Better Call Saul “Bingo” Review (Season 1 Episode 7)

Previously on Better Call Saul, we got a very insightful, engaging look into Mike’s origin story and we saw how Mike formed an unlikely partnership with Jimmy McGill.

Speaking of origin stories, watching the dueling sides of Jimmy’s morality each week has become one of my favorite character beats this season. It’s added a complexity to the character that the writers were understandably not able to fully explore on Breaking Bad. It was quite obvious that Saul, like many of the characters on Breaking Bad, was morally gray. However, erring on the side of sketchy is not Jimmy’s default position and it’s entertaining to watch him grapple with the decisions he makes each week.

The Kettleman family returned to the show last night, desperate to retain the attorney that Betsy once shunned as being the type of attorney that guilty people went to when they were in trouble. As a little reassurance that Jimmy would grant their request, the Kettlemans upped the ante with their $30,000 retainer.

Jimmy spent most of the episode trying to course correct by taking on a number of seemingly good/selfless deeds, including:

– Offering Kim the larger office space he was considering leasing. It’s likely that he was hoping that this act would entice her to be his partner.

– Encouraging Chuck to get back to work by taking files to his home.

– Trying to convince the Kettlemans to take their business back to HHM. When they declined his request, Jimmy then got their embezzled money – along with his cut of the funds – over to the District Attorney.

Although the writers have done a great job at giving Jimmy nuance and exploring his compassion without it feeling forced or too contrived, it is hard not to notice that even Jimmy’s good acts have a way of advancing his best interests. I quite like that about the character and think it’s what makes Better Call Saul so great. Indeed, Jimmy did not get his desired partnership with Kim, but he did end up with a pretty nice workspace. And yes, the Kettlemans represented a lucrative opportunity, but his serendipitous foray into elder law is going quite well.

I’m not convinced, however, that doing the right thing suits Jimmy. Despite his successes and good deeds, he is clearly unsatisfied with his life. I’m interested to see if Jimmy’s dissatisfaction stems from his desire for more ambitious endeavors, loneliness or just a general discomfort with doing what’s right.

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