Hey guys! This week on Better Call Saul, Jimmy asked for a favor from Mike, new complications disrupted Salamancas‘ business and Chuck & Jimmy struggled with a compromise.
The episode opened with flashback a sunny afternoon as Don Eladio stepped out of the pool to greet Hector who spoke about his ice-cream company he named after Don Eladio, introduced the driver of the truck and poured some rubber-banded cash on the table. However, his meeting with the cartel boss was interrupted by Juan Bolsa (Gus‘ guy) who proved that Hector‘s ice cream trucks were under-performing as the chicken gang unveiled three beautifully plastic-wrapped piles of cash. Don Eladio was so impressed he declared no more rubber-bands and everyone should present their cash just as Gus had which made Hector more angry.
Mike sat in his car and watched Hector’s ice cream shop get raided by the DEA after last week’s sneaker-shooting frame job. He got a call from Stacey (his late son’s wife) to thank him for the new house in a safe neighbourhood and invited him over for dinner which he declined until his granddaughter insisted he came.
Hector was not happy about his shop’s raid so he stormed into Gus’ Los Pollos Hermanos with his goons and intimidated the staff and customers in there as he lighted up a cigar and helped himself to a fountain soda. When Gus arrived, all customers had fled and his employees were seated together like hostages. He sent them home and went to his office to meet Hector.
Gus reminded Hector that the cartel wouldn’t want him interfering with his legitimate business but Hector said he was the cartel and from then on Gus was his mule. He ordered him to make room on his trucks for his product and Gus asked if Don Eladio approved it but Hector laughed that he approved it and as he left, he got right up in Gus’ face and said “You are doing it” and Gus didn’t argue. The next day, he lied to his employees that Hector and his men asked him for money but he stood up to them and they wouldn’t bother him again.
At the offices of Wexler & McGill, Kim called every handyman in a 25-mile radius until she found the one Chuck hired to fix his door and then cancelled the appointment. She got the details to Jimmy who insisted he had the perfect guy for the job as he thanked her, seriously.
Days after, Chuck got a visit from the door repairman who turned out to be Mike Ehrmantraut, of course. He took photos from inside the house and a mysterious thing found in Chuck’s address book. I still can’t figure out Jimmy is up to but I’m sure he is on the path to become Saul Goodman.
Gus sent one of his men to pay Mike for sabotaging Hector’s supply line but Mike turned the money down. So, Gus made his own trip to the courthouse parking lot to visit Mike who was reading Handyman magazine in his booth like he was considering a career change as Mr. Fix-It. Gus asked if Mike would consider working for him in the future and he replied that he could but it would depend on the work.
At the pre-prosecution diversion meeting with Chuck, Howard, Kim, and Ms. Hay (the DA), Jimmy managed to avoid mentioning the incriminating tape in his written statement and his spoken apology (which Ms. Hay insisted on). After the meeting, Kim informed Chuck and Howard that she would be filing a motion to suppress the taped confession but Chuck played right into her hands and told her the bar association standard of proof was far more lenient than she was used to and that the tape would be played. Kim walked back to Jimmy with a grin and said, “BINGO”.
Here is the trailer for the next episode; Chicanery…