Better Call Saul, 4 x 7, “Something Stupid”

This week’s episode begins with some artsy splitscreen montage set to Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s “Somethin’ Stupid” as Jimmy and Kim each throw themselves into work. Her new job at Schweikert and Cokely consumes Kim as she racks up Mesa Verde branch after Mesa Verde branch. Kim hangs a poster for the 1932 film Outlaw Justice, starring Jack Hoxie. Jimmy feels her turning away from him and the relationship starting to thaw. Meanwhile, Slippin’ Jimmy puts his nom-de-guerre to work as  Saul Goodman the Cell Phone salesman, who provides the Albuquerque cooks with communications hardware.

Months pass and Jimmy gets closer and closer to getting his license back. He finds a place and shows the camera a new office. Is he talking to Kim? Is it Francesca? Is it anyone at all? Did they have Keurigs in 2004? (They did. Fun fact: they’ve been around since 1998.) Also, it’s Hule and he’s not impressed. Hule lets Jimmy know that he would never walk into his proposed law office. However, it’s great to see director Deborah Chow steering the series back to the fun technical work that helped set Breaking Bad apart from the pack.

Hector woke up. He cannot speak. He can twitch his upper lip and flick his finger. He knocks a cup of water off a table in order to ogle  a nurse’s backside. The doctor, who has taped Hector’s sessions, calls it “involuntary” later when she shows it to Fring after dinner at Fring’s pad (they’re having stew, natch). Fring takes as a sign that Hector can see and hear everything but only move that finger. He ends treatment purely to torture Hector.

Kim and Jimmy get dressed up all fancy for a work party with an open bar in the company office. Guess who’s druuunnnk? It’s Jimmy. As everyone talks about their favorite places to go on  retreats, Jimmy’s poor background brings the jealousy and resentment toward rich people hard. He starts inflating ski resorts, from Taos to Telluride to Aspen, until Rick Schweikart realizes Jimmy’s actually trolling them. Schweikart delivers the wham-o line, “You certainly don’t think small.”

The soundtrack comes back with a rendition of “The Big Rock Candy Mountain” by one of my personal heroes, Burl Ives, the voice of the snowman in that Rudolph Christmas special, as the Germans tunnel under Mike’s watchful eye. The Germans experience setbacks. They want to go home, but Mike speaks German now and shouts at them to shape up.

A policeman comes to Jimmy looking for “Saul Goodman” the name that Jimmy sells his phones under. While arguing about the ethics of selling burner phones to drug dealers, Hule decks the cop. Hule gets arrested, and worse yet, it turns out the cop had arrested him a few years earlier. Jimmy tries to set Kim on the prosecution, since he cannot represent Hule himself. Kim takes the news that Jimmy has started hocking burner phones with admirable stoicism She realizes that Jimmy is getting in deep when colleagues mock trying to talk Hule’s case down. In the final scene, Kim buys a ton of school markers, then calls Jimmy because she has a plan.

This episode saw the return of a lot of Breaking Bad hallmarks, from the retro tunes to the unorthodox camerawork to the smallest detail – Hule doubting Jimmy’s legal advice – ballooning into a plot point. I’m still slapping my head for not catching that foreshadowing right off the bat. We saw nothing from Nacho and Howard this episode, but Mike has only gotten in deeper with the cartels. This show, in my opinion, has slowly started to become more like Breaking Bad which perfectly mirrors Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman.

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Photo source: AMC.com. Photo by Matthias Cramer/AMC/Sony Pictures Television
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Author: Aaron Heil

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