|Posted: 24 September 2018 at 11:26pm | IP Logged | 7
Oh, man. What a well-earned payoff to the opening of this episode. Kim and Jimmy’s plan is so ridiculous and so elaborate that of course It works. I friggin’ lost it when “Pastor Hanford” discretely requested that the CD labeled “organ music” be played for a convincing background effect. To say nothing of the army of burner phones, all with their own names and backstories. And the dry-erase board with all of the tips to effectively convey convincing stories from the “parishioners” clamoring for Huell’s release.
Also, this. The phone number is real.
In other news, we finally come back to Nacho, and get an brief, insightful glimpse into his inner life. He’s going through the motions as head of the Salamanca operation, but he has an escape plan. And then Lalo Salamanca comes on the scene to make an impossible situation that much harder. Yikes.
And we also have Krazy-8, now serving in the same position which Nacho filled for Hector, but he’s still not yet the brutal drug dealer we met way back in the BREAKING BAD pilot.
Yeah, Werner’s gonna be Mike’s tipping point, I think. You can already see Mike distancing himself, because he’s afraid of what may come. He befriended this guy, and then he screwed up by talking too much. Jonathan Banks brings fantastic subtlety, gravity, and depth to the scene where Mike tells Werner to “turn to Jesus”.
Of course, the big emotional payoff of this episode—and perhaps even the past few seasons—comes down to Kim. Or, If you prefer, Giselle. I saw it coming. I saw it in the subtle smile on Kim’s face during the Mesa Verde meeting, and I saw it when she pulled the Zafiro Anejo stopper out of her desk. People have been saying that this turnaround was a case of subverting expectations, but I kinda think it’s more the fulfillment of a subplot that’s been brewing throughout the entire series,
Of course Kim likes it. Of course she does. That’s what’s drawn her to Jimmy all along. She has a wild streak which she keeps suppressed 99% of the time. But...scamming with Jimmy is a turn-on for her. Just like it is for him. That’s why they click.
Until now, we were being led to believe that Kim and Jimmy’s relationship was quickly disintegrating. In hindsight, that was just clever misdirection. In hindsight, all of the little clues regarding Kim being dissatisfied with Mesa Verde and her strained relationship with Jimmy make perfect sense. She was just struggling with embracing her true self. Just as Jimmy has been for the entirety of the series.
“Let’s do it again.”
The truly chilling thing about this is that the straight-arrow Kim we see 99% of the time was the one thing holding Jimmy back from embracing his inner conman. If she’s actually going to enable him now, then things are gonna get messy fast.
That being said, the show was indeed leading us to think that Jimmy and Kim were drifting apart. And, when you stop and think about it, that would absolutely have been the best-case scenario. Now, however...now things aren’t looking good at all.
The logical assumption would be that Kim finally breaking bad and willingly engaging in illegal cons with Jimmy will eventually lead to her being disgraced/imprisoned/dead/whatever. But...what if the longstanding joke amongst Odenkirk and the crew wasn’t a joke? What if Saul Goodman really did go home to Kim every night during the BREAKING BAD time period? What if there’s a whole other side to things which we didn’t know about?
It seems unlikely, yes, but you never do know.