If they get around to "Sex Farm" we (tragically) dont see it, and much later were with the McGills as Chuck helps a shitfaced Jimmy into his apartment -- a studio, in a basement.Ill still try to be the best man that I can be.Presently, a uniformed server comes out to say theres a call for him, and when the shot changes to show her in the background, we see that Zieglers vacation look also includes navy mid-calf socks in teal Crocs.Ziegler sucks his cheeks in resignation before asking if Gus is "very upset." "What do you think?" Lalo hedges.Jimmy persists through Chucks recollection of the day their mother brought Jimmy home from the hospital and that Chuck never saw her happier, and then stops.Go." Ziegler shifts his weight back and forth a bit like hes considering a third attempt, but ultimately decides against it and wanders off to gather his Crocs and cabana wear.
Then Guss SUV is squealing out of the parking lot as Mike gets back on the phone, tasking his team to start trying to track Ziegler via cab companies and hotels in the tri-state area."Keep him there."McGill and McGill, the brothers McGill," says Jimmy happily.Jimmy scoffs in shock and, before he releases her, asks if she understands what hes telling her.The money? Ill give all of it back.Mike hesitantly asks whether he might "have a peek" at the CC camera footage.Thats better.The whole time!" Kim doesnt get a chance to disclaim credit for Jimmys spectacular Slip, because an assistant appears behind her to give him some good news.Zieglers face falls and, puzzled by the unfamiliar voice, he says it is, asking whos calling.It doesnt.I know its Jimmys party, but that shit is like forty minutes long! Kim briskly says that Jimmys doing his own number after Ernie: "Im going to do one by myself." "No!" yelps Jimmy.He smirks.Good.As a fellow pasty, Im going to estimate his time of exposure to the southwest sun to be less than three minutes, since hes still alive.Blindly, a hand reaches out for it, and soon we see the hand belongs to Ziegler, whos folded a cloth napkin over his eyes and opened his aloha shirt to the sky.I wish it followed her to a CVS so we could watch her fill her pockets with Post-Its and nail polish because this is the first day of the rest of her life of crime.[Oscar Of Complete Red Carpet Winners And Dressed 2018 Best Oscars90 List]
...which could be more than enough to get Fred to fill in the gaps in his story.Chuck snaps off the lamp on Jimmys nightstand, but before he departs, he checks his watch and goes around to the other side of the bed instead, asking whether Jimmy will want eggs or pancakes for breakfast.So what? So what.It was all about Chuck."If I can find him before the wife gets here, let me bring him in and finish what he started."Im a lawyer, and youre a lawyer.Shes at the kitchen counter with a legal pad and eight or ten index cards on which shes written big concepts in Sharpie, and when Jimmy arrives at her side, she explains how shes arranged them: "The problem mightve been starting with remorse, so Im trying to work into it more gradually -- The Law, Plans, then Remorse, then Brother, then Legacy.Chuck claims he has early meetings, but Jimmy implores him to stay for just ten more minutes: "You cannot leave.Jimmy sighs that hes "about to bail." Kim notes that its not really Chucks kind of place, but Jimmys dismayed that Chuck never has any fun: "I was hoping tonight he might, you know, mingle with the lady folk." Based on everything we know about Chuck, I doubt very much that hed step into a dating pool made up of his firms most junior employees.(Kim doesnt have a purse, which is weird? Maybe Schweikart is right across the street.) Theyre silent walking through the building and up the stairs, and tensely wait their turn by some vending machines, which is when Kim is finally the first to speak: "Where do you have it?" Jimmy pats his breast pocket and says, "This ought to do it.He goes into his summation: "My point is that maybe someone whos been in trouble, someone who doesnt have a perfect record -- you know, whos made mistakes and faced the consequences -- maybe she brings something that the others dont.Gus asks if hes "certain," and Mike firmly says, "Yes.Then its time for them to go back in, and Jimmy expresses eagerness to get in on some of "those little hamburgers." Kim very briefly shakes her head, and Jimmy corrects himself: "Im allowed to pay for the food, but Im too sad to eat." Cant relate.
Cut to Ernie going HAM on his karaoke cover of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," HHM Blue balloons arrayed behind him.Youre going to do whatever it takes, do you hear me? You are not gonna play by the rules.Shes worried that someones been injured, but he assures her thats not it, and apparently she keeps babbling because he has to beg her to listen to him before saying, "Im not at the motel.And I dont want to see you at all, Margarethe."Hey, dyou find your brother-in-law, is he okay?" calls Fred.First, Ziegler sits around for a WHILE waiting for the money to come through.Lalo may not have all the facts regarding Mikes investigation, but he does have a lot of Big Dick Energy...[Of Visit To Fans Thrones Will Be Westeros Able Soon Game]
Then Lalos watching Mikes interaction, a printout of Zieglers transaction on the desk next to the keyboard so we can see that, aw, the test question they set was "What type of pet do you have?" (answer: dog), and that, in the message field, Margarethe wrote "Schatz!" -- not because shes a big fan of the episodes timelines current state house rep for Hawaiis 25th district, but because its the German word for "Treasure." NO, YOURE CRYING.Kim has to flick a tear away from the corner of her eye before Jimmy takes the seat next to hers.
Jimmy is visibly surprised by this affirmation, giving her an eyebrow pop suggesting that he may think the office is back in play, and a half-smile to let her know theyre okay if its not.[Zone Did Reboot To Up Hype The Live The Twilight]
...to a cemetery, where Jimmy is standing over Chucks headstone clutching a bouquet of flowers.On the other end, Mike realizes hes alone and closes his phone too, breathing, "Aw, dammit."
