Better Call Saul: Season two, episode seven: Inflatable

inflatableI wondered a couple of episodes ago whether Chuck was being truthful when he said Jimmy had ripped off their storekeeper father – and thanks to a flashback here we get to see for ourselves.

Alas, it’s true, but there’s a bit more to the story. It turns out Mr McGill Snr was the world’s easiest mark, falling victim to scams so obvious a child could – and did – see through them. But he insisted on being a sheep, rather than a wolf, to his son’s frustration and perhaps also, ultimately, his contempt.

It’s been obvious for a while now that Jimmy will never play by anyone else’s rules, so I was surprised and bit bored when he made his pitch to Kim. We’ve been here before, in the sunny corner office of season one, and it’s been made crystal clear that Kim won’t risk everything by partnering up with a compulsive rule-breaker.

Frankly, a debt-free fresh start and partnership in two years was a great offer – yes, Kim would have been swapping one set of bosses for another, but it would have been a significant step up. One Freudian slip wasn’t enough to suggest me that her new prospective lawyer was merely Howard in sheep’s clothing. Clearly the show’s narrative is better served by Kim hitching her career in some way to Jimmy’s, but for me this was all too much too soon, especially with the doc-review dungeon still fresh in the memory.

Meanwhile, Mike needs to change his testimony, and needs a lawyer to help. Of course the prosecutors know Tuco’s associates have done some arm-twisting, but they can’t prove it. Case closed, or so it seems, until Mike finds a new home for his beloved Kaylee and starts staking out Salamanca turf…

…but highlight of the episode was a truly daft montage of misconduct inspired by the grinning wind sock of the title. The question is: were the silly suits purely part of Jimmy’s ruse, or reflective of his deliberate transformation into Saul? Surely a bit of both, since we know fine well he keeps them.

Notes

It was a nice touch that Mr McGill Snr sounded just like adult Jimmy. In other vocal treats, it was a joy to hear Saul’s phoney receptionist make “her” debut.

I enjoyed the Scottish theme to this episode. The bagpipes, plus:
“A tad?”
“A wee bit

I’m glad we’re shot of the Davis and Main offices. Would it kill them to put some lights on?

 

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