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

Summary

Teaser

Jimmy browses a pawn shop for large, heavy objects. He purchases three bowling balls for $75 dollars, packs them in a bag, and leaves the store.

Act I

After a drunken night together, Jimmy and Kim struggle to wake up and get ready for work. Whilst exiting Kim's apartment, they walk past the shattered bottles they threw over the balcony the night before. Jimmy has decided to finally take up Howard on his lunch offer, while Kim wants to spend the day "fixing" the day before. As she sweeps up glass shards on the tarmac, Kim calls in to one of the associates at Schweikart and Cokely, and begins to devise a plan to solve the issue of Everett Acker's house on Mesa Verde's land.

Jimmy visits Sticky and Ron in custody, advising them that their bail has been denied. He negotiates deals for them, including rehab and five months in jail with community service, none of which the pair are not keen on. On the spot, Jimmy generates a total fee of $4000 for the pair, which apparently includes his 50% off deal. At this, Sticky and Ron consider a "free" government-appointed public defender instead. Jimmy feigns that he is a bigshot lawyer, "the real deal" who they are lucky to have access to. He gets up to leave, at which point the men beg him and agree to his fee. Jimmy agrees to continue to represent them if they pay. Sticky agrees that he will contact his grandmother to wire the money over to Jimmy.

At his lunch with Howard at the Forque Kitchen and Bar, Jimmy is visibly tense. Howard questions Jimmy about his need for a new name to practice law, to which Jimmy replies that Saul Goodman protects "the little man" in a way that Jimmy McGill couldn't. Howard insists that the name-change has is tied to Jimmy's history with HHM, seemingly expressing regret at not hiring Jimmy in the past. Jimmy is uncomfortable when Howard offers him a job, claiming that HHM is growing again. Jimmy expresses doubt about how Cliff Main would feel about it. Howard insists that he has been thinking about the offer ever since Jimmy defended Kristy Esposito and mentioned she deserved another chance through a scholarship. He insists that Jimmy consider the offer, and answer him when he is ready. Outside the restaurant, Howard awkwardly pulls in for a hug before driving away. The camera pans to show his license plate, which reads "NAMAST3".

Act II

Kim attends a meeting at Mesa Verde regarding the Tucumcari call center, during which she suggests that they move construction to another lot and allow Acker to continue living in his house. Paige expresses doubts, but Kim rebuts her with the research and a PowerPoint presentation that she composed ahead of the meeting, earlier through the phone. Although Kim argues the "reputational risk" to Mesa Verde of ousting Acker from his house, Kevin insists that the bank is lawfully entitled to the land. Kim is disillusioned by the decision.

Mike pulls up at Stacey's house to look after Kaylee, only to learn that Stacey has hired a sitter for the day. Mike offers to apologize for losing his temper at Kaylee, but Stacey says Kaylee has forgotten about the incident. However, Stacey is worried that "something is going on" with Mike, and tells him he cannot babysit Kaylee that night. A frustrated Mike walks away.

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At the courthouse, Kim walks into a hearing as Jimmy is cross-examining a witness who claims to be certain that the man sitting in the defendant's chair stole money from his cash register. Jimmy shocks the whole court when he reveals that his actual client - the defendant - is sitting in way back in the observer's bench. The judge is angered by Jimmy's purposeful misconduct, but has no choice to grant a mistrial, much to Jimmy's pleasure. Kim seems impressed with Jimmy, asking him if he could do her a favor on the Tucumcari case.

Act III

As Los Pollos Hermanos is closing for the night, a tense Gus waits by the phone to hear whether the dead drops have gone to plan. Gus expresses dissatisfaction at the state of the fryer, which Lyle insists on cleaning twice, neither of which are to Gus' dissatisfaction.

Meanwhile, Hank and Gomez lay in wait for the final dead drop. A suspect approaches the drop and collects the money before attempting a getaway in his car. Hank drives through the culvert in an attempt to intercept the suspect. Hank's plan seems to have worked, but the suspect suddenly - leaving the drug money in the car - runs away on foot. The DEA agents continue to search the area, to no avail. The suspect, one of Gus' men, is escorted out of the area in an SUV by Victor.

Gomez counts $700,000 from the drop, but Hank is dissatisfied with the fact that the big shot dealers are still out there. Gomez reminds him that three suspects are still in custody, and Krazy-8 is back on the streets as an informant. Despite his frustration, Hank joyfully addresses the DEA and APD officers who helped with the stake-out, inviting them to a bar to celebrate.

Meanwhile, Gus finally gets the phonecall he has been expecting from Victor. The plan "went down like it was supposed to". He finally allows Lyle go home.

Act IV

Jimmy lets himself onto Acker's property and uses "visual aids" depicting bestiality to persuade him to let Jimmy act as his lawyer against Mesa Verde. As he leaves, Jimmy calls a thankful Kim to acknowledge the development. Later that night, Jimmy drives his Suzuki Esteem to Howard's house, where he throws the three bowling balls he purchased over Howard's gate. Two out of three of them successfully hit Howard's Jaguar, denting the hood and smashing the back windshield. Jimmy rushes away before a shocked Howard emerges from his balcony.

Mike is walking home and sees the same gangbangers who tried to attack him a few nights previously. As he walks by, they follow and begin to mug him. Although he tries to put up a fight, Mike is stabbed in the abdomen and blacks out. After an indeterminate amount of time, Mike wakes up in different clothes and in a new location. He emerges slowly from bed, clearly still in pain and very confused about his new surroundings. The camera gives us an overview of Mike's surroundings: a rural compound.

Trivia

  • The name of the episode is derived from the license plate of Howard's car, a 1998 Jaguar XJ8.
    • Furthermore, the term “Namaste” is a respectable greeting used in the Hindu culture. In this episode, Howard went out of his way to greet Jimmy in a respectful manner. Also near the end of the episode, Jimmy also greets Howard but in a derisive and disrespectful manner by hurling bowling balls at his car, damaging it.
  • This episode is the directorial debut of Gordon Smith who has worked as a writer since season 1 of Better Call Saul.
  • The broken glass from the beer bottles shattered at the end of "The Guy For This" is still on the ground until a guilt-ridden Kim cleans it up.
  • At the beginning of his lunch with Jimmy, Howard orders a "Sole", with no butter, and a side of steam vegetables. Just like Howard wants to hire Jimmy's "Saul", possibly without any of his colorful abilities.
  • Hank discusses the etymology of culvert; its actual origin is not known, with linguists suggesting connections to French couvert ("covered") or Dutch coul-vaart ("flow-journey") or Tamil kalveṭṭu ("carved stone").
  • During a conversation between Mike and Stacy, a license plate sometimes disappears from a woman’s car.

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