This is...so rough.Two feet.Theyre on the thirty-fifth floor? Youre gonna be on the fiftieth floor.Mike stops talking.HHM is just hhm! You know? You writing this down?" Chuck grips Jimmys hand in a parting gesture, telling him he put a trash can next to the bed in case Jimmy gets sick."I will go home," says Ziegler throatily."I guess even a year out, an event like this can be tough," Rich comments.He turns away to tell the caller where the location is and what their hours are, and when he turns back around, Lalo has vanished...but the sign on the door has been turned around to tell customers theyre closed, and one of the panels in the drop ceiling is askew.Mike shakes his head just a little before pushing his luck: "Thatd be a mistake." "This discussion serves no purpose," says Gus.Jimmy looks so disgruntled that Howard cant help noticing and asking him whats up, so Jimmy says that he was the one vote for Christy, and that he thinks they should reconsider her.Lalo was wondering if there was something his friend missed.He said hed be gone four days, hes not going to any cops.Mike walks over to the car and slaps the hood a couple of times, ordering Ziegler, "Get out." The two stand half a dozen feet apart in front of the headlights, Mike so angry at Ziegler for putting him in this position that he barks at him to say what he thought was going to happen after this stunt.Alas, Fred will never know.If Ziegler disappears, you are left with the most expensive hole in the ground this side of the Mississippi." After a beat, Gus asks, "You can find him?" "This is on me, Ill fix it," Mike rumbles.Sorry.
We open in a nondescript meeting room, where attorneys we dont know are standing up in turn, introducing themselves, and presenting candidates for admission to the bar.Jimmy looks up, pretending to be surprised, and greets them, thanking them for coming.The key hes aiming for is, Im going to say, at least one city council district over from where he is, but what he lacks in musicianship, he makes up for in passion."An accident.Lalo smiles winningly: "Show me what you showed him." Fred hesitates before suggesting that maybe Lalo should call Mike.Because you dont need them! Theyre not going to give it to you? So what.Even before Jimmy runs up to catch her, we may guess this is Christy based on her outfit: shes in dark pants (possibly jeans) and a t-shirt printed with cartoon garden gnomes -- nothing like the Mens Wearhouse and Ann Taylor Loft lewks all the other candidates showed up in.Mike then takes his gum wrapper ticket and slides it into the machine at the exit gate, and we get a classic objects-eye view as Mikes Doublemint literally gums up the works.As they move off, Jimmy sets one palm on top of the stone and brings the other to his eyes, and I know the adjective "cartoonish" gets tossed around liberally these days, but theres truly no better word for the "boo hoo hoo" noise he makes to accompany his dry-crying.[All Beverly 90210 Hills The Visual Need Is Aids A Date]
Sometime later, Jimmy trots up to a car parked on the cemetery grounds, where Kim (dressed for work, or maybe just trying to look like she could be on her way to a funeral) is waiting with a thermos of water and a box of pastries.Lalo was so unprepared to hear that cover story that he keeps his grin on just a tiny bit too long before switching to an expression more fitting for the situation, saying they havent found him yet: "Were really worried." Freds sorry to hear it.You know I will keep silent -- you know it.Lalo gets out of his car and heads in, tucking his gun into the back of his jeans.Now!" This is some Margarethe And The Hendersons shit right here.
Now, Jimmy had told Kim to choose a track for him that was "not from this decade" -- smart! Going with ABBA, a band with lots of #1 hits that Jimmy probably knows well -- great! Saddling Jimmy with an Agnetha and Anni-Frid joint instead of one the dudes sing is not the play; its in a weird key for a tenor, and Jimmys rendition is VERY bad.Chuck refuses until Jimmy thrusts the mic in his face for "The loser standing small," whereupon Chuck relents and takes his place next to Jimmy.Anyway: when he gets her to stop, Jimmy introduces himself and says they met inside.I mean, theyll smile at you, theyll pat you on the head, but they are never, ever letting you in.The episode doesnt address this matter, though, so lets move on...
Then its Jimmy and Kims big day, and we join them briskly walking into the bland government building where his appeal hearing is about to take place.Kim, hopeful, watches the back of his head.Ive gotta believe that somehow-- somehow, he knows." After a moment, Jimmy collects himself and says, "Thatll have to do it for me." This self-deprecation is cute because itll definitely "do it" for him: all the judges look like theyre about to start bawling."Howd it look?" he asks."You were never gonna get it," he continues.Doesnt know his way around town, but if he gets to a bus or a taxi, thats not going to matter much.Ken says they saw the notice about the upcoming law library dedication, further expositing that today is the anniversary of Chucks death."The concrete is standing by.Mike tells him to pull himself together.He did not love me as a lawyer." Uh oh, hes losing Kim again; she gives this a long blink.Their questions will be answered." "This you swear?" Ziegler asks, sunk onto his haunches.Jimmy sweetly mumbles his thanks, some more.No sooner have the two exchanged "goodnight"s before Jimmy blurt-sings, "THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL!" After a moment, Chuck responds: "The loser has to fall." Realizing sleep will not be coming soon, if ever, Chuck rolls over and joins Jimmy: "Beside the victory, thats her destiny." Picking through to the best of their memories, they start the second verse: "I was in your arms / Thinking I belonged there / I figured it made sense / Building me a fence / Building me a home / Thinking Id be strong there / But I was a fool / Playing by the rules...." Isolate those last two lines and youre well on your way to a Saul Goodman client testimonial!
