There is one episode left for the definitive end of Better Call Saul, tension and sadness could not reach higher levels. That’s what anyone would think, but this series has managed to burst any expectation and break our hearts with each episode.
the previous chapter, breaking bad, represented one of the most anticipated and predicted moments since the very beginning of the series six seasons ago. But now we are discovering that this was only the beginning of the end.
Waterworks kicks off in full color with Saul Goodman’s office. Our protagonist spends his time playing with a ball that pensively crashes against the wall of his office until he collapses a column on the stage.
Francesca looks impatient and annoyed, because the lawyer doesn’t seem to be doing anything and is just stretching out the time before receiving the next person in his office. She finally asks her assistant to let someone in.
In the line of the present, six years have passed. Kim now lives in Titusville, Florida, making potato salad for a suburban gathering. She now works at Palm Coast Sprinkler, apparently preparing sales and promotional material.
It is on a routine office day when he receives a call from a certain Viktor St. Clair. Kim knows immediately that it is Jimmy and receives the call tensely, they argue, in the middle of the fight Jimmy suggests that she go and turn herself in to the police. Noel. They hang up in anger, this is the flip side of the scene from the previous episode where Saul kicked the booth to pieces.
Kim travels to Albuquerque, visits the courthouse, some places that bring back memories, and finally arrives with Howard’s widow, Cheryl, where she gives her a document confessing to the entire scam to destroy Howard’s reputation.
He tells her that he gave the same paper to a judge who may or may not start a trial, but does not reveal why he did all this. Kim on the bus on the way to the airport collapses in unstoppable tears, venting over everything accumulated.
We pick up the plot where it left off after the end of the previous chapter. Gene breaks into his victim’s house and steals everything he needed. Just when he was going to come out he landed a clean hit he wins her curiosity and ambition.
That mistake causes Jeff to make a very serious mistake where he ends up crashing in front of a police car and the subject ends up in the police station.
We return to the scene with which that chapter started, the person that Saul Goodman took to receive her was Kim. They’re going to sign the divorce papers. He treats her in a contemptuous and rude way, she is upset to see the clients that she now has.
Kim leaves Saul’s office in total bewilderment, it rains a storm outside and there under the only roof she runs into a young Jesse Pinkman some time before the events of Breaking Bad. Both smoke a cigarette, Pinkman asks Kim if Goodman is “good”. She replies “when he knew him, yes. He was good “.
Back in the present Gene has everything under control with the arrest of his accomplice, he contacts Jeff’s mother, Marion, and tells her to stop by her to pay her son’s bail, but she begins to suspect how innocent is that good man. So she takes out her new laptop and connects it to the internet.
By the time Gene arrives at Marion’s house it’s too late, she looked up Ask Jeeves for Albuquerque scammers and the first thing she found was a video of Saul Goodman.
I generate the threat, for a moment it almost seems that he is going to hang her with the telephone cable. But in the end she manages to call the police warning that Saul Goodman is with her and the protagonist flees from her.
Winks to Breaking Bad
This episode is contained within itself but at the same time interconnects with various elements and moments from the Better Call Saul mythology itself, such as the use of the name Viktor St. Clair, used by Jimmy in the Switch episode of season two. So everything leaves little room for nods to Breaking Bad. But there are some details:
It blows our minds, for example, how Vince Gilligan used practically the same shot to frame his character outside the Albuquerque airport in 4 days out and now here at Waterworks.
We see that the director still decides to impose a high contrast between the final scenes of two characters. Where he uses almost the same frames to fire Jesse and Kim just before they have their first scene together outside of Saul’s office.
In the discussion of the phone call, Gene confirms that Gustavo Fring and Mike Ehrmantraut are dead (each in a different episode of Breaking Bad), so Mike’s whereabouts are confirmed as not unknown. Leaving only Saul and Jesse as the only fugitives from the Walter White cartel.
We discover that Combo was a client defended by Kim Wexler at the beginning of his criminal career and Jesse Pinkman recognizes and respects her for it. This happened in the year 2004, while the events of Breaking Bad start from September 2008. So she is the only original Better Call Saul character who has met Jesse Pinkman.
Emilio Koyama, Krazy-8’s cousin and Walter White’s first victim, makes an appearance as Goodman’s client. This scene ends by connecting how Pinkman recognizes Saul’s reputation enough to turn to him when in Breaking Bad Badger he is arrested.
When Gene walks into his victim’s house he finds a bank statement for US$737,612. Curiously, when USD $737,000 was the exact amount that Walt originally wanted to obtain to cover the expenses of his family before he died.
At the same time Seven Thirty-Seven is the name of the first episode of the second season of Breaking, alluding to the model of the plane that crashes, this one that, in conjunction with the other titles, would put together the message: Seven Thirty-Seven Down Over ABQ.
The way Jesse appears in frame with Kim Wexler is very similar to the last scene that Walter White and Skyler share.
And of course the announcement that caused Jimmy’s entire final collapse is one of the central works of Breaking Bad: