.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

Better Call Saul started strong last year and shows no signs of slowing down with Monday's episode, the fourth of the second season and another strong entry into an already intriguing series.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…