Critic Consensus: The war between Jimmy and Chuck comes to an unprecedented climax in the heartbreaking, sober, and defining "Chicanery," an episode that clearly cements Better Call Saul as essential television.

Episode Info

Kim and Jimmy face off with an unforgiving adversary; Jimmy looks to Chuck's past to secure his own future; and Jimmy loses one ally but gains another.


Bob Odenkirk
as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman
Michael McKean
as Chuck McGill
Jonathan Banks
as Mike Ehrmantraut
Giancarlo Esposito
as Gustavo Fring
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Critic Reviews for Chicanery

[Chicanery] used the cruddy boardroom of a State Bar of New Mexico hearing to topple a domino line that had been patiently set up for two and half seasons. Our hero was absolved and damned in the same moment, while his nemesis-his brother-was just damned.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Saul has done such excellent work in establishing who both Jimmy and Chuck are, and what they've done to each other over a lifetime of brotherhood. The way this episode exposes it is why this is one of the strongest dramas on television today.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Guess who's back, back again? Huell's back-tell a friend!

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…

This riveting episode was further proof that Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, and the rest of the team really know how to strike the perfect balance.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

"Chicanery" showcases everything that's best about Better Call Saul.

Dec 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The drug lord side of the show is wildly entertaining. The Jimmy McGill side is special.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…

On a somber, heartbreaking Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 5, Jimmy's plan to discredit Chuck worked like a charm, but the price everyone paid to get to the truth was very high.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

There have been so many points of no return in this series -- and yet this escalation still feels unprecedented. Seismic. Like the sky crashing to the ground.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

While an episode set mostly within the walls of a courtroom could have been dull, the legal wrangling is given an electric air thanks to the talents of Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk and, particularly this week, Michael McKean.

May 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The layers of deception here are deep and complicated.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…