TV Recap: Better Call Saul, “Fifi”

Written by Ryan Demarco

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill and Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut - Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Key Art - Photo Credit: Ben Leuner/AMC
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill and Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut – Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Key Art – Photo Credit: Ben Leuner/AMC

Well, you can keep the dog out of the fight, but you can’t keep the fight out of the dog. No other saying could ring more true for Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk). You didn’t expect him to play nicely did you?

After a tug of war between Kim (Rhea Seehorn) and HHM, Mase Verde ultimately decided to go with Howard and Chuck’s (Michael McKean) firm. This struck as a devastating blow to Kim since it seemed like she locked down the high rank case, what would have been her first client in the newly jointed firm between her and Jimmy (McGill and Wexler Law Firm). However, Chuck made sure to not let that happen. Going against all of his rules, Chuck went right in to assure that Mase Verde would stay with them. This triggered Jimmy.

Watching Jimmy sabotage the Mase Verde files while Chuck was sleeping reminded me of the opening scene this season with Jimmy trapped in the garbage chute writing “SG” on the wall. It didn’t take long before the Saul-side of Jimmy came out. I’m predicting that this move, with Jimmy tampering with the legal files, will be the ultimate undoing between him and Kim and maybe even him and Chuck. Even in the beginning of the episode when Jimmy and Kim were eating and talking about Kim’s resignation for HHM, Kim wanted to do it by the book, “the right way”, as she put it. It’s only a matter of time before Jimmy’s sabotage will come to light. I’m dreading that moment however necessary it may be.

- Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC
– Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC

As for Chuck, he told Jimmy that if the situation was reversed he would take care of him if he was the one who was sick. That may be true, but would he ever stand aside to let him be successful? I’m not so sure, given that he’s already tried to keep Jimmy away from being a lawyer, bad mouthing him and doing everything in his power to take away the business Kim rightfully deserved.

Besides the question of Jimmy’s actions, we saw them find a office to lease, which gave us a glimpse of Kim absolutely ecstatic from what was considered an early celebration of Mase Verde. It was a moment that Jimmy noted, “I love seeing you like this.” We do too, Jimmy. We also saw Jimmy shoot the first part of his commercial for the new firm at a decommissioned B-29 named “Fifi.” It was also great to see him name a character Fudge.

While most of the episode revolved around Jimmy and Kim’s situations, Mike was surprisingly shorthanded this week. Given only a little time, we see Mike continue his investigation of Hector. We are left watching him make a hose with nails sticking out of them. I can only imagine it’ll be used to damage the Salamanca business in some way. I would have liked a little more Mike time, especially since the past few weeks his story has been great.

Altogether, a fairly strong episode this week as we see Jimmy and Kim struggle with the question of starting a firm on their own. At this point, it’s getting really clear how Jimmy can’t help himself by cheating to get ahead, no matter how much his actions may be justified, and I predict that it’s going to end up costing him a lot. As for Mike, we were given a lot of thin material while he continues to investigate the Salamanca’s.

Rating: 8.5/10