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"Something Stupid" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of Better Call Saul, and the thirty-seventh episode of the series altogether.

Summary

Teaser

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Through a split-screen effect, the episode opens with a months-long montage showing Jimmy and Kim's diverging paths. Jimmy, using his "Saul Goodman" alias, continues his side business of supplying drop phones to Albuquerque's criminal element while completing his PPD. Kim moves her Mesa Verde files to her new office at Schweikart and Cokely and continues aiding the bank's expansion, while working cases as a public defender in her spare time. The montage ends with Kim climbing into bed and waking Jimmy, who stares into space.

Act I

From first-person perspective, Jimmy greets someone at a residential house that he plans to use as his practice when his law license is reinstated, explaining how he plans to use each room. The person visiting him turns out to be Huell, his partner in the drop phone business. Jimmy asks for Huell's opinion on whether the place would make a good law office, but Huell replies that if he was a lawyer, he would have a high-rise office and a boat.

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At the hospital, Dr. Bruckner shows cue cards to Hector, testing his awareness of his surroundings. Hector's mobility has become limited, forcing him to tap his index finger to communicate. When a nurse comes delivering lunch, Hector purposefully knocks a cup of water over so he can leer at the nurse's posterior as she bends over. Hector begrudgingly continues with Bruckner's tests after the nurse leaves.

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Jimmy and Kim attend a party at S&C, where he introduces himself to her co-workers. Jimmy visits her lavish office, where he looks at trophies signifying Mesa Verde's new branches and a framed thank-you note from one of her public defender clients. Jimmy approaches a group discussion involving Kim and Rick Schweikart, spitballing potential locales for a company retreat. When Schweikart invites Jimmy to join in and mentions that he enjoys skiing in Taos, Jimmy suggests faraway winter locations in Colorado. Jimmy then launches into a monologue and takes over the conversation; he becomes the life of the party, but both Schweikart and Kim appear uncomfortable. There is tension between Jimmy and Kim as they drive back from the party.

Act II

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At Gus's warehouse, Mike collects Ziegler and his workers and transports them by van to Lavanderia Brillante. There, the men walk behind a plastic partition and descend down a shaft leading to the secret basement in progress.

That night, at Gus's residence, Bruckner updates Gus on Hector's progress. She shows him videotape of his most recent session, stating how his motor functions have improved. Gus notices Hector knocking over the cup and ogling the nurse, realizing that he is fully cognizant. Gus decides to delegate Hector's treatment to someone else and send Bruckner back to Johns-Hopkins, where he has funded construction of a new wing. Bruckner wants to continue Hector's treatment, expecting him to eventually walk and talk again, but Gus tells her they should "temper expectations."

Meanwhile, underneath the laundry, Mike and Ziegler discuss blasting a section of the basement before Casper, one of Ziegler's workers, backs a small bulldozer into one of the support columns and knocks it over. This sparks a fight between Casper and Kai, which Mike breaks up by shouting at them in German.

While selling drop phones from the back of a panel van, Jimmy is confronted by a man he identifies as a plainclothes cop. The cop is carrying one of "Saul's" business cards, which he has collected from a drug dealer using a drop phone. He asks Jimmy if he is bothered that his customers are drug dealers, and orders him to sell his phones to different clientele somewhere else. Jimmy refuses, leading to an argument with the cop. Huell walks up and, seeing the confrontation, strikes the cop with a shopping bag and knocks him over.

Act III

Huell sits in the back of a police car while Jimmy tries to barter with the plainclothes cop to release him. The cop reveals that he busted Huell three years previously for pickpocketing. Jimmy promises to sell his phones somewhere else if Huell is let go, but the cop refuses and Huell is driven away.

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At the warehouse, Mike approaches Ziegler at the minibar and the two engage in conversation. Ziegler relates to Mike, pointing to the German meaning of his last name. Kai stops by to make a drink, and lobs a couple of insults at Mike. After Kai walks off, Mike asks if he can be sent back to Germany, but Ziegler is reluctant to do so since Kai is his best demolition man. Ziegler defends Kai and the other workers, explaining that the eight months they expected to be in the U.S. is almost up yet their excavation isn't even halfway done. He suggests that the workers get an opportunity for some fresh air and a change of scenery.

