Series finale for ‘Better Call Saul’ perfect fit


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Bob Odenkirk speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Better Call Saul”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

Garrison Moritz, Staff Writer

Six seasons and 50 episodes after we met Jimmy McGill, we finally see how his story ends in Season 6, Episode 13 of “Better Call Saul: Saul Gone.” Before I begin this review, I must give a spoiler warning.

The beginning of the episode starts off with a flashback to season five of “Better Call Saul,” when Mike and Jimmy were dragging money through the desert for Lalo Salamanca’s bail. They stop at a watering hole and start drinking while Jimmy tells Mike. “We’re sitting on $7 million here, let’s say we take it, split it 50/50” but Mike stops him saying the money isn’t theirs. (This is a call back to the season 2 dilemma of Jimmy having the kettleman’s money at his fingertips, but not taking it.)

Jimmy then asks Mike a hypothetical question, “Let’s say we take $6 million and build a time machine, where are you going first?” Mike says, “Dec. 8, 2001!” This is the day his son, Matty, died in an ambush by his own partners. But then Mike changes his answer to “March 17, 1984.” Mike reveals this was the day he took his first bribe. Mike asks where Jimmy goes. Jimmy says, “Easy, May 10, 1965. That’s the day Warren Buffett took over at Berkshire Hathaway.” Jimmy says he’d go back and put some money into Berkshire, then they continue walking. 

We cut to Jimmy running out of Meredith’s house and hopping into his car, as she reads out his license plate. He speeds off and arrives at his own house.  As Jimmy grabs his shoebox full of his most prized items, he hears over the police scanner that police have arrived at his house. He grabs his stuff and slips out the back and enters a gutter. 

When he exits the gutter, he finds himself in an alley. Seeing police all over, he jumps into a dumpster to hide. He attempts to open a phone he grabbed on the way out of the house so he can call the vacuum repair guy. In “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” the vacuum repair guy is used to get a new identity and flee the state. However, opening the phone makes him spill a bunch of rare coins he has in his box. While attempting to collect the coins, the police find him in the dumpster and take him in. 

While in the police station, he uses his one phone call to call the Cinnabon he works at and tells them they are going to need a new manager. While waiting in his cell, he gets an idea from some writing on the wall to call up a lawyer he used to know and who we’ve seen in “Better Call Saul” – William Oakley. He convinces William to fly to Nebraska and represent him. 

Next time we see Jimmy, he’s with William in a police interrogation room being read all the charges he has against him. Jimmy then calls in Marie Schrader, widow of Hank Schrader who died in “Breaking Bad.” Jimmy tells them a story of how he was manipulated by Walter White to help him. The officers laugh at him, but then Jimmy talks about how the prosecutor has never lost a case, and he convinces the prosecutor to plea down the charges so he doesn’t lose the case. 

This leads Jimmy to pleading down to 7 and a half years in prison from life in prison plus 190 years. Jimmy tries to sweeten the deal by telling them about how in “Better Call Saul,” Jimmy and Kim setup Howard Hamlin, and then faked his suicide. But the officers and the prosecutor tell him that Kim already spilled the beans about Hamlin’s death, shocking Jimmy. 

We then cut to a flashback of Season 5 of “Breaking Bad,” where Saul and Walter are sharing a room in the vacuum cleaner’s basement before they are given new identities. Walter is complaining about a leaky pipe while Saul is trying to sleep, when Jimmy asks Walt what he would do if he had a time machine. Walt says that if he wants to ask him if he has any regrets just ask. Then Walt tells the story of Grey Matter, the company he co-founded with Elliot Schwartz, someone we see in “Breaking Bad.” 

After this, Saul goes to bed. We cut back to Jimmy on a plane being transported to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to be tried in court. When William walks by, Jimmy starts talking to William and he tells Jimmy about Kim confessing to the DEA and to Hamlin’s widow. When William walks by again Jimmy tells William to tell the government he has more to trade. 

