Overview Of Season Four Episode by Episode.
An epic and brilliant kickstart to Season 4 as Jimmy post-BrBa in the introduction is somewhat interrogated by a suspecting receptionist at the hospital where he was admitted following his apparent stroke during the season 3 premiere. A solemn opening in the wake of Chuck’s funeral and Howard Hamlins sneakily small fee Of $3000 for Jimmy’s portion of Chuck’s will.
Good ole Slippin’ Jimmy is back to his old trucks and scams. In infiltrating an unsuspecting Phone Sales Company Executive office through accepting a job advertisement. He has been up to his most classic of tricks by manipulatively persuading these young executives to give him a chief role in the company.
The Hummell figurine from said office, said to be worth thousands of $s, is replaced by Jimmys counterfeit from “a friend of a friend, of a friend”.
The hilarity of this persons escapade in stealthily infiltrating the Phone Sales company in the early hours of the morning is heightened by his entrapment through one of the execs staying in the office where the figurine lies. Therefore, he had to navigate skillfuly around this guy without detection but could not imagine a way to do so resulting him in staying the night hunched under a desk as the exec whose wife chucked him out for the night orders pizza and lounges lethargically for the rest of the early morning.
Jimmy is called upon by his guy for a pickup so does so by distracting the exec with car alarms to allow the guy to pass through the office as the exec wanders to the underground car park where there’s a mischievous Jimmy lurking in the shadows of cars.
An insane episode…after Nacho was hit by Gus’ men to the brink of a coma is coerced to blame the attack on a rival Mexican cartel gang in return for Gus keeping shtum in relation to Nachos involvement with Hectors’ physical dismantling. The Salamanca cousins in relation enter this Mexican stronghold and shoots up the entire gang effortlessly with automatically machine guns spraying around the strongholds vicinity. Nacho in an attempt to cover for one of the Twins is half-dead on the battleground but us saved by the other twin who covers for his brother.
What an opening with a flash forward to the final events of Saul Goodman before the Cinnabon in Omaha fiasco. This perfect set up and filling in of the events that Saul took immediately proceeding his departure from law are heart-wrenching and frantic to say the least.
Jimmy meets Howard for the first time since Chucks funeral in the bathroom of a building with Howard seemingly at breaking point. He, apparently visiting a shrink twice a week, looks a complete and utter psychotic wreck. Jimmy is back in the swing with his cheeky business pitches at the phone sales shop and flogs a lot of ‘pay as you go’ phones to an IRS evading customer. This leads him to street flogging resulting in a mugging to the night. From this beating, the intimacy and closeness of Jimmy and Kim’s relationship is expressed as Kim nurses Jimmys injuries gently and with utter affection.
What a scene as Mike sits in that van with possible guys who can fit and make plans for Gus’ super lab. As they travel beneath a black hood through various terrain over time lapses of shots, the brilliant cinematography and screenplay by Vince Gilliagan and Peter Gould is once again shown.
Mike finds his guy, an incredibly thorough German architect, to project manage and blueprint the laboratory. This ends in Gus’ meeting with the German as a confirmation of the immense price for the project is projected. The episode magnificently ends with Jimmy back on the trail of practising law as he plans through an agency to do so in a lawful and professional manner. This may be the seasons turning point and the creation of the notorious Better Call Saul soliciting firm.
A brilliant continuation of the series as Jimmy bulks up on imports of ‘pay-as-you-go’ phones to sell on the side from his mundane job at the phone sales company.
Kim deals with loads of pro bono cases as a form of charity and quits Mesa Verde for a more solid job at Schweikart & Cokely. Jimmys plans to build a criminal law firm with Kim are thus destroyed leaving them at a greater gap in their respective professions.
Meanwhile Gus and Mikes German architect for the super lab is suited and booted with his team of builders. However Gus must keep them away from the public eye due to their criminal manufacturing of meth laboratory.
To do this he builds two self-contained homes in a massive bunker with cinema screens, pool tables, a bar, gym, basketball hoop and football pitch with hidden CCTV cameras. The episode was a brilliant filler to set up the intense action to come.
With Hector conscious he resembles the cynical curmudgeon of Breaking Bad’s Salamanca don. He is able to respond with the tapping of his finger for yes and no questions and knocks over a plastic cup of water to ogle at a nurses bottom. He is definitely self-aware and mentally sharp.
At this time, we see Gus being updated on Hectors condition by the doctor who informs him of the great health improvement. In response, Gus chooses to suspend treatment and send Hector to a nursing home instead of receiving further therapy. This is seen as a tactical move in order to permanently cripple the once unrivalled don of the Mexican drug cartel into the state we view him in in Breaking Bad.
Jimmy and Kim’s contrasting lives continue as immy flogs his pay as you go phones to dealers. He is caught and interrogated by an undercover police officer and bodyguard Huell, deafened by headphones, rushes to Jimmys aid and hits the officer with bag of groceries in a comical scene. Huell is taken into custody and Jimmy pleads with Kim to represent him in court. Kim accepts the offer and collaborated with Jimmy to make a plan which we are not exposed to due to the episode ending on this cliffhanger
Family episode apart from the non-mike infused scenes of which there were very few to be honest. Mike took care of business with his lacklustre German engineering boss and building crew. He is a true character of epic proportions in this show and I thoroughly enjoy his acting skills.
Gus was rather disappointed in learning that Hector Salamanca appears to be recovering in hospital, and tried to divert medical resources away from him. Will halting Hector’s convalescence be enough? Or will Gus try to send him back a few steps in the recovery process by force? Truly sadistic stuff.
From the bus ride to Coushatta, Louisiana, in order to post falsified letters from Huell supporters in his hometown, to the network of fake phone lines set up to pre-empt the DA’s digging into the campaign, the sub-plot was a huge amount of fun (nice Louisiana accent, pastor Jimmy). The pair did a good job convincing the district attorney that Huell is important to his local church, but the show didn’t explain to the viewer why Huell was so important to Jimmy. Why go to such great lengths for a flunky who doesn’t seem especially close to Jimmy nor is particularly good at his job?
What an amazing show…the end of season four is just as good as the end of season 4 in BrBa. Wow’!!!absolutely amazing work from Gould and Gilligan.
Epic scenes of the Los Pollos evil creator and Don Eladio’s bisexual partner in buisness. Wow. There is the epic ending scene worth sheet thousands as Mike’s intensity is exacerbated with music as Walters had been in the penultimate epic scene of season 4 in Breaking Bad.
Their directorial chemistry is immensely beautiful and symmetrical of their stint at BrBa. We see Jimmy loose his mind and repeat that mantra by which he is known for – Better Call Saul.
A perfect show for shady lawyers.