Récapitulatif de Better Call Saul : Saison 6, épisode 7

Rhea Seehorn dans Tu ferais mieux d'appeler Saul

à Rhéa Seehorn Tu ferais mieux d’appeler Saul
Photographier: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Tu ferais mieux d’appeler Saul Il s’agissait du long match depuis le début.

Qu’est-ce qui transforme Jimmy McGill, ordinaire, drôle et souvent bien intentionné, en un homme aux vêtements colorés, lié au cartel de la drogue ? Breaking Bad L’avocat qui dit à son client que le meurtre est la seule issue au meurtre ? C’est un mystère que nous avons vu se dérouler au cours des cinq dernières saisons et demie. Et qu’est-ce qui ferait de Kim Wexler, intelligente, travailleuse, respectée et aimée, une personne qui se détourne d’une grande partie de ce qu’elle représente et risque tout ce qu’elle a construit pour tourmenter un ancien collègue qui lui en veut? ?

Et puis il y a Howard Hamlin, qui est peut-être un plus grand mystère que nous ne le réalisons tous. Howard était-il le salaud privilégié et suffisant que Jimmy et Kim les avaient convaincus d’être ? Et quelle était sa véritable opinion (deux mots : « examen des documents ») de Kim, pour qui il avait conseillé et aidé à payer sa formation juridique pendant son mandat à HHM, mais qui était aussi parfois sévère ? “Plan And Execution” répond enfin à ces deux questions, laissant quelques pépites surprenantes et brosse l’image la plus claire d’Howard.

On comprend Howard lors de sa visite à la casa McGill, où il confronte ses tortionnaires. est est flamboyant et privilégié (son père était le premier “H” de HHM, après tout). Mais elle porte également le poids de la gestion d’un cabinet d’avocats, de l’embauche de toute une entreprise, de l’endettement, de la dépression et de l’effondrement de son mariage. C’est un abruti parfois, mais ce n’est pas le cas seul Un abruti.

Howard semblait inconscient ou simplement ignorant le rôle de Kim alors qu’il essayait de faire face à ce que Jimmy pensait être plus une ruse. Lorsque Cliff essaie de convaincre Main que la cocaïne dans le vestiaire et la prostituée jetée hors de sa voiture sont le méfait de Jimmy, il blâme uniquement Jimmy. Juste comme ça quand elle a essayé de révéler le faux PI et les photos en voie de disparition du juge Casimiro, qui a accepté une enveloppe pleine d’argent de pot-de-vin de Jimmy après le désastreux procès Sandpiper.

But when he’s at the couple’s apartment, hurt from an attack so personal and thorough, and impelled by a tumbler of Macallan, Howard tells Kim and Jimmy what he thinks of both of them. “You two are soulless. Chuck knew it,” he tells Jimmy. “You were born that way.” (These words are not a fresh indictment.) “But you,” Howard addresses Kim. “One of the smartest and most promising human beings I’ve ever known. And this is the life you choose.”

Kim is finally getting the acknowledgement of what she’s capable of. She knows she was not underestimated by Howard. But now she also knows everything she and Jimmy have done erased all those sparkling sentiments he felt about her, not just her intelligence but her capacity as a human being. Howard tells her she “has a piece missing,” that she humiliated him not for money but for fun. Howard confirms he is something of a decent man, one who has struggled and overcome a variety of personal and professional challenges. And he assures his enemies that he will land on his feet, that he will be okay. But he won’t.

Ed Begley Jr. in Better Call Saul

Ed Begley Jr. in Better Call Saul
Photo: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Because Lalo has also been playing a long game, stalking those who have wronged him and his family. After cleverly tricking Mike to steer security detail off Jimmy and Kim, Lalo slinks into their apartment. (It was left unlocked, apparently, after Jimmy let Howard in.) Kim and Jimmy are terrified, but Howard knows nothing. Lalo explains he’s just there to talk to his lawyers, while screwing the silencer on his gun. Kim urges Howard to turn around and leave, something Lalo certainly wouldn’t have allowed, but before anyone can do anything, Lalo aims his gun at Howard’s head and pulls the trigger.

(Kudos to writer and director Thomas Schnauz for an episode that beautifully unfolded the completion of Kim and Jimmy’s intricate plan against Howard, Lalo’s undercover sewer surveillance of Gus’ superlab and security detail, and Howard’s tragic end. I especially love the moment when Jimmy first spots Lalo in the apartment. The framing of the shot and Bob Odenkirk’s horrified look and how Jimmy’s first reaction is to grab Kim’s shoulders and pull her away from Lalo perfectly sets up the devastation that follows.)

This may be the most shocking, jarring Gilligan universe death since young Drew Sharp was murdered by “dead-eyed Opie” Todd in Breaking Bad. It leaves us with a midseason finale-worthy cliffhanger that, thankfully, will resolve when the series returns for its final six episodes in July.

Stray observations

  • How many consequences are going to result from Kim’s decision not to tell Jimmy that Lalo is alive? Maybe if Jimmy had known, he might have locked the door after he let Howard in. It, at least, would have spared them the surprise entrance and might have given them time to do…something? Or, had he known, he might have been so freaked out that he would have insisted they leave their apartment, as he did after Lalo’s last visit. They might have found a safer haven, and Howard might have been spared. The broken trust, that she didn’t trust him to help them deal with the danger they’re in, is something that will have to haunt both of them and perhaps has a role in their futures individually and as a couple.
  • Howard’s most devastating words to Kim, after telling her he once saw her as “one of the most promising human beings” he’d ever known: deeming her and Jimmy sociopaths and comparing them to Leopold and Loeb, who were saved from the death penalty by a lawyer.
  • When Howard was reciting his list of personal trials to Kim and Jimmy, the couple was surprised to learn about his crumbling marriage. It struck me as one of the saddest moments of his confrontation. As viewers, we first learned about his relationship troubles during his therapy session in “Hit and RunMais pour Kim et Jimmy, sa séance de thérapie n’était qu’une opportunité de concrétiser son projet de bouleverser sa vie professionnelle. Ils n’ont jamais pensé à sa vie privée.
  • La canette de soda d’Howard, ou plutôt la canette de soda de Chuck, mais c’était aussi un triste rappel des fragilités de Chuck, et qu’est-ce que ça devait être de vivre paranoïaque à propos des intentions des autres et de devoir désactiver toutes les canettes au préalable ? boissons gazeuses.
  • Maintenant, je veux la recette de Miss Landry pour la soupe aux pommes de terre et aux poireaux.

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