What kind of operation are you running, anyway? Tell me. Because I think I know why you sent him to do this job. It's obvious. You have no one else you can trust... right? So you sent some lawyer through the desert with your... with your seven million bucks? That... I... no offense, but you need to get your house in order! [...] Yeah, really! If you don't trust your men with your money, you have bigger problems than if you trust Saul Goodman. And for the record, he doesn't lie. Not to me, not to his clients. He's telling you the truth. But next time you have a bunch of money, and no one you can trust, leave him out of it, okay? Try a wire transfer, try a shell company or... you've heard of the Cayman Islands, right? Jesus, get your shit together and stop torturing the one man who went through hell to save your ass.
|― Kim berating Lalo for mistreating Jimmy as his lawyer.|
Kimberly "Kim" McGill (née) Wexler is an Albuquerque attorney who was a former litigator for Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM), and a former member of Schweikart & Cokely and Mesa Verde Bank and Trust. She is the wife of Jimmy McGill.
Her personal history with Jimmy complicated their working relationship, often putting her at odds with Howard Hamlin and Chuck McGill, threatening her promising career. After leaving HHM, Kim joined Jimmy in setting up twin solo firms, collectively known as Wexler McGill. Despite this, she still found herself in the middle of the feud between her boyfriend and her former boss.
As Kim tries to make sense of Jimmy’s decision to pursue a career as “Saul Goodman,” she faces her own confounding professional and personal choices. With only the best of intentions, Kim finds herself on a slippery slope of cut corners and white lies.
Kimberly Wexler was born on February 13, 1968 (""), and grew up in Red Cloud, Nebraska (""). As a child she never had a house to live in as her family never actually owned one due to being very poor. She and her mother would often flee from temporary residences before eviction occurred, one particular occurrence when Kim was forced to walk outside barefooted, where her toes eventually turned blue due to frostbite (""). Later on in her 20's, being dissatisfied with the few opportunities she had in her hometown, Kim moved to Albuquerque and found a job in the mail room of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, where she eventually met Jimmy McGill. Kim worked her way up to becoming one of the go-to litigators at HHM, which helped inspire Jimmy to pursue a legal career himself. With HHM incurring the brunt of her law school tuition, she felt an extreme sense of obligation to the firm.
Season 1When Jimmy confronts Kim's boss, Howard Hamlin, over HHM's weekly stipend to his older brother, HHM co-founder Chuck McGill, she tries to keep her distance from Jimmy as much as she can. However, after Jimmy's meeting with Howard, Kim joins Jimmy for a smoking break in the parking garage.("")
Jimmy meets with Craig and Betsy Kettleman, a couple accused of embezzling county funds and seeking legal representation. They decide not to hire Jimmy and instead turn to HHM, where Kim handles their case.("") Kim then receives a puzzling phone call from Jimmy asking about the Kettlemans, and learns the next day that her clients have disappeared. Jimmy shrugs off Kim's attempts to connect his phone call to the disappearance.
Kim later learns that Jimmy has been arrested and that one of his clients, Nacho Varga, is suspected of kidnapping the Kettlemans. With Jimmy being pressured by the police to question Nacho about the family's whereabouts, he admits to Kim that he warned them about Nacho, prompting them to flee. Eventually, Jimmy finds the Kettlemans, who again turn him down and go back to Kim. ("")
When Jimmy sets up a billboard blatantly ripping off HHM's logo and trademarks, Howard sends Kim to deliver a notice to Jimmy summoning him to court. When she tries to warn Jimmy against antagonizing HHM, he points out how undervalued she is at the firm and implies she would be better off going into business with him; Kim refuses. When the court rules against Jimmy, he stages a publicity stunt in which a news crew sees him "rescuing" a worker removing the billboard. As the incident is shown on television, giving Jimmy free publicity, Howard and Kim can't help but admire his ploy. ("")During a social call, Kim tells Jimmy how she envies his interesting life. They are called to the hospital after Chuck is tased by the police and sent to the emergency room. Chuck's physician, Dr. Lara Cruz, demonstrates to Kim and Jimmy that Chuck's purported electromagnetic hypersensitivity is psychosomatic and urges Jimmy to decide whether or not to have Chuck committed. ("")
Jimmy takes Kim by surprise by offering her a corner office in his new work space. She reluctantly tells him that she can't go into business with him, believing she owes HHM for providing for her tuition and that she'll become a partner in two years. However, when the Kettlemans fire Kim for proposing a plea deal in which Craig returns the stolen money and serves sixteen months in prison, she falls out of favor with Howard and is sent to document review—a.k.a. the "cornfield"—as punishment. Jimmy uses Mike Ehrmantraut to force the Kettlemans to return to Kim and accept her plea deal.("")
Working late at night, Kim gets a call from Jimmy, who immediately starts on the smooth talk. She calls him out and he asks her to print out some things for him. She wonders how this going to be paid for because it's hours of work and is surprised to find out that Chuck has decided to pay the tab. She expresses concerns about Chuck's condition but is convinced to do the printing. ("")
Kim's worries seem unfounded when Chuck seems able to come to the office, albeit with all the lights and electronics needing to be turned off. Chuck's arrival seems like a watershed moment and the office offers him a round of applause when he arrives.
