Better Call Saul Season 6 Ep 8 Summary: Aim and shoot

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Better call Saul

Aim and shoot

season 6

episode 8

Editor’s Rating

4 stars

Photo Credit: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony

“You keep telling the lie you told.”

This is Mike advising Jimmy and Kim on how to deal with Howard’s death. They are told that Howard’s Jaguar will be found on a beach a few states away and that his death will eventually be ruled a suicide, which seems plausible given his personal and professional setbacks. They are told that traces of cocaine will be found on the upholstery because “that’s the story you made up for this guy”. breaking Bad and Better call Saul have fallen into turning points like these when their characters make decisions that set their lives on a dark trajectory. That’s the title breaking Bad means after all or a nickname like “Slippin’ Jimmy”. The cost of Jimmy and Kim’s transgressions may be unreasonably high — there’s a valid argument that Howard did in fact let it happen and that justice was done on behalf of his elderly clients — but they still have to pay it. They are caught in the tangled web woven by their great deception.

But “Point and Shoot” doesn’t leave Jimmy and Kim (let alone the viewers) much time to marinate in those episodes. Only the cold outdoors, with its elegant shots of Howard’s smart shoes slapping against the shore, offers every moment for peaceful contemplation. The rest of the episode picks up right where the mid-season finale left off – with Jimmy and Kim yelling about Lalo and nonchalantly shooting Howard in the head. This moment is itself a disturbing study of contrasts: Howard means nothing to Lalo, who takes care of it with the casual quickness of a businessman brushing lint from his three-piece suit. But Jimmy and Kim witness firsthand the murder of someone they knew, and their reaction to Lalo’s serene bloodlessness is so penetratingly human. Their lives will be changed forever in ways they (and we) can only begin to contemplate. Even in the little time he has left on earth, Lalo will have forgotten it.

Despite Jimmy’s protestations that he never turned on him, Lalo agreed on a plan to kill Gus, so it doesn’t matter anyway. Lalo wants Jimmy to drive his car to Gus’ neighborhood, park at the end of the street, get a revolver and camera from the glove compartment, knock on the door, and shoot the docile “house cat,” who is black and medium-sized with short hair is. It’s an easy task, which Jimmy convinces to let Lalo do Kim instead because it seems like her survival is at least within the realm of possibility. What neither of them realizes is that this assassination attempt isn’t something Lalo expects will succeed; Like Jimmy and Kim’s three seedy efforts to link Howard to cocaine, this is just part of a larger ruse.

When Kim inevitably fails and is dragged into Gus’ house by Mike and his security guards, Gus doesn’t need to hear much from her to understand what Lalo is doing. “Why did Lalo send you?” he asks Kim, who replies that Lalo originally wanted to send Jimmy, but Jimmy “talked him out of it.” Gus knows that Lalo isn’t the type to be talked out of anything, which signals to him that Lalo really didn’t care who was sent on this mission that was 100% certain to fail. Gus realizes that Kim’s mission is a ruse, part of the multidimensional chess game he is playing with Lalo, and that he would be on his way to another location, which Gus correctly suspects is the Lavandería Brilliante.

While Lalo might not expect Gus to confront him at this location, it seems right that they would have to resolve their conflict personally. They have too much history for anyone else to do the work for them. Keep in mind that Gus is the architect of an entire security apparatus – a tunnel between two houses, cameras everywhere, gunmen in multiple locations working 24/7 – and Lalo doesn’t know about it, so he could stay in place and others stay directly to the Lavandería Brilliante. But the Salamancas murdered his partner Max, and as level-headed and level-headed as Gus can be about his business dealings, his anger at the incident is unfathomably intense in a way that only Giancarlo Esposito’s pinched features can express. He wants to run the meth business as pristine as the Los Pollos Hermanos fryer after hours, but beneath the surface he’s as hot-blooded as the drooling, scowling, ringing Hector Salamanca is on the surface.

The confrontation between Gus and Lalo is classic Fallacy of the Talking Killer, but Lalo can’t resist making a show of humiliating Gus on camera before killing him, which Eladio, the unseen audience, does for would like his footage. Gus’ rant about the Salamancas is the climax of the episode and is reminiscent of the scene in true romance where Dennis Hopper’s character, sure he is about to die, uses his last words to insult his tormentor’s Sicilian roots. He calls Eladio “a sleazy, bloated pimp.” He talks about keeping Hector alive so he can see his entire family buried. But here is the most important passage related to the underground laboratory: “Jackals. That’s all you are No sight. No patience. no thought Stupid and impulsive! That’s how I did it all. You couldn’t see it, couldn’t even imagine it.”

This monologue could a Better call Saul Sub-tweet other shows of their own kind, cutting corners in search of cheap thrills – thin, gross, plain time wasters. What Gus and Walter White have in common is that they’re no ordinary drug dealers. They are aesthetes. The idea of ​​​​putting and pushing inferior products on the market – in the meth business, not exactly a drug associated with quality control – pisses them off. For Gus, the underground laboratory is an entrepreneurial feat that requires the kind of investment and planning anathema to “jackals” like the Salamancas, who are content to devour territory, overrun the competition, and unleash large-scale violence when necessary – or whenever the mood strikes them.

The rousing immediacy of Point and Shoot intentionally tramples on any deeper consideration of what just happened, particularly in the light of Howard’s death. But it cleans the slate for the closing stages of the season. The intrigues surrounding Howard and the Sandpiper case are over. The showdown between Gus and Lalo is decided. There will surely be ramifications for Jimmy and Kim’s relationship once the dust settles and they don’t have to pretend like nothing happened. But there are only five episodes left Better call Sauland we don’t know what’s next other than what characters live to see the world of breaking Bad. That is exciting.

• Lalo’s death opens a major continuity error that has certainly occurred breaking Bad fans. Even if Lalo doesn’t appear in it breaking Bad, Jimmy/Saul refers to him in the eighth episode of the second season – his first appearance on the show. After Jesse’s sidekick Badger gets involved in a covert operation and Saul offers to represent him, there are some concerns that Saul will advise Badger to give Walt’s identity to the DEA to avoid jail. This leads to Walt and Jesse donning ski masks and kidnapping Saul, who wonders aloud if a man named “Lalo” sent them. He mentions “Ignacio”, also known as “Nacho”. At this point, he needn’t have worried about either of them.

• A hilarious incongruity from Mike, who wanted to overlook Jimmy and Kim’s apartment without startling the neighbors, only to lead about ten gunmen up the outside steps. If I were a neighbor I would be pretty shocked!

• Lalo’s instinct is to smirk at everyone he meets, but in his video to Eladio he talks about German engineers spending ten months using 200 pounds of explosives to carve out a lab without a laundry to disturb is a touch of admiration to hear business in the middle of a city of millions. Everything also under the nose of the Salamancas.

• Not that we should ever question Gus’ accuracy, but storing this weapon in the lab as an emergency is more a sign of narrative expediency than planning.

• A brand new stainless steel fridge!

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