‘Better Call Saul’ season 2, episode 2 review: Squat cobbler, witnesses, and baseball cards

Better Call Saul season 2For the second episode of “Better Call Saul” season 2, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould opted to continue what was their slow pace; while that may seem somewhat dull, the show figured out a way to balance that out with some moments of humor, and also a little more “Breaking Bad” nostalgia.

Let’s focus here first and foremost on our favorite story: Mike ended up doing everything that he could to get Daniel to stop working with the police over what happened to the baseball cards … which of course led to a standoff with Nacho. Everything Mike said make perfect sense: Nacho was trying to capitalize on who was a very idiotic man flaunting his money for all to see. Eventually, he ended up calling in Jimmy for help to help with a “morally gray” situation.

From here, we had one of the most awkward encounters between Daniel, Jimmy, and the police ever … which included Jimmy proclaiming that Daniel was hiding in the baseboard his “squat cobbler” videos that he makes for profits. Somehow, this show finds a way to continue to surprise us with these expressions. We don’t have any clue how this worked, but it did, and while we could argue over the realism, we won’t.

The biggest problem for Jimmy came down later to him and Kim, when he admitted to her that he fabricated evidence in order to ensure that Daniel got off. Their relationship has always been a high-wire act, and now it’s quickly tearing apart.

The Jimmy – Chuck reunion was a little less successful, mostly because for the most part we don’t find Jimmy in a cage exciting. That’s why we don’t want to spend a whole lot of time discussing it right now. What matters more than anything else is that almost everyone who is in line, Kim included, is starting to lose faith in him.

In the end, this episode was fun, mostly because of how smarmy Daniel was, and how quickly and terribly this all came down on them. Sure, he’s a free man, but at the same time he had to humiliate himself in the process. A solid episode overall, even if it started out dull. Grade: B.

(Photo: AMC.)

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