They meet in the conference room so that Jimmy and Chuck can explain the class action lawsuit they've found dealing with the residents in Sandpiper care homes. Despite Jimmy's expectations, Hamlin refuses to take Jimmy on as a lawyer and the meeting falls apart.
This has pricked Kim's sense of fair play, which makes her put aside her private policy of keeping her relationship with Jimmy out of the office. She goes to Howard and grills him on Jimmy's case, asking why Jimmy deserves to be shafted. Howard initially dresses her down in response, but as she moves to leave, he relents and asks her to return where he tells the truth.Armed with the truth, Kim is nonetheless unable to tell it Jimmy, but feels she must do something. She goes to the nail saloon and defies his expectation that she's there to simply back him up. She asks him to take the offer Hamlin had given him: to be paid for his trouble, and takes his betrayed diatribe without complaint. She insists again that he takes the deal and leaves. ("")
Jimmy eventually finds out the truth himself: that Chuck sabotaged his attempt to join HHM as a lawyer, both back when he initially passed the bar and again with the Sandpiper leverage. When he decides to take the deal with this information, he apologizes to Kim who explains that she didn't want him to hate his own brother.
When the Sandpiper case gets bigger, HHM has to involve another law firm, Davis & Main. She and Hamlin put Jimmy's name forward and they're interested. Kim calls Jimmy to tell him that they have an offer for him and it's for a partner track. She tells him when they want to meet him and he thanks her. ("")
Kim and Hamlin are waiting inside the courthouse for Jimmy to show up. He does, but after a brief introduction, he takes Kim aside and asks her outright whether or not his taking the job will affect their chances together. Kim is taken aback and gives the appropriate answer to the question as best she can: no, it wouldn't.
Armed with this information, Jimmy passes on the opportunity.
Unable to understand Jimmy's decision: one that she would have snapped up in a hot moment in his position, Kim tracks Jimmy down and finds him floating in a posh hotel's swimming pool under an assumed name, "Mr. Cumpston". Obviously he has no intention of paying his hotel bill himself.Jimmy's invitation to join him falls on deaf ears but she does want to talk to him, so she invites him to head to the bar. Once inside, he orders the prohibitively expensive tequila, Zafiro Añejo, but Kim, mindful both of her ethical duty as a lawyer and wary of Jimmy getting himself into more trouble in this seeming midlife crisis, intercepts the order and asks for something more in their price range.
Jimmy insists that this isn't a crisis, but a reaction to his no longer needing to live and die on Chuck's approval any more. Becoming a lawyer was only a way to impress him and that failed, so he's decided to return to his 'real' self, 'Slippin' Jimmy'. Kim points out that he was an excellent lawyer, despite his reasons, but Jimmy is convinced that the only part where he excelled was the same part that was good at conning.He decides to illustrate his point and he has a prime target - Ken, the man who's so obnoxious and loud that his car will get blown up by Walter White in the future. He's no less annoying now, boasting into his phone about his recent successes so Jimmy has no problem thinking of him as good prey for a little fun.
He interrupts his call, asking him to settle something between him and 'his sister', indicating Kim. Kim initially holds back, but when asked for a name she gives him 'Giselle'.
With Jimmy as 'Viktor with a "k"', he and Giselle ask him for a financial consultation. Warming up to the situation, Kim coyly suggests the tequila that Jimmy tried to order before. Ken, believing he has a couple of ripe ones on his hook agrees, unaware of how expensive it is.
The bottle drunk, Viktor and Giselle make their exit, making sure they're long gone when Ken finds out the bad news.Kim and Jimmy are giddy from their successful con, and a little drunk, so they find themselves grinning at each other. Kim finally takes the plunge and kisses Jimmy.
The next morning, however, with Kim putting on her 'uniform', she remembers her responsibilities. Getting involved in a scam and then sleeping with Jimmy was a lot of fun, but she's a lawyer, and one that has to answer to a lot of variables, including the fact that one of her bosses has been systematically lying to Jimmy because he resents him so much and the other has just had his generous efforts refused by him. It's a complicated situation and she has to tread carefully.
Kim shuts Jimmy's suggestion of a repeat of the previous evening down. Jimmy doesn't argue and leaves her apartment with her. Later, though, Jimmy leaves a message in Kim's phone that he has another mark for them. Kim doesn't respond, so Jimmy comes to the conclusion that taking the job in Davis & Main was, in fact, what he needed to do for Kim. ("")
Proving, for the moment, that this is true, Kim makes sure for their first big meeting between the two firms she and Jimmy are seated together. During the meeting, the pair seem attentive above board, but below are content to play footsie.
After the meeting, they go to the garage for a cigarette, where they enjoy imagining what Jimmy is going to do with his newfound perks in Davis & Main. Kim delights Jimmy with including herself in Jimmy's new dream life.Cigarette smoked, Jimmy goes for his car but Kim stops him to give him a gift. Jimmy gives her grief about her 'wrapping' also known as a brown paper bag and pulls a face as the '2nd' markered in by a certain Kim onto a World's Best Lawyer travel mug. She just gives a comical shrug and tells him she's just keeping it real.