After the credits -- in which a porcelain "WORLDS GREATEST LAWYER" mug spills coffee as it spirals down to the floor and smashes to pieces -- we get a brief flash of Mike scanning Zieglers schematics and letter from "Wiedersehen" and then move outside, where hes giving his best Samuel Gerard speech to the guys on the crew: "Hes got a three-and-a-half-hour jump on us, but he started out on foot, which gives us a fighting chance.Jimmy sets his jaw.Reading room? Scholarship? Cemetery? By now theyve got to have heard about some of it.Warily, Fred says he cant show him: "Youd better just call the police." Lalo smiles and nods, and Fred is probably very relieved to get a phone call just then.Without bothering to wait for Gus to volunteer a name -- if Mike doesnt understand what is and is not within his pay grade, literally no one does or ever has -- Mike says, "Ill bring him in now." "No," says Gus.Please, Michael."Yes," says Mike quietly.Youre gonna go your own way, youre gonna do what they wont do! Youre gonna be smart, you are gonna cut corners, and you are gonna win."What if Chuck does the talking for me?" Kim doesnt look thrilled that hes passing on work she probably spent hours doing...or possibly that hes returning to work she already did???
After dark, Mikes old man sedan parks on a lonely piece of land, the lights of a city behind him.He goes on to read out the vote counts; a Christy Esposito has earned just one vote.Thumbs."You need to keep it that way," Mike tells him urgently.Chuck wrote a good letter, huh?" "Chuck wrote a great letter," Kim agrees, without the slightest guilty hesitation or sidelong look for the Kim letter truthers among us (hi)."But its tasteful." In that it isnt HHM Blue, I guess thats true.[Nice Boys Journey FIRE8217s Minoso CHICAGO More ONE Family Joe Cruz8217s CHICAGO And Talks INTERVIEW]
...while Lalo watches him, through binoculars, from his car.
And then theyre in the hearing room (the same one from "Chicanery," by the way)."How about we take another vote?" Orrrrrrr maybe he just figures hell let the baby have his bottle because he knows Jimmy hasnt convinced anyone, nor will he.[Lows Up Cavalier Rebounds Whiskey Ratings Empire Ticks From]
Cut to an HHM tote bag on the arm of a girl trudging away from the building, and man, Howards dorky thrill at being able to bestow this gift on all the Little McGill Urban Achievers humanizes him more than almost anything weve seen him do in four seasons.Hes so wired on the adrenaline of this victory that even as he walks Kim through the various calculations that went into the display she just saw, he doesnt notice that she looks like shes about to barf.The camera glides through the party to a table where Kim and Jimmy are poring over the song binder.But listen.Fred looks up to follow the noises of someone crawling around above him, but it doesnt take long for Lalo to drop in -- landing on his feet like a motherfucking cat, by the way -- and point his gun at a terrified Fred.
Cut to a drink with a big hunk of lime in it, sweating on a poolside table.The assistant asks him to come to the office with her to fill out some paperwork, and hes busting to do it: "Oh, and sweetheart, Im going to need one more form -- a dba, because Im not going to be practising under the name McGill." Is there any better proof that Jimmy should be a lawyer than that it took him less than ten minutes to slide through the loophole of his promise to live up to the name McGill? Jimmys already on his way when Kim manages to sputter out a question about him abandoning Legacy."Esposito -- thats the shoplifter," says the woman seated next to Jimmy.Could you repeat that?" Mike holds the phone and waits.And an incredible lawyer, you know?...And all my life, I wanted to make him proud.His crew cant do it without him.Jimmy exposits that this scheme cost him $23,000, and sounds like hes not sure it was worth it: "I dont even see anyone from the Bar Association in there." Kim says they still have almost a week: "Someone on the board will hear about this -- and theyll believe it, because they heard it from a colleague." Jimmy gets it, but has had another thought, and sits Kim down to run it by her: what if a judge is in her chambers when she realizes her clerks chamber is on fire, and shes saved from immolation by Jimmy McGill?! He grants, before she can be bothered to take seriously his plot to commit ARSON, that its "too big," and is also not useful for him if his main object is to "come back from insincere." Kim is quietly relieved that he figured this out on his own.Im not even in New Mexico.I was just exploring the possibilities." Gus is, for reasons we know but Gale doesnt, in no mood to put on the pleasant brightness we usually see him employ with Gale, and the sensitive Gale cant help picking up on that, telling Guss stony face that hes just...going to go.......up, and check the...........Ziegler asks Lalo to tell Gus that the work will continue, adding that the letter he left for "Michael" explained everything.Ziegler tries to argue, but Mike emphatically tells him, "Nothing you could say or do will make anyone trust you again."
