'Better Call Saul' season 4 episode 7: 'Something Stupid' sees Hector on the road to recovery and Kim embrace extralegal means
'Better Caul Saul' season four episode seven teases a permanent separation between Jimmy and Kim, as well as trouble in the construction of the underground meth lab
Continuing the trend from 'Quite a Ride,' 'Piñata' opened with a blast from the past. Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is working in the mailroom at his brother's law firm, HHM, delivering packages to various employees when he runs into Kim (Rhea Seehorn). Still an intern and completing law school, she fawns over Chuck (Michael McKean) as he makes his entry to a standing ovation after winning a difficult case. Jimmy also congratulates his brother but appears contemplative as he finishes delivering the rest of the mail. The scene closes with him entering the firm's library, giving audiences a glimpse of the exact moment he decided he would take up law as well.
Episode six also saw Mike (Jonathan Banks) busy putting together the team that will build Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) his underground meth lab.
He works on decorating the warehouse that workers will use as their residence with a beer tap, basketball courts, televisions, and other leisure activities to ensure morale is never a problem. But he senses trouble brewing from one of the new workers, Kai (Ben Bela Böhm ) and asks the security to keep an eye on him.
'Piñata' also delved further into Gus's hatred for Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis). As Hector lay comatose in his hospital bed, Gus made himself comfortable on a chair just out of view. Taking every pleasure in his adversary's plight, Gus recalls a story from his childhood which was quite obviously an anecdote for the pair's current power dynamic.
Elsewhere, the Wexler-McGill dream came to a premature end. Kim finally decides she can no longer handle Mesa Verde all on her own and seeks out the help of Scheikart & Cokely, taking on a new job that also enables her to pursue criminal law on the side. Jimmy doesn't take the news too well but puts on a brave face to support his only friend in her new venture. However, he has his own side-business to look after and enlists the help of two of his associates to teach the trio that mugging him is a lesson they will not forget.
'Something Stupid' had one of the most memorable openings 'Better Call Saul' has ever produced. Kim and Jimmy's relationship has frayed at the seams, and the two have slowly drifted apart over the course of the season thanks to a plethora of reasons.
Director Deborah Chow depicts their separation through a singular black line that splits the screen into two, simultaneously showcasing the pair's lives in parallel. Though there are brief intervals where they coincide, it seems only a matter of time before their separation becomes permanent. (Also, a brief shoutout to the impeccable choice of music which really drove the point home.)
Kim and Jimmy, no more?
The opening of 'Something Stupid' was quite ominous. If the not-so-subtle split in the screen didn't clue you in enough that there was trouble brewing, take the immediate next segment.
Jimmy, who is now just a month away from earning back his law license, is pitching his new office. In his inimitable salesman-like fashion, Jimmy enthusiastically talks about how amazing the office will look when it's fully furnished. You would think that it's Kim who's patiently listening to Jimmy's monologue, but as the camera pans to the other person, we see a less-than-impressed Huell (Lavell Crawford).
The episode further builds on this narrative as Jimmy reluctantly accepts Kim's invitation to join her for a party at Scheikart & Cokely. Burned out by the sea of new faces around him, Jim takes a segway into Kim's private office, which he dejectedly realizes is bigger than anything he can ever offer her. There's further trouble as he over-excitedly keeps suggesting more and more expensive office retreats to a gathered crowd, much to the chagrin of Kim, as well as her superior.
All's not well in underground meth paradise
Gus' underground meth lab is well and truly underway. We visit Werner (Rainer Bock) and his team of workers after they've settled into a routine at their warehouse residence and at the laundromat. In typical 'Better Call Saul' fashion, the audience is treated to the workers' daily schedule, beginning from their loading onto the laundry van all the way to their descent into the depths they've been excavating.
The lab is beginning to take shape, though Werner informs Mike that he will have to set off one more explosion to build an elevator shaft. It's not exactly bad news, but it is a setback. That little setback is exacerbated, however, as Kai slams a vehicle into one of the support beams and brings it tumbling down. A brief altercation ensues, though the problem pales in comparison to the extra work they'll now have to put in to complete the project on an already delayed schedule.
Hector is now his 'Breaking Bad' self
By 'Breaking Bad' self, we mean the version where he can't walk or talk and communicates solely by ringing his little bell. His private doctor is seen tutoring him and checking his cognitive responses as she puts him through a series of tests, each of which he seems to respond to well enough. One incident where he purposely knocks off a cup so he can stare at the nurse makes you wonder. Even Gus notices it almost immediately when he glances through tapes of the sessions with the doctor at his side.
Another curious development was his dismissal of the doctor and the suggestion that Hector would no longer be requiring her assistance. Despite weak protests and a promise that Hector may learn to talk and walk unassisted in the future, Gus decides the treatment he's had is enough.
That leads you to two lines of reasoning; one where Gus is afraid of Hector recovering fully, and the other where Gus wants the Salamanca patriarch to suffer for the rest of his days without ever having the chance to experience a woman ever again. If I were a betting man, I'd put all my money on option number two.
When Huell is apprehended for 'assaulting' a police officer, he's informed that he faces up to two years behind bars. Unwilling to take the hit, he cooks up a plan to skip court and make a run for it, which Jimmy tells him is ill-advised. Jimmy promises him that he would come up with something so he wouldn't have to go to prison, though it becomes apparent after his talk with Kim that there may be some illicit means involved.
While Kim initially refuses outright and tries to handle the case through the correct legal means, her conversation with the prosecutor leaves her disillusioned. She tells Jimmy she tried her best but that Huell will have to go behind bars for at least a short while, asking him to promise her that he wouldn't try to do anything behind her back that would jeopardize the case. But she soon realizes Jimmy will get his friend out, by hook or by crook, and the episodes closes with her frantically buying an excessive amount of stationery. What does Kim have in mind, and are we soon going to see Slippin' Kimmy?