Cameron Lee ’20 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Spoiler Alert: This recap contains spoilers for season 3 episode 9 of Better Call Saul
The penultimate episode for this season of Better Call Saul, appropriately titled “Fall”, saw Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk), Kim (Rhea Seehorn), and Chuck (Michael McKean) reach new lows as the stage is set for a very dramatic finale.
We pick things up with Jimmy visiting Irene, the representative for the Sandpiper class action lawsuit that Jimmy started way back in season one. Irene tells Jimmy that Sandpiper has offered a settlement deal to the HHM firm and D&M. Jimmy does the math and realizes that if the deal were to go through, his share of the settlement would be over 1 million dollars which would be more than enough to keep Kim’s and his practice open. Jimmy goes to Howard (Patrick Fabian) and tries to convince him to take the deal. But Howard is sick and tired of Jimmy and sees right through Jimmy’s plan. He refuses, leaving Jimmy to devise a scheme that even in his mind is cruel.
Meanwhile, poor Howard is not having any luck controlling Chuck: they meets with their malpractice insurance agency, who request that HMM’s premium be raised and that Chuck be monitored at all times. Chuck refuses to do either and says that he is going to sue them. Howard, now furious, tells Chuck that he should retire. Chuck tries to tell Howard that he isn’t crazy, but hurts his case when he grabs a desk lamp and acts like a lunatic in front of Howard. A day later, Howard gets a letter from Chuck, which isn’t a friendly greeting card, but a lawsuit of 8 million dollars at his own firm (Chuck’s really done it this time).
Mike (Jonathan Banks) is hired to Madrigal by Gus (Giancarlo Esposito). In Breaking Bad, Madrigal was the German company that Gus was laundering money through. Mike meets with Lydia, whose job it is to help Mike launder his money through the company. This scene won’t have the same impact if you have not seen Breaking Bad, as this meeting sets up a crucial relationship that is paid off in season five of Breaking Bad.
Nacho’s (Michael Mando) plans to poison Hector doesn’t exactly goes as planned. During a meeting with Gus, Hector loses his cool and takes his medication. The poison pills seemingly have no effect on Hector, who demands that Nacho use his innocent father’s business as a hub for Hector’s drug traffic. Nacho must warn his dad about Hector, which then causes Nacho’s dad to kick him out of his house.
In a beautifully put-together montage, Jimmy enacts his scheme by socially manipulating all of Irene’s friends to turn against her. He also gives Irene new running shoes to makes all of her friends jealous of her. While hosting the senior citizens bingo night, Jimmy sees that his plan has worked and that all of Irene’s friends hate her. He manipulates the bingo machine by making all the numbers match up with Irene’s card. When Irene gets a bingo, nobody applauds, causing Irene to leave the room in tears (never has a game of bingo been so heartbreaking). Jimmy sees his opening and convinces Irene to give him his much needed fee.
Jimmy returns to his office with a bottle of champagne to celebrate his victory and tries to tell Kim the good news but Kim is in rush to get to a meeting with Gatewood Oil and leaves in a rush. Because of her rampant work fatigue, Kim crashes her car off the side of the road and into a rock. The crash scene was unlike any car crash scene that’s been in film or TV; brilliant use of editing here. Kim gets out of her car injured and alone on the side of a highway, her essential organized case files scattered by the wind.
With just one episode left, things are bound to get intense for everyone. But especially for Kim as she is tumbling towards a very uncertain future.
Episode Grade: A-