May 26, 2024

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Better Call Saul “Wexler V. Goodman”

Season Five, Episode Six

So, there’s a Kim flashback to her childhood here, something that maybe shows why she and Jimmy get on as well as they do (sort of), but I just want to note the actress playing Kim’s mother has been in some online Breaking Bad parodies as Skyler White.

That’s all I’m going to say about Young Kim just yet.  I need to see more before I theorize further.

No, at the end of this episode, someone makes a huge mistake, and that someone is Kim.

Now, Kim isn’t infallible or something.  She’s screwed up a couple times, but all I will say is when Kim screws up, she really screws up.  Here, in this episode, she gave Jimmy an idea on how to scam her client/boss, and when she changes her mind, Jimmy goes ahead and does it anyway under the logic that Kim can more plausibly react out of shock if she doesn’t know he’s going to do the very thing he agreed not to do with a curveball or two thrown in for good measure.  Kim’s a great lawyer, but Jimmy is a better con man.  Had Kevin listened when Kim advised him not to talk to Jimmy/Saul on his own to cut a deal, it might have gone better.

But Kevin isn’t that sort of guy.  He may have gotten off a bit more cheaply than the four million dollars Jimmy originally asked for, but what happened was improper from a legal standpoint.  It’s the sort of thing that can and will make Kim furious.

So why does she suggest that she and Jimmy get married in episode’s last line?

See, this episode seems to be about people who theoretically should know better getting into things deeper than they were before.  That’s Mike and Nacho with Gus and now Kim with Jimmy.  Granted, Nacho maybe doesn’t know better, but he was trying to get out when he saw Gus’s people put a gun to the head of Nacho’s father.  In Kim’s case, well…why would she more or less propose to a man just as she’s said she can’t trust him?

I don’t claim to be an expert on marriage.  I mean, I’m divorced.  What do I know?  Not much in the grand scheme of things.  But what I do know is you need to trust your spouse.  Proposing to someone in a moment of high anger, that just doesn’t seem smart, not when Kim knows full well Jimmy conned her and very well may con her again.  Heck, he can’t even look her in the eye and say it won’t happen again.

I don’t necessarily think Jimmy is a bad guy.  He was helping a little guy (two actually) against a bank.  He was arguably using his conning skills for good.  But if Kim can’t trust him, this will not end well.  Kim may go the route of Chuck, soon blaming someone she loves for the pain he causes others even when he isn’t really trying to.

Unless you’re Howard.  No, Jimmy is really trying to hurt Howard for some reason.