Jimmy kisses her and gets into his car, fitting the mug into his holder.
In the next meeting of the two firms, Kim and Jimmy are again sitting together, which is fortunate, because now they're having to surrender their electronic devices - a sure sign that Chuck is coming in. Jimmy's confidence, previously high, shudders to a halt. Kim reminds him that she's there with him, by squeezing his knee. It does the trick and Jimmy rallies to finish the meeting.Later, Jimmy comes to Kim's apartment to share on his 'props' for getting his client out of trouble. Kim is initially amused by the story of his client trying to explain away his suspicious activity but when Jimmy confesses that he manufactured evidence to make the story stick, she balks.
It's not a moral objection but an exposure one. By making the video himself, he's risking his new job at Davis & Main and disbarment. Kim doesn't want to tell him not to do these things, but she has to make sure he knows that she can't hear about them. He agrees to not tell her. ("")
When Chuck continues to attend meetings, he starts to undercut Jimmy's methods. His success rate at getting clients onboard is suspicious and, despite the fact that he had nothing to say about it when it was just the two of them, Chuck worries about Jimmy using illegal solicitation to get clients. Kim withdraws from Jimmy as well, in the face of the accusation, so Jimmy tells the meeting that he'll try to avoid the appearance of solicitation in the future.
After the meeting Kim tries to avoid him, but he follows her. She gets him to admit that solicitation did happen and is annoyed that she has to explain that it's not about how legal it is, but it's about how much risk Jimmy is taking when he's finally getting acknowledgement as a good lawyer. She also points out that she got Howard to vouch for him, so what he does will reflect on Howard who then will reflect that back on her.
Jimmy found another way to get responses, a advertisement that he gives Kim a private screening for. She is full of praise for the ad. She's surprised that Cliff gave it the green light but accepts Jimmy's "Why wouldn't he?" as a response.The next time Kim and Jimmy are over in his apartment, they are watching Ice Station Zebra and having takeout and wine. It's a pretty cozy situation until Jimmy's phone rings. Kim is reluctant to let Jimmy answer it, but it's the boss and that worries her.
When the call is done, Jimmy reassures her that it's only for congratulations, even at this time of night, and she accepts that as the truth as he goes to sit back beside her and finish the film. ("") But the next day, Kim is called to a meeting with both Chuck and Howard, finding out from them that Jimmy actually did an end run around Cliff to get the ad made. She lies for Jimmy's benefit, responding to an angered Howard that she didn't think it was necessary to warn them.
Howard sends Kim to document review as punishment and she takes it, working late into the night to where Jimmy, who'd been trying to contact her, finds her. He wants to get her out of the mess he's thrown her in, but Kim isn't having it, making him promise not to go to Howard. She's going to do her time and get out of there herself. ("")
Kim starts to ignore Jimmy's messages, including the one that declares he's found a way for her to get out of doc review. But of course, he knows where to find her and tells her his idea in person that she should sue HHM for how badly she's been treated. Kim is not concerned about whether or not she'll win such a case but about the fact that even if she does, she'll effectively end her career. No one will work with her if she turns against the firm which paid for her education and gave her work.
She also doesn't appreciate Jimmy coming to her rescue, even offering to quit Davis & Main for her. Sure, his actions may have been responsible for her current fall in favor, but she was the one who decided to make the push to vouch for him and it'll be her that'll get herself out of this. She does ask him to do one thing: survive a week without breaking the rules of the Bar Association or making his boss angry and don't kid himself that he's doing this for her benefit.Kim spends her lunch breaks shilling for clients to bring to HHM and let her out of the doghouse. Initially, she strikes out, but eventually Paige Novick comes through for her, bringing her client Mesa Verde Bank and Trust to HHM with her. Kim is delighted, meeting Paige and Kevin Wachtell, the CEO, with Howard by her side. The meeting is successful, but when they see them off and Kim starts offering to draw up a list of people to work on the case, Howard cuts her off, saying that she would be too busy working in doc review to do that.
Kim is left starting to wonder if she's ever going to get back in Howard's good graces. But she goes back to work, finishing at sunrise, leaving documents off at Howard's office, which, much to her surprise, disturbs Chuck, who'd taken to coming to the office when no one else was there, to spare the office the trouble of his presence.
He asks Kim to get him coffee as he has no other way to get it at the office without electricity and invites her into his office. He explains that they have something in common: Jimmy compromising them. He also tells her about his father, in his eyes a good, but naive character, owning a shop, which had a $14000 shortfall. He suggests that, despite his father's protests to the contrary, Jimmy took the money for himself.
Kim and Jimmy's relationship is still on the rocks, but Jimmy has begun to send her messages of him singing to her. Kim finds herself looking forward to them, smiling as she hears his bad singing. She misses him.
