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It's all coming together in "Dedicado a Max," a callback-heavy installment that thrillingly expands on the characters of Mike and Kim, with Rhea Seehorn's performance a highlight.
Where some episodes so far this season have put people who are adrift in the spotlight, this one thrives on giving each one of them a renewed mission.
The hour does a more thorough and convincing job of detailing how Kim reaches this point than it does for Mike. Much of her half of the episode plays out in charming caper fashion.
There's a pleasing symmetry to "Dedicado a Max," an episode that could be more accurately titled "A Tale of Two Coots."
Something momentous happens in this episode. It's a turning point in the series. And it happens entirely in Rhea Seehorn's instrument - her face, voice, posture, and movement. What a joy it is to watch her work.
We know what becomes of Jimmy as he jostles for position at the crossroads of wrong and right, but the wild card is whether Kim finds a middle ground between the futility of resistance and revenge, which is at best bittersweet.
Yet again, Rhea Seehorn knocks it out of the park. You can feel Kim's emotions through the screen, and the thrill she gets from her antics with Jimmy are visible in the smallest of movements.
The rise of Saul Goodman may be at the expense of Kim Wexler. But from a performance standpoint, Rhea Seehorn is absolutely dominating this season as Kim grows more malleable.
The two relationships (Jimmy & Kim/Gus & Mike) are essential to "Dedicado a Max," which sets the table for the rest of the season.
Please consider this your periodic reminder to always watch television with the captions on, especially when Mike is on-screen. There are so many grunts, groans, and sighs transcribed in every episode and it brings me more joy than it has any right to.
This side of Kim -- the one so deeply shaken up by the realization that she's no longer fighting for the little guy -- is fascinating to behold, even if we can't quite shake the feeling that this isn't going to end well for her.
Seehorn is one of those actors who is very good at listening, and while you might think that sounds easy, it's not. Many actors are great at pretending they're listening, but with Seehorn, you always buy it.
At least we have some traction for more development with Gus and Mike now. Kim and Jimmy, on the other hand, are explored deeply.