Oh boy. On the Mar. 30 episode of ‘Better Call Saul,’ everything started to come to a head– and a shocking truth was finally revealed.
We are just one week away from the season finale of Better Call Saul and, on the Mar. 30 episode, the rising stakes were very apparent. Chuck (Michael McKean) once again played responsible older brother to Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk), and attempted to convince him to accept a hard truth (good luck with that, Chuck)– however, a major reveal came out and completely changed the game for the two brothers. Meanwhile, Mike (Jonathan Banks) found himself working a “job,” but it wasn’t the most, uh, straightforward. Check out a full recap!
‘Better Call Saul’: Not All Is What It Seems
And we’re back.
We open on Jimmy and Chuck, sitting serenely on a park bench. Not exactly characteristic of Better Call Saul. Jimmy tells Chuck to take off his shoes, let himself feel the grass between his toes. They head back inside to get back to work.
Onto Mike, he’s gotten Kaylee a dog, which Stacy is not too pleased about but, realizing it’ll be good for the little girl, she reluctantly agrees to let him stay. Mike gets a phone call and, per usual, we have no idea who it was or what it was about.
“Is everything okay?” Stacy asks. “Just a lead on a job opportunity,” Mike says. Right. “A job.”
We next see a courtroom argument between Mr. Sandpiper and Jimmy, and it actually goes fairly well for Jimmy. That is, until he returns to Chuck’s and sees the mountains of paperwork Sandpiper has sent over in an attempt to deter their efforts.
“I know you’re not gonna like what I have to say next… what we’re facing here is not a two man job,” Chuck says. You can probably guess where this is going: Chuck thinks the two bros need the help of HHM. Obviously, Jimmy is not on board.
“This case will span years, and we don’t have the capital,” Chuck says, along with several other very logical (and true) points. Finally, Jimmy agrees– or at least he tells Chuck that he does.
Mike Is The Best
So about that job of Mike’s. We see him standing alone in an empty parking lot. However, he doesn’t remain alone for long. Two pretty badass dudes arrive, and none seem to know what’s going on. It seems that they’ve all been hired to protect someone.
A minivan rolls up. A man in the nerdiest sneakers steps out. “The agreed upon fee is $500 per man,” the guy says. What unfolds next is just another example of Mike’s unyielding badassery. He takes out one of the other hired dudes, a super douchey one, causing the third guy to bolt (this guy is about 6’5 and 400 pounds, mind you).
Mike, I love you.
Back to the brothers McGill, the two are heading over to HHM. In preparation of their arrival, the electricity is turned off throughout the entire firm. That’s some serious respect for Chuck. As they walk in, all 50 or so employees stand in the entrance way and cheer– Howard (Patrick Fabian) front and center.
In the boardroom, Howard immediately takes the charge which Jimmy immediately hates. Jimmy slows him down though and insists on discussing “terms.” Howard tells Jimmy he can give him $20 grand to start. He accepts it, as well as requests an office next to Chuck’s.
Uh. That wasn’t quite in Howard’s plan. Howard clears the room so it’s just he, Jimmy and Chuck. “I’m just gonna say it,” Howard says to Jimmy. “You’re not working here. The case is all we want.”
Jimmy finally asks what he’s wanted to ask all these years. “What is it that you can’t let go of?” Well, Howard still does not agree to let Jimmy join the firm so, with that, Jimmy yanks the case from HHM (and he says goodbye to that 20 K).
Why? Why? Why?
After Jimmy and Chuck take off, Kim (Rhea Seahorn) heads into Howard’s office to basically ask what the flip his problem is. All he can say is “the partners have made a decision.”
Kim, though, won’t accept that. “He’s my friend, and you’re not treating him fairly,” she says. As she’s walking out, Howard stops her. “Close the door,” he says. And she does, only we aren’t invited inside and are left wondering what it is he was going to tell her.
Back on the road with Mike an Mr. Nerd, we are waiting in front of some deserted factory for the other half of their deal to show up. Who gets out of the van? None other than our old friend Nacho (Michael Mando)! And of course, some of his friends, as well.
“Do you have it?” he asks the nerd, referring to pills, we learn. The deal goes down (with just a minor hitch), but it goes down. “The lesson is, if you’re gonna be a criminal, do your homework,” Mike tells the nerd, in what is just another scene which makes me think Jonathan Banks deserves an Emmy for his work on this show.
Finally, we head back to the nail salon. Jimmy pulls up, only to find Kim waiting outside. “I think you should take the deal,” she tells him.” She says that the money from taking the deal would afford him the opportunity to leave HHM for good, and start his own business.
Jimmy gets angry, and Kim walks out.
The next morning, Chuck is whipping out his iron to do a little light ironing, only to find Jimmy sitting there. “I came to a decision: I’m gonna take that deal,” Jimmy tells Chuck. Kim totally convinced him (okay, how much does Jimmy love Kim?).
A Shocking Twist
But wait. Something is fishy here. Chuck is the one who convinced Howard not to hire Jimmy, right? Jimmy clearly is calling his bluff and tells Chuck to threaten to quit. Jimmy is prodding and prodding, and pretty soon tells Chuck that he knows.
“You told him not to hire me. It was always you, right? Right back to when I passed the bar and tried to join the firm!”
Oh my god. It was never Hamlin! It was always Chuck!
“You’re not a real lawyer,” Chuck says back. “You take these shortcuts and you think you’re my peer? I committed my life to this! People don’t change: You’re Slippin’ Jimmy. The law is sacred.”
Jimmy tells Chuck he is not coming around anymore, which includes him not bringing him his necessary supplies. He walks out.
I am truly blindsided and heartbroken. Wow.
Are you shocked that Chuck was behind this the entire time?
— Casey Mink