Ziegler cocks his head, the absolutes in Mikes choice of words finally penetrating Zieglers loquacious defenses.Screw them.Please." Ignoring this offer, Mike asks, "Does your wife have a cell phone with her?" Ziegler says she does."I just went off on this flow!" he gloats.I can try.Lalo says that "Michael" hasnt shared it with Gus.Jimmy will double-sue her."Is there no other way, truly?" asks Ziegler despairingly, knowing the answer.Ill never be as good as Chuck." By now Jimmys tearing up: "But I can try.Youre going to take it.Cause you dont matter all that much to them.Anyway: it might be easier for Jimmy to sing this song about winning from the losers perspective on such a triumphant day -- or hes just having fun and goofing around without paying much attention to the lyrics in the moment because hes more focused on getting Chuck to join him and make it a duet."This I swear," Mike tells him.REMIND YOU OF ANY DISPUTES THESE TWO HAVE BEEN HAVING ALL SEASON??? "This is my night.But some of the impact of his big Knute Rockne moment dissipates when his car wont start.With panel crumbs still in his hair, Lalo impatiently waves off a would-be customer while intently watching the footage of Mike coming back in and plucking out brochures.He loved me as a brother.Gale is like, uh, of course: "We only want to do it if its done right.Kim gives this a Kimface before asking how the headstone looks.Somehow thinking they might still have the same relationship they did before, Ziegler casually starts apologizing, but Mike cuts him off: "Get dressed." "Michael--" Ziegler attempts, but Mike interrupts him again: "I dont want to hear another damn word out of you.Mike ambles over, asking, "Will she do it?" Ziegler says she was very angry, but that she will go home.He straightens up.Jimmy describes how rare and special it was to make Chuck proud while, behind him, Kim beams her pride at Jimmy."HHMM," says Jimmy thoughtfully.Immediately, Mike pulls out a pack of gum, chewing a piece, pulls into a paid parking lot with a ticket machine, parks, watches Lalo pull in as well, and chews up a second piece of gum.Whoops.Gus remains immobile.[Walking Rebounds Ratings Dead Sunday Cable Sets The New Still Finalelow]
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Jimmy has made it home, without Esteem, sighing heavily before tossing his keys in a dish next to Kims.He chirps a greeting that lets us know these two havent met before, but Mike isnt here to make friends either, so Gale continues on his path into daylight.
Jimmy heads from this meeting with his mentee to the parking lot.Lalo looks at the actual rack of brochures.YEAAAAAAAAAH!
Then were in the HHM conference room, where Howard (at the head of the table), Jimmy, and a bunch of jerks we dont know are quietly flipping through papers."She landed an hour ago." "She knows nothing," Ziegler wheedles."Is this Werner?" asks Lalo in English.Soon it becomes clear that theyve gathered to interview candidates for the scholarship Chuck endowed in his will, as Howard brings in a succession of high school nerds -- a class president, a Model UN delegate, a debate team captain, etc.Do you remember what your instructions were?" "Certainly," says Ziegler.Hands.Rich nods admiringly and asks where he is, so he may say hello; Kim says hes around somewhere, and Rich soon spots him, hanging his head outside.[Review The Is In Show Be Making Of More Dark The Should This Of Type The CW]
When its over, Howard tabulates votes written on slips of yellow legal pad paper -- apparently not for the first time, as he says "Things are becoming much clearer now." Julie, his assistant, pokes her head in to ask if she may send the applicants home, which is when we learn that, if nothing else, the unsuccessful candidates at least got lunch on HHM (or Chucks estate) out of it.I got this letter.Chuck takes his shoes off and lies down next to Jimmy, telling him to get some rest before his big day.And the higher you rise, the more theyre gonna hate you.Im a lawyer now, all right? Ive been barred for a whole [checks watch] three hours now! You dont sing that with me, I sue you." Kim states that shell sue him right back.At this point, Im wondering whether Ziegler would have had cash enough to get him to 4th Street -- or, indeed, any cash at all? Its not like hed need it during this job, since he cant go anywhere without Mike as a chaperone.She says they knew Chuck from "The Native Peoples Education Council." (I assume I need not tell you that, like Chuck, theyre both white, so: eyeroll emoji.) Jimmy morosely claims that Chuck spoke fondly of them.(It may be worth noting that we never saw Gus agree to these terms, either.) "Surely they could not -- they would not!" Ziegler sputters.Is that you?" Mike sneers at the phone and hangs up before turning toward Ziegler."That one asshole was crying, he had actual tears! Jesus, Kim!"
Jimmy is so psyched that he doesnt realize Kim has stopped dead and is no longer excited because, whoops, she thought what she was witnessing was the breakthrough shes been waiting for all season -- for Jimmy to acknowledge and deal with his true feelings about Chuck -- but instead, shes just witnessed the most remarkable performance of Slippin Jimmys career."Thank you, Chuck," says Jimmy sincerely, before going on to muse about whether four or six nipples would work: "I submit to the court its overkill." Chuck turns off the kitchen light and brings the glass over.Howard recaps (leave it to the professionals) that they have three scholarships and three frontrunners, so hes set to make a final determination, unless theres any more discussion to be had.Ill never be as smart, Ill never be as respected.Its so bad, in fact, that I thought for sure Bob Odenkirk must be trying to suck, to add this note (as it were) to the character of Jimmy, and I was sure Id heard him sing competently on Mr.A curly-haired woman second from right -- and if this actor, Colleen Flynn, looks or sounds familiar, its because she played the pregnant woman in that brutal Season 1 ER episode "Loves Labor Lost," with Bradley Whitford (you know the one) -- exposits that theyve reviewed all the materials hed presented to the review committee, as well as that committees findings, so all that remains is for him to make his prepared statement.I think that deserves real consideration." HMMM WHY ON EARTH WOULD SUCH AN APPLICANT RESONATE WITH JIMMY IN PARTICULAR is something no one present cares to ask, sincerely or sarcastically.They can start pouring.Two lawyers.Kim glances around a little and lowers her voice to fake-admit that Jimmy wants to remain anonymous.Jimmy says Chuck was "a big reason" he became a lawyer: "He was the most brilliant man I ever knew.The guy guesses Jimmys Chucks brother and steps forward to introduce himself as Ken Greenfield and his companion as Emily Reed."Howd it feel?" she parries, pragmatically."Theyre going home," Mike rumbles.Its very straightforward.Ziegler comes closer, gazes into Mikes face for a moment, and then looks up: "There are so many stars visible in New Mexico.I have this letter.She will go to the police." "Therell be a story," Mike replies.She vetoes it, ordering him to pick something else, and when he presses the point, she insists that shes not doing "Bohemian Rhapsody," and any decent person has to take her side if only on the grounds of karaoke etiquette.The last two guys are to remain on site to keep Zieglers crew "on lockdown." Woohoo, snow day! Time to enjoy as much volleyball and TV as you can while trying not to wonder whether your boss will evade getting murdered! Once hes alone, Mike flips open his phone and calls 411 to get the number for "TravelWire," which seems to be a greeked version of Western Union; when they put him through, he claims he arranged for his wife to wire him money from Frankfurt, Germany, but darn the luck, he didnt get the name of the location where hes supposed to go get it! He mispronounces Margarethe (like "mar-ga-WREATHE"), but the operator still gets it and sends him to 4th Street.I dont want to see you.He pounds the wheel, screaming, "DAMMIT! DAMMIT!," before breaking down in tears, whimpering, "No, no, no." Jimmys Esteem may have survived far longer than it probably should have, but it feels grimly appropriate that a dark cavern under HHM should be where it finally expires for good.
