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"JMM" is the seventh episode of the fifth season of Better Call Saul and the forty-seventh episode of the series altogether.

Summary

Teaser

Jimmy and Kim discuss their impending nuptials outside of the courthouse while waiting to get their marriage certificate. Kim makes Jimmy promise to not hide anything from her ever again. After Huell arrives as their witness, Jimmy explains to him that this marriage is purely a formality. Jimmy and Kim exchange their vows in front of a judge, with Kim appearing very happy while saying her vows.

Act I

After the "wedding", Kim leaves for her office at Schweikart and Cokely, promising to return home early. Jimmy gets a call from Nacho, who tells him that he has a new client named Jorge de Guzman. "De Guzman" is actually an alias being used by Lalo, who has been charged with the murder of Fred Whalen. Jimmy tells the judge that Lalo pleads not guilty; however, the judge denies bail to Lalo. Later, as he and Jimmy privately discuss the case, Lalo says that he wants neither a deal with prosecution nor a trial, intending to be released on bail. Jimmy replies that that will be very difficult to do, since the charges against him are serious. Lalo assures him that he will be a friend of the cartel if he carries out the task.

Mike is reading the copy of The Little Prince he obtained from the library to Kaylee as a bedtime story. She eventually falls asleep. Mike joins Stacey in the kitchen and helps her do the dishes. Stacey is surprised when Mike casually brings up Matty, a subject he'd been reluctant to discuss in the past. Mike declares that his emotional state is much better now, deciding to accept the "cards that were dealt to him".

Act II

Kim, Rich, Paige, and Kevin convene at Mesa Verde's offices to discuss their disastrous last meeting. Kim apologizes profusely for the incident, but Kevin is disappointed with how poorly S&C dealt with the situation. Before Kim and Rich leave, Kevin tells Kim she can "do better than" Jimmy. Kim starts to leave with Rich, but changes her mind and returns to the meeting room. She tells Kevin that for all S&C's slip-ups, Kevin also has some responsibility to bear for the fiasco by ignoring her legal advice - Kevin decided to listen to Jimmy, even when Kim explicitly told him not to. Kevin is apparently impressed upon hearing Kim's counter argument, and declares that their next meeting is on Thursday.

Kim and Jimmy return home, while Kim talks about her meeting. When she asks about his day, Jimmy says, "I got married". They start to kiss each other, Jimmy lifts up Kim in his arms and carries her to the bedroom. They begin to make love, but Jimmy stops suddenly, making Kim ask what is wrong. Jimmy tells her about his new client, mentioning the offer of being a friend to the cartel. Kim tells that she is glad that he shared this news with her.

Lalo arranges for a cell phone to be smuggled to him in jail. Cooped up in his bunk, he calls Nacho from the phone and orders him to burn down a Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant. Nacho meets with Mike the next day, having decided since Lalo is incarcerated, Mike should help get him and his father an exit from the drug business. When Mike learns about Lalo's order to burn down a restaurant, he points out that this means Lalo is not really out of the picture yet, so Nacho can't get out from either Lalo's or Gus's employ.

Act III

In Houston, Gus is attending a board meeting of the CEOs of Madrigal's restaurant chains, chaired by Peter Schuler. Later that evening, after checking into a local hotel, Gus visits an adjacent room where Schuler and Lydia are waiting for him. Peter complains about the delays in building the excavation and warns that it will be difficult for him to get further funds, considering how close he's come to getting caught. Gus assures him that things will be smoothed out, reminding him of a situation in Santiago where their backs were on the wall but Peter managed to get Gus indebted to him. Lydia suggests that they arrange for Lalo to be shanked in jail, an idea Gus shoots down because such circumstances would cast suspicion on him for Lalo's death. It's clear Gus needs to do something, as he cannot risk his insider in Lalo's crew being exposed.

At Jimmy and Kim's apartment, Jimmy looks over real estate listings while Kim readies herself for work. After she leaves, Jimmy receives a phone call from Mike, calling to offer a job. Jimmy tries to make up an excuse for ending the call as he goes to answer a knock at the door...from Mike. Speaking as Gus's emissary, Mike asks for Jimmy to get Lalo bailed out of jail. Mike refuses to say who he's delivering this request on behalf of, as Gus doesn't want Lalo to know what he's up to, and hands Jimmy a dossier with the pertinent information from his visit to Lily Simmons.

Act IV

Under the cover of darkness, Gus and Nacho break into a Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant in Los Lunas. While Nacho vandalizes the seating area, Gus turns up the burners in the kitchen, filling the room with gas, and heats up a fryer full of oil. He then grabs a frozen chicken from the freezer and sets it on the backside of the cooker's cover as an improvised ramp, so it will slowly slide down into the fryer. He then leaves the restaurant, returning to his car as the chicken falls into the fryer and ignites the hot oil, causing a massive explosion that destroys the restaurant.

