Better Call Saul Chicanery Season 3 Episode 5 Recap – The brothers McGill are facing off in the courtroom. It’s easy to forget what the issue was to begin with: Kim doggedly cold called every connection she had to drum up new business for HHM. She landed a whale in Mesa Verde Bank. But it wasn’t enough to get her out of the HHM dog house (Doc review).
Better Call Saul Chicanery Season 3 Episode 5 Recap
Recall that Rick Schweikart mentioned in Season 1 that he wouldn’t have been surprised to learn the Chuck was arguing before the Supreme Court. Such was Chuck’s reputation prior to onset of his condition.
Charlie Hustle vs. chimpanzee with a machine gun
When Howard is in the witness stand, Kim questions him about Jimmy coming to work for HHM. While Howard remembers Jimmy as “Charlie Hustle” and Kim describes him bootstrapping his way to a law degree while working at the firm, Chuck’s memories are cluttered with Jimmy’s misdeeds – including having to defend his brother in court after Jimmy defecated through the sunroof of a car.
When Jimmy told Chuck about passing the bar, Chuck didn’t view it as a cause for celebration. Chuck compared Jimmy armed with a law license as being akin to a chimpanzee with a machine gun. The injury runs deep with both brothers and now they meet before the Bar panel with Chuck intent on Jimmy losing his law license.
The loyal diplomat – Howard Hamlin
There is no doubt about Howard Hamlin’s loyalty to the firm and to Chuck. But Howard is not blind to the potential liability to the firm. Perhaps it crystalized in Witness when he had to crawl over not one, but two, stone walls in order to accommodate Chuck’s wishes to enter the house unseen.
Howard makes a very compelling case for Chuck not testifying. Howard is the consummate diplomat – ever respectful, professional and smooth – yet he underscores the impact all of this has had on HHM, “We lost a client. That happened because while you were incapacitated your brother accessed that should have been secured at HHM.
Rather than seriously weighing what Howard says, Chuck ratchets up the volume on the arrogance and pronounces “let justice be done, though the heavens fall.”
Objection. Hearsay. Don’t know if this is true or not: I was listening to The History of Literature podcast and the host said that Christopher Guest sent Michael McKean the works of Shakespeare as a gift with the inscription “this is the author I was telling you about…” which I find wonderfully delightful. I hope it’s true. The History of Literature episode 91 In Which John Donne Decides to Write a Poem About a Flea
Rebecca loved this man enough to marry him
Rebecca seems to be a likable person. She is undoubtedly talented – traveling the world as a cellist. Just as we are seeing Jimmy evolve by degrees into Saul Goodman, I wonder if we are seeing a Chuck v5.0 and maybe there was a Chuck v1.0 that was charming and likable. Hard to image, I know. But this woman did marry him – and as Chuck mentions while on the stand – it seems like the rare amicable divorce.
Michael McKean has been captivating as the character everybody loves to hate. And he’s done such a deft job of keeping Chuck textured and interesting while simultaneously oozing toxicity and sadness. Chuck McGill is a complex composition.
Heck yeah! It’s Huell.
Thanks to Gould and Gilligan for bringing back the inimitable Huell Babineaux. Huell appeared in 11 episodes of Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman’s body guard. Here is the origin story: the passionate veterinarian with the shady connects, has referred Huell to Jimmy. Jimmy has Huell bump into Chuck and drop a fully charged battery into the pocket of his suit.
While everyone in the courtroom is stunned by Chuck’s meltdown – and it certainly feel like point, set, match, James McGill – the panel has not come back with a decision. As with so many Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul scenarios – it could be that no one really wins.
Better Call Saul reviews on TV Eskimo:
Better Call Saul Chicanery Season 3 Episode 5 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)
Francesca Liddy – Tina Parker (Breaking Bad, Men Women & Children, Rectify)
Rebecca McGill – Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler, Sully, Fargo, Private Practice, Accepted)
Kevin Wachtell – Rex Linn (CSI: Miami, Django Unchained, Cliffhanger, Rush Hour)
Paige Novick – Cara Pifko (General Hospital, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Possession of Michael King, Our Hero)
Veterinarian – Joe DeRosa
Mr. Alley – Quinn VanAntwerp (Four Christmases, The Affair, Elementary)
Huell Babineaux – Lavell Crawford (Breaking Bad, Legends of Chamberlain Heights, America Ultra, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates)