Better Call Saul "Inflatable" Review: Career Opportunities

Better Call Saul S02E07: "Inflatable"

It's fun to throw out predictions about what's going to happen in Better Call Saul (just as it was in Breaking Bad) but I'm not sure I see the point. It's not like we have a good shot at being right. Better Call Saul is written in a way to prove us all wrong, as though Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, and the rest of the writing staff go through each possible permutation and then choose the least likely yet also very possible option and then go with that in an effort to test themselves. For me, that's what makes this series so good. I don't know what's coming next. (If you knew how "Inflatable" was going to play out, then you must be a wizard.)

Jimmy quitting Davis & Main seemed like an inevitability, but not this soon, not with the Sandpiper case still in the air. But he had already made up his mind before "Inflatable" even began with a flashback to young Jimmy sniffing out a con man and taking from his daddy's till. But come on, his coffee mug didn't fit in his company car, so I get it. That's grounds for quitting, if you ask me. Though really, Jimmy finally caught up to what we all knew: he didn't fit. 

And thus began one of the greatest montages in Better Call Saul/Breaking Bad franchise history. After learning that his bonus couldn't be kept if he quit Davis & Main and following an inspiring sitdown with one of those dancing inflatable men, Jimmy turned his closet of professional plain-and-dark suits into a technicolor dreamland of jackets that would make pimps uncomfortable and set out on his quest to get fired. Spiced up through split-screens and more costume changes than back-to-back Madonna concerts, the lengthy sequence could have gone on even longer and I would have been perfectly fine with it.  What a perfect gem this was. The juicing, the bagpiping, and of course the total ignoring of the "if it's yellow it's mellow, if it's brown flush it down" rule. Jimmy got to do one of the things he's best at, and that's play it up like he's a jackass. 


But it's what Jimmy did next that had me surprised. Yeah, we all saw him sketching out WM logos early on, but I was too dense (W? Who could the W be for?) to realize he was thinking of a Wexler McGill law firm. To me, it seemed that the lesson Jimmy learned was that it wasn't just Davis & Main he couldn't work with, it was anyone. Jimmy's a lone wolf (as long as Marco isn't around), so to see him dangle the offer in front of Kim to join him in a startup firm shocked me. But then you also have to remember that Jimmy's a romantic and he's fooled himself into thinking that a firm with Jimmy and Kim would work. Kim's smarter than that though and she turned him down, despite Jimmy's warnings that Schweikart was just another Howard and that she'd never truly realize her potential.

But Kim's final interview with Schweikart helped Kim realize that Jimmy was right, and when she was asked what drove her to leave her hometown, she said it was the desire for something more. And when she accidentally called Schweikart "Howard," it cemented it. Kim wasn't trying to get out from under HHM, she was trying to get out from under everyone, just like Jimmy was. And this common ground set forth the episode's next big surprise: Kim suggested Wexler & McGill, two solo practitioners under the same roof, sharing the same startup expenses, but handling the cases they wanted to. Jimmy being Jimmy meant working with Kim would never work, and they both knew that. But sharing a workspace would, and the gamble of going off on their own would feel safer if they were in it together. 

I dreamed up scenarios where Jimmy and Kim could face each other in court as the big dramatic showdown of the season, but partnering them up together to make it or break it in their own venture is even juicier. And the push and pull between jobs makes it such a huge decision for both of them that there's even more at stake. Somewhere down the road, something bad is going to happen between Jimmy and Kim, and Better Call Saul keeps planting seeds to make things worse and worse. 


As for Mike, he took care of the gun charge with the help of Jimmy, but taking the deal from Hector just didn't sit well with him. It's interesting to see Mike like this, especially when you see his relationship with Stacey. He knows she's lying to him and getting a new house out of it, yet he can't bring it up or talk to her about it because he's crippled by the guilt of being partly responsible for his son's (and her husband's) death. Now it appears his outlet for this negative energy created by this guilt is headed right toward Hector and the Salamancas. Why was he staking out Hector's headquarters at the end there? What does he have planned? How does a man that old stay up that late? Lots of questions here, and given what we know about the future of the Salamancas, lots of intrigue about how it will all go down. 

Better Call Saul is in a groove right now as its characters face incredibly tough decisions that will change their lives forever, affecting a bigger plan than I ever imagined. 



BETTER READ THESE NOTES

– LOL @ this behind the scenes photo of the assassin twins. REAL TOUGH, GUYS!

– How did you read that opening flashback? Jimmy going into the till to take the money the con man paid him was almost like Jimmy doing whatever he could do to keep the bonus from Davis & Main. But we also saw Jimmy's side of the story with his relationship with his dad, which proved that Jimmy saw his dad as a sheep and that he wanted to be a wolf.