...Jimmy heads him off.She smiles, obviously thinking hes come out to give her good news, so he does the decent thing by not prolonging her misapprehension: "You didnt get it." Her face falls.Lalo says Zieglers name a few times, and when he gets no answer, he smiles and guesses, "Michael."Felt like I looked sad," Jimmy assesses.What do you think?" Jimmy has no response, and when Kim asks if hes okay, he doesnt tell her about the demise of his Esteem.I never had a chance to write him a letter, and to tell him all the things that I shouldve.Its very sad.From a distance, we can faintly hear him mumbling, but its not until the camera moves right next to him that we hear his choice of placeholder dialogue isnt "rhubarb rhubarb" but "watermelon pickles," which he delivers with convincing mournfulness before laying his flowers on Chucks grave and counting under his breath as a man and a woman, the former also carrying flowers, approach.Mike groans: "Just took the money and left." Fred volunteers that he made a couple of calls on the pay phone first, then got into a car; he doesnt remember if it was a regular cab or a car service or what.Both the reasons for this and the historical situation soon become clear as the third candidate to stand is Jimmy, with Chuck at his side to vouch for him; Jimmy turns back, as we see Kim and Ernesto (Ernesto! a truer friend to Jimmy than we knew!) seated behind them, adorably proud.[2 Trouble Boss More Complicated The Coterie Even Season An Teases Good For]
Ziegler hangs up and starts crying, anguished.Lalo claims hes contacting Ziegler on behalf of Gus.-- wearing their best teen versions of business casual attire, though the camera cuts each one off just as they get out their first few syllables of cheery self-promotion.
Outside, Mike climbs into the back seat of an SUV, next to Gus, who is almost visibly steaming with rage as he stares straight ahead and says, "Can I see it." Mike pulls Zieglers notes out of his inner breast pocket and hands them off.He clears his throat maaaaaybe a bit stagily, and starts to read the letter, obviously much more soulfully than when he first did so back in "Something Beautiful." (Kim, sitting behind him, is misty-eyed straight out of the gate, which finally convinces me, at least, that she really didnt write it.) At "the spirit in which they are intended," Jimmy notices that Judge Colleen Flynn is bored and shuffling papers -- kind of like the scholarship reviewers in that HHM conference room, and kind of like they had already made up their mind, and they knew what they were gonna do before he walked in the door."The shoplifter," Jimmy repeats, already defeated."More pleasant to look at."The south wall, yes," Ziegler repeats, starting to twig that something is amiss.When he spots Gus himself come out -- in a knot of henchmen that also includes Tyrus and Victor -- and climb into the back seat of an SUV, Lalo packs up his tripod and his wee cooler and prepares to see where theyre all going.[Colleton Spotlight The Sara Women Behind Scenes]
My dude is just tone-deaf for real, and thats okay."Hmmmmmmm."I mean, look at me.Naturally, Lalo is not about waiting his turn and pushes Baldy through the gate, but Mike is already long gone.Kai will kn--" But before he can even get the entire phoneme out, Mike is smacking one hand on Zieglers arm and grabbing the receiver away with the other, just in time to hear Lalo say, "The concrete -- sorry, I didnt get that last part.Ziegler steps past Mike into the dark.After a moment, she tells him she has to go get her bus."Thats why God gave us two eyes," Jimmy rambles on.Jimmy then has an epiphany, musing, "What if--" and then strides quickly into the bedroom, where he opens a fat book and extracts a folded piece of paper, which he unfolds for Kim, whos followed him in.Kim studies his face, trying to keep him from despondency: "Jimmy, the hard parts done.Ken offers a kind of perfunctory-sounding sigh before setting his flowers on the grave and heading out with Emily.And he was not an easy man to make proud." On the panel, the judges smile with fond recognition."Make those pancakes you make." Jimmy may be intoxicated, but his judgment could not be more sound."Wait where you are," Gus orders.Wait." Which is when we think back to their conversation in the SUV outside the TravelWire, where Mike offered to retrieve Ziegler rather than have Guss guys track and kill him, and realize that we only saw Gus ask if Mike thought he could find Ziegler, not say that if he did hed agree to let Ziegler live.Youre gonna be looking down on them.Hes relieved that theyve already gotten "customers," since hed feared no one would show up.Then he tries a new angle: "If she does not hear from me, she will ask questions.Show.This poor bastard has so little idea of what hes actually dealing with that he asks to explain the situation to Gus himself -- "I will make him understand" -- but Mike curtly tells him he may not.So go back home! Immediately."I will never breathe a word of this, ever."I thought I would come back and my friend Michael would be very, very angry, but in time, he would understand and forgive!" The biggest heartbreak comes from the fact that HES NOT ACTUALLY WRONG: his friend Michael was very, very angry, but he immediately understood and was prepared to forgive! But since Ziegler never met his real boss, he had no way to think through what the ultimate consequences would be, which is what Mike must wistfully remind him: "It was never up to me." Ziegler, still confident, starts apologizing, promising to repair what he broke "with [his] own hands," but imploring that Margarethe will be at the motel soon: "Please, take me back there.I will tell no one, I swear.So probably not a pizza