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  • Absentee Actor: No Gus, Chuck, or Howard this episode.
  • Adult Fear: Daniel Wormald gets home to find Nacho sitting there, in his alarmed house with it's many locks on the front door.
    • The disappearance of Anita's husband without a trace or any explanation or motive.
  • And Then What?: Mike asks Nacho how thorough he is in killing Hector beneath suspicion. Since Mike saw how meticulous Gus can be and how determined he is to make Hector suffer it's better making sure he can't find out someone stole his revenge. He even inspects Nacho's car to see if it's not bugged.
  • All for Nothing: Or at least close to nothing. Jimmy only got 30 minutes logged in from a 4-hour community service as penalty for using his cell phone and he only gets $100 out of doing a furniture commercial because the store owner made him cover the airtime expenses. Jimmy also gets forced to do a commercial for the music store brothers for free when they decide to scrap the commercial altogether to save their budget.
    • Doing the commercial for free was not something Jimmy did out of kindness mind you, it's that he worked hard to get the commercial ready and has 3 interns from University of New Mexico expecting to get paid with or without the commercial and that forgoing the commercial would have directed Jimmy into a more severe path of this trope.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Two men and a woman offer to help Mike lay a concrete path. He assigns the men to mix the concrete, then hands the woman a broom. She's clearly offended, until he explains that the brush is to stipple the surface of the concrete, so that it isn't slippery when wet.
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  • Batman Gambit: Jimmy employs one on the insurance agent, feigning (maybe, he hasn't had a good day) an emotional breakdown while leaking nuggets of information about Chuck's mental state and his "screw-ups" at work, in order to compel the agent to start looking into Chuck. The breakdown might have been real, in which case he quickly turned it around by deciding to target Chuck.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Forming between Kim and Jimmy. Kim on the one hand is feeling guilt over causing Chuck to melt down on the stand, is against the idea of actually conning the people in the bar (however much they're talking about it) and will probably not take well to the news about Jimmy sabotaging Chuck's malpractice insurance, if she ever finds out. Jimmy on the other hand is not only guiltless over Chuck but wants to hurt him further with the aforesaid insurance sabotage, and seems quite serious about the proposed cons in the bar.
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  • Brick Joke: Jimmy after using his phone while doing garbage duty for community service only gets logged in 30 minutes of an attempted 4 hours, and he protests, making the supervisor retort, "We can make it zero". Later on, when a Chinese food delivery boy complains to Jimmy for only tipping him $1, Jimmy replies "We can make it zero".
  • Broke Episode: Jimmy struggles to get even 3-figures into his pockets.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Daniel decides confronting the criminal that just walked in in his house about his stolen baseball cards is the best course of action. Luckily Nacho prefers using carrot over stick and doesn't beat him up for what he wants.
  • The Bus Came Back: Nacho reaches out to Daniel Wormald once again, this time to ask him for some pill casings - seemingly to cause Hector to take placebos and suffer the stroke that genuine pills might prevent.
  • Call-Forward: Anita's story about her husband's disappearance and how she mourned his loss for eight years. Thanks to our foreknowledge that Walt will murder Mike and dispose his remains in Breaking Bad, we have an idea of the fun journey in store for Stacey and Kaylee.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Dark version. Mike initially refuses Daniel Wormald's job offer, since he doesn't want to get involved with the Salamancas again (not only is it dangerous in and of itself, doing so may put him on Gus Fring's bad side). However, after hearing Anita's story about how hard it is on a family to have a member vanish without a trace, he's reminded of what Hector did to the Good Samaritan after his hit on Hector's truck. His anger at Hector gets the best of him, and he calls Daniel back immediately after the grief counseling session to say he's in.
  • Compliment Backfire: Paige gushes over how brilliantly Kim set up Chuck at the bar hearing, and how completely they destroyed him on the stand, unaware of how guilty Kim feels about the whole thing.
  • Crocodile Tears: A mix between this and real tears when Jimmy visits the insurance agent. The real part is him being down and broke, the crocodile part is him manipulating her into upping the insurance on Chuck and HHM, especially when Jimmy lies about Chuck mixing up the numbers.
  • Darkest Hour: Jimmy is having a real hard time making ends meet. He even has to offer a commercial for free as a loss-leader, and just sits on the sidewalk afterwards. The make-up artist feels so sorry for him she offers her fee back.
  • Evil Is Petty: It's Jimmy's turn to be petty, of all people, not his brother. Now broke thanks to his practice being shuttered, and learning that the premiums for his malpractice insurance will go up when his suspension finally ends, Jimmy decides to spread the misery by making sure the insurance company goes after Chuck when Chuck is already down. It's the first time in the series where we are expected not to side with Jimmy.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Daniel Wormald's house might have had the security beefed up, but it is implied that leaving the back door unsecured wasn't a good idea. Mike also later points out that cutting the phone line disables the alarm.
