Monday (Feb. 22) found the story of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) continuing as “Better Call Saul” aired its second episode of Season 2. Titled, “Cobbler,” the story here dips back into Jimmy’s fractured relationship with Chuck (Michael McKean).
After receiving news that Davis & Main has hired his little brother to be a part of their firm, jealous McGill suits up — foil lining in his blazer protecting him from the world — and heads out to witness the magic firsthand.
In the middle of a briefing on the Sandpiper lawsuit, Jimmy almost buckles under the pressure when the lights are switched off and all electronic devices are collected. Still, it’s Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) calming touch that leads Jimmy through the proverbial weeds to deliver his input on the case that got him this job in the first place.
It’s a fine line Jimmy finds himself walking. On one side, he’s doing what he can to stay on the straight and narrow for Kim. On the other, the mere mention or sight of his brother can provoke erratic behavior.
Unfortunately, it’s a brief confrontation at Davis & Main with his older brother that prompts him to accept a “pro bono” job from Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).
The second storyline explored in this episode follows Mike as he cleans up the mess Daniel Wormald (Mark Proksch) made after reporting the theft of his baseball cards to the police.
Of course, the prescription drugs he was supplying to Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) were also taken but its his laser eye’d focus on retrieving his pristine collection that sets Mike on the mission to set right the blunders this man has made. Does that bright yellow Hummer remind anyone else of Krazy-8’s (Max Arciniega) hooptie from “Breaking Bad?”
Calling McGill at just the right time, Jimmy soon appears Daniel as they are questioned by the police. The scene is a familiar one as Saul Goodman appeared in a room just like that to defend Jesse Pinkman’s eccentric ways in “Breaking Bad.”
It’s when Daniel leaves the room that McGill goes on a tear, launching into an impromptu con that leaves the detectives believing Wormald’s hidey hole didn’t hide drugs, but private videos of “an artistic nature.”
From the “Hoboken Squat Cobbler,” to the “Boston Cream Splat,” Jimmy explains the whole misunderstanding is over a “lover’s spat” in which sensitive digital content of the fetish variety — showing Daniel sitting in pies, crying — had gone missing.
Needless to say, McGill worked some Saul Goodman magic to keep Daniel out of prison. When Wexler hears the story, however, things don’t go the way McGill intended. Condoning his behavior, one has to wonder just when McGill loses her completely and turns over to the dark side.
“Better Call Saul” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.