I thought this episode was incredible. Now I will admit to a bit of bias since I am a massive sucker for courtroom drama, but I thought this was high quality anyways. While It was nice to bring back the Breaking Bad feeling in the previous episode, Better Call Saul has always been strongest when focused on Jimmy, and this episode is no exception. I give this an 84 out of 100, it was incredibly impressive to me.
Part of what made this so good for me was the fact that it was the big, satisfying climax to Jimmy and Chuck's storyline which had been built up for a while now. Being able to get that big catharsis is what took this episode rom good to amazing for me. I ended the episode feeling incredibly satisfied emotionally and that is enough.
The tension was present throughout the entire episode, which was great. I was at the edge of my seat trying to figure out where the story would go and how exactly Jimmy would defeat Chuck, since it was obvious that Chuck would not be successful. I'll talk about that in more detail below, but for now I want to highlight how excellent the episode built up to that final outburst from Chuck. Jimmy played his brother so masterfully and I somehow didn't notice how well Jimmy did here until the very end. Even though I had a good idea of what would happen in this episode, the slow build up and increasing tension kept me in the dark for long enough for the final reveal to be surprising. I knew from the start that Jimmy did not hand in his phone and I thought that would be his trump card and I eagerly waited to see him use it against Chuck. But I was so fixated on that being right that I didn't expect the battery to be in Chuck's pocket the entire time, making that reveal a legitimate surprise.
And better yet after the reveal that Chuck had a battery in his suit the entire time the show got even better. After coming so close to victory, Chuck snaps as soon as it is taken away from me and explodes in an amazing release of all the frustrations he has had with Jimmy over the years. Michael McKean plays the scene to perfection and it delivers quite the blow as we know that this will cost Chuck dearly in the end. And after those telling looks from everyone else at end Chuck knows it too, and that final shot is marvelous as it makes Chuck seem so small and defeated after all of that. Add on the irony that Chuck was actually correct for majority of what he said and that final explosion from him really packs a punch and ends the episode on the perfect note.
The small details in the entire drama were great as usual. I really loved seeing Kim stand up to Howard's claims of nepotism and more to fight for Jimmy, showing just how great of a lawyer she is as well. Also, the addition of Rebecca was wonderful and it played well into building up Chuck's overconfidence which is what made Jimmy's plan ultimately work.
-Huell returns! I was ecstatic to see him back on the screen and I really enjoyed that cameo. I hardly recognized him at first since Lavell Crawford had lost a lot of weight, but I knew it was him as soon as I saw his face.
-No signs of Mike, Gus or Hector this week but I really did not miss them because of how great this was.
-Paige and Kevin are still sticking with Kim, but I wonder if they will last? It may just be a way to lower our guard for something more tragic for Kim down the road.
-Howard clearly cares about HHM's reputation so I'm sure that he won't put up with Chuck's vendetta against Jimmy anymore. If Chuck wants to continue the war, I think he will be fighting a lone battle.
-That opening scene was great. It effectively brought Rebecca back to our memory in a nice sequence to remind us of not only her but of Chuck's ability to con which is not so different from Jimmy's. It was nice to see a mention of transposed numbers in that lie that Chuck made in the flashback. A nice bit of irony compared to the transposed 1216 to 1261.
-Some nice comedy in the scene with Caldera and Jimmy. It makes sense that he is one of Jimmy's connections that we hear a lot about from Breaking Bad. I like that Huell was hired for his "light touch" which would of course then go to snag Jesse's ricin and his weed.
-I had a couple minor issues but they were definitely beaten out by the excellence of the rest of the episode. The biggest being that the episode was mostly predictable, but that wasn't much of a problem in the end. Additionally, I wasn't a fun of the usage of the pictures either, considering the manner of which they were taken by Mike and their overall value. But again, it was a minor thing in the face of a much bigger episode.
Overall, I thought this was tense, focused and emotional which is everything I would have wanted out of this. I am very impressed by the storytelling of this episode.