Episode 9: Pimento
If last week’s episode of Better Call Saul was about hope, this week was most certainly about despair. In episode 8 we see Chuck make strides to overcome his illness and Jimmy stumble on a potentially enormous case that will surely bring good fortune.
In episode 9, however, everything gets turned upside down for Jimmy. Seems Jimmy has more in common with Rodney Dangerfield ’cause he can’t get no respect! All he wants is to be considered equal among his fellow lawyers. And all his peers want is for him to disappear. Even after Chuck convinces Jim that their case against the nursing home is too big for them to handle on their own and they should bring it to their frenemies at HHM, Jim still can’t be seen as an equal. He brings in a multi-million dollar case and when he asks for an office to work in he’s practically laughed out of the building.
In an even harsher moment, Jimmy realizes that his own brother has doubts about him. In their dimly lit living room Jim tries to convince Chuck to make a power play and pretend to quit HHM unless they agree to hire him on as well. Unfortunately, Chuck doesn’t seem ready to make that kind of commitment for his brother( WHO BTW IS TAKING CARE OF YOU, CHUCK). And with a swift kick to the nether regions, Chuck calls Jim out for not being a real lawyer essentially comparing the two to apples and oranges. Chuck dedicated his entire life to becoming a lawyer and maintaining the sanctity of the law and Jimmy got his degree online from some school in the Bahamas. Ouch, Chuck, ouch.
Apparently the only one to have something go slightly right was Mike. In previous episodes he has been making contact with a local vet who seems to have connections to criminal activities, something Mike excels at. So this week Mike gets his feet wet and takes a small job to prove his worth. In what was one of the more light hearted scenes of the night, Mike meets two fellow gunman who are hired to protect a client. When Mike shows up with only a pimento sandwich and no gun, he’s ridiculed by the loud mouth gunman for not being worth his weight in gold. Mike then offhandedly tells him if he needs a gun, he’ll borrow one from loudmouth. A pissing match ensues which leaves loudmouth on the floor writhing in pain as Mike picks his pockets for any gun he desires. Classic Mike. This leads to the other gunman running in fear and Mike getting to reap all the rewards as he’s the only one left standing to do the job. Possibly more criminal Mike in the future? Yes, please.
With only one episode remaining this season its interesting to see how far things have come in this short amount of time. Jimmy was running scams early on to get just one client and is now brining in multi-million dollar cases. However, if he doesn’t catch a break soon who knows what is going to happen to Jim. Speaking of that, when will he make the transition into Saul Goodman, already?? GIVE US THE GOODS AMC! You can check out the season finale next Monday on AMC at 10/9c. Stay Entertained!