– I really like Omar. How can Jimmy keep him around? Can he hire him away from Davis & Main?

– Jimmy: "For what it's worth, I think you're a good guy." Cliff: "For what it's worth, I think you're an asshole."


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Apr 04, 2016
I love this show and basically agree Kim is hiding something and does want Jimmy in her life. Ready to scream at the inflatable and the suit changing montage. Not a lot of action this week which built on the characters and is usually followed by some action the next week. Agree this year has flown by and don't know if we will get to see Saul this year or the consequences which drives him to take that path. We need more episodes!!
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Apr 02, 2016
I will miss Omar too if we don't see him again (and I think the line that he has kids is the alert he isn't just the fresh out of school kid I thought he was otherwise he would easily be the mutual office manager they would share). I dread what might happen. I actually wondered since we saw a good chunk of Saul's wardrobe we might see what becomes the totally innocuous reason Saul comes into being when he set up his voicemail.
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Mar 31, 2016
Great episode! Loving the "I've got to be myself" Jimmy. I love that Kim wants more for herself but what is she hiding from her old life? Dun dun dun! I really enjoy her and Jimmy together but I can't help knowing that she isn't in his future.
And Omar.....can we keep him please?
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Mar 30, 2016
I love Omar, he's so handsome :))
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Mar 30, 2016
There's something in Kim's past that hasn't surfaced yet, during the interview she was great until they asked about her personal life. Then she shut it down, I think she is hiding from something, seeing her enjoy conning people with Jimmy just reinforces that. My guess is she is either running from the law and possibly changed her name ? Or she is running from someone that either hurt her or she's hiding from someone seeking revenge ? Then maybe she ran away from a sibling, husband or child ?

The he montage went way to long for me, seems like a easy way for writers to fill in time instead of writing dialogue. I enjoyed the premise, just could've been about half as long.
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Mar 30, 2016
I really loved the montage but, I agree, it went on for a really long time. It was also pretty frustrating seeing Jimmy taunt Cliff who's been such a nice and patient dude. For everything that Cliff did for Jimmy, he really didn't deserve that kind of treatment from Jimmy just so Jimmy could keep his bonus. It was pretty fucked up but still fun to watch, just wished it didn't go on for so long.
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Apr 28, 2016
I agree with Tim about the ontage. I thought it was great and it could have lasted the whole hour and I would still thought it was great.
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Mar 30, 2016
I loved the moment where Jimmy stuck it to Erin by tossing her can into the garbage. Only 3 episodes left! This season is flying by.
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Mar 29, 2016
That montage made me laugh and clap my hands so much, what a great segment.

Kim calling Richard Schweikart "Howard" was a cringe-inducer, ouch to that. I didn't read that scene the way you did, but the end result is that she doesn't seem happy under the thumb of others. Personally, I didn't see enough motivation for her to flush that grasp at the brass ring though, she has student loan debt, she seemed quite accomplished at HHM and happy for it, this was a hard sell. I let the show say that's what it was because everything else was working, but I would have liked to have seen more signs from Kim coming to this place.

That opening flashback to me said that Jimmy tried to use his skills for good, he tried to warn his dad that the swindle was in, but dad's naivite won out and proved to him that his word wasn't valued, that staying relatively good only leads to being a sheep culled by wolves. I wondered immediately if his father's store going out of business wasn't in great part from that over-the-top generosity, while Chuck only saw it as Jimmy taking from the till.
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Mar 29, 2016
Gem.

Mike putting Tio Salamanca in a wheelchair is whats next. Ding Ding Ding!
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Mar 29, 2016
Regarding Mike at the end, I think me may be looking for an opportunity to make more money, either from the Salamancas or Nacho?. Also I wonder if Mike is the reason Tio Salamanca is in a wheelchair in Breaking Bad. I could see Mike doing something to Tio or setting up Tuco, only to see Tio take the bait.
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Mar 29, 2016
Loved this episode agree with the review it looks a better option that Kim proposed to Jimmy with the two law firms under the same roof. The Fashion montage was hilarous epsecially the bag pipes letting of steam lol. We did'nt see chuck in the flashback probably studying upstairs I do wonder if Mike will bite off more then he can chew with the Tuco story.
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Mar 29, 2016
Tim Surette IS THE BEST! There is little to no interest in this gem of a tv show, really, such a well - written and - acted treasure, and still Tim's reviewing it on a weekly basis. Does he get paid for this? Not really. Where all the other staff writers wouldn't even think about writing a review, he does.
Get this: just half a year ago I was told by the other writers that some shows, although being great and currently the only relevant thing to watch, couldn't be covered anymore due to a lack of interest - and we were talking about 70-100 comments in average. 70 comments, BcS DREAMS of having 70 comments in average!
But that's what I wrote back then, IF the staff is willing, any good show can be covered, even if nobody reads. In your face, rest of tv.com staff!

