August 12, 2022

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Better Call Saul, Season 6 Episode 10, “Nippy.”]

In its fourth-to-last episode, “Nippy,” Higher Name Saul executed its most abrupt pivot but. From simply the title, we knew one thing totally different was in retailer, as a completely totally different naming scheme was in play (Saul does change up its method to episode titles from season to season, however inside every season they sometimes stay constant). However after seeing Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in all his sleazy glory on the finish of the earlier episode, “Enjoyable and Video games,” it was clear that no matter was going to return subsequent can be a departure from the previous.

Nonetheless, this episode, written by Alison Tatlock and directed by Michelle MacLaren, catapulted us viewers loads additional ahead than we’d have anticipated. Fairly than ship the long-awaited return of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, or in reality contact on any occasions that may have been lined in the course of the time interval wherein Breaking Unhealthy is about, “Nippy” as a substitute picked up with our outdated buddy Gene Takovic, residing his black and white and really, very gray life in Omaha.

On condition that Season 6, up till now, hasn’t checked in with Jimmy/Saul’s post-Breaking Unhealthy identification, you’d be forgiven for forgetting precisely what’s happening right here, however a fast reminder in the event you don’t have time to observe AMC’s recap: Gene was doing wonderful, hiding behind his new identification and residing his quiet life, when he occurred to have a light medical incident that put him within the hospital. Needing a trip from the hospital again to the mall the place he works, he took a cab — however the cab driver occurred to be a former Albuquerque resident named Jeff (Don Harvey), who acknowledged him as Saul Goodman and later confronted him on the mall.

Gene was ready to run, even placing in a name to Finest High quality Vacuum Ed (Robert Forster) to arrange an extraction… till he modified his thoughts, and determined to deal with the issue of Jeff himself. That was the place issues with Gene had been left within the Saul Season 5 premiere, “Magic Man,” however from the primary black-and-white shot of “Nippy,” it turns into clear that we’re about to seek out out what occurs subsequent. Although what that’s takes its time to unveil itself, as we watch an aged but feisty girl named Marion (Carol Burnett, making her promised visitor star look) do her grocery buying.

When Marion’s scooter has some hassle on the road, who needs to be there to assist her however Gene, who makes use of his well-established crafty to surreptitiously disable the scooter — a maneuver that lands him in Marion’s kitchen, having a wonderful outdated time simply as Marion’s son Jeff (now performed by Pat Healy, as a result of Harvey’s dedication to We Personal the Night time) occurs to return residence.

Generally Saul glories within the particulars of an operation like this, however “Nippy” skips over the painstaking surveillance and analysis that Gene will need to have achieved to govern his approach into Jeff’s residence — doubtless as a result of a much more attention-grabbing con is on the horizon. Gene, you see, has a proposal to make Jeff, an opportunity at a giant rating that can rake in some severe money however extra importantly let Jeff really feel like part of “the sport.” And so Jeff, together with the buddy who was current when Jeff had his authentic confrontation with Gene (Max Bickelhaup) signal as much as pull a wee little bit of grand larceny on the Cottonwood Mall division retailer.

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