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Tear Jerker / Better Call Saul

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     In General 
  • Knowing Jimmy and Kim's almost romantic relationship ends somewhere between Better Call Saul and mid-season two of Breaking Bad. By the time Walt comes into Jimmy's life, he mentions nothing about Kim. Now, granted, we saw almost nothing of Saul's personal life in Breaking Bad (meaning it's possible Jimmy could still be in contact with Kim, plus other characters unseen in BB), but it still paints a bleak picture on what will happen to turn him into Saul full-time.
  • Chuck and Jimmy's feud. As Kim explained they are their last blood relative and both are torn by how much they hate and love each other. Especially how both interacted in Season one until Chuck confesses his resentment of Jimmy and Jimmy trying his hardest to detach himself from Chuck, the person he wanted to be a lawyer to make him proud.
  • The flashforwards at the beginning of each season. Jimmy is all alone, with no friends or family to contact. He constantly lives in fear of being caught by the police. He has an incredibly menial job to go to every day. He barely speaks a word to anybody. And at the end of the season 3 one, he just suddenly collapsed from stress.

     Season 1 
  • The very vague first interaction between Kim and Jimmy that says volumes about their relationship.
  • The first episode opens with a glimpse of Saul's life after Breaking Bad. He is now working at a Cinnabon, he has become paranoid to the point where he thought one of his customers was going to kill him, and he drunkenly watches a video tape of his commercials.
  • Saul going through a series of bills all demanding that he pay immediately when he's broke and blew his only chance to make some money by trying 3 clients together instead of separately having assumed he would be paid 3 times the regular price.
  • His meltdown after he found out the Kettlemans went to HHM instead of him.


  • Jimmy being forced to watch as Tuco breaks the twin's legs, expressing anguish and horror at the pain he has inadvertently caused as well as fear that the same fate could still befall him.
  • Jimmy vaguely explaining the medical bill to Chuck, feeling that the medical bill represents a "good thing," simply because he did manage to save the twins' lives even if it cost him and them dearly.
    • Jimmy thinks his brother is disappointed over the medical bill, but it turns out Chuck is upset he brought the cell phone into the house. This reveals how far Chuck had slipped.


  • Seeing Chuck in the beginning of the third episode. Seeing him go from a confident successful lawyer to the shell of the person he once was is heartbreaking. Especially now that the roles are reversed in that Jimmy is the responsible one of the two due to Chuck's mental illness.


  • Chuck, suspicious of his brother, rushes straight into the exposure outside just to grab the newspaper. He reads the paper and wraps himself deeper in his blanket, knowing full well that his worst fears about Jimmy are confirmed.
  • The look on Jimmy's face when Betsy Kettleman calls him "the kind of lawyer guilty people hire". Keeping in mind that he left a very lucrative confidence business behind and actually dragged himself through law-school (which is nothing to sneeze at in its own right) to become a by and large honest lawyer working his ass off just to stay afloat and support his brother, it's not hard to imagine that this is the moment that truly sets him on the path to becoming "Saul Goodman", a caricature so perfectly and thoroughly defined by that very sentence.
  • Jimmy taking his first step to becoming the corrupt Saul Goodman by taking a bribe from the Kettlemans. After calculating how he can make it all appear legal, he morosely notes "On this rock, I will build my church."
  • After his phone call with Kim regarding the safety of the Kettlemans, he whispers solemnly to himself, "I'm no hero."
  • Jimmy pleading with Chuck to take off his tinfoil blanket/cape while they talk is equal parts cringe humor and this. He tries to be understanding of Chuck's condition which is confirmed to be entirely in his head in the hospital when the doctor turns on a machine that Chuck can't see (but she and Jimmy can) to see if he has an "allergic reaction" which he doesn't but he's unable to look at and talk seriously to the brother that he looks up to so much whilst he is wearing something so ridiculous. It'd be like talking to somebody you admired for their intellect insist on wearing a tinfoil hat so that people can't hear their thoughts, you'd know they'd gone mad.
    • Jimmy later voices the concern that every time he screws up, Chuck's "condition" gets worse. So it's possibly Jimmy wants Chuck to take the blanket off not because it's ridiculous, but because Jimmy views Chuck wearing the thing as a condemnation.