party.She asks about his meeting, and he shorthands that they gave scholarships to "three very bright young people." Only barely interested, Kim chirps, "Good," and returns to Jimmys appeal prep, indicating what shes written on the legal pad: "I know its a lot, but this is one time you do not want to wing it." Its not as if she doesnt know hes good at thinking on his feet, but the stakes here are very high, and shes so pragmatic.Lalo thought he had a good grip on Mike, but it turns out hes [sunglasses] very Wrigley.After a long beat, Mike quietly offers, "Id go another way." "That I know," says Gus.Theyre trusted." The first time I watched the scene, that last remark struck me as a little mean, but since it now seems like this is the point where Ziegler is accepting the situation, I can appreciate that Mike recognizes Zieglers fatherly feeling for his men, and that Ziegler would be relieved to know his recklessness didnt put them in peril for their association with him.After a beat, she haltingly adds, "Its not just the words, though, you know? Its how you read them?" Jimmy doesnt reply, though he looks slightly annoyed that she still seems to think he needs a sincerity coach.("Thats not a thing" is not a thing we were saying in the early 00s, but fine.) Jimmy says it could be a thing once his "full powers are unleashed." Then Ernie screeches into the key change and Kim and Jimmy take a break from their fond bickering to admire him...which is when Jimmy glances across the bar and sees that Chuck, sitting alone, is settling his cheque.It doesnt matter what you tell her, as long as she goes back where she belongs." With the dog!!!
Ziegler takes the phone and walks a few paces away, trying to slow his breath before Margarethe picks up, but he cant help sounding a little pressed as he tells her (in German, of course) that he has bad news: theres a problem at the site and hes been called back.Mike quickly shoots down a side street to confirm, though he doesnt know who Lalo is, that its driver is definitely following him.Howard tells Jimmy, "You make a hell of an argument," and actually seems sincere in saying it -- or maybe hes just skilled at acting sincere, which we all now know is very important for an attorney.As Jimmy digs into a bear claw, she advises him to pace himself, since its going to be a long day.Im lucky.You were right.This is about him wanting to see his wife, plain and simple." Gus folds the papers and replies, "Shes on a Lufthansa flight, landing in Denver nine hours from now." Mike nods, correctly surmising that Guss men are going to be there, and will follow her to wherever Zieglers waiting: "And then?" Gus continues staring ahead, in silence."Michaels very busy.But even when theyre alone, Gus and Mike dont speak (nor need to, I suppose), just gazing at each other through the dusk.
Then its time for the law library dedication! Jimmys camera crew is there to cover the event, and to lead Howard into an admission that, despite the rumours, it was not he who put up the money for this reading room to be named in Chucks memory."Theyre okay.Leaving his headlights on, he orders Ziegler, "Stay here," and walks a few yards away to call Gus and say, "I got im." To Guss question, he says theyre "out by an old raceway off 55, about eight miles north of San Ysidro." We cut to an overhead shot of Gus, illuminated by a single lamp on his desk, as he asks where Ziegler was; Mike tells him it was a motel called Dulce Vega Hot Springs, which has to be where Margarethes headed.You have any idea who it was?" "I do," says Gus."And my men?" asks Ziegler.As he talks about Chucks unwillingness to suffer fools and how judgmental he could be, Kim nods to herself, with faint surprise and much relief at Jimmys change of approach.Mike waits a moment, turns, and follows, several yards behind, the gun in his hand reflecting the moonlight."Thats right." He points out that her grades are good -- not the best of the applicants they considered, but still good -- she has solid recommendations, and though he cant discount her shoplifting incident, "she was new in town, she made some bad choices, and that was sophomore year; shes had two really strong years since then." He also draws the groups attention to Christys eloquent personal essay, in which she wrote about her experience getting caught shoplifting and how it led her to get interested in the law.He asked me to speak with you.Mike turns around to the car; all we can make out is the arm of Zieglers glasses glinting in the moonlight."I go back now, I go back in the morning, what difference can it make?" "Its not going to happen," says Mike.When Fred the clerk calls him up to the window, we get to hear Mike -- in a slightly quavery, supplicating voice -- deliver the cover story to which hed referred before all his guys moved out: Werner Ziegler, his brother-in-law, has early-stage dementia, and hes a diabetic.Kim tells him thats not a thing."I had this energy going through me, it was like improv or jazz, and then BOOM, I sunk the hook in!" He gets back into character to relive a highlight: "Im so lucky.Lalo starts by describing his bald friend who came in earlier, and of course Fred remembers, asking whether they found Lalos friends brother-in-law.[Takes Against Parodies Stance Bee Riverdale Samantha Anti Vaxxers]
Over to Mike, entering the TravelWire location on 4th Street."It still doesnt make any sense," Jimmy chokes.GOOD, you rub their noses in it! You make them suffer.Jimmy should be taking sincerity lessons from Ziegler, whose trusting spirit is breaking my heart.He doesnt have his passport, so hes probably not headed to the airport."Did they all get the--?" Howard asks, miming holding something by a handle; Julie says they did.
