‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6, Ep. 8 Recap: Point and Shoot

Better Call Saul

Point and Shoot

Season 6

Episode 8

Editor’s Rating

4 stars

Photo: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony

“You keep telling the lie that you’ve been telling.”

That’s Mike, counseling Jimmy and Kim about how they’re going to deal with Howard’s loss of life. They’re informed that Howard’s Jaguar can be discovered on a seashore a number of states over and that his loss of life will finally be thought-about a suicide, which can appear believable given his personal and skilled setbacks. They’re informed that traces of cocaine can be found on the upholstery, as a result of “that’s the story you were setting up for this guy.” Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are keyed into inflection factors like this when their characters make decisions that set their lives on a dark trajectory. That’s what the title Breaking Bad means, in any case, or a nickname like “Slippin’ Jimmy.” The value for Jimmy and Kim’s transgressions could also be unreasonably excessive — there’s a sound argument that Howard had it coming, actually, and that justice was achieved on behalf of his aged purchasers — however they nonetheless need to pay it. They’re trapped within the tangled net their grand deception has woven.

But “Point and Shoot” doesn’t go away a lot time for Jimmy and Kim (a lot much less the viewers) to marinate in these penalties. Only the chilly open, with its elegant photographs of Howard’s dress shoe lapping in opposition to the shoreline, affords any second for peaceable contemplation. The remainder of the episode picks up proper the place the mid-season finale left off — with Jimmy and Kim screaming over Lalo nonchalantly capturing Howard within the head. That second is itself a disturbing examine in contrasts: Howard means nothing to Lalo, who dispatches him with the casual swiftness of a business govt brushing lint off of his three-piece go well with. But Jimmy and Kim are seeing an individual they knew murdered up shut, and their response is so piercingly human in opposition to Lalo’s serene bloodlessness. Their lives are modified ceaselessly in methods they (and we) can solely start to ponder. Even within the little time he has left on earth, Lalo can have forgotten about it.

Despite Jimmy’s protests that he by no means turned on him, Lalo has settled on a plan to kill Gus, so it doesn’t actually matter anyway. Lalo desires Jimmy to drive his automotive to Gus’s neighborhood, park down the road, seize a revolver and digital camera from the glove compartment, knock on the door, and shoot the docile “house cat” who’s Black and medium top with brief hair. It’s a easy job that Jimmy persuades Lalo to let Kim do as an alternative, as a result of it appears to him like her survival is not less than throughout the realm of chance. What neither of them realizes is that this assassination try is just not one thing Lalo really expects to succeed; like Jimmy and Kim’s three clear efforts to link Howard to cocaine, it’s simply a part of a better ruse.

When Kim inevitably fails and will get dragged into Gus’s home by Mike and his safety goons, Gus doesn’t want to listen to a lot from her to select up on what Lalo is doing. “Why did Lalo send you?” he asks Kim, who replies that Lalo initially wished to ship Jimmy, however Jimmy “talked him out of it.” Gus is aware of that Lalo isn’t the kind of man who may get talked out of something, which indicators to him that it genuinely didn’t matter to Lalo who was dispatched on this mission that was 100% sure to fail. Gus realizes that Kim’s mission is a ruse, a part of the multidimensional chess sport he’s been enjoying with Lalo, and that he could be on the transfer to a different location, which Gus appropriately surmises is the Lavandería Brilliante.

Although Lalo might not count on Gus to confront him on this place, it appears proper that they must settle their battle personally. They have an excessive amount of historical past to permit anybody else to do the job for them. Keep in thoughts that Gus is the architect of a complete safety equipment — a tunnel between two homes, cameras in all places, gunmen at a number of places working 24/7 — and Lalo doesn’t find out about any of it, so he may keep put and direct others to the Lavandería Brilliante. But the Salamancas murdered his partner Max, and as cool-headed and prudent as Gus may be in his business dealings, his fury over the incident is unfathomably intense in a approach that solely Giancarlo Esposito’s pinched options can specific. He desires to run the meth business as pristinely as Los Pollos Hermanos’s fryer after shut, however he’s as hot-blooded below the floor because the drooling, scowling, bell-ringing Hector Salamanca is on the floor.

The confrontation between Gus and Lalo is traditional “Fallacy of the Talking Killer” stuff, however Lalo can’t resist the urge to make a present out of humiliating Gus on-camera earlier than killing him, which might please Eladio, the unseen viewers for his footage. Gus’s invective concerning the Salamancas is the excessive level of the episode, harking back to the scene in True Romance the place Dennis Hopper’s character, sure that he’s about to die, uses his last words to insult his tormenter’s Sicilian roots. He calls Eladio “a greasy, bloated pimp.” He talks about preserving Hector alive so he may see his complete household buried. But right here’s crucial passage, referring to the underground lab: (*8*)

This piece of monologue could possibly be a Better Call Saul sub-tweet of different reveals of its ilk, those that reduce corners in pursuit of low-cost thrills — skinny, crude, artless time-wasters. That’s the factor that Gus and Walter White have in common: They’re not common drug sellers. They’re aesthetes. The thought of operating and pushing substandard product into the market — within the meth business, not precisely a drug related to high quality management — makes them bristle. For Gus, the underground lab is an entrepreneurial masterstroke that takes the sort of funding and planning that’s anathema to “jackals” just like the Salamancas, who’re content material to gobble up territory, steamroll the competitors, and unleash nice spasms of violence each time crucial — or each time the temper strikes them.

The thrilling immediacy of “Point and Shoot” intentionally tramples over any deeper contemplation of what has simply occurred, significantly with regard to Howard’s loss of life. But it cleans the slate for the closing stretch of the season. The scheming round Howard and the Sandpiper Case is over. The showdown between Gus and Lalo is resolved. There will certainly be fallout for Jimmy and Kim’s relationship as soon as the mud settles and they not need to fake that nothing has occurred. But there are solely 5 episodes left of Better Call Saul, and we don’t know what’s subsequent apart from which characters live to see the world of Breaking Bad. That’s thrilling.

• Lalo’s loss of life opens up a giant continuity error that has certainly tripped up Breaking Bad followers. Even although Lalo doesn’t seem in Breaking Bad, Jimmy/Saul references him through the second season’s eighth episode — his first look on the present. After Jesse’s buddy Badger is caught in a sting operation and Saul affords to symbolize him, there’s some concern that Saul will advise Badger to provide Walt’s id to the DEA to keep away from jail. This leads Walt and Jesse to don ski masks and kidnap Saul, who wonders out loud if a person named “Lalo” despatched them. He mentions “Ignacio,” a.okay.a. “Nacho.” At this cut-off date, he needn’t have been involved about these two.

• A humorous incongruity to Mike eager to survey Jimmy and Kim’s condo with out spooking the neighbors solely to guide about ten armed males up the skin stairs. If I have been a neighbor, I’d be fairly spooked!

• Lalo’s intuition is to sneer condescendingly at everybody he encounters, however there’s a word of admiration in his video to Eladio, by which he talks about German engineers spending ten months and using 200 kilos of explosives to carve out a lab with out disturbing a laundry business in the midst of a metropolis of 1,000,000 folks. All below the Salamancas’ noses too.

• Not that we should always ever question Gus’s fastidiousness, however having that gun tucked away within the lab as a contingency is extra an indication of narrative comfort than planning.

• A model new, stainless-steel fridge!

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