  • Mike chewing Stacey out for reporting the police, which led them to investigating Mike. What's sad is that Stacey has good reasons to do so, having longing for justice for her dead husband, and Mike is clearly taking his anger out on her. He does later atone by explaining the full extent of what really happened.
  • Mike breaking down over having convinced his own son to betray his principles for nothing.


  • After Jimmy gets the Kettlemans to go back to HHM after sending their money to the DA, he goes back to the office he was going to buy, but can't due to putting his money with the Kettlemans'... and proceeds to have an even worse meltdown than he did at HHM back in "Uno", ultimately driving him to tears. And his breakdown occurs in the very office space he hoped to save for Kim.


  • The silent scene of Howard destroying Jimmy's dreams of working as a lawyer in his brother's firm, right after the beautiful scene of his surprising Chuck with his passing the bar.


  • The horrible revelation why Howard forbade Jimmy from working at the firm. It was Chuck's doing. He didn't feel Jimmy was really up to the commitments of law.
    • Not only that but for the ultimately petty and obviously biased reasons he states in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech where Chuck essentially says that the amount of effort Jimmy puts into trying to be an honest lawyer is worthless just because he has a bad past and a law degree from a disreputable school.
    • The fact that Jimmy seems to be fighting back tears in this scene.
    • You also kind of feel bad for Howard, even though he was kind of a prick but the reveal that everything he was doing was him following Chuck's orders and he genuinely respects Jimmy as a lawyer even though they don't work together all that well.
  • Kim's candid advice to Jimmy to take Howard's unfair deal, knowing that Jimmy had suffered too many financial woes and the real reason Jimmy will never get anything more. Kim's voice breaking almost to tears when Jimmy snaps.
  • Despite a few missteps along the way, Jimmy has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to make it, not only as a good lawyer, but a moral one. This is a guy who is willing to go dumpster diving in order to retrieve paper work to help his elderly clients. Compare him to what he'll be when he becomes Saul: he'll be a guy who eagerly jumps at the chance to work with drug dealers. Now consider the implications of learning that Chuck has been the one keeping him from getting forward: The reason Jimmy fell so far is all because his brother thought he wasn't good enough to be a decent lawyer, even though he clearly was. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.


  • Jimmy's mental breakdown during the bingo game in "Marco." Walking himself (and the audience) through the painful series of steps that led him to Albuquerque, all while Chuck's betrayal is fresh in his mind... a heart-wrenching image of a man starting to believe he'll never be anything more than Slippin' Jimmy, despite his (mostly) honest efforts at reform. He genuinely wants to be good, but isn't getting the support he needs to do it, and it's destroying him.
  • Jimmy apologizing to Kim and her embrace. It seems in his expression, he senses that this is going to be one of the last happy moments with her.
  • In Chuck's final and sole scene in "Marco," Chuck curiously spies Jimmy's car outside. He has his hand on the knob, as if ready to go outside. He hesitates and ultimately does not go through with it. Word of God is that Chuck is sorry to have hurt his brother but is too prideful to admit it.
  • Everything about Marco's death. Jimmy came back to blow off some steam, and wound up spending a week with Marco scamming people like the old days. And just when Jimmy is talking about leaving, Marco convinces him to pull one last Rolex scam... only for Marco's health to screw him over.

     Season 2 
  • Season 2 starts with a flash-forward to Jimmy's present situation. While doing his normal routine at the Cinnabon, he accidentally gets himself locked in the mall's garbage room. There's an emergency exit, but he can't open it because it will set off an alarm and he can't risk getting the police involved. Someone eventually opened the other door for him but it's scary that Jimmy has to live in fear not only of hitmen but also unwanted police attention.


  • Mike's daughter-in law is shown to be growing paranoid.

