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Like a cookie full of arsenic, "Wexler V. Goodman" delivers the fun and the toxic, enthralling viewers with Jimmy's plan before delivering a series of gut punches they aren't soon to forget.
True to form for a show that can often make relatively inconsequential tussles feel more momentous than the literal life-and-death struggles elsewhere, "Wexler v. Goodman" kicks off the second half of Season 5 with a boardroom barnburner.
As a masochist who loves this show and its predecessor most when they're at their ugliest and most punishing, I can't wait to see how Seehorn, Odenkirk, and company play out the car wreck that's clearly coming.
The oddest plot strand in this show's history may well be Jimmy's continuing vendetta against Howard... To be clear, the above nits are picked only because the rest of the show is so remarkable.
Whatever lies in store for Saul Goodman down the road, this is a moment when he did, in fact, get justice for the little guy.
We are, without a doubt, getting close enough to the sewing up of Saul's saga -- and its lining up with the schemes of one Walter White -- where some light will have to be shed on the series' darkened corners.
The fantastic episode lays the seeds of the persona becoming an addiction while Kim starts to see the light among all of the dark.
On the whole, Better Call Saul has been a series that's more than content with playing the long game -- but last night's episode, "Wexler v Goodman," raised the stakes so much that it's difficult to imagine how the show could slow down from here.
I can't believe this show made me this angry at Saul Goodman, a character I liked. And I still love the show. This is too many emotions.
While things got pretty heavy for Kim and Jimmy at the end of the episode, this was mostly a fun installment of Better Call Saul.
My heart was in my throat for that final scene. I am not emotionally prepared for bad things to happen to Kim Wexler, and I probably never will be.
Part of the success of the series has been the way the show has taken the arrival of Saul from an exciting endeavor to a dreadful one, and this episode masterfully capitalized on that by perverting almost every emotion it tried to illicit.
Seehorn is an absolute force here, fully inhabiting every moment of this agony. (If she doesn't finally get some kind of awards attention this year, I will riot).