Kim is now, thanks to Chuck, back in her old office. Howard is still not impressed with her, but puts up a front for the clients.He sends her to battle a hopeless motion in the Sandpiper case, not telling her that she'd be doing so alone. She fights it well enough to attract the attention of Richard Schweikart, the head lawyer of the firm representing Sandpiper, Schweikart and Cokely. He invites her to lunch. Kim, although wary, accepts the offer and Schweikart talks about what happened. He too was once overlooked by the senior partners of the firm he first worked at and left to argue a hopeless case by himself. He felt what she did, that he was beholden to the people who paid for his college.
He makes an astonishing offer: he would pay off her remaining loans and hire her on, putting her on cases away from Sandpiper to avoid conflicts of interest.
Given room to consider the offer, Kim returns to work. Howard's oppressive mood is hitting Kim in the face, particularly when his secretary brings him papers that she has to do over her lunch. She refuses, ditching the office and returning to the restaurant where Schweikart made his offer, even ordering the drink that he had.
Sitting at the bar, thinking, Kim meets the eye of a man who is also at the bar. He buys her a drink and while she's not really impressed she smiles and invites him over. Then she's calling Jimmy, using his phrasing to entice him to come down to her and being "Viktor". ("")")")")
Jimmy approaches Kim and attempts to convince her to become a partner in their own law firm. Kim agrees only on the condition that Jimmy play it "straight and narrow". Jimmy admits that he can only be himself, so Kim politely refuses his offer. ("")
Jimmy accepts Kim's offer, and Kim goes to announce her resignation from HHM to Howard. Howard accepts Kim's resignation, and they both race to secure Mesa Verde. Kim succeeds in securing Mesa Verde as her first solo client, and she agrees with Jimmy to set up their practices in a re-purposed dentists' office. Kim begins to have doubts about their future, but Jimmy reassures her that there will be other opportunities like Mesa Verde. ("")
Mesa Verde decides to sign on with Kim. Jimmy and Kim arrive at Chuck's house to pick up the Mesa Verde files, where Chuck accuses Jimmy of sabotaging his case. Kim sides with Jimmy and claims Chuck simply made a mistake, and she points out that Chuck has no concrete evidence, and his actions have shaped Jimmy into who he is today. Once alone in the car with Jimmy, however, Kim angrily punches him. Later that night, in bed, Kim tells Jimmy she never wants to discuss the matter, and she warns Jimmy to make sure all of his tracks are covered. ("")
Kim begins to experience anxiety at running her own law firm, as well as keeping the knowledge of Jimmy's fraud secret. ("")
Jimmy and Kim work on hiring a new paralegal, Ernesto approaches Wexler-McGill but decides against entering and speaks to Kim in the parking lot about the tape. Kim relays this to Jimmy and the former takes the latter on as her legal client, advising him that the tape is no legal threat to him. ("")
Jimmy is arrested following a few harsh but hesitant words with Chuck and chooses to represent himself (against Kim's wishes), pleads not guilty and posts bail. Jimmy later explains what happened during his break-in and tells Kim to work on Mesa Verde while he works his own legal battle, to which she flatly agrees. Jimmy talks with Kim outside of Wexler-McGill and informs her that he can avoid jail time, but will have to confess to his felony break-in and submit his confession to the New Mexico Bar Association, which will likely result in disbarment. Kim convinces Jimmy to let her help him fight Chuck's plot. ("")
Jimmy, Kim, Hamlin, Chuck and ADA Hay meet in order to finalize Jimmy's confession, with Jimmy agreeing to have his confession reviewed by the New Mexico Bar Association. After the meeting, Kim confronts Chuck, telling him that she suspects he has a copy of the tape. Chuck confirms her suspicions and states that he plans to submit the tape as evidence in Jimmy's disciplinary hearing. Kim then relays the information to Jimmy, revealing that having Chuck admit the existence of the second tape was all according to their plan. ("")
At a meeting with Mesa Verde, Kim reveals that she feels some regret for destroying Chuck's reputation in the disciplinary hearing. While having dinner with Jimmy, she wonders whether they did the right thing and Jimmy replies what happened to Chuck was his own fault and that she should forget about him. ("")
While at lunch, Kim is offered a new client from her Mesa Verde companions when she encounters Howard. She tries to pay back her law school loans to Howard, though he refuses and coldly accuses her of betraying the firm, to which Kim replies that he should not have tried to cover up Chuck's condition. Kim returns to the office to find Jimmy lying on the floor, with his half of the rent, indicating he used the "slip and fall" to coerce the guitar shop into paying him off. Despite Jimmy's assurances, Kim still expresses doubts about Jimmy's ability to pay and considers taking on another client. ("")
Kim takes on Gatwood Oil as a second client, Jimmy returns to the office to give the good news to Kim, but she is too busy preparing for an important meeting with Gatwood Oil and leaves in a rush. However, due to her fatigue from overwork, Kim falls asleep at the wheel and drives her car off the side of the road, crashing into a boulder. ("")
Kim suffers a broken arm from the car accident, and decides to take the opportunity to take a leave of absence from law practice. Jimmy, feeling partly responsible for Kim's situation, finally agrees to break their office lease and have Kim work out of her own home to save costs. ("")
Kim and Jimmy find out about Chuck's death and head to his house to find it ruined by fire. Kim finds out from the fire inspector that the cause of the fire was a knocked-over lantern, causing Chuck to die from smoke inhalation. She tries to help Jimmy deal with the death of his brother, and attends Chuck's funeral. Kim is with Jimmy when Howard admits that he believed Chuck committed suicide because of his role in forcing him out of HHM and blames himself (even though Jimmy is also responsible). Kim is shocked when Jimmy coldly tells Howard that it is his "cross to bear". ("")