Gloves Off

  • After Kim is "sent to the cornfield" a second time due to Jimmy's actions, she outright rejects all his attempts to help, having finally lost all faith that he can do anything but make it worse.
    • Although much doesn't come from it (yet?), when confronting Chuck over Kim's situation, Jimmy says that if it will take quitting being a lawyer to get Kim out of trouble, he will do it.


  • The reveal of the source of Chuck's animosity for Jimmy becoming a lawyer: his years of Stealing from the Till at their father's store eventually forced him to sell it, wrecking his dream and leading to his death six months later. Making it worse is that the man was Too Good for This Sinful Earth and to the end refused to believe that Jimmy was responsible for it.
    • Inflatable makes the truth worse: Jimmy did steal money from the cash register, but his father, being the dogged Nice Guy, was a virtual ATM to conmen and grifters as he never could see past blatantly obvious sob stories. Jimmy tried to protect his father but his efforts were rebuffed. Concern turned into resentment and an angry Jimmy started stealing from his father as well. Chuck only saw the end result and blamed Jimmy for everything. While Jimmy was guilty, he was not the only cause of the tragedy.
      • The story gets even worse if you think about it this way: Chuck is obsessed with depicting Jimmy in the worst way possible and pretty much shuts down at the mere suggestion that Jimmy has positive qualities or is otherwise not as bad as Chuck says he is. It is totally possible that their father, being a good-natured man who certainly would not lie about important things, might have even told Chuck that his financial troubles were partially his own fault as the result of him being overly generous with other people. But Chuck, given his ego, stubbornness, and vendetta, would refuse to even consider that fact and wipe it from his mind as a possibility, instead twisting the narrative to make it all Jimmy's fault. Hence, Chuck wouldn't even be actively hiding the truth from Kim because he is so purged of any regard for Jimmy.
  • After Kim does a heroic amount of work to dig herself out of Doc Review by getting Mesa Verde into HHM, Howard basically shits on all that effort by leading her on through the deal and then declaring that he'll put someone else on the case. You can practically see her heart breaking when Hamlin leaves her alone in front of the firm.

Bali Ha'i

  • Jimmy's insomnia montage. Especially when he tries channel surfing, going through a Chia Pets commercial, C-SPAN quorum, American flag placeholder footage, and finally finds out that Davis & Main has completely changed Jimmy's commercial back to the swirly nebulousness of their first ad.


  • The Mood Whiplash of the hilarious montage of Jimmy making himself intolerable to work with, followed by his tearing up as he explains to Cliff that he really did want to be a good by the book lawyer but just couldn't overcome his natural inclinations. Jimmy clearly feels guilty about essentially extorting money out of Cliff who has been nothing but good to him. However, Jimmy cannot give back the bonus money so he has to be an utter jerk to Cliff so Cliff fires him.


  • Mike learning that an innocent bystander was killed due to his campaign against the Salamancas. He silently gets back in his car with a look of pure My God, What Have I Done?.
  • Jimmy watching Chuck collapse in the copy shop of an EMS attack, and unable to intervene lest he be exposed.


  • The opening with the death of the McGill brothers' mother.
    • Only Chuck is around for her actual death, and her last words are her asking for Jimmy. Chuck feels so betrayed and hurt by this that he doesn't even tell Jimmy.
  • Chuck wakes up after his concussion and see his brother who looked after him yet again and still refused to have Chuck committed and then proceed to bash as he planned all of this. Chuck's claim of love for his brother seems more and more hollow.
  • Ernesto comparing the past of him and Jimmy with the now: "I miss the mail room."
  • The scam Chuck pulls on Jimmy is pure heartbreak in a cup. He outright uses his brother's very real concern for his own and Kim's well-being, while refusing to note the spirit of the testimony that was recorded. He's so fixated on nailing Jimmy to the wall on the details, he's blind to the emotional damage his obsession is doing to everybody.
    • Jimmy's exasperation of his brother to not let go of it as his condition is clearly what should matter most.
    Jimmy: I thought you would finally accept it as a mistake and move on but no! Wishful thinking!

