Better Call Saul Recap: Pimento

Better Call Saul Recap: Pimento

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen Better Call Saul Season 1, Ep. 9 – “Pimento.”

“We can Erin Brockovich the shit outta this case.”  — Jimmy

The majority of this season has revolved around the rivalry between Howard and Jimmy. Early on, it was easy to assume that Howard didn’t want anything to do with Jimmy because he was a shady, two-bit lawyer only one tiny step up from an actual criminal. But when Jimmy walked into the firm with a multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit and Howard still wouldn’t even discuss the possibility of hiring Jimmy, it was clear there was something else at play.

Like, perhaps a late night phone call from an acting partner…

It turns out it was never Howard keeping Jimmy down. It was Chuck. He kept Jimmy from getting hired when he first passed the bar and he did it again when they took the lawsuit to HHM. Because, even after all the effort Jimmy has put into earning Chuck’s respect, Chuck still only sees him as Slippin’ Jimmy. He hates that Jimmy thinks he is equal to him in any way, even though Jimmy is the sole reason Chuck can even survive.

All season it felt like the story was building up to a deeper reconciliation between Chuck and Jimmy. Jimmy fought to make Chuck proud and save him from himself and it really seemed like there was progress on both fronts. Seeing that Chuck would never allow Jimmy to succeed was a punch to the gut not only for Jimmy, but for the audience as well.

I guess we don’t have to wonder why Chuck was never mentioned in Breaking Bad.

Meanwhile, Mike was getting in on the New Mexico drug dealing business. His first job from the vet was to protect a hapless suburbunite as he sold some stolen pills. Within five seconds Mike turned the three-man job into a solo gig and proved once again he’s the ultimate badass. He also dropped some deep criminal philosophy. Hopefully the pill pusher listens better than Mr. White.

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