Wexler v. Goodman

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"Wexler v. Goodman"
Better Call Saul episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 6
Directed by Michael Morris
Written by Thomas Schnauz
Cinematography byMarshall Adams
Editing by Skip Macdonald
Original air dateMarch 23, 2020 (2020-03-23)
Running time51 minutes
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"Wexler v. Goodman" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of the AMC television series Better Call Saul , a spin-off series of Breaking Bad . The episode aired on March 23, 2020, on AMC in the United States. Outside of the United States, the episode premiered on the streaming service Netflix in several countries.

Contents

Plot

Opening

In a flashback to Kim Wexler's teenage years, her mother is late picking her up from school in Red Cloud, Nebraska, because she has been drinking. Kim walks away and refuses to ride home with her. Kim's mother angrily yells that Kim never listens to her.

Main Story

Jimmy McGill's camera crew and local actors film at the nail salon. Kim arrives and tells Jimmy she does not want to attempt to blackmail Kevin Wachtell [lower-alpha 1] and offers a settlement to Everett Acker, with Kim personally making up the difference between what Kevin agrees to and a $75,000 payment. Jimmy says Acker already agreed to accept $45,000, so he concurs. After representing two prostitutes in court, Jimmy unnerves Howard Hamlin by paying them to disrupt his business lunch with Clifford Main.

Nacho Varga meets with Gus Fring, Victor, and Mike Ehrmantraut but pretends not to know Mike. He reports on Lalo Salamanca's plans to reveal the locations of Gus's street dealers to the police. Gus tells Victor to ensure that only low-level employees are arrested and if necessary, to hire new ones to sacrifice. Gus tells Nacho that from now on, he will report to Mike. After Gus leaves, Nacho warns Mike about Gus's ruthlessness, but Mike reminds Nacho that he told Nacho of the risk he took by trying to kill Hector Salamanca. [lower-alpha 2] Mike discreetly feeds police information about Lalo's car and its connection to Fred Whalen's murder [lower-alpha 3] before using a tip from Nacho to have police converge on Lalo’s location and detain him.

Jimmy meets with Kim, Rich Schweikart, Kevin Wachtell, and Paige Novick to complete Acker's settlement and stuns everyone by demanding $4 million. When Kevin ridicules him, Jimmy shows his video – rough cuts of commercials seeking plaintiffs for class-action lawsuits against Mesa Verde, which unfavorably depict Kevin's father, Don Wachtell. Kim's insight from Sobchak's photos of Kevin's house [lower-alpha 4] is that Mesa Verde’s logo is based on a photograph the bank did not obtain permission to use. Jimmy uses the threat of lawsuits and an injunction against displaying the logo to persuade Kevin to accept a settlement that includes cash for Acker and the photographer.

When Kim comes home, Jimmy is apprehensive but says Kim and he should celebrate. Kim vents her anger at Jimmy for making her the "sucker" in his con. She says they either need to end their relationship or get married.

Production

The name of the Native American photographer referenced in the episode, Olivia Bitsui, is a reference to the daughter of actor Jeremiah Bitsui, who plays Victor. [1] When Kim arrives home, Jimmy is playing the guitar riff from the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water." [1] This is the same song Jimmy's con artist partner Marco was humming when he died, and the same one Jimmy was humming when he left the courthouse parking lot after initially turning down the job offer with Davis & Main. [lower-alpha 5] The guitar he plays is the one he acquired from the music store owners when he staged a slip and fall accident after they refused to pay for the commercial he produced for them, another occasion when he played "Smoke on the Water." [lower-alpha 6] [2]

Reception

"Wexler v. Goodman" was acclaimed by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a perfect 100% approval from 13 reviews with an average 9/10 review rating, with a summary "Like a cookie full of arsenic, 'Wexler V. Goodman' delivers the fun and the toxic, enthralling viewers with Jimmy's plan before delivering a series of gut punches they aren't soon to forget." [3]

Ratings

"Wexler v. Goodman" was watched by 1.40 million viewers on its first broadcast, [4] which was a slight decrease from the previous week of 1.45 million. [5]

Notelist

  1. As depicted in "Dedicado a Max".
  2. As depicted in "Expenses".
  3. As depicted in "Winner".
  4. As depicted in "Dedicado a Max".
  5. from "Marco"
  6. from "Slip"

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