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  1. S04.E10: Winner

    There are so many different ways to look at and try to explain people. Churchill once referred to AH as "this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame". It's hard to state whether Jimmy became Saul because of the way he was treated over the years, or whether that was due to his inherent character. (Sorry to pull out Godwin's Law there. Been saving that one for a while.) Personally, I've seen all I need to see of the parents. They couldn't see evil. Next. Chuck, however, I wouldn't mind getting more a little more backstory on. I wonder if his behavior changed after Jimmy passed the bar, and this caused Rebecca to leave him. He really was the golden statue with feet of clay.
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    I can go along with that. State Street and Michigan Avenue don't go through Cicero, for one thing. I can also go along with the thinking that slipping in front of a business is not as "bad" a crime as allowing oneself to be hit by a car, since there is no invasion of private property involved and there is less chance of unintended, sometimes violent, consequences. It's even less bad if that business is an upscale store like Nordstrom's that is staffed by employees instead of a small business being run by its owners. On the other hand, it's more than 5 miles from Cicero to State Street and Michigan Avenue. In his spiel to the Skateboard Brothers, mentioned Cicero four times and made no mention of Chicago or about heading downtown to perform his scams. Jimmy only said that State and Michigan were "good", not that they were the only places he went. I can imagine that Young Jimmy took public transit downtown because that's where the big payoffs were. I can also imagine that Young Jimmy avoided doing his thing in his hometown to avoid getting in trouble with the locals. But at the end of the day these suppositions are based on information that is outside of the show. But, most importantly, most importantly, all that is irrelevant. Jimmy told his story to the Skateboard Brothers with the purpose of establishing himself as just as much a criminal as they were, and to get them to stage a phony automobile accident that would induce enough sufficient psychological trauma in the driver to get her to turn him as her attorney. It doesn't matter if Young Jimmy slipped in front of moving vehicles or stationary buildings, or whether he did these things in Cicero or Chicago. Whatever he did was, in his own mind, equivalent to throwing oneself in front of an automobile.
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    Chuck's second clerkship was for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers several states including New Mexico. I imagine the writers included that detail in the obit to explain why he went west.
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    Well, we never see Howard drinking booze. So, not Yale.
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    I don't think Kim is going to stick around into the BB time frame. Either she will realize that Jimmy is being subsumed by his DBA persona, or his criminal law practice will ensnare or endanger her. Or maybe her own misdeeds will finally catch up with her. I can imagine a scene where Kim brings Jimmy to another S&C mixer, but now everybody thinks of him as Saul Goodman and no longer an appropriate party guest. By the time Saul talks to Jesse about a massage "to completion", she's been vacuumed out of his life long before. I have to admit that I am enamored by my own theory. I never bought the "Jimmy turns into Saul" line of thinking as a binary thing. I prefer to have Jimmy adopt Saul Goodman with the intent of maintaining his "real" self, only to have the outward persona become the reality over time. There's a fantasy story by CS Lewis called The Great Divorce. People in hell are allowed to visit heaven and are given the chance to repent and stay. One of the characters walks around accompanied by a life-size ventriloquist dummy that speaks for him and acts like a drama queen. Although offered the chance to toss the fake aside, he holds onto it and shrinks down until the dummy swallows him up. I read that story over 20 years ago and just today I was reminded of it when ruminating on my idea.
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    I think so. I can imagine scenes where Jimmy tells Kim that Saul is just his professional persona, much like Walt always told Skyler he did what he did or his family. In this way Saul Goodman can call Francesca "Honey Tits" and ogle her as she walks to her car, even while Jimmy McGill keeps house with Kim.
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    Chuck also put a trash can by Jimmy's bed in case he needed to ralph. Another example of Chuck assessing Jimmy's downside risks.
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    I don't know if this has been discussed before, but it occurs to me that BCS didn't get picked up for season 4 until quite a while after season 3 ended. I can imagine that's why Howard was seen so infrequently, because Patrick Fabian was already booked for other projects. Also why some of the story arcs seemed half-baked. On the flip side, BCS was renewed for season 5 at the same time as season 4, so at least they had the ability to write season 4 knowing they could bring things together next season. I gotta say, I'm looking forward to Saul Uninterrupted next season. I want the free, wise-cracking guy from BB. I also like the idea that he will still act like Jimmy around Kim during their personal time together. ("I'm not a Sith Lord. I only play one on TV.")
  9. S04.E10: Winner

    I know of one parking garage at a mall called The Grove in Los Angeles that had automated exits like that for a little while. Drive up, insert ticket, insert cash or credit card, bar goes up. Didn't work so well, though. They had to hire attendants to stand next to the gates and help people. It was downright comical, like the Cone of Silence from Get Smart. Eventually they installed self-service kiosks near the escalators.
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    That bit about the insurance company paying off is a presumption on your part. As presented in the show, the scam involves threatening to call the cops on the victim, and taking cash to keep quiet. But even if we accept your premise, a payout by the insurance company will require a police report and an official finding that the driver was a fault for the injury. That will go on the driver's record, drive up his or her insurance premiums, and make them pay for fixing any dents in their car. I see little to no difference between scamming drivers and hiring a burglar to steal a figurine or a million dollars of ill-gotten public funds. I think a solid case can be made that scamming drivers is worse, because it produces severe psychological stress in the victim, as evidenced by Tuco's grandmother. Indeed, the intent of the skateboard scam is to induce psychological trauma in the victim in order to get them to pay without necessitating a call to the cops, which the skateboarders would assuredly like to avoid. Whether Slipping Jimmy targeted businesses along the sidewalk, or drivers in the street, is not specified in the show. I would agree that targeting a business is not the same as targeting an individual driver. Next season will be interesting. I think it's possible that "Saul Goodman" will be more than just a name, it will be an affected personality. We may see flashes of the old, charming Jimmy McGill when he's not playing the role of the criminal lawyer. After all, "November 12" will come around eventually. It's fascinating to consider the possibilities. Kim, in particular, can break bad, or not, but I think she is going to stick around Jimmy like a moth to a flame.
  11. S04.E10: Winner

