Saul 1.09

Better Call Saul 1.09 “Pimento”

Chuck convinces Jimmy to bring his case to HHM because of its large scale, which may lead to it becoming a class action suit.

Chuck and Jimmy meet with Hamlin, who is eager to take on the case. However, Hamlin insists that Jimmy not work on the case.

It looks like his own brother never considered Jimmy a ‘serious’ lawyer and sabotages his future employment. This ends with Jimmy leaving Chuck, presumably for good. Everything is coming into alignment for the Saul we see at the beginning of Breaking Bad.



Pearl & Nimmo

Blame It On Abba
How I ditched my day job to chase a childhood dream
by Lisa Nimmo (2018)
Lisa Nimmo has a dream…. to become a rock star. This musical adventure is proof that it’s never too late to follow your heart, reinvent yourself and become the person you were born to be.

I don’t remember this duo, the album ‘No Ordinary Day’ came out in 2006 and achieved some success. This is the story of the band told by Nimmo in a very personal way.

I heard an interview on Radio NZ that made me interested in the book.

 The Album on Spotify

Lisa’s Web Page

Shelley Mac (the other half of Pearl)






Saul 1.08

Better Call Saul 1.08 “RICO”

While assisting a resident of the Sandpiper Crossing retirement home with her will, Jimmy becomes curious regarding the way the centre charges its residents for expenses. After speaking to several of the residents, Jimmy become suspicious of elder abuse.

It looks like Jimmy has got his big break. Taking on a class action suit against a retirement home. What Could possibly go wrong….

Saul 1.07

Better Call Saul 1.07 “Bingo”

Julie Ann Emery as Betsy Kettleman

This is mainly about the Kettlemans, fraudsters, family and just stupid. Jimmy manages to convince them to go back to the solicitor Kim by getting Mike to steal the money they stole.

One of the funniest episodes yet.


Dragon Chips

A Portion of Dragon and Chips
(Robot vs Dragons Book 1)
by Simon Haynes (2018)

When a battered old robot washes up on the shores of the Old Kingdom, it signals the end of a fragile alliance among the four ancient lands.

Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series takes on the fantasy genre. And not just fantasy, this is the first of a trilogy and it has the scope and feel of epic fantasy. Most of his humour has been suppressed, where there is funny stuff it’s mainly based on modern references in a medieval setting.

Still, it’s an interesting read. There are multiple plot threads, kings, queens and quests. Assassins, dragons, halflings and the promise of elves. Can’t wait for the next book.

Saul 1.06

Better Call Saul 1.06 “Five-O”

In a flashback, Mike arrives in Albuquerque on a train and is met by his daughter-in-law, Stacey. Their conversation reveals that Mike’s son, Matty, was a Philadelphia police officer who was recently murdered.

This  is really Mike’s episode as it explains his backstory. He reveals his character and dark past. By far the best episode so far. It was a nominee for outstanding writing in a drama series (2015)  for Gordon Smith.

Saul 1.05

Better Call Saul 1.05 “Alpine Shepherd Boy”

After Chuck’s neighbor reports him for stealing the newspaper, he is arrested and hospitalized. A doctor tries to have Jimmy commit Chuck to a mental institution, but Jimmy manages to convince her that he is fully capable of containing Chuck in his own home.

Jimmy’s newfound fame seems to attract mostly unpropitious clients, but he eventually comes across an elderly lady in need of a will, which prompts Jimmy’s lawyer friend Kim to propose that Jimmy specialize in elder law.

A rather slow and muddled episode, especially as I had inadvertently seen episode 1.06 before this. What happens at the end will neatly segue  into the next episode.

Mum’s Choir

(Court Theatre)
Written by Alison Quigan
Directed by Ross Gumbley

For years the O’Reilly household was alive with music – all the family sang. Now Mum has died and the family have gathered for the funeral.

Her final request is an almost impossible task: for her kids to sing Fauré’s Requiem at her funeral.

A NZ Comedy/drama with a good mix of humour, pathos and drama. And a lot of songs to lift what is the story of a funeral, ultimately a depressing subject.

Press Review



Saul 1.04

Better Call Saul 1.04 “Hero”

Here we get the origin of the name (rhymes with ‘It’s all good, man)

It looks like Jimmy has taken the bribe and splashes out on a billboard. However when he is order to take it down, he stages an impressive stunt to save a ‘billboard worker’.

It’s a brilliant stunt and shows just how devious he is.


Saul 1.03

Better Call Saul – 1.33 “Nacho”


Disguising his voice, Jimmy Calls the Kettlemans from a pay-phone and warns them that they are in danger of being robbed. As Jimmy returns to the Kettleman house, he’s informed they have been kidnapped.

This shows just how devious Jimmy can be. But it’s Mike that gives him the clue.Jimmy is persistent and tracks down the Kettlemans.

It looks like this is the start of the relationship between the two men.