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Mar 30, 2016
Well... the site is listed as 1500$ a day ad revenue... even if it is just half you can live quite well of that... so Tim isn't doing it out of the good of his heart... He used to review a show I loved and he had only eyes for the bad parts of it. Hence I despised his reviews and don't share your sympathy with Tim in general, but he does seem to enjoy BCS as much as I do :)
I do wish BCS had more fans :)
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Mar 29, 2016
That was one smooth episode! Loved the character development. I fell for those human moments where humor and drama blend in poetic mastery.

Mike is like a pressure cooker. Caving to Salamanca's demands hurts him inside! How he'll release his pressure is something I can't wait to witness!

Kim remains to be a game defining element. I found her decision - to share Jimmy an office but not firm - very wise. It's not what Jimmy was expecting, though. Really curious to hear his response next week!

Free from Davis & Main, Jimmy is back on track to becoming Saul. His dance around what's legal and what's ethical is always a delight to watch!

Great episode! Smart and solid script and artistic technical features, as always!
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Mar 29, 2016
#Better_call_fashion_police

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Mar 29, 2016
Note that Jimmy's colorful suits in the center bag are on cheap wire hangers compared to the rest of the suits in the closet, even the two other bags he brought in.
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Mar 30, 2016
what I'm trying to "decipher" though is, if there is a symbolism behind the shirt order and how that order resembles to...


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Mar 30, 2016
JT_Kirk
I wasn't implying anything about Jimmy's sexuality, I just found the color order of the shirts odd.
I also didn't bother counting them... loll... good eye, nice catch! They are 7 shirts indeed! LoLL
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Mar 30, 2016
I doubt it's anything more than Jimmy's suits are just the spectrum of the rainbow. Also, there are 6 bars in the gay rainbow flag, an intentional design choice (there were originally 8, but production issues whittled it down), but Jimmy has 7 suits. This is the strangest episode of Sesame Street ever.
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Mar 29, 2016
A fashion sense that even Lady Gaga would worship lol

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Mar 29, 2016
#Hot_air_ideas!

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Mar 29, 2016
Yeah, Omar is a bro. Complete opposite to that pain-in-the-ass-woman that Jimmy took a can from (but her character is great and added a lot to the show).
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Mar 29, 2016
"...this optical migraine you call a suit..."

lolz
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Mar 29, 2016
I actually loved those suits. I'm a color person myself and thought he looked great among the boring grays of the others, kind of like an Easter egg.
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Mar 29, 2016
Oh don't get me wrong, I thought some of them were snazzy. Just the comment was a hilarious.
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Mar 30, 2016
that it was. Can you imagine how happy the person who made those suits was to have a chance to work in color?
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Mar 29, 2016
Me too, colors make me happy. It makes me sad that other people wants or expects me to wear just boring dark colors.
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Mar 30, 2016
The only time I had to wear a uniform was when I worked at a hospital and wore scrubs. The only color I could wear was brown (they called it khaki, but it was just brown). I'm so fair I can't really wear neutrals at all (except for black), and I just looked awful. I looked like I should have been a patient.
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Mar 29, 2016
I'm a color person as well, but the combinations were to talkative and loud... LoLL
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Mar 30, 2016
Maybe so, but compared to those ubiquitous gray suits, they were great.
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Mar 29, 2016
FINALLY!!! I will not see Erin anymore!!
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Mar 30, 2016
you might...
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Mar 29, 2016
Season 1 the writers couldn't seem to figure out what they wanted to do with Kim. Now I am beginning to wonder if they have too many ideas for character.
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Mar 29, 2016
In season 1, Kim was one of Jimmy's goals, he wanted her personally and professionally, so they just had her fit that pigeonhole. Now Jimmy has to deal with the fallout of getting what he thought he wanted, and that means Kim's depth challenges Jimmy at every turn. I think it's a smart way of pacing this character out.
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Mar 29, 2016
When I saw him sketching the W, I thought he was going to ask Kim to marry him and then take her name. We all know he's going to drop McGill anyway.
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Mar 29, 2016
The scene in the conference room definitely played like a marriage proposal.
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Mar 29, 2016
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