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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 marriage while waiting to get their marriage certificate. Kim makes Jimmy promise to not hide anything from her ever again. Huell arrives to serve as a witness to their marriage. Jimmy explains to Huell 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

Jimmy and Kim leave the courthouse. Kim leaves for her office, promising to return home early. Jimmy gets a call on his cellphone. The caller is Nacho, who tells Jimmy that he has a new client, Jorge de Guzman. "De Guzman" is actually Lalo, his alias being the aforementioned name. Lalo has been charged with the murder of Fred Whalen. Jimmy tells the judge that the defendant pleads "not guilty"; however, the judge denies bail to Lalo. Later in a private room, Lalo and Saul discuss the case. Lalo wants neither a deal with prosecution nor a trial, intending to be released on bail. Saul mentions that it will be very difficult to do that, since the charges against him are quite serious. Lalo assures him that he will be a friend of the cartel if he carries out the task.

Mike is reading the "The Little Prince" by Antoine-Saint Exupery to Kaylee as a bedtime story. She eventually falls asleep. Mike joins Stacey in the kitchen and helps her do the dishes. They talk about Matty. Mike declares that his mental state is much better now, deciding to accept the "cards that were dealt to him".

Act II

Rich, Paige, Kim, and Kevin are at Mesa Verde's offices discussing their disastrous last meeting. Kim apologizes profusely about the incident, but Kevin is disappointed with how poorly Kim, Rich, and the rest of the firm dealt with this, despite their levels of experience. Before Kim and Rich leave, Kevin tells Kim that she deserves a better partner than Jimmy. While leaving the building, Kim changes her mind and returns to the meeting room. She tells Kevin that for all their slip-ups, Kevin also has some responsibility to bear for the fiasco getting out of hand by ignoring sound legal advice he was given. He 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 the 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 start to undress each other and move on to the bed while caressing and kissing each other. Jimmy stops suddenly, making Kim ask what is wrong. He says that he needs to say something to her. He tells her about his new client. He mentions the offer of being a friend to the cartel. Kim tells that she is glad that he shared this news with her. They continue their lovemaking session after this.

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 takes stock of the current situation. He 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 now help him to get him and his father an exit from this 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

Gus is in Houston at the moment, attending a board meeting of the CEOs of Madrigal's restaurant chains, chaired by Peter Schuler. He reports his restaurants' quarterly earnings and also invites them to taste a brand new product named "Spice Curls".

That evening, Gus checks into a local hotel. After settling down in his room, he passes through the connecting door to the adjacent room where Schuler and Lydia are waiting for him. Peter complains about the delays in building the Superlab and warns that it will be difficult for him to get further funding, considering how close he's come to getting caught. Gus assures him that things will be smoothed out, and reminds him of the situation which happened in Santiago where their backs were on the wall but Peter managed to get Gus indebted to him. The conversation turns to how they'll deal with Lalo. Lydia suggests that they arrange for Lalo to be shanked in jail, an idea Gus shoots down on the grounds that 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 Kim leaves, Jimmy prepares to brew some juice in the food processor when he gets a phone call. To his dismay, it's Mike, calling to offer a job. Not happy with Mike for turning down the Hummel heist and digging up dirt on Kevin, Jimmy imitates Mike's tunnel excuse from the latter and his reasons for turning down the former as he goes to answer a knock at the door...from Mike. Mike gets down to business, and speaking as Gus's mouthpiece, 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 the 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 guts the interior of 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 also admits to this fact. Jimmy has even hired actors to play as Lalo's fake family to prove that he had 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 Saul's going to have to personally drive south of the border to pick up the money.

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, "I know you are 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".
  • 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.

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