Kim starts to become uneasy over Jimmy's behavior, believing he is not grieving and is loading his day with job interviews. At HHM, Kim meets with Howard who tells her that Jimmy will be allowed to search Chuck's property for personal items, along with $5,000 to stop him contesting the will, a personal letter from Chuck, and a seat on the scholarship committee board they are setting up in Chuck's name. Kim (completely unaware of Jimmy's own role in Chuck's death) angrily tells Howard that he is forcing Jimmy to suffer with these indignities, and accuses him of being purposefully hurtful by telling Jimmy he believed Chuck killed himself and tells him to stay away. At home, Kim decides not to give Jimmy the letter from Chuck as they enjoy dinner. ("")
At Mesa Verde, Kim begins working with a new paralegal, Viola Goto, and soon comes to realizes that Mesa Verde's plans for expansion might be beyond her abilities. Feeling overwhelmed, Kim delegates tasks to Viola and then heads to the courthouse. That night, Kim goes over Viola's work and then approaches Jimmy and gives him some of the documents she got from Howard, including Chuck's letter. Jimmy reads the letter and is seemingly unmoved, but the contents reduce Kim to tears. ("")
Kim urges Jimmy to talk with a therapist. At the courthouse, Kim tries to rediscover her love for the law and is asked to meet with Judge Benedict Munsinger in his chambers. He tells Kim that if he finds her "trolling in his court", she will be put to work as a public defender. Kim goes back to watching the hearings. ("")
At the courthouse, Kim works as a public defender, defending a teenage boy name David Estrada. Kim negotiates a plea agreement with DDA Bill Oakley based on a technicality. David appears to be less than grateful and Kim urges him to turn his life around. Later, Kim treats Jimmy's wounds with ice and iodine, which he claimed were the result of a mugging. Jimmy suddenly agrees to see the therapist Kim recommended. Continuing her work as a public defender, she goes to the house of a woman named Denise after she is a hour late for a court appearance. Helping Denise takes priority over Kim's responsibilities to Mesa Verde, and she is taken to task for hanging up on a phone call with Paige. ("")
Kim eventually makes a deal with Schweikart and Cokely for them to open a new banking division which she will head. As a result, Kim is able to distribute her Mesa Verde work more to her associates while she can focus on her new job as a public defender but it means not being able to reopen Wexler McGill with Jimmy. ("")
Over the next several months, Kim leads a successful life as both a business lawyer and a public defender, helping multiple people as a public defender and helping Mesa Verde open several new divisions across the country. However, as a result, she and Jimmy drift further and further apart. After Huell Babineaux is arrested for assaulting a police officer, Jimmy turns to Kim for help with defending him. Kim is disgusted that Jimmy is running a burner phone business, creating further tension between them, but agrees to take Huell's case and do it her way. Kim discovers that ADA Suzanne Ericsen is treating Huell with unequal justice compared to other similar cases. With Huell almost certain to jump bail, Kim suddenly comes up with an idea and orders Jimmy to stop whatever it is he's planning to do as she buys massive amounts of writing supplies. ("")
Kim sees Jimmy off on a bus to Coushatta, Louisiana, Huell's hometown while she meets with Ericsen alongside three of her associates. Kim offers a deal where Huell pleads to simple battery and accepts probation and time served, but the deal is rejected by Ericsen. Kim's associates give Ericsen several motions related to the case and threaten civil litigation while Ericsen privately tells Kim that she is not impressed with Kim's "shock and awe" tactics. After Jimmy returns, Kim is somewhat cold towards him. The next day, Kim and Ericsen are called into Judge Munsinger's office where he has received hundreds of letters from Coushatta in support of Huell, in reality written by Jimmy or people hired by him. The judge orders Kim and Ericsen to settle the case without turning it into a circus. After Jimmy succeeds in tricking Ericsen with the help of Joey Dixon's film crew, Ericsen meets with Kim and agrees to a deal where Huell gets four months probation and time served. An elated Kim kisses Jimmy and spends the night with him. The next day, Kim meets with Kevin, Paige and one of her associates and discusses Mesa Verde's expansion, agreeing with Paige about the unfeasibility of Kevin's idea. Throughout the meeting Kim is bored and afterwards visits Jimmy at his potential new office. To Jimmy's surprise, Kim wants to pull another con with him rather than stop after the numerous felonies they committed while helping Huell. ("")
In Lubbock, Texas, Kim and Jimmy run a scam on the Department of Building Safety. The scam involves swapping out a series of blueprints that will give Mesa Verde a larger branch. Later, Kim is at Schweikart and Cokely when Jimmy calls her to tell her that he did not get his law license back. They meet on the parking deck where Kim finds out that Jimmy did not mention Chuck at all to the committee. When she points this out to Jimmy, he gets angry at the notion of having to feel sympathy for Chuck. The two argue, leading to Kim storming off. Later, Jimmy arrives at Kim's apartment and starts packing, admitting he messed up. Kim asks him if being a lawyer is still what he wants. Jimmy says yes, and she tells him that they can "start with that." ("")
To mark the one-year anniversary of Chuck's death, Jimmy shows up at Chuck's grave bearing flowers and makes a show of seemingly grieving for his brother; other mourners show up and see him, assuming his grief is sincere. This is revealed to be part of a scheme by Kim to aid Jimmy in reinstating his law license, by making him appear to be more sympathetic towards Chuck than he did before his suspension was extended. Jimmy stands at the grave throughout the day, occasionally taking breaks between visitors so that Kim can supply him with water.