We then cut to Kim leaving her office and joining a law firm as a volunteer when she gets a call. Over the phone, it’s revealed to Kim that Jimmy is giving testimony that affects Kim. We cut to Jimmy being walked into court. When he walks in, he glances around and sees Kim sitting in the back. They make eye contact before Jimmy looks away. He also sees Marie and Ms. Gomez, the widow of Steve Gomez, who died in “Breaking Bad” with Hank in the desert. 

He sees the prosecutor sitting to the left of him, and then he sits down. He looks at Kim, before uttering to himself, “It’s showtime.” This is something Jimmy did regularly in “Better Call Saul” before starting a case.

The council stands and introduces the officers they brought with them to the case, some from the DEA, some from the FBI. The council also introduces the victims of Jimmy’s actions. William stands and introduces himself. Jimmy, who has asked to be called Saul during the case, says he’s advisory council for Saul as he wants to represent himself. The judge states that the government has come to a plea deal with Mr. Goodman, and she has questions. So she calls up the prosecutor, whose name is Agent Castellano. 

She questions why Saul is getting seven years in prison. Saul stands and exclaims he would like to say something. The judge warns him anything he says can jeopardize the plea deal he’s created. Saul starts telling the same story about how Walter White threatened him and forced him to work for him. But he turns it around and says he saw an opportunity, and that for the next 16 months he built Walter White’s drug empire. The judge tries to have Saul consult William but he refuses. 

William tries to call recess but it’s ignored by the judge. Castellano stands up and asks the judge to let Saul continue. William asks to withdraw from the case but is denied. Saul is sworn in, and he looks back at Kim before saying he lied to the government about Kim. He just wanted Kim to be at court today to hear this. He admits to every charge and abhorrent things he did in “Breaking Bad.” He empties his guilt in court in front of everyone, including Kim. 

Saul begs the judge to let him say one more thing, and she lets him. He goes on to explain the guilt he feels about Howard Hamlin’s faked suicide, he then starts talking about Chuck, his brother we see in “Better Call Saul.” We get a different camera angle, which is very reminiscent to the same angle used in season 3 of “Better Call Saul” when Chuck was in court. He goes on to explain how he was an amazing legal mind and that he should’ve done better to help Chuck. Instead, he hurt him whenever he could, leading to Chuck’s death. 

Saul stands next to William. The judge asks Mr. Goodman to sit down. Jimmy claps back and tells her to call him McGill. He looks back at Kim and they stare at each other and smile. We then get a flashback to when Jimmy brought Chuck his groceries. They have a long talk about how if Jimmy needs help with law cases, Chuck could help. Chuck asks why Jimmy helps him and Jimmy says it’s because he knows Chuck would do the same for him. But for anyone who has seen “Better Call Saul,” you know this isn’t true. 

As Jimmy leaves, we pan down to a book on the counter, H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine.” 

When we cut back to present day, we see Jimmy on a prison transport bus. One of the prison inmates recognizes him and tells the other prisoners about it. That’s when one of them starts chanting his name. “Better Call Saul” they start chanting, and not before long all the prisoners on the bus are chanting his name. 

When we next see Jimmy, he’s working in the prison kitchen making bread. This is a nice parallel to when he worked at Cinnabon. He gets called back because he has a visitor and another prisoner offers to take his shift. When we get into the visitation room, we see it’s Kim. She offers to share a cigarette with him and they do. The shot of them smoking against the wall is a parallel to the very first episode of the show when we first met Kim. They discuss how Jimmy could’ve had seven years in prison but instead got 86 years. But Jimmy is optimistic, saying that maybe with good behavior, who knows when he’ll get out. 

They share a last puff of the cigarette. We cut to outside the prison with Kim walking out, and as she passes the courtyard, she sees Jimmy. He shoots two finger guns at her, something she did to him in season 6 of “Better Call Saul,” and as they share a last glance and Kim leaves. The episode ends. 

And that is the ending to one of the best television shows to ever grace our screen.