Better Call Saul season 4, episode 9 recap: Tensions rise

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill - Better Call Saul _ Season 4, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill - Better Call Saul _ Season 4, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television /

Better Call Saul Season 4’s penultimate episode for the season brings us some unanswered questions.

Let the scamming begin. Better Call Saul gives us a look a what Kim and Jimmy are up to next, which involves swapping out plans for a new Mesa Verde location. Kim plays the role of a single mother with a baby. Jimmy is the family member who tries to help take care of the kid, but is pretty clueless and leaves the kid in the car. The roles they play are instantly believable, but at the same time, one can’t help but wonder where this will take Kim.

Kim and Jimmy celebrate by going out to a diner. Here, we learn that the plans they scammed Shirley into approving allow for Mesa Verde to have a 13% larger office space. It was a clever move, but could it cost Kim more than the fun of doing it was worth?

This all happens just before Jimmy’s bar reinstatement hearing. Jimmy beats around the bush about what he did and doesn’t bother mentioning Chuck. When he’s asked what the law means to him, he hesitates before giving his answer but manages to get a nice answer out. Everyone there is expecting him to mention Chuck, but he continually fails to do so. This makes the committee feel that he was insincere and he’s unable to get his reinstatement.

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Who is Jimmy if he can’t scam the legal system? We know that’s exactly what he winds up doing in Breaking Bad and we’ve clearly seen it in Better Call Saul at times. Without being a lawyer, Kim has helped carry this show and as we get closer and closer to the events of Breaking Bad, one can’t help but be concerned about Kim’s fate going forward.

While on a conference call, we see that Kim was prepared for Jimmy to be reinstated and we see her reaction on her face as she’s delivered the bad news. Jimmy is irate when he gets to the top of the parking garage. Kim asks what they said when he talked about Chuck and Jimmy asks her why he would have talked about him. Jimmy starts taking out his anger on Kim and she’s not having any of it.

“Jimmy you are always down.” That line is one of the most powerful ones in the episode. Kim says it as she walks away from Jimmy and returns to work. Back at their apartment, Jimmy enters without saying a word to Kim and the tension is pretty high between the two of them at this point. We get a fantastic shot of Kim in the living room while we see Jimmy in the bedroom as he starts boxing up his things.

When Jimmy admits to messing it all up, Kim asks if he still wants to be a lawyer. When his answer is yes, she says that they can start with that. That’s a pretty ambiguous statement, but since we know where Jimmy ends up, it isn’t that hard to guess what happens as he becomes a lawyer again.

We get an update on Hector Salamanca in this episode as Lalo and Nacho pay him a visit. Lalo reminisces about old times with Hector and you can tell it gets him worked up. When Lalo gives him a bell to ring, he hits it repeatedly, annoying some of the other residents. Lalo has Nacho go get jello so he can talk to Hector about the Chilean.

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler – Better Call Saul _ Season 4, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television
Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler – Better Call Saul _ Season 4, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television /

Lalo pays Gus a visit to discuss some business on behalf of the Salamanca family. Lalo plays the charm card and Gus immediately seems annoyed by him. At the car, he asks how much product he picks up a week and you can tell that Lalo is going to make things difficult for Gus.

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Our Better Call Saul episode title comes from a word spray painted on the rock that Werner and his men need to get rid of. Wiedersehen means meet again in German (according to Google Translate). Werner goes to make sure everything is set and once it is, Tyrus drives a semi by the building to mask the sound of the explosion. When they arrive back at the warehouse, the men celebrate with some beer.

Mike noticed something wrong with Werner as they demolished the giant rock. He decided to confront him once they were back and Werner says that he misses his wife. Mike tells him that they’ll arrange a phone call the following day. Werner is not like the other guys who have a frat boy mentality and are content to just drink beer and play games in their off time.

Mike checks in at the security trailer. While he let Werner talk to his wife, they had someone listening in to the call the entire time. After his call, Werner takes a look at some of the security cameras and he has a wary look on his face. Later, Mike notices something odd on the cameras and finds a letter from Werner. The episode closes with Mike directing a red light right into the security camera.

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This episode leaves loose ends in each storyline that should be touched on more in the finale. What will happen with Jimmy and Kim? What will Mike do about Werner? How will Gus handle Lalo? We also see that Howard will make his return in the finale after largely being absent since Chuck’s death. Things should get interesting.

Better Call Saul airs on AMC on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM.