Better Call Saul Season 2-Episode 2 "Cobbler" Opinion: Gilligan gives us more Mike and more "Saul Goodman" premonitions
Episode 2 of this season of Better Call Saul primarily deals with both the repercussions of Dan's Hummer buy as well as the continuing confrontation between Chuck and Jimmy. While the season premiere saw Jimmy taking the very well paying job at the Davis and Main law firm, this episode presented conflict to Jimmy in the form of the reappearance of Chuck at HHM, pushing him ever closer to the Saul Goodman we know from Breaking Bad. But this show is dedicated to the character of Jimmy McGill, as Vince Gilligan clearly mentions in several podcasts and interviews, every time we see Gene (The post Breaking Bad black and white opener scenes in the season premieres) we see a completely different character than upcoming lawyer Jimmy McGill, or "criminal" lawyer Saul Goodman, and the writing effectively discerns between these three characters although they are the same person. This episode also brought us to the forefront of the dealings between Nacho and Dan the IT pill-man, with Mike finally stepping in to help Dan after Nacho stole the pills, and not to mention, the baseball cards!
All seems well for Jimmy, who has upto the point of entering HHM to discuss the Sandpiper case, seems to be on his way to becoming a goody-two-shoes lawyer helping the elderly. All his hard work on the case has been rewarded by being offered the Davis and Main job, after undergoing a horrible ordeal at HHM at the hands of his own brother, Chuck, who is unable to accept that Jimmy is now on the same level as him. Chuck reappears at HHM, and Jimmy is seriously taken aback by his return. Almost as if just to taunt Jimmy, Chuck doesn't do anything whatsoever at the meeting he decides to sit in on, once again invoking the fact that his name is on the building to justify it. The opening scene was quite interesting in how it showed Chuck's disbelief in Jimmy's achievements. The metronome, in the very last shot of the scene, begged for Chuck's attention and finally got him to look at it and at least acknowledge it, if not grudgingly, in the same way he was forced to acknowledge Jimmy in front of Howard.
On the other side, Mike is still on parking duty, collecting parking fees and checking for stickers of course. The pill-dealing Dan is on his way to the police when Mike finds him, and naturally, Mike takes control and tells him exactly what to do. This episode showed us the Breaking Bad Mike that we know, the Mike who can be counted on to find someone, to do a background check (and I mean a REAL check...) or to take care of business. Mike finds Nacho and after a very intense conversation with him (Props to Michael Mando, who plays Nacho. There is a very surreal intensity in his eyes whenever he is on screen and it says so much about the character he plays.) I also tend to agree with the consensus of other critics that say this is the real beginning of season 2. Even though the premiere dovetailed right off the season 1 finale, it played out like a spin-off to the story, with Jimmy conning douchebag stocks guy Ken (Ken is a Breaking Bad easter egg, in case you were wondering). This episode brought us back to continuing the central story at hand, and it worked very well.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Kim and Jimmy evolves, as the episode presented a slight tension breaking in between the two when Jimmy told Kim about the whole "video" thing. When Jimmy said to Dan, "You're going to have to make a video" and then cut to another scene, it was just so insanely funny! Spent a good minute laughing at that scene and the hard cut away from the scene. But it recalled the quirkiness and "criminal" lawyer-ness of Saul Goodman, so the show seems to have started on its path to the evolution of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman. Let's wait and see how it plays out!