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  1. S04.E08: Coushatta

    I think people who don't deal with the criminal justice system underestimate how bureaucratic inertia governs it.
  2. S04.E08: Coushatta

    We've beaten this to death, but this deterministic view of human behavior, that people will act in a certain way, without regard to stimuli they receive from their environment, is just at odds with empirical reality.
  3. S04.E08: Coushatta

    Oh, I'm not saying I know how he will be back, just that I don't think that scene portends him becoming a minor character from that point forward. Yeah, if Kim is to have a painful demise, I'd rather it be an outcome that she chose as a possibility.
  4. S04.E08: Coushatta

    I'm tempted to think that Gus may be a very high functioning psychopath/sociopath but for the reaction, depicted in BB, to his partner's murder which seemed to be normal human grief, in response to the death of someone he genuinely loved. I don't think psychopaths process death quite like that.
  5. S04.E08: Coushatta

    Now, now, nothing will ever top Squat Cobbler, which made me laugh out loud harder than anything I've seen on t.v.!
  6. S04.E08: Coushatta

    Oh, the con won't hold up at all if it is looked at hard. The whole thing depends on it appearing to be pointless effort, and the ADA having a huge caseload. Kim's got to have a serious self destructive streak to take this risk, similar to a severe gambling addiction. I really want to have the origin shown to me. Tequila, but I think you are right. It referenced some previous thrill seeking. No doubt Gus getting out of the meth business would be hard (and yes, the drug business preceded the chicken business), but make no mistake, he chose the drug business, and had other options. He's extremely intelligent.
  7. S04.E08: Coushatta

    I think that we are going to learn about that object, and thus something about Kim.
  8. S04.E08: Coushatta

    Well, Gus could live a very comfortable life as a fast food executive, yet he chooses to sell a hugely destructive intoxicant on the black market, so I wouldn't make the case for his morality too strongly. He's better than a Salamanca or a Don Eladio, but that is placing the bar pretty low.
  9. S04.E08: Coushatta

    I've not been on board with the idea of Gus killing the Germans, because although Gus doesn't want to make it obvious where the construction site is, he has to know that Werner is a very smart guy, and could have deduced which small number of large commercial laundries in the SW U.S. might be the site, and set up a failsafe where if anything happened to Werner, the location would be revealed to the DEA. It always made more sense to me that Weener, at least, would be placed on retainer once the lab was finished.
  10. S04.E08: Coushatta

    Yeah, the writing was not as methodical as it usually is.
  11. S04.E08: Coushatta

    Well, we don't even know if Mike suggested a strip club. It may be the case that he thought getting them out of a cave for a few hours might have a positive effect on work performance, without falling further behind on work, and when he asked where they wanted to go, the young guys said they wanted to look at naked women. As you note, the irony lied in Werner being the problem, at a normal tavern. People can be extremely methodical, and still take risks they would otherwise avoid, when months behind schedule on a critical project. Gus needs to get that lab producing before the Salamancas get their footing back. Lalo appearing is bad for Gus as well as Nacho.
  12. S04.E08: Coushatta

    I certainly hope Howard still has substantial time left with the audience, because he's quite interesting. I think his last scene, where Jimmy gives his blunt performance review, suggests Howard will be back, in a big way.
  13. S04.E08: Coushatta

    Could be many things, but I don't think Lalo's fate will be hidden from us.
  14. S04.E08: Coushatta

    It could be these writers just doing their normal great job of not wasting any character, but they sure have spent a lot of time making Werner a real human being, which may suggest that his outcome may be a source of conflict for Mike and Gus. Lalo's likely gotta eventually go to Belize, without JimmySaul's knowledge, so that's interesting as well.
  15. S04.E08: Coushatta

    I'm wondering if we are going to get some backstory, at this somewhat late date, which provides some insight as to how Kim developed her self destructive streak. I don't think the mundane drudgery of banking expansion would by itself push her to these extremes.