Howard hosts the dedication of HHM's new law library, which has been named after Chuck; Jimmy, Kim, and Rich all attend. Howard is interviewed by Joey's film crew and says that HHM is making a comeback after a tough year, and that the library will become Chuck's lasting legacy. Kim and Joey's crew spread a rumor around the party that Jimmy anonymously donated the money used to build the library. Outside, Kim coaches Jimmy on how to continue the charade.
At Kim's apartment, she and Jimmy go over their strategy for his appeal hearing the following day. Jimmy suggests that he recite the letter Chuck left in his will during the hearing.
Jimmy and Kim arrive at the courthouse, where Jimmy is about to deliver his appeal before the bar committee. Outside the courtroom, Kim gives Jimmy some final words of encouragement, assuring him that she is still on his side. Sensing that the committee is inclined to rule against him, Jimmy flips the script and stops reading from Chuck's letter, instead improvising a speech about how Chuck influenced him to become a lawyer, but constantly withheld his approval. Jimmy promises to try to be a better person and "do everything in my power to be worthy of the name McGill" if the committee votes to reinstate his law license. Jimmy's speech moves Kim and a couple of the committee members to tears.
Outside the courtroom, Jimmy and Kim celebrate his imminent reinstatement. However, Kim's joy turns to confusion and horror as Jimmy reveals that his entire speech was a calculated performance meant to sway the "suckers" on the committee; he never meant one word of his comments about Chuck. Kim is further perturbed when Jimmy reveals that he no longer plans to practice law under his own name, contrary to his statement before the bar. As a clerk leads Jimmy into an office to sign some paperwork, Kim asks him what's going on. Jimmy turns back and replies: "S'all good, man!" Kim is left behind in stunned silence. ("")
Jimmy tells Kim that his "Saul Goodman" alias gives him a ready-made client base for a criminal law practice. Kim continues balancing her workload between pro bono criminal defense work and Mesa Verde business. When Jimmy suggests Kim use a con to convince a pro bono client to accept a plea bargain, she initially asks him to leave her alone but later finds herself using the con on the client, and feels ashamed about it later. She asks Jimmy to keep his distance from her work, which he agrees to do. Later, Mesa Verde asks Kim to help deal with Everett Acker, an elderly man who refuses to leave his home on land leased from the bank to make way for the bank's planned call center. Acker refuses the bank's attempts at a settlement and Kim finds sympathy for him. When she cannot convince the bank to change its plans, she asks Jimmy to represent Acker and draw out the case. They find potential blackmail information to use against the bank's president, but Kim decides not to use it. Rich Schweikart suggests that Kim disengage from Mesa Verde business because her heart is not in it, but she angrily refuses. Kim offers Jimmy a $75,000 settlement for Acker, promising to personally pay the difference between that figure and what Kevin Wachtell, Mesa Verde's president, agrees to. Jimmy agrees, but at the meeting to finalize the settlement, he makes use of the blackmail information Kim refused to use and Kevin's high regard for his father to coerce Kevin into a settlement more favorable to Acker. Kim tells Jimmy she is upset that he made her the "sucker" for his con and says that because of the lack of trust they either need to separate or get married so they can enjoy spousal privilege.
Jimmy and Kim marry in a simple courthouse ceremony. Kim finds that Kevin is still willing to have Kim as Mesa Verde's outside counsel despite Jimmy's representation of Acker. Jimmy is asked to represent Lalo Salamanca, a member of the Mexican cartel who was arrested under an alias for murder. Jimmy tells Kim as a test their new relationship, and she is appreciative of his honesty as well as his intent to not fight for Lalo's release on bail. Gus Fring desires Lalo's release and arranges for Mike Ehrmantraut to provide Jimmy information he uses to persuade a judge to grant bail, which the judge sets at $7 million cash. Lalo convinces Jimmy to collect the money from a remote location, paying him $100,000 for the job. Kim warns Jimmy not to be a bagman for the cartel, but Jimmy accepts the job anyway, believing it is a simple errand. While returning with the money, Jimmy is attacked by gunmen. Mike was tracking Jimmy for Gus, and he kills all but one of the attackers. Jimmy's car breaks down and they push it into a ditch and continue a two-day trek across the desert with the money. On the second day they kill the remaining attacker and reach a truck stop and contact Gus for help. When Jimmy does not return as scheduled, Kim pretends to be Lalo's lawyer, visits him in jail, and asks for Jimmy's location. Lalo refuses to tell her and says that Jimmy will be fine because he is a survivor.
