Higher Name Saul Season 5 Episode 6 Assessment: Wexler v. Goodman


There have been a variety of feelings being flown round in Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 6, “Wexler v. Goodman.”

I’m not likely positive the best way to really feel after watching it, and that makes it a tough episode to critique as a result of a variety of this episode’s success is determined by the implications of the actions that passed off right here.

Gus, Mike, Lalo, and Nacho’s storyline felt nearly compulsory. There was nothing incorrect with it nor something significantly particular; it simply moved these items additional alongside.

The strongest facet of this storyline was Mike’s manipulation of the lady who works on the library.

Usually it’s enjoyable to look at Mike do undercover work, and it kind of was right here as properly, however this collection takes such a practical view on the darkness pervading these characters that it feels incorrect that Mike used this lady to additional his personal beneficial properties.

She was clearly uncomfortable, and solely helped Mike primarily based off of a lie.

However Mike proceeded and acquired what he needed.

Mike is falling additional previous the realm of redemption, regardless of having stopped to choose up some books for his granddaughter alongside the way in which.

Mike acted superior with Nacho by telling him that he warned Nacho about going after Hector however didn’t appear to understand that Nacho was issuing his personal warning about working with Gus.

You realize who you are working for, proper?

Nacho (to Mike)

Nacho has a a lot more healthy perspective on his place throughout the world than Mike does. Nacho is aware of that he is made some poor selections, however does not appear to excuse his habits in the identical method as Mike.

A part of that is that Nacho actually does not have a selection, as his father’s life is on the road. Mike may nonetheless be capable to stroll away, and frequently chooses to not.

Mike isn’t above these criminals, and I like when present reminds us of that.

In fact, the primary meat of “Wexler v. Goodman” was Kim and Saul.

I’m fully snug referring to him as Saul for the remainder of this evaluation as a result of it was made abundantly clear who we’re coping with now.

Saul Goodman has arrived, and he’s right here to remain.

Hey, people!


Saul can’t get sufficient of scheming. He was disenchanted when Kim determined to not undergo with the Acker plan, so he took his scheming elsewhere.

Poor Howard. Saul acquired a excessive from torturing the poor man and instantly determined to chase the subsequent one. 

Based mostly on his dialogue within the closing scene, I’m unsure if Saul was planning to go forward with the Acker scheme earlier than he arrange Howard, however it appears that evidently Saul determined that afterward.

Both method, although, he’s clearly deriving extra out of life by way of Saul Goodman than he can with Kim Wexler.

So he went towards her, believing she’ll as soon as once more forgive him and it’ll all be high quality.

Possibly she may forgive Jimmy, however what about Saul?

A part of the success of the collection has been the way in which the present has taken the arrival of Saul from an thrilling endeavor to a dreadful one, and this episode masterfully capitalized on that by perverting nearly each emotion it tried to illicit.

The montage of Saul and the movie crew filming the commercials was as soon as once more energized by the upbeat music and humorous dialogue, matched by fast cuts and zany characters. It’s the flashy aspect of Saul Goodman that’s enjoyable to look at.

However that pleasure was stripped away once we noticed that closing product offered to Kevin. There’s a real sleaziness to the transfer; there is no such thing as a entertaining rating or enjoyable dialogue.

There is no method to show something.


It didn’t really feel good to witness Saul Goodman do his work.

The true genius of this scene can also be the right instance of the distinction between plot and story.

If Kim wasn’t there, the whole scene may play out nearly precisely the identical. Kevin would get simply as upset, and Saul would twist it additional.

We don’t care about Kevin, although, and so in that case, we would even have loved watching Saul Goodman begin up his schemes.

With Kim within the viewers, it modifications the story of the scene. It’s a gross betrayal of Kim’s belief, and she or he is clearly seething at what is occurring.

We didn’t be ok with what we noticed as a result of Kim didn’t. We acquired offended as a result of Kim acquired offended.

And the story varieties out of this battle.

The episode perverted the outburst on the finish of the episode as properly. The stage was set for an explosive breakup, and the phrases began pouring out of Kim.

Possibly we get married.


However then she proposed, which turned the whole scene on its head.

I don’t know why Kim would ever suggest to marry Jimmy. From my perspective, it is senseless (but), and if we hadn’t had that opening scene, I might need even felt it was a twist only for twist’s sake.

That opening scene, although, clearly supplied an intent. I do know that the writers have a cause for Kim’s proposal as a result of we’ve been proven that even at a younger age, Kim knew when to stroll away from a possible prepare wreck when she noticed one.

So why doesn’t she stroll away right here? What’s protecting her with Jimmy?

I don’t know! And since the whole story of this episode revolves across the end result of this battle, it’s onerous to evaluate its deserves as a narrative as a result of we don’t have the follow-through but.

As for leisure worth, this can be probably the most entertaining episode of Better Call Saul Season 5 but. 

There’s a wonderful montage, undercover Mike, foolish schemes, huge schemes, and justified emotional devastation, plus the full-blown arrival of Saul Goodman.

However why did Kim suggest marriage? If anybody has any concepts, please share them. And don’t overlook to catch up and watch Better Call Saul online!

Tommy Czerpak is a employees author for TV Fanatic. Comply with him on Twitter.

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