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‘Better Call Saul’ Recap: Jimmy & The Kettlemans Are In It Together

Mon, March 16, 2015 11:03pm EDT by 2 Comments

After last week’s episode finally got to the bottom of Mike, we see how his shady past is going to affect Jimmy’s shady future. Plus, we see a whole lot more of those Kettleman folds!

With Mike’s (Jonathan Banks) past out there in the open, and Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) pretty much synonymous with trouble, the events of the Mar. 16 episode of Better Call Saul were somewhat inevitable. We also got back to those pesky Kettlemans, and finally got a hint of what this season’s end game might actually be. We’ve only got three episodes left, after all! Check out a full recap!

‘Better Call Saul’ Recap

And we’re back.

We open on Jimmy and Mike in the courtroom. “Once again, I do all the talking,” Jimmy says. “That’s how this works.” Jimmy returns the notebook which Mike had sneakily snatched during the coffee-spill interrogation. The cops are pissed, and even though Jimmy pulls some of his signature mile per minute arguing, they don’t buy it.

Mike then thanks Jimmy for his time, and by thank I mean excuses–no, forces him to leave so he can talk to the detective alone. Basically, the elder of the two detectives knows Mike did it– and kinda doesn’t fault him for it. Ultimately, it’s up to Mike’s daughter in law, whether or not she’s gonna spill what she knows. Ya know, that Mike killed them.

Back outside, Jimmy asks what Mike told the detective to which, of course, Mike replies, “none of your business,” before adding, “I no longer require your services.”

We drop by Chuck’s (Michael McKean) house, only he’s not inside. He’s standing in the harsh lught of day, counting to 120. “I’ve been attempting to build of a tolerance for electromagnetic field,” Chuck says. Hoooboy. Looks like he hasn’t been taking those recommended meds.

Jimmy then wheels in several boxes of case files, and insists he needs to leave them there. Of course, Chuck is tempted to peak through ’em. And now we see the plan.

Jimmy and Kim (Rhea Seahorn) go to see a new office. The building is swanky, like way too swanky for Jimmy. Apparently elderly law is just booming. “Gotta look successful to be successful,” Jimmy says. Then, he offers to make Kim partner at his firm, if she leaves Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill. She declines, but seems tempted, for the record.

Back at HHM, Kim is talking to none other than the Kettlemans. Kim is blunt: “We’ve worked very hard to stave off an arrest.” She pretty much tells them that Mr. Kettleman needs to plead guilty along with returning $1.6 million of those stollen dollas. Mrs. Kettleman is pissed— she does not want to give up that money. She fires Kim and the two storm out.

At the old folks home, Jimmy is, obviously, serving as the bingo master in a thrilling game of bingo. Unfortunately, the game is interrupted with a phone call, from– guess who?– the Kettlemans. Flash to a diner: “We want no jail time,” Mrs. Kettleman said. He tries to decline until they so accurately point out, “we’ve already paid you a retainer.” So from the bathroom, he calls Kim. “You have to convince them to come back to me,” she says. “Please.”

Jimmy is about to do so, however, Mrs. Kettleman points out that, if there were money to make a deal with, it would have to be all of it, including that $30,000 retainer fee. “We’re all in this together.”

At HH&M, Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) reluctantly hands over the Kettleman files to Jimmy. He tells Howard he’s gonna need some help, “You sure are,” Howard says, before walking out.

Elsewhere, Mike is camped out outside the Kettleman house. He’s placed a large wad of bills in a remote controlled car, which Mr. Kettleman finds and panics. We see the lights in the house turn black, and then Mike makes his move. He breaks in, using a black light to detect finger prints. Well, guess what he was looking for? The Kettleman jackpot!

He brings the pot o’ gold to Jimmy and Jimmy does “the right thing,” and places the 30 K on top of the pile. “Am I correct in assuming we’re now square?” Mike asks.

“Square,” Jimmy responds.

The next morning, Jimmy drops by Casa Kettleman. Jimmy tells them that their money is gone and Mrs. Kettleman, obviously, flips the F out. “Here’s what we’re gonna do,” Jimmy says. “Luckily we have a very talented lawyer you who can minimize the damage. You’re gonna take that deal.”

Of course, having given back the money, Jimmy can’t afford that new office. He pays it one more visit, and it’s probably the most sorry I’ve felt for him. He kicks the hell out of a door, then sits in his would-be office and, well, cries.

That’s it. Who woulda thought this show would become so heart-tugging?

Do you think Jimmy should have given back the money? Or should he have represented the Kettlemans?

— Casey Mink