In this week’s episode of Better Call Saul, “Expenses,” Jimmy isn’t in a pretty situation after his fall from lawyer-dom, picking up trash from the side of the road and being docked three hours and 30 minutes during his four hour community service because he was on his cell phone trying to get rid if his lawyer insurance and sell commercials.
Let’s just say that his supervisor was not amused.
Things only go downhill for Jimmy from there, it turns out he’s living out of his half-broken car, cleaning himself with baby wipes and rushing to film a very nervous chair commercial for a man who sells, you guessed it, chairs.
This is our first glimpse into the sketchy life of Saul Goodman, commercial genius who’s just too good at scamming people into making quick and rash decisions and is the producer from hell who really, really does not like America’s millennial youth.
The poor couch salesman looked like he was going to vomit when he told Jimmy he wasn’t going to be able to make any more commercials because he’s really afraid of his wife.
After Jimmy yells at some kids about capitalism and skimps out on tipping the Chinese food delivery kid, we cut to Nacho scaring the daylights out of that guy he stole the baseball cards from by simply sitting on his living room couch. Nacho’s request is anything but simple though, he wants pills for $20,000 from the guy (pills his company does not make, we should add).
It’s not just Nacho and Jimmy who are involved in some sketchy behavior, Mike and his money bags make an appearance while he’s helping build a building (we think it’s a church) with a group on volunteers. Ever the lone wolf, Mike wants to do the work all by himself, but gets convinced by a group of do-gooders to help build the church.
Interestingly enough, in the next scene we see Mike during the night time being pulled into yet another illegal venture with baseball card guy who wants Mike as a bodyguard for the pill job. Mike wants none of it and wants baseball guy to find a way out of it on his own. Good for you, Mike, keep staying on the do-gooder path (even though we know what happens in Breaking Bad).
As for Kim, things are getting heated between her and her Mesa Verde bestie Paige. Paige finally looks at the transcripts and thinks it’s genius what Jimmy and Kim did to Chuck regarding the number change. Kim is visibly bothered by this in a standout performance by Rhea Seehorn, who constantly looks like she’s on the verge of explosion playing the pre-number scandal Kim.
We don’t blame her though, to Kim all they did was take down a sick, old man. There’s no victory in it for her no matter how cunning it was. That’s the difference between her and Jimmy: Jimmy will never feel bad about what he did to Chuck and, admit it, you probably won’t either.
And we don’t feel bad for Jimmy, even when he’s on the verge of losing his mind when he films the music shops commercial for free. We do feel bad though when we see him on the side of the road pre-breakdown refusing to take money from the college girl in his commercial production group.
We feel really, really bad actually. It’s Jimmy’s lowest point in the season.