February 9, 2023

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Better Call Saul “Slip”

Season Three, Episode Eight

I get the feeling with an episode like this one, it’s about the characters progressing somewhere.

That isn’t always a good thing.

Granted, it’s also an episode that showed Nacho replacing Hector’s pills with some dummy versions in what is easily the most tense scene I think the series has done so far.  It’s like a masterclass in keeping the audience on the edge of their seats, and all it is is one young man switching a pill bottle out without getting caught by an old man and maybe the guy in the kitchen.  Little things like the music, Nacho’s facial expressions, or just the way his hands shake as he gets to work all play a part.  But there’s not much for me to say beyond it’s an incredibly well done scene in a series that, so far, has had a lot of them.

Heck, this show made Mike digging holes in the desert compelling.

That said, it’s the smaller moments.  Chuck’s realization that his condition is all in his head is one thing, but he’s probably going too far, too fast, much against his doctor’s advice, and I can’t help but think this is going to blow up in his face at some point really soon.

Contrast that with Mike’s slower, more methodical ways, but even he makes a deal with Gus that, well, he may have cause to regret later, but that depends entirely on how comfortable Mike is with being crooked.  He was before, but it got his son killed.  Likewise, he is doing this for his family, but that’s the sort of thing that brought Walter White to a life of crime, and anyone whose seen the parent show knows how that went both for Walt and for Mike.

But then there’s Jimmy…

OK, I suppose there’s Kim too, but I get the impression Kim may on some level know a lot more than she lets on.

Anyhoo, without his law license, it sure does look like Jimmy is falling back to his Slippin’ Jimmy ways.  The music shop owners clearly tried to get out of a contract, even if it was a verbal one, and they might have had it coming, but Jimmy also took a prized guitar signed by a guitar legend whose name means nothing to me, and the way Jimmy handled the guy overseeing his community service was perhaps a long time coming, showing how even when Jimmy can’t practice law, he sure as hell can use his knowledge of it to his advantage against people who don’t know any better.

Oh, I am sure nothing Jimmy said was necessarily untrue.  He probably could at least try to sue that guy personally instead of the city or state government after signing a waiver.  I’m not sure it would have worked or not.  The thing is he doesn’t have to be right.  He only has to sound right while spouting legal talk.  The supervisor doesn’t know one way or the other.  That’s the beauty of the whole scene at the end.  Jimmy may be speaking the truth, but it only matters that the person he is arguing with thinks so.

You know, if Jimmy had just kept his law license, sure he might have been a little shifty, but he probably wouldn’t have sunk as low as Saul Goodman.  Just sayin’.

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