     Season 3 
  • Jimmy tries burying the hatchet with Chuck as they take down the space blankets off of the walls, just trying to talk about happier things and what not... only for Chuck to point blank say he's not going to forget what Jimmy did and that he will pay. Keep in mind, Jimmy has yet to learn of the tape recorder.
  • Howard beginning to dislike Jimmy more like he seemed to in Season 1. It's quite jarring considering he and Jimmy were on genuinely good terms in Season 2 after it turned out Chuck was pulling the strings.
  • Ernie winds up being completely shocked and confused after accidentally listening to the tape, even more so after Chuck tells him to keep it secret. What's worse, it seems like Chuck planned for Ernie to hear it.
  • The captain of the military base calling off Jimmy's bargaining as he still manipulated him for his ends. Showing like with Cliff that Jimmy's most innocents cons do hurt people.


  • "For this, you destroyed our family, are you happy now, for what?! For nothing!" Context? Jimmy, after learning from Kim (who learned from Ernie) about the tape, Jimmy decides to drive over to Chuck's... and he is pissed. That line was delivered after Jimmy broke open the drawer holding the tape recorder and yanked out the tape.
    • Subsequently, there's Jimmy's initial reaction: he slumps down, absolutely shattered that Chuck was faking his breakdown... but forces himself to see the rest of his clients, since he still has a job. Then, while Kim is telling him about how she's going to try and handle the situation, he's removing painter's tape... using the technique Chuck showed him last episode. When Kim leaves, and he realizes what he's doing, he rips the tape off of the wall, and... well...
    • It's subtle, and he deserves it, but Chuck looked genuinely afraid during this whole scene, especially given the implication that had Howard and the investigator not intervened when they did, Jimmy would've killed Chuck right then and there.
    • It's mentioned in an off the cuff manner, but as Jimmy reveals during his rant, Chuck's wife, Rebecca, left him.
  • Ernie decides to go to Kim and Jimmy's law office and talk to Kim about the tape, clearly worried about Jimmy while at the same time worried about the legal implications. What's worse, it seems that Chuck intended on that to happen.

Sunk Costs

  • Ernie being fired by Chuck for the crime of being Jimmy's mate.
  • "Here's what gonna happen. One day you're gonna get sick - again. One of your employees is gonna find you curled up in that space blanket, take you to the hospital, hook you up to those machines that beep and whir and...hurt. And this time it will be too much. And you will die there, alone."


  • In the flashback, watching Chuck's relationship with Rebecca disintegrate because he was too proud or too afraid to reveal his EHS to her after he slaps her cell phone out of her hands. As Rebecca angrily leaves, Chuck would very much rather keep quiet than try to save his marriage.
  • Sure, Chuck most likely deserved it, but seeing Jimmy deliberately provoke Chuck into a nervous breakdown in the middle of the hearing right in front of Rebecca, and hearing Chuck finally vent all of his frustrations against Jimmy in the open is simply heartbreaking on all levels. Any hope of reconciliation is completely gone after this.
    • Additionally, the look on everyone's faces by the end of the hearing. Jimmy hates what he's just done. Chuck is aware his career is over, Howard knows how bad this looks, and Rebecca sees just how far gone Chuck is. Jimmy has likely saved himself from disbarment, but no one has really won anything.
    • When Kim tells Jimmy that Rebecca will hate him after this, Jimmy sadly agrees. Jimmy doesn't really want to go scorched earth on Chuck, but the betrayal is too much for him.

Off Brand

  • When Rebecca asks Jimmy to help her talk with Chuck, Jimmy refuses, completely swearing off Chuck. Rebecca then realizes that everything Chuck said about Jimmy is true and sourly notes that Chuck at least has mental illness as an excuse to explain his actions, while Jimmy has none. The look on Jimmy's face seems to indicate that he completely agrees with her assessment 100%.
  • Tuco assaulted a guard in prison and stabbed an inmate, almost certainly turning his minor sentence into a major one, meaning that the terror Mike's family went through was for absolutely no reason.


