Saul 3.08

Better Call Saul 3.08 – Slip
 

Chuck consults with Dr. Cruz, and admits that the events of the disciplinary hearing demonstrated that his EHS may not be real (!)

Jimmy’s guitar store clients become suspicious of his motives and refuse to pay him. Jimmy stages a “slip and fall” con, intentionally slipping on a drum stick and injuring himself in the process.Jimmy really slips down the morality pole here, ripping off a young man of $700. He is genuinely injured, although he has a new guitar and badly plays ‘Smoke on the Water’.

Nacho puts his plan to kill Hector in motion, successfully switching his heart medication pills with a carefully prepared substitute containing only ibuprofen.

Mike, using information he gained from Nacho, tracks down the body of the Good Samaritan that Hector shot (in “Nailed”) and reports the discovery to the police.

Later that night, Mike approaches Gus to seek help in laundering the remaining $200,000 he stole from Hector so that it can be left to his family.

Mike comes out of this episode best, and his relationship with Gus appears to have begun.

 

Saul 3.07

Better Call Saul 3.07 – Expenses
 

Jimmy tries to juggle his court-mandated community service and business.

Jimmy papers over this careening towards poverty by bravely giving his film crew and Kim Wexler the very last of his money and insisting he is not maxing out his credit cards (we’re sure he is lying).

Nacho approaches Pryce with the pill stolen from Hector and offers to pay Pryce to obtain copies of the capsules with no medication.

Mike begins construction on the new playground and receives some help from the other members of Stacey’s support group, including a woman named Anita.

It looks like Jimmy is falling deeper into debt, waiting and needing a break. Meanwhile, Mike is hiding the $250,000 he stole from Hector.

 

Saul 3.06

Better Call Saul 3.06 – Off Brand
 

Jimmy is given only a year’s suspension in the aftermath of his legal battle with Chuck.

Gus is scouting a commercial laundry, to be seen later in Breaking Bad.

Hector wants a new smuggling route and decides to use Nacho’s father’s car restoration business as a front over Nacho’s objections. This leads Nacho to plan for Hector’s demise, although Hector will appear in Breaking Bad.

To recoup money on his television commercial slots, Jimmy poses as a character named Saul Goodman. Again we get to see Jimmy’s charm and persuasion techniques to get money from retailers.

Jet 6

Justice
(Jet #6)
by Russell Blake (2013)
 

More action as Jet takes on all the intelligence agencies of the world to survive and take down the baddies. This one ends with a girl on girl showdown.

 

Saul 3.05

Better Call Saul 3.05 Chicanery

The series climax where Chuck and Jimmy have a courtroom showdown.

The episode received universal acclaim from critics, with some considering it to be a series-best. Terri Schwartz of IGN awarded the episode 10 out of 10, describing it as “the best episode of Better Call Saul to date”.

At the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Gordon Smith was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for this episode, his second for the series. Many critics were disappointed when McKean, who was said to have given “one of the best performances by anyone in TV all year”, failed to secure an Emmy nomination while his co-star Jonathan Banks did.

This episode sees the introduction of Heull Babineaux (Saul’s bodyguard in Breaking Bad).

Saul 3.04

Better Call Saul 3.04 Sabrosito
 

Jimmy hires Mike to pose as a handyman and uses the repair of Chuck’s door as cover to photograph the interior of Chuck’s house.

Kim confronts Chuck, telling him that she suspects he has a copy of the tape. Chuck confirms her suspicions and states that he plans to submit the tape as evidence in Jimmy’s disciplinary hearing.

Kim then relays the information to Jimmy, revealing that having Chuck admit the existence of the second tape was all according to their plan.

Good Place 3.04

The Good Place 3.04 – The Snowplow
 

Michael and Janet, now stuck on Earth, are determined to keep the group together as they progress in the study, like having Eleanor find a lottery ticket with a winning $18000 than finding a job in Australia. Tahani goes on a blind date to keep her from dating Jason. It feels like the group is splitting apart.

Halfway through this episode, it feels like a runaway go-cart flying down a hill to an uncertain ending. Then, just at the end it does a hand-brake turn and everyone falls out. Now the Jesters (Michael and Janet) are revealed for what they are…
What happens next ?

 

Saul 3.03

Better Call Saul 3.03 – Sunk Costs
Gus and Mike come to agreement. Gus will stop tracking Mike and Mike will not kill Hector. Upon quick deliberation, however, Mike agrees to once again try to attract police attention to Hector.

Jimmy can avoid jail time, but will have to confess to his felony break-in and submit his confession to the New Mexico Bar Association, which will likely result in disbarment.

 

 

Butt Head

A Butt of Heads
(Robot vs Dragons Book 2)
by Simon Haynes (2018)
 

The author is really getting into the swing, slash and slaughter of the fantasy genre with this novel. It’s better than the first and moves everyone (and the plot) along at a good speed.

The only issue I had was that with the multiple plot-lines, sometimes I wanted to stay with a character and not switch to another.

Can’t wait for the third in the series.

 

Saul 3.02

Saul 3.02 Witness
 

The return of Gus Frig (crime-lord from Breaking Bad).

And the introduction of a receptionist to Wexler & McGill…