‘Better Call Saul’ 4×09 Review: Slippin Jimmy

The penultimate episode of ‘Better Call Saul’s’ season 4 promised to be emotional, but watching Kim and Jimmy fight was more painful than I thought it would be, due to some absolutely incredible acting by Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn. It was a bit like watching Cap and Tony fight in Captain America Civil War. Kim and Jimmy are two people who are always supposed to be there for each other. They’re pretty much soulmates, but everyone has a breaking point and I think Kim and Jimmy might finally have reached it.

We know that Jimmy has a tendency to lash out at other people when he’s feeling insecure or hopeless, especially the people who care about him. In this instance, Kim happened to get caught in the crossfire.

After meeting with the bar, Jimmy was denied his law license (surprise, surprise). It wasn’t for a valid reason though. If they had found out that he had been selling burner phones to criminals, or that he had cheated on his community service time, OR that he had Kim help him create false testimony to get Heulle out of jail time and denied him his law license based on that it would have been one thing. But it didn’t have anything to do with that. It was because they felt he was “insincere” in his interview.

Now I’m no expert, but it seems to me that if someone’s license is suspended as long as they complete all the necessary requirements for reinstatement, they should get it back. Jimmy completed those requirements and they still denied him, basically because they didn’t like the vibe they got from him. Which seems completely ludicrous to me.

They really wanted him to mention Chuck as someone who influenced his passion for the law, but why do they get to decide to deny Jimmy his license based on whether he mentioned Chuck or not? This license belongs to Jimmy, Chuck should have nothing to do with it.

Chuck didn’t help him get through college or pass the bar exam. In fact, if Chuck had had his way Jimmy would never have become a lawyer. He hated that Jimmy was a lawyer. It was the whole reason that he recorded Jimmy’s confession and pressed charges against him.

At first, Chuck was a reason that Jimmy decided to become a lawyer. Jimmy had spent his whole life trying to make Chuck proud, to give his brother a reason to love him, but Chuck never even met him half way. He did everything in his power to get Jimmy disbarred and it worked. Jimmy is still paying the price for Chuck’s unfounded vendetta against him, even now that Chuck is dead.

After everything that Chuck did to Jimmy why would he mention Chuck as inspiration for him becoming a lawyer?

Not to mention that the bar shouldn’t be expecting Jimmy to mention his brother so soon after his death. Jimmy is still clearly dealing with the trauma of losing his brother in such a violent and tragic way. Everything else aside, how do they know that Jimmy just didn’t mention Chuck because talking about him is still too painful?

Jimmy has spent his whole life trying to step out from Chuck’s shadow and make his own identity, but it seems like no one will ever let him do that. Jimmy probably would have been able to turn things around for himself if his license had been reinstated, but by denying him and telling him to reapply in another year the bar really just sealed his fate for him. Once again, there’s pretty much nothing he can do about it.

How do you prove “sincerity” to someone who’s already decided their opinion of you? It’s almost impossible.

Next week is the season finale of ‘Better Call Saul’ and if this penultimate episode is anything to go by, it’s going to be an emotional roller coaster. Hopefully Jim and Kimmy will be able to work through the growing divide between them and repair their relationship from this explosive argument.

Kim knows that Jimmy didn’t mean what he said to her, she of all people understands him and I hope that she continues to be there for him like she’s always done. God knows she’s the only person left who’s on Jimmy’s side because the whole universe seems to be against him. If he loses Kim too, there’s no hope for him and he’ll become Saul Goodman in a flash.

Meanwhile Mike is dealing with Werner’s escape from the job site, which could cause huge problems for Gus Fring’s operation if he were to be caught and questioned about the work he’s been doing. We all know what Gus does to people who threaten his operation, so it’s not looking good for Werner, even though the poor guy just missed his wife and escaped to go see her.

Everything will come to a close and finally connect to the ‘Breaking Bad’ era for good (hopefully) as season 4 concludes next Monday.

The season 4 finale of Better Call Saul airs Monday at 9/8 c on AMC.

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