  • Kim is starting to show unease over how she and Jimmy took down Chuck. She snaps at Paige, who had read the transcripts and had enjoyed how the hearing played out, and later asks Jimmy if there was any other way to handle the situation with Chuck (which Jimmy shoots down).
    Kim: (to Paige) As far as I'm concerned, all we did was tear down a sick man.
  • Jimmy is in such dire financial straits with his commercial gig that, in order to convince the owners of the guitar store to buy his package deal, he agrees to shoot the first commercial for free. As such, he winds up having to pay his crew out of pocket. Jimmy then proceeds to sit down in the parking lot, opting against taking the bus back, just broken.
    • The make-up girl tries to give Jimmy back her share, only for Jimmy to insist she take it.
  • What convinces Mike to help Daniel with his deal with Nacho? Hearing from Anita (from Stacey's support group) what happened to her husband (he went hiking one day, only to vanish), which reminds him of what happened to the Good Samaritan that Hector killed.
    • And a Fridge Tearjerker too, if you consider Mike's ultimate fate in Breaking Bad will be just like Anita's husband and the Samaritan.
  • Jimmy goes to see an insurance agent to try and get a refund for his malpractice insurance. When he learns that not only will he not get a refund, but also his premiums will increase 150% when he stops being suspended, he just breaks, quietly sobbing and asking for a break, given his shit life. At least, this moment would count as an example, had Jimmy not went on to talk about Chuck, mentioning him "mixing up numbers" and his breakdown at the hearing (something the agent was not aware of). The agent proceeds to write this down, despite Jimmy asking her not to, before exiting out of the office... confidently.


  • When Jimmy and Marco break into the abandoned McGill store to retrieve some coins, Jimmy reveals that he feels nothing but bitterness and contempt over his father's honesty, since he believes that's what led to the failure of his business.
  • Upon finding the body of the Good Samaritan, the first thing Mike sees is the Samaritan's wedding ring, revealing that he had a family that has no idea what had happened to him.
  • In some ways, Kim completely turning on Howard, even if the latter is being an ass through Passive-Aggressive Kombat.


  • This episode presents both McGill brothers at their absolute worst. Chuck's pride isn't dented at all, and instead of swallowing it when Howard and their malpractice insurance company recommend he retire, he instead doubles down, preferring to burn down his own firm if it means getting in the last word. Meanwhile, Jimmy, desperate for money, socially manipulates his own clients into turning another of his clients, Irene, into a social pariah through no fault of her own. By the end of it, Irene is an emotional wreck due to being shunned by her friends, all thanks to Jimmy's greed.
  • Jean Effron's performance as Irene is heart-breaking; this poor, kindly old woman has lost her friends, who were more valuable to her than the money.
    "They're so cold. When I walk past them, they stop talking. I-I-I hear them whispering when when they think I'm not there. It's just so - It's so cruel. And I don't even know why!"
  • Howard's "Reason You Suck" Speech to Jimmy. Unlike Chuck's speech back in "Pimento", this time Howard has every reason to think of Jimmy as a greedy, conniving, and two-faced cheater, and it's clear that from the tone of his voice that both McGill brothers have pushed him too far.
  • Howard falling out with both McGill brothers as opposed to being matey with them back in the Season 1 finale is a tearjerker in and of itself.
  • In addition, Kim pushing herself past her limits by trying to take on two clients at once, resulting in her overworking herself and crashing her car due to fatigue.
  • Nacho admitting to his father that he is working for Hector, and warning him that Hector will approach him to take over his business. He begs his father to follow Hector's instructions. Feeling betrayed, Nacho's father effectively disowns him. While Nacho was expecting this outcome, it's still heartbreaking to see him quietly leave under his own father's furious glare.