  • Foreshadowing: Anita's story about how her husband disappeared without a trace has a noticeable impact on Mike. Moreso on the audience when one realizes that it's exactly Mike's fate in Breaking Bad.
    • The scene where Kim takes a five-minute nap in her car retroactively becomes this in "Fall."
  • Funny Background Event: After Daniel's previous trouble with Nacho Varga, he's shown to have learned his lesson somewhat. His front door now sports three deadbolt locks and he has installed a home security system, which gives Daniel a scare when he finds Nacho calmly waiting inside the house. Daniel asks Nacho "How did you get in?" but the question initially remains unanswered. After they have a short discussion to conduct business, the camera pans over to show Nacho quietly exiting the house... by the kitchen's unlocked and unprotected sliding glass door.
  • History Repeats: Nacho's desperation to save his father is reminiscent of Mike's failed attempt to save his son. In both cases an innocent family member of a corrupt person ends up in danger because he is the type of person who would try to do the right thing and inform the authorities of illegal activity. Mike convinced his son to look away and it got him killed anyway. In contrast, Nacho decides to preemptively kill Hector so his father is not put in that situation in the first place. Mike helps out Nacho probably because he wishes that he had acted preemptively and killed Hoffman and Fenske before they had a chance to hurt his son. Mike opted for a "half-measure" and it got his son killed. He now tries to make sure that Nacho does not make the same mistake.
  • Hypocrite: The owner of Duke City Recliners pleads to Jimmy not to make him purchase more commercials, but he still made Jimmy pony up $445 for the commercial's airtime.
  • I Will Show You X: When one intern orders Jimmy to split the commercial profits 4 ways, Jimmy refuses because he spent more of his own money on the commercial than the interns did.
    Jimmy: I'll split you four ways!
  • Jerkass: Jimmy's intern with the glasses who handles the camera. He bullies Jimmy constantly, and you can tell Jimmy adamantly wants to fire him with great contempt. He has no problem hurting Jimmy's feelings and picking fights with his own supervisor.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Jimmy was going to do this to the abrasive restaurant customer.
    • From Jimmy's perspective, this also applies to screwing Chuck over with the insurance company.
  • My Car Hates Me: Jimmy and his crew are running late for the music store commercial shoot and because the engine in Jimmy's car has died, they are forced to chase after a bus... only for the music store owners to tell them they're giving up on the commercial.
  • Never My Fault: Jimmy insists that the outcome of the bar hearing and Chuck's subsequent problems are Chuck's own fault, never mind he was the one who forged the Mesa Verde documents, confessed to said forgery, and committed a break-in to cover up the crime.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Jimmy's demeanor during his monologue about conning the asshole customer is the darkest we've ever seen him in this show so far.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Jimmy's sound guy thinks Deep Purple made "Another Brick in the Wall".
  • Properly Paranoid: Daniel Wormald has installed many locks and an alarm since being burgled. Shame it didn't keep Nacho out.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Kim seems to be suffering from a non-combat version of this. She all but breaks down in a meeting with Paige and laments over 'taking down a sick man'.
  • Spot the Thread: The moment it becomes clear Jimmy's breakdown is an act? He mentions Chuck making mistakes... like mixing up numbers.
  • Stupid Crooks: Mike attempts to avert this with Nacho. Once he finds out what Nacho has planned, he says to switch the genuine pills back after Hector succumbs, so that the placebo pills aren't identified as the culprit - something which might cause the Cartel or Gus to suspect and kill Nacho.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Being under suspension and broke has left Jimmy colder and more cynical. First is the scene in the bar where Kim becomes unnerved at his proposed con with the rude customer, followed by his dismissal of her concerns about what they did to Chuck. Then, when Jimmy meets the insurance agent, he uses Crocodile Tears while letting slip that Chuck was purportedly "screwing up numbers" for his clients so that the agent will jack up Chuck's premiums and maybe have him investigated.
  • Trailers Always Lie: Only a small fib this episode compared to last. Nacho says that someone is a dead man - but not Hector. Instead, he is explaining to Mike that his father won't tolerate his business becoming a drug front for Hector, and will go to the cops. This will make him the dead man that Nacho refers to.
    • Also, the trailer made it seem like Jimmy was upset over his difficulty paying his half of the rent.
  • Visual Pun: The guy overseeing the community service volunteers says to consider the service as if it's jail. Right before this, while waiting for the van to show up, the volunteers are lined up against a wall that is painted such that the volunteers look like suspects in a police line-up.
  • Women Are Wiser: The female student who interns for Jimmy's commercial crew turns out to be more sensitive and sympathetic towards Jimmy than the male interns.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Kim meets with Paige, Paige lauds her for the way she handled herself at the bar hearing and instigated a meltdown from Chuck, having read the transcripts. However, a few minutes later, Kim uncharacteristically snaps at Paige and then admits that in her mind, all she and Jimmy did was bring down a sick man.
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