Better Call Saul S5E03 "Namaste" OAD 3/9/20 (Breaking Bad Spoilers OK)

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  1. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Gus was acting out his anxiety over the dead drop plan. They wanted to show that he wasn't just an unaffected robotic, controlled, machine of a person.
     
  2. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

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    It looked like a religious institution, like a convent. A couple of notably placed crosses and satellite huts.
     
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  3. Hank

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    I just want to drop in and basically concur with what was already posted.

    Gus was setting up an alibi, but like mentioned, did he really need to? I don't think it was 'just nerves' waiting for the call, he didn't need to torture the kid for that.

    Gus is definitely involved in the desert compound where Mike ended up, but beyond that, I have no idea how he got there.

    I thought for a second when Hank and Gomie entered the culvert, that Victor's guys were going to close/lock the iron gate behind them.

    Culvert is a weird word!

    Saul's mini-flashfoward was disconcerting. I didn't like it out of order like that. You'd think Howard would have some type of video surveillance going on, even though the time period is way before Ring/Next doorbells and floodlights. Or at least show Jimmy avoiding it or disabling it somehow.

    What's Saul and Kim's plan to get Akers out of there, or to stop Mesa Verde's plans? It does seem like professional suicide for Kim if/when MV finds out she's Saul's GF. Maybe she gets fired and then her demise is she gets clobbered by a back-hoe trying to stop the construction.
     
  4. Gerryex

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    What did the old guy say to Saul when he showed him the picture of the horse? I thought it was an f-bomb but it couldn't be on AMC - could it?

    Gerry
     
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  5. Hank

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    OMG, you're right! Had to go back and watch, and it's there for sure!

    Although he really is soft on the "F" part, but the "ucking" part is clear as day.
     
  6. dwatt

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    That is their one for the season then.
     
  7. Hank

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    He might have said “a man bucking a horse” ... hard to tell.

    :)
     
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  8. heySkippy

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    It was clear as a fell to me.
     
  9. samsauce29

    samsauce29 Active Member TCF Club

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    Definitely a hard F.
     
  10. mooseAndSquirrel

    mooseAndSquirrel Well-Known Member

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    Saul (although as Jimmy) already made a big impression at Schwikert & Cokley, so I have no idea what Kim & Saul‘s play is here. Plus the homeowner already lost his case.
     
  11. hefe

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    He didn't need an alibi. I don't think it needs to be a spoiler, but I will anyway. On the Insider podcast, they often discuss writing choices and intentions. Regarding Gus,
    They wanted to show that Gus "feels," he isn't just an automoton. How does he act out? By displacing on Lyle. As they say in the podcast, "s**t rolls downhill." They discuss at around 55 minutes of the podcast. 504 Better Call Saul Insider - Better Call Saul Insider Podcast
     
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  13. Bierboy

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    That’s my assumption as well. Didn’t make sense to me. I don’t by that it’s not “linear.” Didn’t think he had that much of a beef with him. And I don’t buy the insider podcast explanation either. Yeah they didn’t get along but I see this as out of character for Jimmy and his relationship with Howard. It’s clearly over the top. Plus, despite the hat and gloves, it’s way too risky.
     
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  14. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Checking back on the details, (by looking at the clothes Jimmy was wearing, tie and pants) he didn't buy the bowling balls right after the lunch, but the next day. If you look at it, the episode covers 2 days, the first day, Jimmy meets his clients, goes to lunch with Howard, goes to court, and then through the other characters' eyes, night comes (dead drops) and that's one day. Next day, Jimmy goes to see Acker (it's daylight again) wearing the same clothes as in the pawn shop. When he finishes there and then hangs up with Kim, he stops and gets a look like he's thinking of something. I think that's when he goes to get the balls, and then goes to Howard's.
     
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  15. jasrub

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    See, this right here, the discussion everyone is having about when what happened is exactly why I hate tv shows that try and be cute about timelines. It seems to be a trend lately, and I don't like it.

    The Witcher did it, and from what I can tell it confused quite a few people until a certain episode happened and then people were like 'ohhhhhh'. In my opinion it's just writers trying to say, "watch how clever we're going to be by tricking the viewer."

    Oh, and Westworld is a BIG culprit of this as well.
     
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  16. Hank

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    Totally agree. Same with This is Us. The thing is, I GET IT. You can be clever with the timelines.. having two or four parallel stories happening in different timelines is cute, but you intentionally throw in things to confuse the viewer, so you THINK they have this "ah ha" moment... but it's not "AH HA!"... it's "FU WRITERS".. I've screamed that so many times during This is Us, I've lost count. You're not being clever, you're being annoying.
     
  17. Rob Helmerichs

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    I think one huge difference with Westworld and Witcher is that they structured the shows around the timelines, which made the time shifts far, far more effective (especially Westworld). I have no problem with shows that demand more attention from their viewers; people who aren't into that don't have to watch.

    In this episode, however, it was just a gimmick...one that added absolutely nothing to the story. In media res can be a useful technique, but it is seriously overused these days, and in this case...why?

    Which is especially disappointing in a show that has had such high standards.
     
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  18. DevdogAZ

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    It was almost as if they just didn't have a good idea for the cold open of the episode, so they moved the "shopping-for-something-to-throw" montage to the beginning of the episode even though it may not have been written to occur there.

    Gus had no reason to establish an alibi. Nobody knows he is involved in the drug scene, and even if the dead drops get tied back to him, it won't matter whether he can prove he was in the restaurant at that specific time. It was simply his way of showing his nerves.

    Why did Mike go walking past those thugs again? Was he just feeling like he deserved some punishment for the way he treated Kaylee and how it has now damaged his relationship with her? I figured he had something in store for those guys, but then they got the better of him and he had nothing.

    Similar to the rest of you, I'm very interested to see how Kim explains to Mesa Verde how her boyfriend is representing the guy that is fighting them. That's not going to go over well at all. But then again, we know Kim basically hates representing MV at this point, so maybe that's exactly what she's hoping for.
     
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  19. mr.unnatural

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    Get used to it. Dropping the "F" bomb on TV is becoming more of the rule than the exception, at least on a lot of the cable channels. I just hope that shows don't start to fall into the same pattern as they did on Suits with the "S" word and use it in every other sentence. I keep seeing images of writers giggling in the background like school kids every time an actor says a curse word.
     
  20. hefe

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    I guess I'm less picky. I don't mind the flash forward.
     
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