Cut to the good old 4th Street TravelWire office, where the Elite Meet To Find A German Skilled At Deceit.We set up the dominoes, now you just knock em down." Jimmy shakes his dead and mumbles, "I can say whatever I want."Yeah," Jimmy breathes.Let us be together for a little, ah? Let her see me and know everything is okay." Mike cant take it and turns around to avoid looking at Zieglers cajoling face, which Ziegler mistakes for a sign that Mike is about to relent.Kim dips her chin and excuses herself to go check on Jimmy, deliberately clapping a hand on his back as she tells him its almost time for him to come back in."And if you decide Im not a lawyer?" Jimmy continues.Fred doesnt answer right away, and Mike sadly says he gets that its "not company policy": "Then could you tell me where the nearest hospital is."
Mike fixes Fred with the sad-sack civilian version of his usual patient but expectant glare, to which Fred briefly gawps...Of course we all know that the once and probably future David St.Mike also stops, and shoots him in the back of the head.I know were not doing webisodes anymore, as a culture, but Id kind of love one in which Fred IMs a friend about the days excitement and tries to create a Grand Unified Theory that encompasses all the data hes observed.Jimmy races to take the stage.[Chi Season Lena Ever Says Is Waithe More Vital 2 The Than]
Howard is PSYCHED.Ziegler reaches out for Mike to give him his phone, but Mike has to tell him to calm down first: "She cant suspect.But also...
Im not saying its over the top, but he kind of looks like hes modeling for a stock photo series on anguish."Nothing useful," Mike replies."She goes back to the airport, nothingll happen to her," Mike promises.GOD, I could see The Matrix, you know? I was invincible! I could dodge bullets, baby! And you were right.Mike has to start calling these hot spring resorts...[Travellers Backpack Travel For 7 Top Accessories]
Sometime later, Gus brings Gale to see the Superlab, in progress.Emily regrets that they lost touch with Chuck, but Jimmy says the important thing is that theyre here now.Most likely ran off towards the highway." He directs two of the guys to head north and south to see if they can find Ziegler hitchhiking; as they immediately move out, Mike directs two others to "use the cover story" at train and bus stations.Jimmy says he doesnt have one, and instead pulls out Chucks letter, explaining its provenance.After a full fifteen seconds, Jimmy hoarsely says, "Im sorry, I cant do this."
The shot cuts to Kim, deflating, so that we know this wasnt part of the plan.Remember: the winner takes it all." Based on Christys horrified expression, Jimmy should apologize if he made her feel bad seeing him so tense.If you decide that I get to be a lawyer? Ill do everything in my power to be worthy of the name McGill." Kim smiles through tears.When Mike goes on to add that they spoke to his sister-in-law "mar-ga-WREATHE" back in Germany and learned that Ziegler had convinced her to wire him some money -- and also say that he has Zieglers insulin out in the car and had hoped hed get to this location before Ziegler -- Fred admits that Zieglers already been there, but that he left about an hour ago.Jimmy points to one and declares that theyre doing it."Thats the south wall?" Lalo checks.Mike straightens back up with a groan and heads to Victor, waiting out front.Judge Colleen Flynn snickers.It will be as if none of this ever happened.Mike turns back and tells Gus, "Ill take care of it." "Are you sure," says Gus, knowing the answer.I must do it.Lawyers will visit, German lawyers.Anxiously, Ziegler insists that his workers will be able to continue the work if they just follow the specific instructions he left: "Ask Michael!" "Michael," Lalo thoughtfully repeats.This letters between me and him, and it should stay that way." This gets him a big deep breath from Kim, looking more confident now."Jimmy, whatever happens in there, Im with you," Kim tells him.
