Better Call Saul S2E10: “Klick”
There are so many positive things you could say about Better Call Saul as we wrap up the second season. The one I would like to structure this review of the season two finale, Klick”, is that this show has proven time and time again how versatile it can be. Whether it’s being able to sympathize with two people who are on complete opposite sides of an ugly feud like the McGill brothers, or adding so much drama to scenes where we know for a certain fact that something cannot go down in a certain way, like Mike’s hit on Tuco in “Gloves Off” and Mike’s hit on Hector today in “Klick”. This show could be a lot simpler but it choses not too and that’s what makes the show stand on its own merit and makes it great. With so much to get into, let’s get right to it.
Better Call Saul shows us its ability to be versatile right from the start of “Klick. We start with a cold open, a flashback to Jimmy and Chuck’s mother being on her deathbed. An obviously stressful situation for all but it seems to be hitting Chuck harder as he refuses to leave. Jimmy goes to get some lunch for Chuck and that’s when Chuck and Mama McGill share their final moment. She asks for Jimmy and when Chuck tells her that it’s Chuck that’s there, she only says Jimmy’s name one more time and then passes away. You just have to feel for Chuck here, he’s already taking this so hard and whether she was senile or not, it had to hurt that Jimmy was her last word and last wish. Our sympathy for him doesn’t last long though, when Jimmy comes back and asks if she had any last words, he denies telling Jimmy that he was the last thing their mother said and wanted to see. Feeling for Jimmy now.
Having the sympathy in favor of Jimmy as we move beyond the cold open was a great touch and sequencing as Jimmy’s actions as we flash forward to the present keep us sympathetic towards him. He quickly decides that family is more important than getting away with his scheme so he immediately heads into the copy store to help his brother. As Chuck fades into and out of consciousness he sees that Jimmy is there and roughly aware that so little time has passed, he probably realizes that this whole thing is fishy. We can’t be too mad at him for trying to catch Jimmy in the act instead of thanking him for the help because the sympathy pendulum swings right back in favor of Chuck. Some amazing and chilling camera work goes into making the scene where Chuck gets emergency treatments with all the modern electronic methods tough to watch. There clearly is something to his condition that’s physical and it hurts to watch him go all through that.
We’ve only just started the fun. We go back to feeling for Jimmy because as soon as Chuck wakes up, he’s accusing (it is true to be fair) Jimmy of paying off the copy guy and watching him from across the street since that’s the only way he could have gotten to him so quickly. Jimmy kind of struggles with responses here and a moment that nearly had me cheer was from a minor character, Ernie! Ernie lies and says he called Jimmy to stick around the copy store beforehand just in case it all became too much for Chuck. Chuck has to concede for now and outside his room when Jimmy asks Ernie why he did that, he said because “You’re my friend”. These brothers clearly both have things that are wrong with them but there’s little doubt that Jimmy is more of the people person. With all that Jimmy puts up from Chuck, you wonder how much better their relationship would be if Chuck was even a little bit more relatable. Jimmy jumps through hoops for a brother who does nothing but beat him down and it’s sad to watch.
Speaking of jumping through hoops, there’s a big one the end of the episode that will probably have fans leaning in favor of Jimmy for a long time. Chuck plays at Jimmy’s level, he may even go below Jimmy’s level. Chuck preys on Jimmy’s desire to put family above everyone else in a scheme that’s just bone chilling. Chuck pretends to quit HHM and the law and as soon as Jimmy hears the news, he immediately runs over to Chuck’s house. Chuck sells it even more by trying to get him to leave every step of the way. He pretends to go even crazier, putting up space blankets everywhere in the house. Chuck tells Jimmy that he’s right, “I made a mistake”, and by the looks of it, a Chuck who makes mistakes is not a functioning human being. Seeing how far being wrong makes Chuck go off the deep end, Jimmy admits to scamming him and says Chuck guessed it right step by step, exactly how it happened. After Jimmy leaves, we see underneath a space blanket, a tape recorder. Chuck recorded the whole thing and has Jimmy on record for confessing to a felony. Even if he doesn’t use it, or the tape is corrupted from being behind the space blanket the whole time, Chuck has proven himself to be just as bad as Jimmy, if not worse. He always talks about how Jimmy can’t help himself. One of the things Jimmy can’t help though, is that he puts family above everything else. Chuck using that information to get his own brother on record for a felony is a super low blow. I just don’t see any way this relationship can get better, not after this.
Let’s not forget about Mike. Mike is not going to let Hector get away with killing an innocent man, so he’s finally reached the point where he’s willing to pull the trigger. After buying a gun from the same salesman from “Gloves Off”, Mike stalks Hector and his crew out to the desert and sets up his shot from far away. Again, we get great camera work, cutting between Mike’s sniper shot, and seeing Mike himself. And again with the versatility, there’s just something great about how tense this scene is knowing that Hector can’t die here. When Mike refuses to aim below the head, we know Hector won’t even get his paralysis here. The drama comes from a different place. As Mike continues to not get a clear shot, he hears a horn in the distance. He goes over to investigate. It’s a jammed car horn, it’s his car and a note left behind simply saying “Don’t”. What a great way to add drama and tension to a situation in which we knew a certain outcome couldn’t come true. The origins of that note will have us fans pondering for the year off that stands between us and season three.
What will prove to be a popular theory for the note is that Breaking Bad antagonist Gus Fring left it. Further helping the theory is a quick look at season two’s episode names. Switch, Cobbler, Amarillo, Gloves Off, Rebecca, Bali Ha’i”, Inflatable, Fifi, Nailed, and Klick. Rearrange the first letter of the episodes and what do you know, you get “FRINGS BACK”.
Ending on Mike seeing the “Don’t” letter may have been better suited for the final scene than Chuck’s recording. What do you think?
We finally get to see Jimmy’s commercial! It’s got all the showmanship you would expect from a no restrictions Jimmy. “Give me Jimmy!” I like it. Nice touch that the next commercial that follows is advertising “Weasel”, often used to describe a scheming kind of person.
Quote of the Day, Jimmy trying to get Chuck to unretire. “When you’re 99, you can drop dead giving closing arguments to JudgeBot 3000. Which will run on electricity, by the way; that’s your future.”
A fantastic season finale shows off its versatility and leaves you immediately wanting more. Great ending to the season.
Season Grade B+
Episode Grade A