  • Jimmy trying to make amends between Irene and her friends, and finding out that getting them back together isn't as easy as tearing them apart. In the end, he's forced to admit his fraud to them, permanently burning that bridge.
    • As Jimmy is packing up his things from the office, Kim places his Rolodex of his elderly clients into a box... which he promptly chucks in the trash, since there is no way he is going to still have that client base when he is allowed to practice law again. Kim promptly places it back in the box, just in case.
  • After Kim is discharged from the hospital, Jimmy basically tells her that he's giving up his half of the office.
  • Howard deciding to pay off Chuck's share of HHM out of his own personal funds. It goes to show just how dedicated Howard is to protecting the firm, as well as how fed up he is with Chuck.
  • From Chuck to Jimmy: "I don't want to hurt your feelings. But the truth is you never mattered all that much to me."
    • Which is a straight up lie, otherwise Chuck never would have gone through the effort of keeping Jimmy out of the law profession. So he either said this to finally cut ties with Jimmy for good, or he maliciously said those words to deliberately hurt Jimmy.
  • Not long after Chuck says that, he has a hard relapse into his illness. He falls back so hard he tears his house to pieces trying to find some unknown source of electricity. At the end, he ends up killing himself by burning down his house.
    • The tragic part of it is this could possibly be the catalyst for Jimmy's gradual transformation into Saul Goodman.
    • What makes this even worse is that Chuck is the only one that knows his and Jimmy's mother's last words. Now that Chuck is dead, Jimmy will never know.

     Season 4 


  • It was inevitable, but: Jimmy has to learn of Chuck's death secondhand from Howard, rather than the police contacting him directly. And despite Kim relaying to him that the emergency workers ruled that Chuck died from smoke inhalation, Jimmy (without even saying it) knows that it was the fire that did it.note 
  • Howard breaks down in tears as he reveals he blames himself for Chuck's suicide. In the process, he unknowingly reveals Jimmy's own role in pushing Chuck toward his relapse (the insurance hike), but Jimmy still holds such a grudge over their years of sabotage that he coldly piles the guilt on, while Kim just looks on in shock.


  • Kim tears a new one to Howard over the matters of Chuck's estate and the revelation he shared with her and Jimmy last night over Chuck having possibly committed suicide. She accuses Howard of only wanting to hurt Jimmy further by forcing him to rummage in the house where his brother allegedly set himself on fire, handing him a $5,000 check from Chuck's will (which Kim points out is the amount you would give to someone when you want to cut them out of your will without a legal proceeding), and offering a spot on the board for a scholarship that Chuck would've never allowed for his brother.
    • The worst part is, Howard's concerns and divulging of his guilt may indeed have been genuine, but now Kim believes that his only motive was to unload all of his guilt onto Jimmy, and she storms out leaving Howard despondent.
  • Even though Nacho succeeded in protecting his father's business from the Salamancas, he has still lost the respect of his father, who can't even bear to look at him anymore, and leaves the protecting money out for his son to take, even after Nacho insists he can keep it. The only thing he asks Nacho is when his life of crime will end, to which Nacho can only respond, "I'm working on it."
    • Unfortunately, his attempts to step away from the criminal underworld are rendered null completely when Gus, having realized what Nacho did, murders Arturo in front of him and blackmails Nacho, ending the scene with the words, "From now on, you are mine."

Something Beautiful

  • Nacho might have escaped Hector, but now he's stuck as The Mole against the notoriously ruthless, nigh-unstoppable Cousins at the behest of the almost impossible-to-fool Gus Fring. Throughout the episode, he's put through no shortage of physical punishment and it's clear his criminal career is going to be forcibly extended, and will be more dangerous than ever.
  • Kim breaks down in tears as Jimmy reads through Chuck's final letter. The fact that there are several possible reasons for her tears is further proof of what a woobie she is.
    • It gets worse: Kim's rant to Howard about how Jimmy would react to getting that letter was completely off the mark: not only is it clear that it was written back when Jimmy was still working the mailroom, but Jimmy has completely written Chuck off by this stage, and as such doesn't react at all to the letter. That $5,000 check Kim was particularly angry about? Jimmy is perfectly okay with it; he had a feeling he would be cut out of the will in this manner, and the money can pay off his credit cards at the very least. Kim practically has an emotional breakdown over that letter... but Jimmy simply does not care.note 


  • Watching Matty Ehrmantraut as a little boy engraving his name in concrete poured by his father, knowing what becomes of him later.

Quite a Ride

  • The Flash Forward: Saul tearing apart his office as he preps for meeting with Ed the Extractor.


