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Jimmy chafes under his restrictive work environment; Kim goes to extremes to dig herself from a bottomless hole at HHM.

Director:

John Shiban

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Odenkirk ... Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Rhea Seehorn ... Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga (credit only)
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Kerry Condon ... Stacey Ehrmantraut
Ann Cusack ... Rebecca Bois
Jessie Ennis ... Erin Brill
Rex Linn ... Kevin Wachtell
Omar Maskati ... Omar
Cara Pifko ... Paige Novick
Mark Margolis ... Hector Salamanca
Peter Diseth ... DDA Oakley
Nadine Marissa ... Contract Counsel Administrator
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Storyline

Kim Wexler sets up a partnership between HHM and Mesa Verde, an important and influential firm, in the hope that she will be taken out of doc review. However, Hamlin is still not impressed by her brilliant work because of her connection with Jimmy. Kim and Chuck end up having coffee together. Jimmy has a babysitter, Erin, who is appointed to make sure he is not going to do anything improper ever again. Mike is visited by Salamanca, who makes him a strange offer. Written by Andreea D

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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This is the first season 2 episode in which Nacho (Michael Mando) is absent. See more »

Quotes

Chuck McGill: My brother is not a bad person. He has a good heart. It's just... he can't help himself. And everyone's left picking up the pieces.
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References The Carol Burnett Show (1967) See more »

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Performed by Miles Davis and Milt Jackson
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A master-piece in how to complicate things without purpose.
15 March 2016 | by GraggozSee all my reviews

It seems the writers for this show often seem to do everything they can to make the viewer aware of their methods of telling the story, often at the expense of the story itself. Almost like watching a film school project experimenting at times.

Instead what they probably should have focused more on was:

"How can we tell this story in a good way without the viewer getting unnecessarily distracted by those methods"?

That's what good story telling is all about in my opinion: Telling the story in a good way, without the reader/viewer/listener even realizing or reflecting upon what methods was used.

On this show they seem to do everything they can to instead make people focus more on the story telling techniques instead of the story.

* Weird and often insufficient lightning. * Extraordinary weird camera angels just for the sake of it. * Whispering, at times unintelligible, voices. * Unnecessarily frequent jumping in time and space without really adding quality to the story-telling * Hidden and vague messages and hints just to appear sophisticated, that doesn't really improve the story-telling. * Sometimes huge lags between the picture and the audio swap point between scenes. * In general they seem to think that all methods that usually work great in a book, can without alteration be implemented in a TV series.

The smoothness of the show is almost non-existent in some episodes (like this one). If viewers almost feel they need to have some sort of whiteboard where they write down all the scenes and then try make some sort of theory how the writers intended the viewer to interpret the fragments, preferably after re-watching a couple of time, it's a tremendously strong sign of a horrible writing technique, especially when it often turns out that the story itself was not complicated, only the story-telling itself was.

Now consider that there a lot of fans that seem to defend these methods no matter how bizarre they get and that the writers also seem to like that the story revolves around the story telling methods rather than the story itself.

Those factors combined unfortunately makes it very probable that this show will not ever get away from this unfortunate tendency of a bizarre self-admiration of the methods and "artistic twists" rather than focusing on the story itself which actually had quite a potential... :(


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