One of the Germans Does Something Stupid
We’re treated to another montage, showing the German work crew suiting up in the warehouse, donning ear covering to block out any outside noise, and riding to the laundry in a cargo truck. As the last laundry worker punches out for the day, the crew arrives and enters the site of the future Super Lab via the same catwalk we see Walt and Jesse using in Breaking Bad. Work has progressed in the intervening 10 months; the area is excavated and support posts are in place. There’s heavy equipment (how they got it down there I can’t imagine) but the concrete walls aren’t in place yet. Werner tells Mike that one more blast has to take place, to remove a rock that is at the base of the future elevator shaft.
We learn, however, that they are behind schedule. The crew expected that the job would last 8 months, but the aren’t even halfway done and it’s already been almost 10 months. Kai is getting impatient and short-tempered, and takes out his frustrations on one of the other workers who does something stupid with the heavy equipment and knocks over one of the support beams; some of the other workers join in and a fight threatens to break out. Mike shows off his rudimentary knowledge of German by yelling for the “boys” to cool it in their own language.
Jimmy Wants to Keep Huell from doing Something Stupid
Jimmy has been leaving the boring CC Mobile store, where no one is buying cell phones, and donning his colorful sweat suits and selling drop phones in unused parking lots where a different kind of clientele can be found. Business is booming, with many customers buying several phones at a time. But one of Jimmy’s “Saul Goodman” business cards is found in the possession of a drug dealer when he was busted, and the arresting officer comes to visit Jimmy and tells him to find a different place to do business. Jimmy says he has a permit and “rights” and we start to see him sounding more and more like Saul Goodman.
Huell comes back from picking up lunch at a nearby sub shop and, wearing headphones with the music turned up loud, doesn’t realize the man Jimmy is arguing with is a cop, so he knocks him over with the take-out bag. The policeman arrests Huell and in a later scene we find out they’re ready to throw the book at Huell for “battery on a PO.” Huell tells Jimmy he’s going to jump bail, and Jimmy knows he needs to find an alternative.
Mike’s Deutsch “Sounds Stupid”
Meanwhile, Mike and Werner discuss the problems the delay has caused: the men need fresh air, a change of scenery and — Werner leaves the rest unspoken and Mike fills in “R&R.” Mike understands what they really need, but Werner likens it to the naps Kindergartners take. Kai overhears them talking and says naps are for babies and Mike’s “Deutsch” sounds stupid. After Kai is out of earshot, Mikes asks about the possibility of sending Kai back home, but Werner says he needs him, and “they’re all good boys.” But we know things will be coming to a head soon, and it seems like a plan to get the men out of the warehouse might be what happens next, though only time will tell whether that would be something stupid to do.
Kim is Worried Jimmy will do Something Stupid
Desperate, Jimmy decides he needs Kim’s help to keep Huell out of jail. He visits her at her office, where he mentions that he’s only got a month left before he can practice law again. But that’s not enough time; Huell needs help now, and to get it for him, Jimmy has to explain to Kim about his drop phone business. He then suggests they make the arresting officer look bad in order to get Huell off, listing several specific ways this can be done. Kim squirms around in her seat, contemplating Jimmy’s request and weighing which is higher in her affections, Jimmy or the Law.
Kim makes it clear she’s “not tearing down a cop,” but she seems to think she has an idea and she gets Viola to look up case law for her. As Jimmy leaves and Kim has Viola close the door behind him, we realize their interaction in this scene was much more like a client and his lawyer than like two people who are domestic partners in life.
Later we see Kim at court, attempting to negotiate with Suzanne, the prosecutor, on behalf of Huell. Suzanne won’t budge, saying Huell has to go to jail because he has a prior conviction and he assaulted a policeman. Further, she characterizes Jimmy, the only witness, as “a scumbag disbarred lawyer who peddles drop hones to criminals.” Kim insists, “You don’t know the whole story,” but it’s clear Kim is shaken that this is how a colleague would view the man she shares a bed with.
When Kim makes it clear Huell will have to go to jail, Jimmy says, “You do your thing, I’ll do mine.” Kim is pretty sure Jimmy’s “thing” is not what she would advise her client to do. She’s worried Jimmy will do something stupid. Then we see Kim driving and we’re a bit worried about that, but Kim has learned her lesson and is driving responsibly now. She seems to come up with a new plan, however, and does a quick U-turn and heads for an office supply store. After loading her cart with notebooks, pens, markers, note cards, post-it notes and folders, she calls Jimmy and tells him to put his plan on hold. “Listen, I have a better way,” she says, as the episode ends.
We’ll have to wait until next week to see what it is. Leave your theories in the comments below.
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