Hey Ben, I absolutely agree this was the best episode of the season for sure. I give it 74 out of 100. It's great to see Better Call Saul fully embrace the Breaking Bad aspects to its story.
I absolutely loved the opening sequence as it perfectly demonstrated both Gus and Hector's relationships with the cartel based off of their businesses. It's effective at giving us a real reason for Hector to hate Gus, since the former has been overshadowed in almost every way. Furthermore, I love the opening shot of the pool. Any die-hard Breaking Bad fan like myself would recognize it and I loved the decision to start the episode with Don Eladio taking a dive into the pool in a shot similar to his final moments back in "Salud".
It was great to see more about Gus in this episode. He is becoming just as important as Jimmy and Mike which I really like. Thee are hints of a deeper character with the small scene of him basketballing the garbage, which I would be more than happy to see explored. But based on what we already know, this is exactly the Gus we wanted. His scenes with Hector are awesome and it's wonderful to see the history of their rivalry. I also really enjoyed seeing Gus interacting with his employees and the speech he gave was great. It's clear that Gus was much more professional than Walt ever was and the execution of his lies through an inspiring speech was truly wonderful.
I also enjoyed seeing Mike play a role in both storylines in this episode. As you mentioned Ben all of the scenes with Mike and Jimmy are pure gold. It also adds an extra layer to his character which will need to be explored: his desire to fix things and stay out of the bad, which is something he needs to overcome before he takes up Gus' job offer. And I'm very curious to see what it will be that pushes him towards Gus. Mike was fantastic as always throughout and I was glad to see him interacting with Chuck in a few short scenes. The electric drill gag was hilarious and a logical way for Mike to get some pictures of Chuck's house.
That finally leads me to Jimmy's storyline. It's honestly incredible how well this shows still holds up even without Jimmy at the forefront of everything. This episode is definitely helped a ton though by the Jimmy storyline which is very good. There is some great tension in the meeting scene with Jimmy, Kim, Chuck and Howard all together. I really appreciated the apology scene as Jimmy just about manages to get through it while still taking some shots at Chuck's actions. I also really loved the ending as it seems that Jimmy and Kim have outsmarted Chuck this time. The moment of triumph I excellent, which also coupled with Gus' victory over Hector makes this a rare feel-good episode of Better Call Saul.
-And we get even more Breaking Bad returns this week! Add Don Eladio and Juan Bolsa to the rapidly growing list now.
-I'm curious about what Jimmy's approach is in his battle against Chuck. Based off of the pictures he had Mike take, it seems that he will try to testify that Chuck is crazy to help his case. He had Mike get something from Chuck's address book. I believe that it may be the address of Rebecca, Chuck's ex-wife. It's very possible that the mention of Rebecca in "Witness" was a reminder of who she was as she may play a bigger role this season.
-I loved the scene at Los Pollos Hermanos when Hector and the others arrived. Very tense and exciting. It was nice to finally see Nacho this season. I wonder what role he will play since he has been a pretty minor character thus far. It's possible that Mike's loyalties to both Nacho and Gus could lead to some conflict down the road.
-We get a name for Hector's truck driver who was executed last season: Ximenez.
-This episode accomplished surprisingly little and only forwarded a the story a tiny bit. It's impressive that the episode was so enjoyable with very little having happened. Better Call Saul is one of the most impressive shows on TV right now because it can do so much with so little.
Overall this was gripping and enjoyable. The Breaking Bad element amped up my enjoyment of this episode greatly, turning what was a pretty solid episode on paper into something far more enjoyable.