Better Call Saul Witness Season 3 Episode 2 Recap – Mike continues to follow the gas cap and it leads to everyone’s favorite fast food establishment in Albuquerque. Kim and Jimmy hire an assistant. Ernesto struggles with the burden of knowing about the tape.
Better Call Saul Witness Season 3 Episode 2 Recap
Things are busy at the shared office but separate practices of Wexler and McGill. Jimmy’s ads are running and lighting up the switchboard, necessitating a receptionist. A familiar face appears in the prequel – Francesca Liddy.
Francesca is a state employee working at the MVD who is tired of the bureaucracy and red tape, willing to give up cushy state benefits in order to make a difference. Jimmy is sold. Kim, understandably, would like to interview more than one candidate before making a job offer.
Jimmy pushes until he gets his way, telling Kim that “perfection is the enemy of perfectly adequate.” And, while he is probably right (we’ve seen Kim over-ponder the semicolon and em dash) it is perhaps another hairline crack in their relationship.
gun tape gas cap knapsack
Watching Mike go about his business is mesmerizing. Perhaps anything is interesting when you are watching a master performing, but Mike’s dogged investigation of getting to the bottom of the “Don’t” note has kept him up all night following the meandering path through Albuquerque as “The Boss” sees to multiple cash pick ups (which is a reminder of when Mike and Jesse Pinkman spent a day conducting similar pick ups).
As the pick ups are complete and the sun begins to rise, Mike has followed his quarry to…drumroll…Los Pollos Hermanos. The Boss enters the restaurant with a rather large knapsack (presumably filled with the cash he’s been collecting overnight). The only flaw in Mike’s meticulous research is enlisting Jimmy to conduct surveillance inside the restaurant the next day.
Jimmy is hilariously obvious – from the way he is dressed to his amateurish staring and, presumably, his preference of ketchup over salsa.
It is during Jimmy’s undercover work that we see Gus Fring for the first time – and it’s teasingly and beautifully shot. Over Jimmy’s shoulder we see a blurry figure in a pastel yellow long-sleeved shirt, methodically tidying up the trash stations. When The Boss leaves – with his knapsack and seemingly without any sort of exchange taking place – Jimmy’s last move is to check the trash bin. He’s completely incapable of doing so without attracting attention. In a moment, the velvety competent, polished, and ever-professional Gustavo Fring asks “Can I help you?”
All those years on the hustle serve Jimmy well, and he smartly shakes off his watch so that he can say his watch fell off in the trash.
But what exactly happened in Los Pollos Hermanos? Was Jimmy “made” the moment he walked in – causing the supposed exchange/drop off to be aborted? Later, we see Gus cleaning up outside and a moment of some sort of realization. But perhaps that realization was connecting the dots (Jimmy’s presence) and being surprised that they lead to the old man with the rifle pointed at Tuco in the desert?
gun tape gas cap knapsack
How perfect is Mike’s (and also Fring’s) discovery of the gas cap he planted? And the beautiful shot of the ringing cell phone balanced on top of the gas cap which has been meticulously placed between the yellow lines in the middle of the road.
gun tape gas cap knapsack
Equally mysterious is what Chuck is orchestrating at Space Blanket Station. The series of events and assembly of characters at his home – would it even be possible to plan?
First, could Chuck count on Ernesto breaking and telling Jimmy about the tape. Did Chuck set him up from the get-go? Or was it simply a matter of Chuck wanting to limit his exposure to batteries/electronic, and Ernesto truly heard the tape be accident?
Was the long game (the need for 24/7 security), Chuck banking on the fact that Jimmy would go into a rage when he not only discovered the tape, but that Chuck conned him into making the confession? And that all of this would lead to Jimmy breaking in the house. Apparently so.
And Howard, there’s the matter of him being there to witness Jimmy’s break in and meltdown. It seemed like Howard was there on his own (versus being summoned by Chuck).
As I mentioned in last week’s write up, it’s easy and correct to see Chuck as pathologically petty. But I think it’s important to remember that Chuck was in the midst of a comeback. Universally considered one of the best legal minds, and the talent behind the growth of HHM into the premier law firm of New Mexico – Jimmy sabotaged Chuck’s reputation. Doctoring those documents wasn’t a harmless prank. When it comes to McGill versus McGill, it’s not a matter of right and wrong. Jimmy was wrong. I think we are more sympathetic to Jimmy because he is more likable and charming and Chuck, though right, is insufferable and prickly.
Other observations from Better Call Saul Witness Season 3 Episode 2 Recap:
- Howard Hamlin is every bit as awkward in subterfuge as Jimmy is. I loved the montage of him scaling not one, but two backyard walls in order to visit Chuck.
- “No wonder Rebecca left you…what took her so long?!” That was a bombshell.
- “We have alcohol wipes.”
- Mike: “Your new assistant’s a real pip.” Jimmy: yeah, thanks for crushing her spirit on her first day.”
- At first I thought the private eye/security guy was Uncle Jack the Nazi from Breaking Bad but that wasn’t the case. I loved the conversation about the hole drilled into the Vegas card decks. The P.I. sees them as a fun souvenir. Chuck sees them as a way to prevent people from cheating.
- Art interpretation: Morning over the Sandias or stock market crash?
- I think poor Ernesto is out of a job at HHM.
- So far Season 3 has been absolutely outstanding.
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Better Call Saul Witness Season 3 Episode 2 Recap characters and cast include:
Jimmy McGill – Bob Odenkirk (The Birthday Boys, Fargo, Breaking Bad, Nebraska, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Run Ronnie Run)
Kim Wexler – Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash, Whitney, The Shaggy Dog)
Howard Hamlin – Patrick Fabian (Joan of Arcadia, The Last Exorcism, Bad Ass, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike)
Chuck McGill – Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Clue, Family Tree, For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind, The X-Files, Best in Show, True Crime)
Mike Ehrmantraut – Jonathan Banks (Wiseguy, Beverly Hills Cop, Airplane!, Community, Breaking Bad, Dexter)
Nacho Varga – Michael Mando (Orphan Black, Territories, The Colony)
Ernesto – Brandon K. Hampton (Friday Night Lights, In Plain Sight, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)
Gustavo Fring – Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects, Smoke, The Jungle Book, Breaking Bad, Allegiance, Last Holiday, Derailed, Ali, Homicide: Life on the Street)
Francesca Liddy – Tina Parker (Breaking Bad, Men Women & Children, Rectify)
Victor – Jeremiah Bitsui (Natural Born Killers, Breaking Bad, Flags of Our Fathers)
Private Investigator – Jackamoe Buzzell (Gold, Hell or High Water, A Million Ways to Die in the West)
Boss – David DeLao (The Son, American Crime, Preacher, The Leftovers)