“Upon this rock I will build my church.”
The fourth episode of Better Call Saul gave another glimpse into Saul’s past, providing a reason for why he might be inclined to take a very large bribe from the Kettleman clan. After last week’s episode, I thought Saul was a good guy slowly turning into a sleazy criminal. Actually, he really is a sleazy criminal who tried to walk the straight path for a while only to discover it’s not very lucrative.
As we saw in the Episode 3 flashback, Saul’s brother Chuck was the person who came to Saul’s rescue and, likely, set him on the path of righteousness. That would explain why Saul tried to hid his latest scam from his older brother.
Oh and what a scam it was. Using the money he got from the Kettlemans, Saul stuck a thorn in his competitor’s side and generated great business for his fledgling practice. Shooting a video in front of a billboard that he has been ordered to take down because of copyright infringement, the worker on the billboard falls. Saul quickly climbs up to save the man, and everything is caught on camera. Local news picks up the story, giving Saul all the publicity he could ever want. And of course it was all staged by Saul.
Saul’s transition back into his criminal self was best symbolized by something that hasn’t even happened yet. When Saul went to the tailor to have his suit made, everyone watching felt the same thing: glee. Saul is infamous for his gaudy suits, and buying one was the first major step toward becoming the Saul Goodman we all know and love.
A smaller development on Saul’s career-changing day was his brief interaction with Nacho, the man who wanted to kidnap the Kettlemans. Nacho tried his tough guy act on Saul again, but Saul took the upper hand this time and quickly dispatched the Tuco accomplice. Saul might be sleazy and goofy, but he’s smart. His greatest (and maybe only) gift is talking, and he’s invincible when he has any ammunition with which to work.
The Adventures of Mike and Saul hit an unfortunate roadblock this episode. While Saul is like a lost puppy, Mike seems to have no tolerance for strays. I wonder between what rock and a hard place Saul will land to once again enlist Mike’s help.
We also saw a step forward for Saul’s relationship with Kim. She called him to basically ask him on a date, only to become annoyed with him when she found out about his billboard. There’s obviously a romantic connection between the pair, but Saul is so preoccupied with his career (or lack thereof) that he can’t be bothered to even entertain the idea. Since Kim was never in Breaking Bad, we know their relationship eventually has a major falling out.