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"Black and Blue" is the fifth episode of the sixth season of Better Call Saul and the fifty-fifth episode of the series altogether.

Summary

Teaser

The teaser details the process of a slide rule being encased inside of a block of Lucite for display. The block is inscribed with a phrase in German: "In Liebe... Deine Jungs" ("Love... your boys"). The block is then placed inside a wooden box.

Act I

In the early hours of the morning, Kim finds herself unable to sleep. She leaves Jimmy in bed while she checks the locks and peephole at her front door, and looks out the window of her apartment. She takes a chair from the kitchen and props it against the door. Shortly afterward, Jimmy wakes. Kim tries to make it look as if she is simply gotten up to look at a case file, but he notices the chair and deduces that she is as anxious as he has been. Jimmy expresses relief that Lalo is dead, but Kim—having recently been told by Mike of the opposite being true—doesn't correct him. She removes the chair from the door as Jimmy fixes some coffee.

Later that morning, Gus is filling out paperwork in his office at Los Pollos Hermanos yet is continuously on-edge concerning Lalo. He tries to distract himself by going to the front counter and taking an order, but tunes out the customer as he nervously scans the restaurant for any potential threat. He is startled when a nearby Pollos employee drops a stack of baking pans. Gus storms out of the restaurant and into the parking lot, becoming overcome by paranoia.

At Sandpiper Crossing, Erin is speaking before an assembled group of elderly plaintiffs in the Sandpiper case. Howard and Cliff are at the meeting; Cliff notices that Howard is acting fidgety. When the residents complain that the litigation is taking too long and consider seeking independent counsel, Howard takes over for Erin and tells them that the case's longevity is worth getting them the maximum monetary award. His argument wins them over. However, after the meeting, Cliff confronts Howard over apparently witnessing him kicking a prostitute out of his Jaguar; noting this and other purported incidents, he insists that Howard has a drug problem. Howard is initially flummoxed by these claims. When Cliff admits that the Jaguar incident happened as he was meeting with Kim, Howard realizes that he is the victim of a frame-up by Jimmy. He contacts his secretary and tells her to cancel his appointments for the week, then drives away.

Act II

Francesca, Jimmy's former receptionist from Wexler McGill, drives up to his new office space and walks past a long line of shady characters outside. Jimmy lets her in and presents her with her temporary work space: a simple folding chair and a table in the middle of a bare room. Francesca questions why he is no longer doing elder law and is now doing business as "Saul Goodman", to which Jimmy states that he has broadened the mission of his law practice and says, "What Colonel Sanders is to chicken, Saul Goodman is to the law." She initially balks at the setup and turns to leave, but is enticed to stay when Jimmy promises to pay her double her current salary and give her a signing bonus. She agrees on the condition that she gets a say in how the new office will be decorated.

At the El Camino Dining Room, Kim shares coffee with Viola Goto, her former assistant at Schweikart & Cokely. Viola explains that she has been handling S&C's end of the Sandpiper case since Kim left the firm. She divulges the name of the person running an upcoming mediation session in the case: Rand Casimiro, a retired judge from Santa Fe. Kim apologizes for her sudden departure from the firm, but Viola says that she has grown to admire how Kim shifted the focus of her career to helping the "little guy", saying that she has made Viola "feel better about the law." Kim says that she is "just getting started".

That night, Jimmy drives to a boxing club to meet with a prospective client named "Mr. Ward". He finds himself confronted by Howard, who accuses him of being behind the smear campaign. Howard believes that Jimmy wants to take him on directly and challenges him to a one-on-one amateur boxing match. Jimmy initially refuses, but decides to give in and accept the challenge. After both men are fitted with gloves and face guards, they spend a round throwing punches at each other. Eventually, Howard hits Jimmy with an uppercut and knocks him onto the mat. As Jimmy writhes in pain, Howard states that he misjudged his kindness for weakness. Outside, he steps into a car to speak to a private investigator, asking him to monitor where Jimmy goes and who he talks to. The P.I. watches as Jimmy, holding an ice pack to his face, exits the boxing club and drives away; he follows Jimmy in his own car.

Act III

Kim is smoking on the patio of her apartment when Jimmy returns home, still tending to himself with the ice pack. Inside, while Jimmy is applying makeup to cover his black eye, Kim shows him a profile about Rand Casimiro in a law magazine. Jimmy admonishes himself for not turning down Howard's challenge to fight, saying that he "let him suck me into his game." Kim replies that Jimmy had his reasons for doing so: "You know what's coming next."

Meanwhile, Mike is driven to the Ryman residence in the back of Mrs. Ryman's SUV. After conversing with Arthur in the Rymans' living room, he finds Gus obsessively scrubbing at wall tiles with a toothbrush in the bathroom. Mike explains to Gus that they are now in a waiting game, telling him that wherever he is now, Lalo will come to Gus' home sooner or later. Realizing something, Gus says that Lalo "can't strike" yet. He instructs Mike to tell his men that they will be going out.

Act IV

Mike and Gus climb down into the excavation beneath Lavandería Brillante, which has been abandoned since the death of Werner Ziegler. Mike assumes that Gus is considering using the excavation as a potential hiding spot. After Mike is excused upstairs, Gus is left alone to survey the excavation. He picks up and examines a power cable, then plants his handgun in the caterpillar treads of an excavator. Seemingly satisfied with the plan he has come up with, Gus climbs out of the excavation and shuts off the lights.

At a pub in Berlin, a middle-aged German woman sitting at the bar is accosted by a man: Lalo, who is posing as an American businessman from New Mexico named Ben. The woman remarks that she almost visited New Mexico once; she is revealed to be Margarethe Ziegler, Werner's widow. The two engage in conversation, with Margarethe revealing to Lalo that her husband died in a "cave-in" during a mysterious excavation project in New Mexico; that lawyers came to her house to collect "proprietary" material related to the project; and that none of Werner's team, who he purportedly saved in the cave-in, attended his funeral. Eventually the two walk back to Margarethe's home; she considers inviting him inside, but Lalo tells her that he is flying home the following day. The two part ways.

The following morning, after Margarethe leaves for work, Lalo returns to her house and makes his way inside. After quieting her dog, he goes upstairs and enters Werner's former workroom, searching his binders for any information related to the project. He is taken by surprise when Margarethe unexpectedly returns home to retrieve her phone. Lalo takes out a gun and fits it with a silencer while the dog barks at the foot of the stairs, drawing Margarethe's attention. As she climbs upstairs to investigate, Lalo notices the Lucite block containing the slide rule on a shelf. He picks it up and notices a label for the manufacturer attached to the bottom. Moments later, Margarethe enters the workroom to find it empty, but sees that the window has been left ajar.

Official Photos

Trivia

Production

Credits

Co-Starring

  • Howard Ferguson Jr. as Arthur
  • Joni Bovill as Mrs. Ryman
  • Louanne Stephens as Sally
  • Akin Babatunde as Darius
  • Steve Bannos as Macky
  • Brian Keith Allen as Pollos Customer
  • Adrienne Lovato as Dina
  • Kevin Bransford as Clumsy Employee
  • Rich Sickler as Mohawk Man
  • Marlies Bauer Bell as Young German Woman
  • Carter Glade as Young German Man
  • Martin Harris as German Bartender
  • Ryan Anthony Cowles as Lucite Technician

Uncredited

  • TBA

Featured Music

  • "In stiller Nacht" originally composed by Johannes Brahms, performed by Pink Martini & The Von Trapps (teaser)

Memorable Quotes

"You’ve mistaken my kindness for weakness."
―Howard to Jimmy


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