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You didn't get it. Let me tell you something. You were never gonna get it. They dangle these things in front of you, they tell you you've got a chance -- but it's a lie. 'Cause they already made up their minds. They knew what they were going to do before you walked in the door. You made a mistake and they’re not forgetting it, not ever. Far as they’re concerned, your mistake is who you are. It's all you are. I’m not just talking about this scholarship -- I’m talking about everything. Look, I read your essay. You can do it the way you’re supposed to, you can work fifty times harder than the rest of them. Makes no difference. They’ll smile at you, they’ll pat you on the head -- but they’re never, ever gonna let you in. But listen. It doesn't matter. You don't need them. They're not gonna give it to you? So what! You're gonna take it. You’re gonna do whatever it takes. You’re not gonna play by their rules. You’re not even gonna try. Go the other way. Do what they won’t. Be smarter. Cut corners. And win. They’re on the thirty- fifth floor? So what! You’re on the fiftieth floor looking down on them. The higher you climb, the more they’re gonna hate you. Good. Rub their noses in it. Make ‘em suffer. You don’t matter all that much to them? Then screw them. Winner takes it all.
Jimmy McGill's advice to Kristy ("Winner")

Kristy Esposito is a high school student who was interviewed for Chuck McGill's memorial scholarship at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM).

History[]

Season 4[]

Esposito was a finalist to received a memorial scholarship established by Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill in the memory of partner Charles McGill. She received just one vote to be the recipient when the board members voted, with Jimmy McGill revealed that he had voted for her, despite her having a shoplifting conviction.

Afterwards, Jimmy goes outside and explains to her that she didn't receive the scholarship and would never have. However Jimmy gives her a rousing speech in an attempt to reassures her that she would be successful in life anyways and assuage his own anxiety that no one had believed in him in his own life. ("Winner")

Season 5[]

Howard Hamlin offers Jimmy a job at HHM, telling Jimmy that he was impressed with the way Jimmy had stood up and fought for Kristy at the scholarship committee meeting. ("Namaste")

Quotes[]

Jimmy: "Kristy! Ms. Esposito! Wait up! Hi... I’m Jimmy McGill, we met inside."
Kristy: "Oh, hi!"
Jimmy: "You didn't get it. Let me tell you something. You were never gonna get it. They dangle these things in front of you, they tell you you've got a chance -- but it's a lie. 'Cause they already made up their minds. They knew what they were going to do before you walked in the door. You made a mistake and they’re not forgetting it, not ever. Far as they’re concerned, your mistake is who you are. It's all you are. I’m not just talking about this scholarship -- I’m talking about everything. Look, I read your essay. You can do it the way you’re supposed to, you can work fifty times harder than the rest of them. Makes no difference. They’ll smile at you, they’ll pat you on the head -- but they’re never, ever gonna let you in. But listen. It doesn't matter. You don't need them. They're not gonna give it to you? So what! You're gonna take it. You’re gonna do whatever it takes. You’re not gonna play by their rules. You’re not even gonna try. Go the other way. Do what they won’t. Be smarter. Cut corners. And win. They’re on the thirty- fifth floor? So what! You’re on the fiftieth floor looking down on them. The higher you climb, the more they’re gonna hate you. Good. Rub their noses in it. Make ‘em suffer. You don’t matter all that much to them? Then screw them. Winner takes it all."
Kristy: "I’ve... gotta go get my bus."
Jimmy: "Do you understand what I’m saying to you?"
Kristy: "Yes. I think I do."
Jimmy: "Damn right you do. Go get ‘em."
―Kristy's conversation with Jimmy McGill[src]

Appearances[]

Better Call Saul[]

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