On this week’s episode of ‘Better Call Saul,’ we finally found out about Chuck what some of us probably already knew– and it was pretty heartbreaking.
On the Mar. 2 episode of Better Call Saul, weirdly titled “Alpine Shepherd Boy,” we learned what the deal is with Chuck’s (Michael McKean) “space suit” and we also dealt with the repercussions of Jimmy’s (Bob Odenkirk) new status as local “hero.” Oh, and Jimmy also has a very influential interaction with a toilet. No, seriously. Check out a full recap!
Poor Ol’ Chuck
We knew he was, um, off, but this week really illuminated some things for us. The episode opens with Jimmy’s brother, wrapped tightly in his foil suit, being awoken by a knock on the door from the police.
“I can’t go outside, or be exposed to what’s out there,” he tells the cops, refusing to open the door. So officers go a-snoopin’ around casa de Chuck, and see in his basement that he’s cut all the fuses and electricity. So, they bust down the front door and Chuck shutters and shrivels against the wall in pain. It’s a fraction as painful to watch, meaning it is still very painful.
Elsewhere, Jimmy drives up to a mcmansion in the desert. Inside, we find a man who saw Jimmy on TV, who was smitten with the image he put forth (ya know, the hunk o’ junk mobile and feigned earnestness). Turns out, the potential client is a wee bit of a nutty anarchist, and he wants to secede from the United States, with Jimmy’s help of course.
“Ricky, I’m your man,” Jimmy tells him. Oh right, Jimmy never learned the word “no.” Of course, when Ricky tells Jimmy he’ll pay him a cool milion–in cash— for his services, “no” seems as far fetched as a unicorn.
However, when something seems too good to be true, it’s always because it is. Ricky hands Jimmy a wad of cash, with his face printed on it. Talk about tax free.
Moving onto the next client.
Tony The Toilet Buddy
This guy seems a little bit more normal, seeking Jimmy’s services for patent law. “It’s my idea of a lifetime,” he tells Jimmy while unveiling his big “invention.” Well, it’s a toilet. Turns out, the invention is a voice chip attached to the toilet, though, called Tony the Toilet Buddy, designed to spew positivity and help kids use the toilet. It. Is. Horrible. (And very sexual).
Again, we move on.
We enter the slowwwwww moving house of an old woman. The services she requires are divvying up assets, but by assets I don’t mean money but rather the old woman’s lifetime supply of little glass figurines and whatnot. Still, money is money and Jimmy gladly accepts her $140.
Now, to a little nighttime pedicure session with Kim (Rhea Seahorn), Jimmy is literally down on his knees, painting Kim’s toes– and it’s actually pretty sweet. She suggests the idea of elderly law to Jimmy. However, they are interrupted when Kim gets a call from Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), calling concerned about Chuck.
Chuck and Kim arrive at the hospital to find Chuck in a very lit room, and Jmmy begins to frantically shut off all the lights. “He’s allergic to electricity,” Jimmy explains to the doctors who have gathered.
Alas, we find out what we may have suspected. The doctors want to commit Jimmy for psychiatric reasons…and none physical. We also get some more insight into the events which lead Chuck here. The “electricity allergies” began two years ago, and six months after that, he left Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill.
Well, the doctor pulls a fast one on Chuck, flipping an electricity switch without him knowing, thus proving his condition is not at all physical. Things go from bad to worse when Hamlin shows up at the hospital. He doesn’t want Chuck committed either, which Jimmy thinks is because Hamlin knows Jimmy will become his guardian and cash Chuck out of HH&M.
So, because Howard doesn’t want Chuck committed, now Jimmy does. But for now, no one is going anywhere, and Jimmy takes Chuck back to his place, where Jimmy finds the stolen newspaper on which Jimmy was on the cover.
Slippin’ Jimmy Plays By The Rules
Jimmy tells Chucks that he thinks he got sick because he saw him on the cover and has returned to his “slippin’ Jimmy” ways. Jimmy explains the stunt was just a bit of “razzmatazz” to get him started. Now he “plays by the rules.”
“We’ll see,” Chuck says. Yeah. We will all see.
So, back to that elderly law thing. It appears Jimmy might be serious about it, as we cut to an old folks home. And there is so much Jello. Do old people really love jello? I thought that was an urban legend. Well, what matters here is what’s at the bottom of the Jello containers: Jimmy’s advertisement.
Moment of silence for how much I love this show and all of Jimmy’s sleazy glory.
Finally–because we can’t have an episode without Mike (Jonathan Banks)– Jimmy pulls up to the all powerful tollbooth. And, by miracle of miracles, Jimmy accurately filled out his parking validation! And, of course, he also slips Mike his business card and tells him his new scheme: “Need a will? Call McGill.”
As Jimmy drives away, we see Mike finish his shift in the wee early hours of the next morning. We go with him to a diner (correct me if I’m wrong, Breaking Bad fans, but we’ve seen this diner before, no?).
We then see Mike parked outside a woman’s home. She stops her car next to his as she pulls out of her driveway. She doesn’t say anything. She just pauses, before continuing to drive off.
Mike’s next stop is home, I guess. He kicks back with a beer, until he is interrupted by a knock at the door. A group of police officers greets him.
“Long way from home aren’t ya?” Mike asks.
“You and me both,” the cop responds.
And…scene. Um, what?
So what did Mike do? And what will it have to do with Jimmy? (I’m guessing it will require Mike to enlist Jimmy’s legal services, no?) Do you think Jimmy should have Chuck committed? Tell us your theories!
— Casey Mink