TV Recap: Better Call Saul, “Inflatable”

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill and Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut - Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Key Art - Photo Credit: Ben Leuner/AMC

Better Call Saul Inflatable Plot Summary:

Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) tries to convince Kim (Rhea Seehorn) to go start their own firm, but first Jimmy needs to come up with a creative way to get fired. Jimmy also helps tries to help Mike (Jonathan Banks) with his legal troubles.

Usually it takes a show a few episodes or even a couple seasons for it to find its footing, but that’s not the case for Better Call Saul. Since it premiered last year it has consistently been one of the best shows on television and last night’s episode was a testament to that. It seemed like the end of season one was the beginning of Jimmy McGill’s transition to Saul Goodman, but audiences were taken back when Jimmy accepted the job at Davis & Main and not a more colorful and potentially illegal career.

- Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC
Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC

“Inflatable” gave us the biggest glimpse of the Saul Goodman we all know and love complete with outrageously colorful suits and creatively deceitful tactics on how to get fired. Yes, Jimmy’s main goal was to leave Davis & Main, but he wouldn’t receive his bonus if he just up and quit. So Jimmy did what only Jimmy would do; annoy the hell out of everyone in the company until they gave him the boot. We see this unfold in what could only be described as one of the beautifully shot montages ever to grace a television screen.

While Jimmy was working on his long con to get fired, Kim Wexler was looking to leave her current employer as well, but unlike Jimmy, she actually had another job interested in hiring her. Although it’s been great seeing Jimmy try to adjust to a normal life, this season has truly belonged to the evolution of Kim. Rhea Seehorn has been knocking it out of the park each and every episode. Watching Kim go through the same sort of identity crisis as Jimmy was a nice parallel and it was truly heartbreaking to see the different reactions from both Jimmy and Kim when they told each other their idea of going in to business together.

- Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC
Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC

What eventually tears them apart and leaves Jimmy by himself? What pushes him over the edge to become Saul?

Mike’s arc took a little bit of a back burner in this episode. He bought Stacey and Kaylee a new house (a nice call back to Breaking Bad), but with his impending case against Tuco he realized that a gun charge could land him in prison and away from his family. With only three episodes left it’s still a mystery as to where Jimmy and Kim will end up or what will happen with Mike and the Salamanca family, but I’m excited to see where they all end up.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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