At the courthouse, Lalo is in for his bail hearing. Jimmy tells the judge that the prime witness in the case was coached by a private detective; the prosecutor admits to this fact. Jimmy has even hired actors to perform as Lalo's fake family to prove that he has community ties to Albuquerque. Based upon these factors, the judge sets Lalo's bail at $7 million in hard cash. Lalo says he can arrange for the money, but Jimmy's going to have to personally drive south of the border to pick it up.

Jimmy and Howard meet outside the courtroom. When Howard inquires about the job offer, Jimmy says that he still has not decided. Howard is apparently aware about Jimmy's misdeeds and accuses him of throwing bowling balls at his car and sending prostitutes in the restaurant. Jimmy initially denies the allegations but after Howard says, "Jimmy, I'm sorry you're in pain", he accepts them and begins a vicious outburst at Howard. He suffers a complete meltdown as Howard leaves the court, maintaining his composure.

Trivia

  • This episode is the directorial debut of Melissa Bernstein, who has worked as producer on all seasons of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and on El Camino.
  • Lalo asks Jimmy if he wants to be a “friend of the cartel”. In his debut episode on Breaking Bad, when Walt and Jesse kidnap him, Jimmy claims to be a friend of the cartel (in broken Spanish). According to the writers, this is an intentional callback.
  • When Mike calls Jimmy, Jimmy says he is in a tunnel as a callback to their last conversation. He also mockingly quotes Mike's dialogue from when he turned down a job with Jimmy in "Something Beautiful".
  • The title of the episode refers to Jimmy's initials, James Morgan McGill, which appear on the monogrammed briefcase offered by Kim. When Lalo asks him what these letters mean, Jimmy replies that it is his motto, "Justice Matters Most". Lalo chuckles and suggests a new motto: "Just Make Money".
    • This symbolizes the choice that Jimmy has to make: does he wants JMM, i.e. himself, to mean justice, or does he want to join the dark side and become a friend of the cartel?
    • The discussion between Jimmy and Lalo about what JMM means is also a callback to Jimmy and Howard's discussion in the episode "Namaste", where Howard asked Jimmy who "Saul Goodman" is, to which Jimmy replied that he is the ultimate defender of the defenseless. Considering Jimmy is now helping Lalo, a cold-blooded murderer, to escape justice, it seems he has changed his mind.
  • Jimmy and Kim get married in this episode. Jimmy has to give the clerk documents from his two previous dissolutions, revealing that he has been divorced twice.
    • In the Breaking Bad episode "Green Light", Saul states to Walt that he has been divorced twice, mentioning that his second wife cheated on him with his stepfather, although it is unclear whether he was saying this just to prove a point.
    • In a deleted scene from the Breaking Bad episode "Caballo Sin Nombre", Saul stated to Walter that he has been married three times.
    • In the Better Call Saul episode "Nacho", Jimmy is arrested after accomplishing a "Chicago sunroof" to get revenge for his ex-wife's infidelity with a man named Chet. It is unknown whether this is his first or second wife:
      • His second wife could have slept with multiple men.
      • Chet could have been his stepfather (although he does not mention so in his rant).
      • There remains the simple possibility that his first wife was also unfaithful.
  • Just before Jimmy's confrontation with Howard at the end of the episode, Jimmy looks at the family of Lalo's victim while hiding from behind a corner. His face is mirrored by the wall, symbolizing the duality of Jimmy/Saul, and the conflict within him to decide which path he wants to take: James McGill or Saul Goodman? Justice or Money? Defender of the defenseless or friend of the cartel?
    • Just as Howard greets Jimmy, and Jimmy says he's still "giving some thought" about Howard's job offer, Jimmy turns his head, and sees the victim's family walking away. That's the moment Jimmy switches to Saul and gives up the path of redemption he could have taken. He doesn't accept the position of a respectable lawyer at HHM he always dreamt of, and lets a defenseless family of a cartel's defenseless victim walking away, denying them justice.
    • Jimmy starts his rant at Howard by accusing him of killing his brother - whereas Jimmy is equally responsible for Chuck's death. For Jimmy, embracing Saul Goodman's dark side is also a way to deny and refuse to face his guilt for his brother's death.
    • Jimmy accuses Howard of being a "teensy" tiny man in a tinsy whimsy little bubble" and claims that the job offered by Howard is "too small", that Jimmy "travels in worlds that [Howard] can't even imagine". Jimmy is having delusions of grandeur, just like Walter White had (or rather will have) as Heisenberg.
    • At the end of Jimmy's rant against Howard, he claims that "lightning bolts shoot from [his] fingertips". This is a typical power used by members of the dark side of the Force in Star Wars, and that's what Emperor Palpatine was doing in Episode 3 while shouting "unlimited power!"
  • Even though Gus dismisses Lydia suggestions of a prison shanking, she later authorizes Walt and Jack Welker's gang to carry out this exact plan to deal with 11 affiliates of Gus' who would possibly rat out the details of Gus' operation.("Gliding Over All")

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