Jimmy posts the bail and meets Lalo after his release. As Jimmy and Mike agreed, Jimmy says his car broke down and he walked alone cross-country so he would not risk losing the money. Lalo accepts this and prepares to leave for Mexico the next day. Jimmy tells Kim the same story, but she realizes he is lying after she sees that he saved his coffee mug, which has a bullet hole.[a] Kim tells Jimmy she will be ready to hear the truth whenever he is ready to reveal it. She stays home the next day to tend to Jimmy's wounds and help him cope with the trauma, but Jimmy opts to go to the courthouse for work instead. Kim returns to S&C, but her mind wanders, and she decides to quit on the spot, leaving Mesa Verde with S&C but taking her pro bono cases. That evening, Jimmy and Kim argue about her decision to quit. Mike calls to warn them about Lalo, who searched for Jimmy's car instead of returning to Mexico. When Lalo arrives at Kim's apartment, he asks Jimmy to repeat the story of his desert trek several times, then reveals that he found bullet holes in Jimmy's car. Kim tells Lalo that the car was probably shot at by passersby for fun, and berates him for not trusting Jimmy. Lalo seems satisfied and leaves.
Kim and Jimmy go to a hotel so Lalo will not find them if he returns. Jimmy tells Kim the truth of what happened in the desert and wonders out loud if being with him is bad for her, which she denies. The next day, Kim goes to the courthouse to acquire more pro bono cases from the public defender. She runs into Howard and tells him she quit S&C. Howard assumes Jimmy is responsible and tells her about Jimmy's recent harassment campaign against him. Kim laughs, says she's capable of making her own decisions, and tells Howard he does not understand Jimmy. Howard angrily replies that Chuck was the one who best understood Jimmy. In the hotel room that night, Kim tells Jimmy about her conversation with Howard and in her anger suggests continuing the harassment campaign Jimmy started. As the night continues, Kim's suggestions get more serious, and she suggests they derail Howard's career to force a resolution of the Sandpiper case, which will enable Jimmy to collect his seven-figure share of the settlement sooner. Jimmy advises against it and asks Kim if she is sure she wants to follow through, so Kim repeats his finger gun gesture as a sign she is confident about proceeding against Howard.
Personality and traits
- "A smart and hardworking lawyer with an ambitions two-year plan, Kim Wexler has worked her way up from humble beginnings to become one of the go-to litigators at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill. Kim's history with Jimmy complicates their working relationship, and may ultimately compromise her own career goals."
- ―Information about Kim
Kim is shown to be a highly intelligent, dedicated, caring, formidable and loyal woman who is a highly skilled lawyer. Despite a poor upbringing in Nebraska with a neglectful mother and few opportunities to thrive, Kim was able to get out and make something of herself, becoming one of the best lawyers at HHM as a result. Kim is shown to greatly cherish her work and her ability to help her clients and further the interests of her law firm. She is highly skilled at negotiation and devising legal strategies in order to get her clients the best deals possible, which earns her the praise of many lawyers. Despite poor treatment from her boss Howard Hamlin, Kim initially does not let grudges consume her and keeps her head down and works strongly to dig herself out of problems, showing her fearlessness and independence.
Kim is shown to love Jimmy McGill unconditionally for his kindness and humorous nature and is a dedicated friend, and later girlfriend and wife towards him. She has shown compassion for Jimmy on numerous occasions and sympathy for the poor treatment he suffers at the hands of his older brother Chuck and also Howard while operating under Chuck's orders. She has personally defended Jimmy on numerous occasions despite being well aware of his own unethical actions, showing her care for him. Despite this Kim herself has shown shock and disgust at Jimmy's shortcut schemes and dirty tactics to achieve his goals and also anger when his actions cause her to be punished and put her own career in jeopardy.
There is however a dark side to Kim and she appears to secretly admire Jimmy for his ability to get his way through unethical actions and masterfully crafted cons. She initially finds thrill in tricking others alongside Jimmy for personal gain and later enlists him to use his manipulation skills to further her own work agendas, such as swapping out a series of blueprints that will give Mesa Verde a larger branch. While not as skilled as Jimmy, Kim herself is shown to be manipulative and cunning and is capable of devising intricate, illicit schemes herself to help her or Jimmy's clients as seen by her plan to spare Jimmy's bodyguard, Huell Babineaux, years in prison through a series of deliberate scams painting him as a beloved hero in his home town. Despite her awareness of Jimmy's misdeeds on numerous occasions, Kim never shifts her loyalty away from Jimmy and fully supports him and helps him fight back when he is in trouble, notably by aiding him in proving his brother's mental illness in court in order to exonerate Jimmy. Despite this, Kim showed great remorse for helping to tear Chuck down and was strongly impacted and saddened by his tragic suicide.