  • Jimmy learns that Mrs. Strauss, his elderly client who he did a will for way back in season 1, and who he used as part of his Sandpiper Crossing ad, has passed away. After learning the news, he's later seen watching the VHS tape of that commercial.
    • To make matters worse, he has to find out through a relative calling him to ask about issues regarding the will (while informing him that her memorial was a week ago), and Jimmy has to tell him through clenched teeth that he's not practicing law anymore and can't help.

Something Stupid

  • The montage of Jimmy and Kim going about their days at the beginning, set to Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Something Stupid". The sequence makes it very clear that they're slowly growing apart; Kim is set on becoming an exemplary lawyer who helps people in her new partnership with Schweikart & Cokely while Jimmy scrapes by selling drop phones to criminals, all while having to lie through his teeth that he's an honest salesman at a cellphone store. Given their current conflict of interest, it's obvious from this point that this can only end badly for them.


  • Werner reveals to Mike that his father was one of the engineers on the Sydney Opera House. And he hates the fact that building Gus's new basement in secrecy is something that is nothing short of an amazing engineering feat, but the world will never be able to know about it.
  • When Jimmy is denied his reinstatement, it leads to the moment that this entire season was building up towards: Jimmy and Kim's blowup. When Jimmy rants about how the the interviewers denied him due to not being "sincere", Kim realizes and explains to Jimmy that it's because he did not mention Chuck in the slightest; they were looking for some sign that he was remorseful that he had died. Jimmy (already upset over being stuck in Chuck's shadow) isn't happy. But what truly makes this scene hard to watch is when Jimmy, in the heat of the moment, turns on Kim: he not only accuses her of viewing him as the kind of lawyer guilty people hire, but he also accuses her of only using "Slippin' Jimmy" for nothing more than cheap thrills. Kim, in turn, not only (rightfully) calls out Jimmy for relying on her too much to help bail him out, but when Jimmy accuses her of "kicking a man while he's down", she goes for the throat.


  • The episode begins with a flashback to Jimmy being sworn in as a lawyer for the first time, and right there is Chuck to support him, and celebrate with him afterwards, and get him to bed safely when he drinks too much. It's a tragic display of brotherly love, considering how their relationship would end.
  • For all the crocodile tears he's shed over the previous seasons to ends both comedic and dramatic, watching Jimmy break down into genuinely despondent, broken, downright ugly sobbing in the solitude of his piece of shit car is nothing short of haunting. Even Bob Odenkirk remarked this is the moment that Jimmy McGill well and truly "dies."
  • Kim's horror at Jimmy revealing he was faking his entire performance for the board about how he shouldn't read Chuck's letter and mocking them as fools for buying it, completely oblivious to how he's naming her as another one of those fools. She realizes there's truly nothing left of the man she loved as he walks off to become the openly Amoral Attorney Saul Goodman.
  • Werner's realization of what is going to happen to him, and his conversation to his wife on the phone after. He has to angrily snap at her to make sure she safely returns to Germany, knowing these will be the last words he'll ever say to her.
  • Mike's last scene with Werner is utterly heartbreaking. Mike's placid facade immediately breaks down as he tearfully asks Werner what his end-game with running away was. Mike is clearly beside himself with regret for not properly informing Werner about what the stakes of the job are, and why Gus was so adamant about keeping the operation secret. The realization that Werner can't come back from this weighs heavily on Mike's shoulders.
    • Within that scene, another especially sad moment is Mike's voice quavering as he tells Werner to call his wife. Even for someone as hardened as Mike, the emotional toll of it is too much for him to handle.
    • Despite having made multiple rash, emotionally-driven decisions to reach this point, Werner is calm and collected as he and Mike take one last walk together.
    "There are so many stars visible in New Mexico. I will walk out there to get a better look."

  • Bob Odenkirk is arguably the most upset that Jimmy McGill is about to become Saul Goodman.
    "I'm having to confront the fact that he is becoming Saul, and I don’t like Saul," he recently said. "If he was my friend, I would say, 'Don't go that route.'"

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