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Better Call Saul
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Jimmy ties the knot, but Saul Goodman is hanging a noose over everyone's future in this diabolically satisfying installment.
It's a transformation we've seen plenty of times, but no matter the venue, Giancarlo Esposito manages to infuse that on-off flip with a fascinating amount of purpose.
This isn't about Howard. This is about commitment. It's about destiny. It's about a man inexorably sliding downhill like a raw chicken down a hot baking sheet, releasing its own juices to grease the way.
It's actually easier to wrap your head around Breaking Bad-era Saul Goodman's seeming lack of shame after witnessing this episode's courtroom theatrics.
That gorgeous reflection shot, Jimmy's face bifurcated as he peers around the corner, illustrates the duality of Jimmy McGill and Saul Goodman. But in that final moment, there's only one man screaming. And it's not the man Kim vowed to have and to hold.
"JMM," as this episode is titled, is essentially a series of sales pitches. The finest of them occurs after a meeting of fast food chief executives.
If we revist "JMM" years from now as the great episode we'd all been dreading, then we can look at that hard cut in the same way: as a moment that Gould and company were forced to write, but one they didn't actually want to see.
Jimmy and Kim's relationship makes some serious strides in "JMM," the latest excellent installment of Better Call Saul, but they all seemed to be nullified by the episode's final minutes.
From a Jimmy and Kim perspective, this is a very strong outing, but the Gus scenes drag the episode down a bit. That final scene, though, was remarkable. It was pure character drama with the perfect combination of subtleness and explicitness.
Jimmy may have been using the Saul Goodman name all season, but he hasn't really been Saul Goodman until this exact moment. And it's terrifying.
There are certain weeks when it becomes incredibly apparent that Better Call Saul has perhaps surpassed Breaking Bad in terms of quality, and this was one fo those weeks.
Bob Odenkirk is a Hall of Fame yeller, going all the way back to Mr. Show. Sometimes you need to cut the leash and let the big dogs run free. That's what this was.
For now, however, we're content to linger in the seamlessly interwoven genius that was "JMM", which brought Jimmy's professional and personal life closer together than ever before, while also setting up some serious repercussions for the rest of the cast.