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Meanwhile, at the courthouse, Huell has been charged for his assault of the plainclothes cop and finds he is facing two and a half years in prison. Huell threatens to skip bail, but Jimmy advises him against doing so and promises he will find a way to keep him out of jail. Jimmy goes to S&C and, having found out that the cop has a history of alcoholism, asks Kim to help engineer the cop's drunken meltdown in court and get Huell's case dismissed. Kim, perturbed that Jimmy has been selling drop phones behind her back, refuses to tear down the cop but agrees to look into Huell's case.

Act IV

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Kim approaches ADA Suzanne Ericsen, seeking to reduce the charges against Huell down to a misdemeanor. Arguing that the sentence Ericsen is seeking is excessive, Kim confronts her with the fact that she prosecuted five other people charged with assaulting police officers -- some of which were more violent in nature than Huell's crime -- and didn't seek the kind of jailtime she is trying to get for Huell. Ericsen refuses on the grounds that Huell is a repeat offender and won't negotiate with Kim, dismissing her witness, Jimmy, as a "scumbag disbarred lawyer." Kim tells her she does not know the whole story and leaves.

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In the parking lot outside, Kim makes a call arranging a meeting with Huell while she is walking up to Jimmy at his car. She informs Jimmy that there will be no way that Huell will avoid at least some time in jail. Jimmy promises to help Kim convince Huell not to skip bail, but cryptically tells her, "You do your thing, I'll do mine." Kim, anxious that Jimmy is about to get himself into trouble, drives to an office supply store and collects paper and writing utensils. She calls Jimmy and urges him to hold off whatever he's planning, saying she has found a "better way."

Official Photos

Trivia

  • Lasting 41 minutes, this episode is the shortest episode of Better Call Saul, so far, and shorter than any episode of Breaking Bad.
  • At least seven months and nine days pass during the opening montage. We see Jimy's PPD meeting report dated June 3rd, 2003, the CC Mobile store has an Independence Day sale, we see another PPD report October 13 2003, and finally, Jimmy's PPD being completed on January 12th, 2004.
  • At the end of the episode, about eleven months have passed since "Off Brand". In "Off Brand," Jimmy's law license is suspended for one year. While discussing Huell's case, Jimmy states that he is a month away from getting his license back.
  • Jimmy uses his "Saul Goodman" identity once again in his burner phone business.
  • During his therapy, Hector communicates by tapping his finger in the same way he would later go on to tap his bell in Breaking Bad.
  • The paralysis Hector suffers for the duration of Breaking Bad is shown to be the result of Gus deliberately ending his physical therapy prematurely.
  • The pinball machine Kai plays is Williams' "The Getaway: High Speed II" (1992). However, the chiming sound effects used in the scene are from an older, pre-transistor, electromechanical pinball machine. This video demonstrates what "The Getaway" actually sounds like.

Production

Credits

Featured Music

  • "Something Stupid" by Lola Marsh (Opening)
  • "Somethin' Stupid" by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman
  • "Letter to Memphis (Instrumental)" by Pixies (Jimmy turns on the radio in the car on the way home from the party)
  • "Big Rock Candy Mountain" by Burl Ives (Mike visits the construction compound to check on the work with Gus's lab)
  • "Tracey Jane" by Greg Hatwell and Marc Lane (A customer rolls up to Jimmy selling out out of the van)
  • "No Aloha" by The Breeders (Jimmy turns on the radio in the car on the way home from the party)
  • "Big Mamou" by Victor Walker and Fernest Arceneaux (Huell walks up with his headphones on and smacks the cop yelling at Jimmy)
  • "Lady De Luxe" by Tony Hymas (Background music when Jimmy and Kim are at company party)

Memorable Quotes

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