Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen Better Call Saul Season 2, Ep. 6 – “Bali Ha’i.”
“How you manage to live so long with a mouth like that, hmm?” — Hector
We’ve spent a lot of time sifting through the damage of Jimmy’s choices just by the destructive nature of those choices but this week two other characters were faced with the repercussions of their actions.
After Kim was relegated to review doc she directed a lot of the blame on Jimmy. Sure, she took responsibility for her choice to endorse him, but she still laid a lot of blame at his feet for messing up. But, after she landed a major client and still didn’t earn herself a reprieve it was time to face some facts; Howard is a dick.
And, thanks to TV timing, it was at this very moment that a golden opportunity was laid at her doorstep. A partner from the law firm representing Sandpiper was so impressed by her skill in the courtroom that he offered her a deal almost too good to be believed (more on that in a moment). But still Kim hesitated. Unlike Jimmy she’s not used to following her instincts. She has mapped out her life plan long ago and any deviation warrants careful consideration.
On the other hand, she can also see how Jimmy’s golden opportunity hasn’t improved his life at all. His job looks perfect on the outside, but it hasn’t made him any happier and in fact it probably makes him less happy. So who’s to say that if Kim takes this job it will really be an improvement over the situation she finds herself in at HHM?
And of course, there has to be some little logical part of her brain saying that if this deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s not hard to see how Sandpiper’s defense could benefit from Kim jumping ship. Even if they’re true to their word of not asking for inside information, it still weakens HHM immensely. But again, that’s one case. This new job could be the beginning of a whole new life.
Meanwhile, Mike is still grappling with the decision to acquiesce to Hector’s demands. A decision that is not made any easier by henchmen showing up at his, and his granddaughter’s, home every other day. This version of Mike might be somewhat different than the one we first met, but one thing remains unchanged; you do not come for his granddaughter and come away unscathed.
But, at this point, Mike has agreed to take the fall on the gun charge in exchange for cold hard cash. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Mike could do some time, but something tells me he’ll come up with a way out of it.
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