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Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 5 Recap | Rebecca

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Better Call Saul Season 2 Episode 5 Recap Podcast of “Rebecca” on March 14, 2016

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Rob Cesternino and Antonio Mazzaro recap Season 2, Episode 5 of Better Call Saul on AMC and answer some of the listener questions.


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  • susan appleby

    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again.

  • Lance Davis

    If you think Rob should give Old Style Beer a shot, GIVE ME A HELL YEAH!!!

  • Park that is Paranoid

    @acmazzaro at this point in her career how hard would it be for someone like Kim to just go off and start her own private prance? Yes she will not be able to get bring in the BIG clients as she does a HHM, but I feel she is good, and experienced enough to bring in smaller clients, maybe rent some office space downtown, and slowly build a small private practice into a big firm.

    • Charles Bikle

      I’m no lawyer, but maybe she just doesn’t want to have to deal with all the overhead and other issues of having her own firm ?

      Also, based on how she was hustling/networking this last episode, I suspect she’d do very, very well with her own specialized law practice.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      might be a little hard. if she has a couple of small clients she could bring with her that would be perfect but if not she would have to hustle. the business she brought in this week, for example, would likely not go to a one person shop. Part of what Hamlin sells to a client like that is to put a team of several lawyers on that case alone.

  • Park that is Paranoid

    Also as Vince Gilligan hinted at in the insider podcast do you think Mike is doing self harm to himself by being beaten by Tuco for guilt in Phily.

  • Charles Bikle

    Chuck’s story about Jimmy: My gut instinct is that Chuck doesn’t have the full story about the missing $14K – I think it was the dad who took it (either by allowing poorer customers to not have to pay for goods – building up a tab, that he later forgave and/or used to help pay for Chuck’s college tuition – I also suspect that Jimmy was actually doing the opposite, putting some or all of his scam money INTO the till, to offset greater store losses and, when going over the books, that scenario never occurred to Chuck, so he assumed Jimmy was stealing.

    • I like it! I like it and it’s getting so much interesting to see the change of dynamics between the three! what is going to be revealed at the end? (1) Jimmy probably never touched the none (2) Jimmy might have took the money for Chuck’s tuition fee – the legacy career Chuck had carefully created was built on that money?

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      I’m just on team when it comes to Jimmy and Chuck, don’t ever believe everything Chuck says. We saw in this very episode in the Rebecca flashbacks that he is predisposed to negative thoughts about Jimmy.

      • Charles Bikle

        But I don’t think Chuck is lying here; I suspect that he’s got his story wrong, partially because of being blinded by misplaced sibling rivalry.

  • TrentC

    I hate to say it but this series is losing me. I was a huge Breaking Bad fan and I do appreciate some of the clever callbacks to that series. I think the actors and the writing are fine, it’s just got too many long scenes that don’t generate much interest. Even the parallel plotline featuring Mike, who is one of my favorite characters from any TV series, seems long winded and a bit flat.

    I guess knowing the eventual arc of the characters makes me long for the fleshed out versions, while simultaneously not having the patience to watch them grow.

    I’ll still be watching weekly…hopefully either the show or my own finer sensibilities improves.

    • It’s interesting because the show is still very attractive to me. I never watched any of Breaking Bad episodes. The show was almost losing me until I had to finish the first few episodes of BCS season 1, but I loved it ever since.

      • TrentC

        I’m sure you’ve heard lots about Breaking Bad. Can I just say when I first heard about BB, the premise seemed kinda tame. And then each season became more tension filled than the last.

        Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul seem like two different universes despite the common backgrounds. Both are good, intelligent dramas, yet the pacing and ‘what’s at stake’ factors couldn’t be more different.

        Now please binge watch all five seasons of Breaking Bad before next week.

        • Thanks for encouraging me! I’m definitely planning to go through all seasons of Breaking Bad.

  • If Kim is going to get married to Chuck, it will boost up her career at HHM and that is exactly what Kim has been trying to achieve. Would Chuck eventually ditch Kim at one point? Will Jimmy sue HHM???

  • Evan D

    Chuck, at his core, is jealous of Jimmy. That’s what I think is motivating his duplicity:
    1) Note how he expresses outrage at the idea of Jimmy taking up the law last season. He busted his hump to get where he is — Jimmy just did it as a lark. There’s a sense that Jimmy gets his way with little effort. To a control freak like Chuck, that’s an anathema.
    2) That feeling follows all the way through during the dinner scene. Jimmy disarms Rebecca almost immediately. Chuck is squirming with rage.
    3) His father is immune to Chuck’s revelation that Jimmy had been stealing — something I believe he did do. Chuck is the dutiful son who tries to course correct his father’s business. Imagine his rage at his father’s refusal to believe the worst about Jimmy. It’s almost biblical — Jimmy the prodigal son.
    4) This all explains why Chuck has to take Kim away from Jimmy. In Chuck’s mind, he can’t have this too. Jimmy is the slacker who is rewarded for being loose with the truth; he’s the one who is loved by everyone even if he’s less than deserving…
    That’s how I see it. Chuck is consumed by green-eyed jealousy.

    • Andiamo

      Totally agree with your points, except I’m not so sure Jimmy stole from his father. I think Chuck is so consumed with wanting Jimmy to fail because it
      reinforces that his own way of doing things is right, that he can’t (or
      doesn’t want to) see the situation any other way. I think Chuck is telling the truth to Kim the way that he sees it, but he probably sees it wrong.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      It has to be hard for such a significant person as Chuck that his brother seems to come by likability a lot easier than he does. Chuck can memorize trivia and law and music and know about art and current events and Jimmy can still waltz in with a sixer of beer and charm his wife immediately (with lawyer jokes and off color remarks.)

      • Charles Bikle

        In many of my previous jobs, I was much, much closer to Jimmy McGill – I was a goofball, but I pretty much got along with everyone and it was usually the Type A Chuck/Erin -types that caused me problems.

  • PJinAlbuquerque

    I have no doubt Stacey is putting the pinch on Mike. Yes, right now it seems to be emotional, but I bet Mike is afraid that she could turn him in. Something ugly goes down between them because we see in Breaking Bad Mike never speaks to Stacey in person.
    I will never cut Chuck some slack. Maybe Chuck’s wife dies and somehow Chuck blamed Jimmy, just like Chuck blamed Jimmy for their father’s death. Chuck purposely told Kim that story because it pulls on the heart strings, much more than the Chicago Sunroof story. F CHUCK!