    Here is what Jimmy says about himself to the skateboard twins in the opening episode of the series: Let me tell you about a young guy, actually, he's about your age. He lived a long way from here in a town called Cicero, Illinois. And in Cicero, he was the man. I mean, when he strolled down the street, all the corner boys would give him the high five. All the finest babes would smile at him and hope that he would smile back. They called him "Slippin' Jimmy," and everybody wanted to be his friend. "Slippin' Jimmy?" What the hell kind of name is that? Well, I'll tell you, now, winters in Cicero are murder. You guys growing up out here in the golden west, you don't know, okay? I'm talking cold that'll freeze the snot right in your nose. I'm talking wind that'll cut through your jacket and carve you up like a Ginsu knife. In fact, most folks in Cicero were scared of winter, but not Jimmy. Jimmy waited around all summer, and when September finally rolled around and he'd feel that first cold wind come sweeping off lake Michigan, he knew it was coming. Was it Christmas? Was it Kwanzaa? Better, it was slip 'n fall season. Soon as it was cold enough, he'd find a nice, smooth patch of ice. State Street was good. Michigan Avenue was better. He'd pick his spot, wait for it to get busy, then he'd walk out on the ice, and, boom! He would biff it so hard, people would come running from five blocks away. - Yeah, but did he collect? - "Did he collect?" Slippin' Jimmy had it dialed in, all right? One good fall, he'd clear 6, 8 grand. That'd keep him in old Milwaukee and Maui Wowie right through Labor Day. Scamming someone out of six to eight thousand dollars is a crime. It's a felony. And these were not larcenous jerks in the bar. They were innocent people who happened to be driving in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jimmy is a criminal. He has always been a criminal. Doesn't make him a bad guy. "Saul Goodman" is just his DBA.
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    I agree with you on that. At the very least, they should have given Jimmy the opportunity to respond well to an offer of assistance. The only thing I would add is that Chuck had not yet gotten sick, so his response was not made with the intention of taking advantage of Jimmy. I think it came from a mixture of his own feelings of hurt and fear, along with a feeling of duty to keep taking care of his wayward brother in accordance with his mother's wishes. D&M had run a bland ad before. Jimmy viewed it before making his own. Jimmy made the first ad for free. When the ad did well they agreed to more, but then learned that Jimmy had jacked up the price way above his costs. They offered to compensate him for the first ad even though they had no legal obligation to do so. People can have differing opinions about whether the Music Store guys were trying to rip Jimmy off. But the proper way to seek redress of grievances would have been to sue them in small claims court, not stage a fake accident. I doubt there's anyone who would not report Jimmy to the police if they were the victim of such a scam and had video evidence showing him instructing his cameraman to film him right before taking his fall.
  13. S04.E10: Winner

    I am going to issue a concurring opinion to BryceLynch's take on Chuck's decision about his brother at HHM. But I am going to frame it using a real-life experience from about a dozen years ago. One of my cousins and her mother were visiting our house. This cousin is well-known as a rage-aholic, and my own father refused to speak with her over the last decade of his life. During the visit she asked me a question. Not wanting to piss her off, I gave a half-hearted, diplomatically-worded answer. That set her off. She went up to her mother, gave her the finger, said "This is what 'Peter' just said to me", and stomped out of the house. I don't remember what the question was, or what my answer was, but I do know that I was trying to be diplomatic, and my attempt at diplomacy was interpreted as an implication that she was a rage-aholic. Sometimes you just can't win for losing. Whether Chuck had good intentions or not, he was in no-upside situation. Jimmy was absolutely unqualified to work at HHM and also constituted a huge downside risk. But giving Jimmy a straight-up "No, we are not going to hire you" could have set Jimmy off and damaged their relationship. Chuck made the wrong choice in that situation in my opinion, but I understand why he made it, and why others with perfectly good intentions might make the same choice. After all, just thinking about this particular discussion about Jimmy made me think about that cousin, not about all the other wonderful people in my life.
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    I suppose. But in his meeting with Juan Bolsa and the twins, Gus only admitted that he sometimes did business with "local suppliers". No mention of his own production operation. Maybe the cartel only saw Mike as just another hired bodyguard. I doubt anyone outside the Salamanca family would care enough to know about the person responsible for sending Tuco to prison to recognize him by face. And anyone who encountered Mike in an LPH truck didn't live to tell the tale. ***** Patrick Fabian's IMDB page lists several projects he's been in over the past year. Short of some unexpected twist, I think Howard's story arc is essentially complete. Which is fine with me. In a franchise about awful people, Howard Hamlin has been a beacon of goodness, along with Hank and Flynn.
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    Nacho has the ID cards needed to live in Canada, I don't think that is a long-term solution to his problem. He and his father wouldn't have much of a life there all themselves. And Nacho still has family back in Mexico. His father refused to even speak to Hector until Nacho brought them up. Werner went quietly to protect his wife. Nacho is going to have to make the same sacrifice. Saul's reference to Nacho and Lalo in BB makes sense if the cartel finally learns that Hector's near-demise was due to Nacho, but doesn't learn about Gus' knowledge. When Gus meets with Juan Bolsa and the twins, Mike isn't there. I wonder if the cartel ever learns that Mike worked for Gus. If Lalo was semi-serious of trying to get Gus to turn against Don Eladio, he might not inform the cartel of what he learned about Gus and Mike.