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05/02/17 1:42 AM
05/09/17 12:46 AM
So, after an
ep mostly dedicated to Mike and Gus, Jimmy vs. Chuck takes the front seat again
for “Chicanery.” This ep builds slowly,
but the stage is set with another flashback scene when Chuck invites his
ex-wife Rebecca to dinner, with Jimmy facilitating. Chuck goes to elaborate lengths to disguise
his disability, even when Jimmy (the expert in such things) warns him that “the
bigger the lie, the harder it is to dig out of it.” The meal starts out well (with Chuck
preparing a smooth line of lies to explain the lack of electricity), but then
Rebecca takes a call on her cell phone and Chuck freaks out. Chuck still can’t bring himself to tell the
truth to Rebecca, and she leaves in a huff.
Back to the
present, with Kim and Jimmy preparing themselves for the New Mexico board
hearing. Kim cleverly covers her butt
with the Mesa Verde people by letting them know about Chuck’s action (phrased
in her terms, of course). Fortunately,
Kim has done a bang-up job for them, so they’re perfectly happy to accept her
version of events. Jimmy is also busy,
going to our favorite corrupt veterinarian to arrange for a “job” to be done. Turns out that the guy tasked with the job is
a certain very large guy we’re well-acquainted with from “Breaking Bad” –
another connection is established. As
Chuck arrives for the hearing, our large friend “bumps” against him, just like
he will do a few years later with Jesse to deal with some ricin-laden
cigarettes . . .
quite confident, even if Howard isn’t – he brushes aside Howard’s suggestion
that he stay away and let the board deal with the simple breaking-and-entering
case. He knows Howard is worried about
PR, and Howard knows that he’s right to be concerned – if Jimmy with a law
degree is a chimpanzee with a machine gun, putting Chuck in his current mental
state in front of a board with hostile examiners is sticking a pile of TNT in
the room and striking a match.
goes largely as expected – the tape causes quite a hush, and we’re set up to
expect the worst, but Jimmy’s and Kim’s plan is quite thorough. Rebecca appears unexpectedly (Jimmy has filled
her in on Chuck’s illness) which serves to rattle Chuck, although he tries to
shake it off. The climax, though is
reached when Jimmy cross-examines Chuck on the nature of his illness and
reveals that his very large compatriot planted a charged cell phone battery on
Chuck, who’s been holding it during his entire time on the stand without
realizing it. At one stroke, Chuck’s
reassuring world of lies falls apart – the lies he tells himself about his
illness, the lies about the law, the lies about Jimmy. His outburst makes it clear how much he
despises his brother for his dishonesty, chicanery and the fact that his
parents still loved him more than Chuck.
He certainly has his reasons for feeling this way, but it becomes clear
how much his hatred has consumed him over the years and probably led to his
divorce and subsequent “illness.” It’s a
great bit of writing and acting, and it’s clear that no one feels triumphant,
particularly Jimmy – he knows he had to do this to survive as something more
than an appendage to his brother, but he takes no pleasure in destroying his
last links to family.
It took a
while to get going, but it was worth it – a very powerful episode.
05/09/17 4:29 AM
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05/16/17 12:19 AM
We now see
the aftereffects and collateral damage inflicted by the events of “Chicanery”
on full display in “Off Brand.” First,
however we return to Hector Salamanca doing business in his own storefront,
sitting by while Nacho collects from the street sellers. When our old friend Krazy-8 comes up short, Nacho is inclined to
let him go with a stern warning to pay up next week, but Hector’s comment -”
Who’s working for who?” – sends Nacho back to administer a full beatdown to the
culprit. Later, working at his dad’s
upholstery store, Nacho almost puts the sewing-machine needle through his
thumb, showing how shaken up he is by what he had to do; it’s obvious that he’s
starting to think very hard about what he’s doing for the Salamancas.
Back to the
Chuck ‘n Jimmy Show – the hearing participants, as expected are deeply shaken
by Chuck’s meltdown and Kim makes an eloquent summation to the board in favor
of Jimmy. Chuck is a broken man, and in
yet another instance of this show’s ability to change our point of view,
Rebecca tries unsuccessfully to get Chuck to let her in, then goes to Jimmy
(who’s celebrating with Kim) to enlist his help. In what is probably Jimmy’s coldest scene, he
turns Rebecca down and says that Chuck is no longer his brother, which incenses
Rebecca; she points out that Chuck is mentally ill, but Jimmy has no such
excuse. Howard shows up at Chuck’s
house, finally gets Chuck to let him in and gives him a pep talk about letting
go of the past and Jimmy (he’ll be suspended from practice for a year, and
knowing Jimmy he’ll probably screw up and make the suspension permanent). The following scenes are some of Chuck’s best
as he forces himself to take his tape recorder out and hold the battery in his
hand, then wraps himself in his space blanket and travels downtown into EM Hell
to make a pay phone call to his former doctor.
I have to give Chuck a lot of credit here – he’s recognizing that he has
a mental, not a physical problem and it’s up to him to deal with it. Can he really let his obsession with Jimmy
meanwhile is in a bind – he may not be disbarred, but he’s been suspended for a
year and he has to let all of his elder-law clients know. He’s also stuck with the television ad
contract he signed, which obligates him to another 9 spots and $4,000. Kim’s talking about letting Francesca go and
breaking the lease on their shared office, but Jimmy can’t accept that – he’s
going to come up with his 50% of expenses each month, come what may. He gathers his old college-club production
team together but is still stuck for ideas until one of the crew suggests that
he make the commercial himself. Why
not? As long as Jimmy isn’t shilling his
legal services, he can shill whatever else he wants. Jimmy’s still struggling – he can’t just
switch from Jimmy McGill the hustling lawyer to Jimmy the pitchman; he’s going “off-brand.” Then, inspiration strikes . . .
Back to the
Salamancas and the Fring operation.
Nacho heads to the familiar confines of Gus’s chicken farm to collect
Hector’s shipment. He takes 6 packages
instead of 5, obviously on Hector’s orders, and after a tense standoff, Gus
tells his henchman via phone to let Nacho have the package. Hector listens to Nacho’s account, then tells
Nacho that he wants to use his father’s upholstery business to move his
product. Nacho doesn’t like that idea at
all, but what’s he going to do? More
seeds of doubt planted with Nacho, who already knows what a brutal bastard
Hector is. The biggest surprise, though
is when Gus is casing an industrial laundry in the company of a very familiar Breaking Bad character. I’ve thought about several other roles, but I
completely forgot about Lydia . . .
We end the
ep on a humorous note as a triumphant Jimmy tells Kim that he’s got people on
the line to use up his commercial time, then puts on the videotape to reveal
himself in all of his huckster glory as a completely new persona – Saul Goodman. Kim’s response is priceless – it’s all legal, but she’s completely unprepared for the circus act she sees. “He’s – very high energy,” is all she can say
with eyes as wide as saucers.
So, Saul had
finally arrived, and Gus is setting something in motion – unfortunately I’ll be
missing the next two weeks as I’ll be on the road, but I’ll definitely look
forward to catching up!
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