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Saul 4.10

Better Call Saul 4.10 – Winner

 

The final in the last broadcast series. Series 5 has been green-lit and should appear next year.

Kim helps Jimmy’s appeal by arranging public displays where he feigns grief for Chuck. Jimmy participates in interviewing Chuck’s scholarship candidates and connects with one whose past includes shoplifting.

At his appeal, Jimmy speaks extemporaneously about how he wants to bring credit to the McGill name if he’s allowed to practice law again. His appeal succeeds, and even Kim believes him, but he reveals it was a con, and his declaration that won’t practice under his own name stuns her.

Mike intends to kill him, so Werner calls his wife at the airport and convinces her to return home, after which Mike shoots him.

Gus shows Gale the nearly completed lab, constructed according to Gale’s design.

Until the next season, sometime 2019 it’s bye from Saul.

 

Saul 4.09

Better Call Saul 4.09 – Wiedersehen
 

Wiedersehen is German for “See you again”. Now I am getting up to date as this was originally aired on October 1, 2018 in the United States.

This starts with another elaborate scam by Jimmy and Kim who surreptitiously replace approved plans for a Mesa Verde branch in Lubbock, Texas with plans for a bigger building.

Jimmy answers the questions eloquently at his reinstatement hearing, but his application is denied.

Lalo visits Hector and improves his communication ability with a concierge bell Lalo kept as a souvenir. This will be the bell we see in Breaking Bad.

Werner’s crew blows up the rock preventing construction of the elevator and celebrate that their work is almost done, but Werner misses his wife and escapes.

Rainer Bock as Werner Ziegler

Saul 4.08

Better Call Saul 4.08 – Coushatta
 

Kim enlists S&C employees in Huell’s defense and indicates she’ll bury Suzanne in paperwork. Jimmy takes a bus ride, writes supportive mail for Huell, and enlists passengers to help.

This is Kim’s scheme, and it looks like a lot of money and effort to keep Heull out of jail. She does appear to be enjoying herself.

A fully-healed Nacho is more prominent in the Salamanca organization, and trains Domingo to take a hard line with dealers who don’t meet their quota. “Lalo” Salamanca arrives to aid in running the business.

Good Place 3.07

The Good Place 3.07 – A Fractured Inheritance

Eleanor’s Mother and her boyfriend

Eleanor gets to confront her mother, Donna about what an awful mother she was.

In Budapest, Tahani attempts to make amends with her annoyingly successful sister, Kamilah.

I didn’t buy Leslie Grossman as Eleanor’s mother. Leslie is 47, Kriseen Bell 38 only nine years younger. And Dave, the new father-in-law played by Andrew Daly is also 47. The Tahini story was better.

This episode was a bit slower and lacked the pacing of previous episodes.

 

 

Saul 4.07

Better Call Saul 4.07 – Something Stupid
In a time jump sequence of several months that advances the series to early 2004, Jimmy and Kim are shown to be drifting further apart.

Kim’s arm has healed, and to Jimmy’s chagrin she thrives at Schweikart & Cokely, with Mesa Verde’s expansion continuing and Kim finding time to work on the pro bono criminal defense cases that give her satisfaction.

Jimmy plans his return to practicing law, including searching for an office. His business re-selling prepaid phones on the street continues to grow, and he increasingly uses his “Saul Goodman” alias.

Starting to get the sense that Kim is not that happy in her job. Maybe  it is not what she wanted.

Saul 4.06

Better Call Saul 4.06 – Pinata
Kim juggles Mesa Verde work with pro bono criminal defense cases, and Jimmy struggles financially during his suspension.

Kim joins Schweikart and Cokely, enabling her to handle both Mesa Verde and criminal cases, but disappointing Jimmy, who realizes the death of his dream to re-start the Wexler-McGill office.

Jimmy uses his $5,000 inheritance to buy prepaid cell phones for street resale.

Mike creates secret living and recreation facilities for Werner’s crew, who begin constructing Gus’s meth “superlab”.

Saul 4.05

Better Call Saul 4.05 Quite a Ride
 

 

Jimmy gets his mojo back at a phone store, selling multiple phones after hours before coming a cropper with some teenagers who mug him.

Kim is assigned as counsel for several defendants. When a problem arises with recent Mesa Verde paperwork, Kim sees her current pro bono case through to completion before responding, for which Paige later reprimands her. Looks like Kim may be on a downward slide.

Mike discreetly escorts foreign structural engineers through the industrial laundry so they can evaluate the space below as a site for Gus’ planned meth “superlab”. Strangely, it’s the least likely one that gets the job.

Saul 4.04

Better Call Saul 4.04 – Talk
 

The Cousins (above) kill all the Espinosas, retrieve the “stolen” drugs and return to Mexico. Nacho realizes that by eliminating the Espinosas, Gus secured himself more territory. These guys look indestructible, killing a whole gang. They have yet to meet Hank Schrader !

Jimmy is quickly bored with work at a cellular phone store and tries to drum up business. He later meets with Ira, who sold the stolen Hummel for more than expected, and offers to carry out future thefts.

Bored herself with concentrating on Mesa Verde, Kim observes Judge Munsinger’s courtroom, hoping to rekindle her interest in the law by taking on pro bono defense counsel work.

Ethan Phillips as Judge Benedict Munsinger

(Ethan Phillips, previously played Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager).

Mike inspects another Madrigal site and provides a list of quality control and safety items to fix.

He meets with Gus, who feigns anger that Mike didn’t tell him about Nacho’s intent to kill Hector, but Mike points out he had promised only not to kill Hector himself.

 

Saul 4.03

Better Call Saul 4.03 – Something Beautiful
 

Victor and Tyrus arrange Arturo’s death to look like a gang attack, deflecting attention from Nacho and hiding his involvement with Gus. This is really brutal, leaving Nacho with two bullet wounds.

Concerned that their Mexican routes are vulnerable, Juan Bolsa directs Gus to seek local manufacturers.

Gus visits the university to check on the quality of meth samples he gave to Gale Boetticher for testing.

 

Kim tells Jimmy about the disposition of Chuck’s will. She gives him a letter purportedly from Chuck, which is undated but full of praise for Jimmy. Jimmy calls it “nice”, but Kim is visibly upset by it.

Good Place 3.06

The Good Place 3.06 – The Ballad of Donkey Doug
 

This episode is slower than the previous riot.

Tahani and Michael travel to Jacksonville with Jason, who tries to save his father, Donkey Doug, by helping him start a career as an electrician.

Donkey Doug and Pillboi (just like Jason) are dumb crooks who have a get-rich-quick scheme to sell a combination energy drink and body spray made from stolen materials.

In Sydney, Chidi decides to break up with Simone to avoid contaminating her afterlife. Janet provides a virtual reality simulation, but the actual breakup still goes badly.