...and then were behind the counter, where Fred has pulled up the footage of Zieglers time in the office.Without signing off, Gus crisply snaps his phone shut.I will walk out there to get a better look." Schaaaaaaaaaaatz.But here we go."And usually, he was, you know? So for a guy like me -- I did lousy in school, I lacked ambition, I always cut corners -- I mean, for me to live up to the standards of Charles McGill?" He makes a noise halfway between a chuckle and a sob."Theres another way to play this," Mike offers.To the board, Im still that guy." "Well, youve got to say something," Kim tells him."They are to finish clearing the debris, then begin the south wall!" he says.As we hear other party guests conferring about their assumption that the "anonymous donor" named in the invitation referred to HHM, Make-Up Girl -- today serving as Cater Waiter -- rolls up and confidentially informs them that the donor was, in fact, Chucks brother Jimmy: "I saw him write the cheque." Also in attendance is Rich, who greets Kim, comments on the size of the crowd ("They all came for Chuck," Kim smiles sadly), and asks about the scuttlebutt he just heard about Jimmys generosity."Could be a real son of a bitch," Jimmy adds, of Chuck.Beyond the printout, we see Freds legs on the floor, toes down, so I guess Fred is driving Jimmys Esteem with the angels now.Chuckling a little at himself, Jimmy holds up the letter and admits, "I was going to try to move you all with my brothers eloquent words -- you know, pull on your heartstrings -- but its not right.Hes hot.Jimmy turns, shit-eating grin firmly in place, and makes history:
AMCAlso Available As Part Of The Epic Old-School Recaps Podcast .Jimmy chuckles a little again as he draws the judges in by saying they all knew Chuck: "He loved me in his own way.Mike looks away, lacking the voice to answer.Mike has totally dropped his concerned brother-in-law routine by this point and basically shoves Fred aside so he can help himself to the keyboard, scanning forward to watch Ziegler on the phone, pacing around peering at the rack of tourist brochures next to it, and then getting into the cab when it pulls up outside."PANCAKES!" Jimmy answers immediately."I need you to call her now," Mike tells him.Lalo claims he did, and that Mike told him to come back and take another look.How bout that." As Jimmy plops down on his bed and takes his jacket off, he suggests, "You gotta tell Howard to add another M to the firm, cause itll make it more symmetrical, and people love symmetricality." Chuck distractedly agrees that they do, helping Jimmy to put his head on the pillow and removing his shoes.Schatz! Excitedly, Ziegler hops up to get his call from Margarethe -- who else? -- and starts right in with the German when he picks up the receiver, asking if shes landed.As hes saying it, he has an idea, and goes back into the TravelWire office, still on the phone as he requests a review of the transcript of Zieglers last call with his wife."Chuck was the one who was always right -- always," says Jimmy.And nipples! We could get by with one nipple.(Not that much later: its still basically just a dusty hole in the ground.) Presumably Gale had visited at some earlier stage of excavation or possibly just been briefed about the plan, because he is extremely effusive about what a feat of architecture it is: "I can work with this! I mean, its not exactly what we talked about, but it has possibilities -- even unfinished!" He notes that ventilation will be the biggest issue at its current state of development, but that he could do "a rudimentary cook" in there.Fred seems like hes starting to get a bit nervous about all this as he says he showed Mike everything he had."Oh, thats bad luck, you cant see the car," says Fred.Kim says Chuck will get out there when hes ready, but when he sees Chuck trying to make a French exit...[Woman The Week Of]
And in the hall afterward, Kim drapes herself over Jimmy, squealing, "I knew you could do it! I knew you had it in you....They have to reinstate you!" "Uh, yeah, did you see those suckers?" cracks Jimmy.As Gus reads, Mike reluctantly says, "For what its worth, I believe him.Youre going to have to take the next flight home." When, we may reasonably assume, she protests, he gets increasingly anxious that the conversation is going on too long and barks, "Shut up, now! You must go back home....This is my work.
Mikes driving when he gets a hit on the phone -- but his victory is short-lived, as he notices the car behind him.Am I right?" "You may be more right about this than anything youve ever spoken about before," says Chuck, abandoning his usual remote coldness and amiably giving himself up to the situation, filling a glass of water at the sink."They-- They dangle these things in front of you, they tell you youve got a chance, but, Im sorry, its a lie, because they had already made up their mind, and they knew what they were gonna do before you walked in the door."
Christys not really sure how to react as Jimmy goes on with his monologue, saying "they" cant see theres more to her than her mistake and so forth, because she doesnt watch the show and therefore doesnt get that Jimmys mostly talking about himself right now: "And Im not just talking about the scholarship here, Im talking about everything."Believe me, I already know," says Jimmy, since theres obviously no reason for him to continue acting bereaved.Gus continues giving him nothing, so Gale scuttles off up the stairs -- at the top of which he sees Mike.Ill never be as moral as him."Yes," she says firmly, either because she does or because she wants to get away from this extremely intense fortysomething male stranger.Mikes wife is beside herself! Its against company policy for Fred to disclose whether Zieglers been there but, obviously, Mikes story of a potential medical emergency alarms him."Shes being followed." Ziegler is aghast."I think I do." Whichever it is, it works, Jimmy telling her, "Go get em." The camera gives us a brief shot of her walking -- not running -- away from Jimmy, pausing to look back and give him a brief nod.Buuuuuut I guess I was remembering wrong.[Esposito Creepshow For Episode A King Based Enlists Stephen Giancarlo]
From a hill behind a Los Pollos Hermanos distribution center, Lalo sings to himself as, through binoculars, he watches activity in the parking lot; he also notes plate numbers next to a rough sketch of the propertys layout (and, since hes only human, eats jerky).Like, Im not sure how Im going to get through it a second time.Mike watches over his shoulder as some bald guy behind him gets into his car; Mike backs out before Baldy can so that (a) Mike beats him to the exit, and (b) Baldy gets between his car and Lalos.Gus is silent, so Mike adds, "Something else....When I found him, he was on the phone with an interested party pretending to be one of your guys." Gus blinks slowly and asks what Ziegler told him.We cant see Mikes face clearly, but based on the motion in his throat, I think hes crying as much as I am.Ziegler chooses a spot and stops, looking up.Im-- Im up next!...If you leave now, tomorrow youre going to go to work, those people are going to tell you how great my performance was, youre never going to forgive yourself for missing it." Stiffly, Chuck relents just as we hear the strains of ABBAs "The Winner Takes It All" coming out of the speakers.Listen! It doesnt matter."Oh, Howard picked the big one," Jimmy reports.Jimmy stands at a podium before a panel of four judges.I mean, transcript? Anyway, speaking of: remember how Margarethes back was bothering her and she wanted to go to Baden-Baden for the hot springs when Ziegler returned? WELL, there are a bunch of hot springs in the American southwest, too, four of which are promoting themselves with brochures at this TravelWire location! Mike pulls one of each and takes off."Not until it is ready," Gus intones.Hubbins has an excellent singing voice, and Chuck is a good sport, singing lines as Jimmy points the mic at him, until they get to "The gods may roll the dice" and Chuck just grabs the mic and takes over, to Jimmys evident delight.