Despite this, Kim is shown to be greatly ignorant, even willfully as she appears to not even grasp that Jimmy has no true remorse for his brother's suicide (despite being partially responsible himself) and instead angrily attacks Howard for suggesting Chuck killed himself and for attempting to hurt Jimmy, even though he doesn't care less and this was in no way Howard's intention. She appeared pleased to see him express genuine remorse for Chuck's death during his reinstatement hearing though was absolutely shocked in the end when he revealed it was an insincere performance to regain his law license.
Throughout Season 5, Kim's personality changes dramatically, mainly for the worst. She appears to be conflicted over whether to do the right thing or resort to unethical measures to get her way and help her clients, though at Jimmy's urging she appears to prefer the unethical route. Kim still displays kindness as seen by her sympathy towards Everett Acker for wanting to keep his home and she willingly conspired against her primary clients, Mesa Verde, with Jimmy's help though even she showed disgust at his actions that were against her wishes. However instead of reprimanding Jimmy for humiliating her, she instead proposes marriage in order for the two to no longer keep secrets from each other. Despite Jimmy's involvement with Lalo Salamanca and the cartel, Kim remains loyal to him as seen by her defending him against Lalo after he correctly deduced Jimmy was attacked in the desert while retrieving his bail money. It is evident by the end of the season that Kim has willingly chosen the path of conning and manipulation as she quits her position at Schweikart & Cokely in order to focus on public defender work like Jimmy. She has displayed an even darker side as she laughs at Howard after he reveals to her Jimmy's harassment towards him after offering him a job at HHM and takes great offense to his words that she is not making her own decisions when he assumes (likely correctly) that she quit her job because of Jimmy's influence. Her ignorance is further proven when she claims she knows Jimmy best and that Howard is wrong. She later praises Jimmy for his harassment of Howard and even offers ways of how to further torment him, showing that she has become somewhat sadistic. Her seriousness of destroying Howard's legal career for her and Jimmy's financial benefit shows that she has been seduced and inspired by Jimmy's unethical behavior and has gone down a path of darkness herself, something that even stuns and shocks Jimmy himself.
- "I know he's not perfect. And I know he cuts corners. But you're the one who made him this way. He idolizes you, he accepts you, he takes care of you. And all he ever wanted was your love and support. But all you've ever done is judge him. You never believed in him, you never wanted him to succeed. [beat] And you know what? I feel sorry for him. [beat] And I feel sorry for you."
- ―Kim to Chuck about his relation with his brother.
- Kim: "What were you thinking when you came to Jimmy on the day of his brother's funeral and laid that shit on him? That Chuck killed himself? What's wrong with you?"
- Howard: "I thought... I thought I owed it to Jimmy, to tell him."
- Kim: "Owed it to him? Did you owe it to Rebecca? You tell her your theory? That Chuck intentionally set himself on fire? I guess not. I guess you just saved that one for Jimmy."
- Howard: "Kim, I didn't do it to hurt Jimmy--"
- Kim: "No you did it to make yourself feel better. To make yourself feel better by unloading your guilt. Who cares what it does to Jimmy, right? As long as Howard Hamlin is okay."
- Howard: "Kim, I don't think that's fair--"
- Kim: "Fair? Let's talk about fair. "Hey let's let Jimmy dig around the fire-damaged wreck where his brother died screaming. And then let's let him pick up a keepsake or two." That is so, so fair. And did I hear you right? You want him to serve on the board of a scholarship committee? A scholarship that Chuck never in a million years would've given to Jimmy. Never! It is just, I mean... Oh what's this too, Howard? What's in this? One last "screw you, little brother" from beyond the grave? Am I really supposed to do this to him?"
- Howard: "All right, Kim. What can I do to make it better?"
- Kim: "Nothing. There is nothing you can do. Just stay away."
- ―Kim and Howard arguing about Howard's revelation to Jimmy about Chuck's death.
- "What kind of operation are you running, anyway? Tell me. Because I think I know why you sent him to do this job. It's obvious. You have no one else you can trust... right? So you sent some lawyer through the desert with your... with your seven million bucks? That... I... no offense, but you need to get your house in order! [...] Yeah, really! If you don't trust your men with your money, you have bigger problems than if you trust Saul Goodman. And for the record, he doesn't lie. Not to me, not to his clients. He's telling you the truth. But next time you have a bunch of money, and no one you can trust, leave him out of it, okay? Try a wire transfer, try a shell company or... you've heard of the Cayman Islands, right? Jesus, get your shit together and stop torturing the one man who went through hell to save your ass."
- ―Kim berating Lalo for mistreating Jimmy as his lawyer.
- Kim has not yet met Mike Ehrmantraut, Nacho Varga or Gustavo Fring.
- She was at the Courthouse at the same time as Nacho and stood outside the interrogation room Nacho was in. ("")
- She was present for a phone call Jimmy placed to Mike, but remains silent throughout and does not learn Mike's identity. ("")
- She is visible to Mike while he has his sniper rifle looking through one of her apartment windows as Lalo interrogated Jimmy. ("")
- Kim's vehicles include:
- Interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald, Vince Gilligan reveals "I want to know more about Kim, I want to see and learn more about her. If we were to do another spin-off it would be the Kim Wexler show."