Season 6 Episode 9 “Fun and Games”


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Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk Better call Saul
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At its core Better call Saul is a prequel series, although it became much larger than expected from it. genre. However, one of his main goals is to get to the end of whoever and whatever Saul Goodman is. Breaking Bad is. This would lead us to a full circle of colorfully dressed, garrulous, ethically compliant, always entertaining lawyer for Albuquerque’s methamphetamine-trafficking stars. But what if the end of this show isn’t just the beginning Breaking BadSaul Goodman or (as black and white flash forwards promise) Cinnabon-slinger arrival Gene Takovich?

Last week mid-season premiere quickly but satisfactorily concluded the story of Lalo Salamanca and predicted what was likely to be a major problem in Jimmy and Kim’s relationship. “Fun And Games is paying off on that front. fast running through the state of McGills’ marriage. Kim breaks Jimmy’s heart when she tells him that they have a good time, but they don’t bring out the best in each other. And she’s right :Tthey bring out each other’s worst instincts, traits, and behaviors, all of which effects. Look no further than they use the Sandpiper case to advance their careers. Jimmy flippantly went along with Kim’s ideas to humiliate Howard instead of using the settlement to help others, even as the operation became more and more devastating for Howard. it was all the fun and games until someone loses a life. Yous, tThe McGills are really good at scams. They show frighteningly sincere sincerity even in a situation like trying to convince a widow who was (wrongly) led to believe that her husband committed suicide and was a drug addict, all in the name of covering up her role in the man’s death.

If this scene between Jimmy, Kim and Howard’s widow Cheryl weredidn’t spur Kim’s life-changing decisions, then she’d probably be on Saul Goodman’s side in Breaking Bad, perhaps continuing to pursue his passion for the law, but also continuing behavior. Just because the resolution of Jimmy and Kim’s relationship in Fun and Games was inevitable doesn’t mean it didn’t happen sooner than we could have predicted, thoughhour. Jimmy was especially shocked by the breakup.and Kim’s harsh but truthful assessment of their honesty as a duo. Ever organized type, hher belongings were already packed into suitcases and boxes when she told him why shecornice.

So Kim has left her career and Jimmy has been left behind despite declaring her love for him, but is this really the last thing we’ll see her in? Better call Saul? The show has four episodes left, and that’s a long time without Kim Wexler. (We still need more Rhea Seehorn’s Emmy-nominated work.) BCS must also deal with the arrival of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and guest actor Carol Burnett. Also, there will be an update on the predicament we last saw old Jin in with this one. menacing taxi driver Jeff in Omaha.

This leaves a fair amount of runway for everyone to follow. those storylines, but the bomb that Kim dropped on Jimmy—again, like everything in Part 2 so far—moved too fast. After his breakup with Kim, weFor a very short time Jimmy slipped into Saul Goodman mode, complete with pastel suits, a gaudy mansion, do what can only be described as Trumpian, and license plate LWYRUP. There was no trace of Kim, except that Saul is now spending the night with another woman some time after she left him. The next morning, he bids a quick goodbye to his new lover, giving a goodbye cereal bar from a giant bowl he keeps on the dinner table.

Giancarlo Esposito in Better Call Saul

Giancarlo Esposito in Better call Saul
A photo: Greg Lewis/AMC

Of the remaining characters currently in Saul universe, “Fun And Games” leaves they are all in some sort of resolution state. mike cleans situation with Howard, as far as he could from a legal point of view. With Lalo’s threat gone and Gus reassured Don Eladio that Hector’s claims of Gus’s betrayal were nothing to worry about, Mike and Gus closed the underground tunnel in Gus’s lair and he orders Mike resume construction of the meth lab. And yes, Kim is leaving. bar, her marriage and departure for… we don’t know where yet. Saul showrunner Peter Gould repeatedly said that the series would end for Kim in no uncertain terms—So we didn’t see her last time, right?

As for Jimmy/Saul/Gene, maybe when all is said and done, Better call Saul not only launched Saul Goodman’s career. Breaking Bad era or beginning Posted by Gene TakovicBadly life. During a Q&A session at the Tribeca Festival with Saul the cast, Gould and screenwriter Gordon Smith, were asked to describe the last half of the season. Bob Odenkirk answered simply: “A second life.” Maybe the last four episodes are not just about how Better call SaulGoodman merges with Breaking Bad‘s, but also about how Gene Takovic merges into what his life will become once he’s dealt with Jeff.

Maybe the end Saul is going to give us the abbreviated version of the Gene spin-off that many of us have been hoping for, and with the film El Camino after Jessie’s post-Badly final life, bring the entire Gilligan Albuquerque universe to a one-to-one conclusion. Wouldn’t that be something?

Random observations

  • The blown-up Statue of Liberty that tops the office is exactly the same as the one in the Kettleman building? Do they go back in history somehow?
  • The Saul Goodman & Associates sign that Jimmy and Francesca oversaw installation was as beautiful as the rest of Jimmy’s office. We can guess why office design changes so dramatically in the years to come, but I still don’t mind any particular event triggering a downgrading redesign.
  • Speaking of Francesca, consider her another victim of what Kim and Jimmy did. More Jimmy than Kim, but she was a much happier, more positive character when we met her as an administrator at the Wexler McGill office. Her behavior in Saul Goodman’s offices after Kim matches that of Mike, who worked with Gus after the deaths of Nacho and Howard:esigned and more than a little angry.
  • Forced to tell Nacho’s father about his son, Mike gets a kick in the gut when Mr. Varga mixes him up with the rest of Nacho’s associates. “My boy is gone,” Mr. Varga says, recalling, of course, Mike’s line from the first season of Five-O when he tells Stacey, “I broke my boy!” about his own beloved son.
  • We may have seen the only instance in everything Sol/Breaking Bad a time frame where Gus Fring looked relaxed and legitimately enjoyed himself. This continued during his brief conversation at the wine bar with the waiter David. As soon as David had moved away and Gus had finished his special wine, he pushed back his glass. His face changed immediately as he returned to the buttoned, fastidious “homemade”cat” Lalo described: tthe guy who later adjusted his tie after getting his face blown off.

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