Better Call Saul Season 2 Episode 8 review: In this episode, neither Jimmy nor Kim know that that Mesa Verde, HHM, or anyone else operates within a regulated code, but they have vastly different ways of coping up to that reality. (read: The Magicians S1E12 review.)
Getting on the same page is imperative if they want to rent adjacent offices. Kim needs to know that by setting an ethical example and resigning from HHM in person, Howard will be compelled to demonstrate exceptional restraint. It’s amazing how genuine he is in his discernment.
Better Call Saul Season 2 Episode 8 review
Howard pounces with an assist from Chuck, who braves a conference room fiasco to defeat his brother and snatches Mesa Verde right out from under Kim’s nose.
As Howard tellingly details, Daddy never lets him be his own man, so it was evident right there that he had no intention of letting Kim get a head start on becoming her woman.
Jimmy’s heart pains. It started while watching every customer dupe his dad out of small change, then Chuck’s stunning betrayal. Now he’s ready for a fight. In Jimmy’s eyes, honor is relative among thieves.
Kim tried to move things her way, but now it was time for him to sneak into Chuck’s Mesa Verde files, head to the 24-hour copy shop, and sabotage HHM. It’s hard to say what his end goal is, sibling rivalry is the likeliest reason.
“Fifi” makes its apparent moves toward suggesting that Chuck’s supposed electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a damaged version of his unresolved anger. And like Howard, when backed into a corner, Chuck’s defense mechanism deploys it in tyrannical and controlling ways. Both Howard and Chuck are arguing for a fresh start.
No one knows what Mike gains by heckling Hector. Satisfaction, perhaps. In the underworld, ethics are turned all the way round. Due to fear and intimidation by cartels, compliance is far from legal but necessary to survive.
Mike’s played a significant role in enabling one corrupt institution (i.e. the Philadelphia Police Department), so even if his disruption of Tio’s shipments can’t unravel a tightly wound family syndicate, he’s damned sure going to make the old man’s meth-peddling business a living nightmare — one set of blown tires at a time.