Better Call Saul S2Ep3 "Amarillo" Opinion: The Most Breaking Bad-esque episode since "Mijo"
Episode 3 of Better Call Saul's second season continues to move along the intriguing plot that Gilligan presented to us ever since he started this show. The narrative flow is never absent, unlike Breaking Bad, wherein there were (and I grudgingly admit this, as a fan of that show) more than a few episodes with a lot of skippable content, for the long wait in that show, however, the payoff is great. Mr. Gilligan and Peter Gould seem to be on top of their game in terms of making sure each and every episode counts and moves forward the plot towards the inevitable "Saul Goodman" era of Jimmy. This episode gave us the first solid glimpse of that clever and ingenious but not-so-by-the-books character we know from Breaking Bad. This show has always been about the transformation of Jimmy from a do-gooder upcoming lawyer to that "criminal" criminal lawyer, and this episode showed Jimmy at his finest-thinking out of the box to solve a problem, but eventually facing the consequences for his unorthodox and possibly illegal methods.
The Sandpiper case is still at large, and Davis and Main are working together with HHM to get more of the Sandpiper residents to sign the class-action. The problem is that soliciting for their own services is being disallowed at the Sandpiper locations across the south. Enter Jimmy, with the out-of-the-box idea of running an advertisement during a show that he knows all the old people at the place watch. Its great, but his boss says they need to work on it as it had been tried before. Jimmy, who is once again motivated by a desire to prove Chuck wrong, wants to get this done by himself, so as to show his value to the firm and to Chuck. The results are both good and bad, as Jimmy directs an ad and runs it without even consulting the partners at Davis and Main. Even worse, he lies to Kim by pretending to have told the partners about the ad. What happens next? Tune in next week. I definitely enjoyed Jimmy's enthusiasm for the job and the genius he displayed in creating the ad. But he crossed the line by not involving the partners at his firm, both to avoid wasting time in endless meetings that would have occurred for that to happen and also to show Chuck once and for all that he was as fit to be a lawyer as he was.
This episode works on not only Jimmy, but Mike too, who is still trying to earn some cash without doing anything too crazy/illegal. A lot of that wonderful Bad-esque suspense is invoked in the scenes involving Mike and his, shall we call them, adventures, and it totally works. He's finally pushed to take an extreme job that's only hinted at the very end of the episode. By the looks of it, we are probably going to start seeing more of the Breaking Bad Mike as we move towards the end of the season, which is definitely a plus, given how the character development has been leading to it so far with great consistency.