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Recap / Better Call Saul S 4 E 7 Something Stupid

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Jimmy expands his business, but runs into a problem that only Kim can solve; Gus intervenes in Hector's medical care; Mike deals with a setback.


  • Absentee Actor: Howard and Nacho do not appear.
  • Artistic License: Kai is seen playing the pinball machine "The Getaway: High Speed II", the sound effects of which are dubbed over to make it sound like an older machine of the kind most people are familiar with (ringing bell, etc.). This is what the machine is supposed to sound like.
  • Call-Back:
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    • Jimmy's proposed scheme against the plainclothes cop (engineering a meltdown in court) is similar to the one used against Chuck in "Chicanery".
    • Huell getting hit by 3-strikes sentencing, a callback to Saul's matchbook covers in "Quite a Ride".
    • ADA Ericsen, the prosecutor for Huell's case, happens to be the prosecutor to whom Jimmy had spoken to when Mike needed to lie and claim that Tuco's gun wasn't actually his. Therefore, she calls Jimmy "a scumbag ex-lawyer" because Jimmy had ruined the case against Tuco.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The scene with Hector knocking over his cup winds up being the factor in Gus deciding to end his therapy.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with Kim buying office supplies and telling Jimmy she has a better idea to help Huell.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded; Huell's unknowingly assaulting a cop who previously arrested him really was just a massive coincidence. However, said cop quickly decides to exploit the vanishingly small odds of this happening in order to send Huell to prison, knowing that a jury probably won't believe it could have been a coincidence.
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  • Dirty Old Man: Hector purposefully knocks over a cup of water so he can gaze at his attending nurse's posterior as she bends over to clean it up, all with a perverted smirk on his face. Gus observes this act in the camera footage of his session and realizes that his nemesis is mentally sound.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As Kim points out, the ADA seeks to throw Huell in prison for almost three years for assaulting a plainclothes police officer, even though that ADA previously prosecuted five other people who committed the same crime (in much more violent ways than Huell, who just hit the guy over the head with a grocery bag) and sought lesser sentences in those earlier cases. The ADA reasons that Huell's sentence should be longer because he was previously arrested for pickpocketing, even though he had no violent history like the other defendants. New Mexico is a state that practices the very controversial 3-strikes rule in criminal sentencing as a crime deterrent.
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  • Dramatic Irony: Jimmy discourages Huell from becoming a fugitive and living in fear that he will be captured over a minor slip-up. That is exactly the kind of situation Jimmy will find himself in as "Gene from Omaha."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: By giving himself an opportunity to ogle his nurse, Hector gives Gus a clue that he is fully cognizant and thus the idea to prematurely end Hector's treatment so that he remains permanently handicapped.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: This appears to be Werner's reaction after the superlab construction suffers a major setback due to Casper's accident. The next time we see him he's sat at the bar in the crew's quarters. Mike appears to feel the same way, or at least decides to take advantage of the beer being provided on Gus's dime.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Jimmy takes over Schweikart's discussion about finding places for a company retreat, oblivious to the fact that the way he is carrying himself is offending Schweikart and embarrassing Kim. Unless he's being obnoxious on purpose because he yet again feels out-of-place and condescended to by successful lawyers discussing their fancy careers while he's suspended.
  • Internal Reveal: Kim finds out about Jimmy’s burn phone business.
  • Jerkass: ADA Ericsen takes the word of the cop (who as Jimmy mentioned had been put on desk duty twice for alcoholism) over Huell, tries to give Huell an excessive sentence because he was a repeat offender (even though Huell's history is less violent than the people she prosecuted for a same crime and sought lesser sentences for), and dismisses Jimmy as a "scumbag disbarred lawyer" (never mind Jimmy was suspended, not disbarred).
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gus, ever determined to make Hector suffer, personally intervenes in his recovery by encouraging Dr. Bruckner to return to her clinic and delegate Hector's care to someone else, despite her objections that with her therapy, Hector may learn to talk and even walk again. Gus has effectively ensured that Hector will forever remain a prisoner in his own body.
  • Male Gaze: An Invoked Trope, as Gus noticing Hector's focus on the nurse clues him. Also Played Straight in that the earlier scene is shot so that the camera focuses on the nurse's body to demonstrate what Hector is doing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: All Jimmy had to do was listen to the cop, who was simply asking him to sell his phones somewhere else. Likewise, had Huell held off for a second, he wouldn't have risked getting a third strike by hitting the cop with his sandwiches.
  • Not So Different: While Mike and Werner had already been established as this in previous episodes, since they're both Consummate Professionals in their own ways, Werner takes it a step further here by pointing out that Mike's surname means he most likely has some Germanic ancestry.
  • Only in It for the Money: Downplayed. Despite Gus not being in a legal position to make care decisions, the neurologist he hired is treating Hector because Gus agreed to fund a major clinic. When Gus sends her home, despite the potential for Hector to continue to improve, she seems shocked, but doesn't appear to offer any real resistance. It's not a matter of greed (she can help more than just one person at the clinic), but the reality is that she's agreeing to cut off treatment because Gus has already given her what she came for.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Huell has his headphones on and is listening to music, rendering him unable to hear Jimmy shouting to him that the man Jimmy is talking to is a plainclothes cop.
  • Sadist: Gus stops Hector's physical therapy, depriving him of a chance to walk and talk again, in order to prolong his suffering as part of his quest for vengeance.
  • Time Skip: The opening montage takes us through nine whole months of Jimmy and Kim's professional lives. Within the episode proper, we're shown the amount of progress Mike's crew is making on the superlab construction, Hector's gradual recovery following his stroke, and most of all, how much Jimmy and Kim have been drifting apart in that amount of time.
  • Tranquil Fury: Non-violent, courtesy of Kim; when the D.A. calls Jimmy a scumbag disbarred lawyer, she looks like she's about to go for the D.A.'s neck. Shortly afterwards, while the first plan sees Huell doing some jail time, she comes out with an alternative.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Subverted in regards to Jimmy's suspension: when talking to Kim about the situation with Huell, Jimmy alludes to the fact that he has one month remaining.
    • Kim starts to discuss with Jimmy about his selling dropper phones, but Jimmy makes a point of sidestepping it to focus more on Huell's situation.
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