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"Wexler v. Goodman" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of Better Call Saul and the forty-sixth episode of the series altogether.

Summary

Teaser

In a flashback, a teenage Kim waits outside her Junior High School in Nebraska, holding a cello. Kim's mother finally arrives to pick her up, but a sensible and frustrated Kim expresses doubts about getting in the car, as it is clear her mother has been drinking. Kim's mother attempts to convince her that she is sober, but Kim decides she will walk home, at which point her mother tells her "you never listen" and drives off.

Act I

At the nail salon, Jimmy presents his low-cost film crew with a project to edit an old Mesa Verde commercial in which young Kevin Wachtell and his father appear. Jimmy wants to produce the video for the next day, so the crew tinkers with a green screen and hires a few locals to shoot that night in the salon. Remorseful, Kim goes to the salon and offers Jimmy a $75,000 deal in favor of Everett Acker. In order to obtain this amount, Kim is ready to supplement from her own pocket any amount that Mesa Verde will agree to pay in order to quickly close this case. A surprised Jimmy tries to dissuade Kim but ends up accepting the decision.

At an abandoned train station, Nacho meets Gus, Victor and Mike, whom he pretends not to know. He informs them of Lalo's latest actions, which are designed to undermine the cartel's trust in Gus by sabotaging his legitimate and illegitimate operations. Gus informs Nacho that he will have to report directly to Mike from now on. After Gus leaves, Nacho warns Mike about Gus's ruthlessness, but Mike reminds Nacho that he told Nacho of the risk he took when he tried to kill Hector. When Nacho says that Gus has threatened to kill his father if he doesn't obey, Mike promises to discuss it once they've taken care of Lalo.

Act II

At Schweikart and Cokely, Kim, Rich, and Viola attend a conference call with Jimmy and learn that Acker has agreed to settle. Afterwards, Kim apologizes to Rich for the scene she made after he tried to pull her off the Mesa Verde case. Rich accepts her apology, but warns her to never make a dispute with him public in front of "the troops" again. The two agree to go to a lunch meeting in order to project unity within the firm.

In his car outside a public library, Mike reads the case file concerning Lalo's murder of Fred Whalen and his arson of the TravelWire office. Mike comes across a witnesses statement by one Lily Simmons. Inside the library, Mike purchases a stack of children's books from a bargain bin for Kaylee. Later, Mike poses as a private detective and visits Lily at her place of business, claiming to represent Fred's family. Under Mike's questioning, Lily is able to identify Lalo's 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo as the unusual vehicle she saw near the TravelWire on the day of the murder.

At the courthouse, Jimmy has gotten two sex workers a light sentence of three months probation. He pays them into acting as his accomplices in another prank on Howard, having them approach Howard in the middle of lunch with Cliff Main and publicly accuse him of using their services without paying. An amused Jimmy watches the unfolding scene from his Suzuki Esteem, then makes a cell phone call in relation to an upcoming meeting with Mesa Verde.

Act III

At a police precinct, Mike compels an office clerk to deliver the Fred Whalen case file to Det. Tim Roberts. After he receives the file, Roberts' partner informs him that Lily has called in identifying the car she had seen at the TravelWire, which matches the description of a car which rammed a motorist at a public parking lot on the day of Fred's murder. At the parking lot, the motorist states that he can identify the driver of the other car, giving them a lead linking Lalo to the murder.

Jimmy meets with Kim, Rich, Kevin and Paige to negotiate Acker’s settlement and stuns everyone in the room by demanding $4 million. When Kevin balks this demand, Jimmy shows them his video – consisting of rough cuts of commercials seeking plaintiffs for class-action lawsuits against Mesa Verde, which unfavorably depict Kevin’s father. Jimmy also takes advantage of Kim’s insight from the photos taken from inside Kevin's house, which is that Mesa Verde’s logo is based on a photograph which the bank did not obtain permission to use. On top of the lawsuits, Jimmy threatens an injunction against displaying the logo.

Act IV

After Jimmy leaves, Kevin's legal team struggles to figure out how they can deal with Jimmy's threats. Kevin excuses himself from the conference room, then surreptitiously makes a phone call to Jimmy to make a deal. In a parking garage, Jimmy lays out his terms: Acker is allowed to keep his house, receives $75,000, and a public apology from Mesa Verde; while the photographer receives $100,000 for future use and credit for the bank's logo. In exchange, Jimmy agrees to never broadcast the commercials against Mesa Verde.

That night, as Lalo is driving south, Nacho phones Mike and tells him about his whereabouts. Lalo's car is spotted by police and a chase ensues, which eventually ends with him being boxed in by squad cars at a stoplight. Lalo briefly contemplates using his gun to escape, but realizes he is outmatched and surrenders to the police.

At Kim's apartment, Jimmy waits for her to come home, feeling apprehensive over how she will react to the meeting. When she arrives and confirms that Kevin took the settlement offer, Jimmy insists that the outcome was a win for everyone and is a cause for celebration. Instead, Kim angrily states that only Jimmy won from the scheme, denounces him for going back on their previous deal, and says that he made her the "sucker" for his con against Mesa Verde. She says they either need to end their relationship — or get married.

Trivia

BCS 506 Storyboard

Storyboard of the episode: act 3 starts with deleted scene with Lalo, Nacho & Tio to show actions taken against Gus.

  • In the tradition of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, AMC has set up a low quality website where Saul invites the alleged victims of Mesa Verde to send their testimonies: https://www.suemesaverde.com/
  • The character 'Olivia Bitsui' is named after the daughter of cast member Jeremiah Bitsui, the actor who plays Victor.
  • This marks the earliest chronological appearance of Detective Tim Roberts, who first appeared in Breaking Bad's episode "Grilled".
  • During his phone talk, Detective Tim Roberts talks to a lady about a possum trapped in her garden. A similar fact is told by Jesse to Walt in Breaking Bad's episode "Fly".
  • The abandoned warehouse where Nacho and Gus are found is the same one in Breaking Bad's episode "Bullet Points" where Mike goes to look for the envelope and Jesse discovers that two guys are trying to rob them.
  • The scene where Jimmy gives stage directions to one of the actors by saying "there's fear here, just throw it away, but with feeling, okay" was included in one of the pre-season teasers.

Production

Credits

Co-Starring

  • Julian Bonfiglio as Sound Guy
  • Austin Boyce as Marcie
  • Nancy Jeris as Shocked Elder Player
  • David Gibson as Gentleman Thespian
  • Andre L. Burch as Concerned Patriot Player
  • Virginia Asbury as Self-Critical Player
  • Daniel Encinias as Bespectacled Player

Uncredited

  • TBA

Featured Music

TBA

Memorable Quotes

Jimmy: "This is Olivia Bitsui. She is a photographer; in fact, she took this self-portrait. It's really lovely. Here's another picture she took fifty-four years ago."
Kim: "Kevin, say nothing."
Kevin: "Kim, I got this."
Kim: "Kevin, I am strongly advising you..."
Kevin: "I know this picture..."
Kim: "Kevin!"
Kevin: "...my dad bought it fair and square! I have a copy of it hanging in my office at home!"
Jimmy: "I think we all just heard Mr. Wachtell admit that he owns a copy of Olivia Bitsui's photo. A photo that looks remarkably like the official Mesa Verde logo!"
Kevin: "That's right. We own it!"
Jimmy: "You own a copy of the photo, you don't own the rights to it! That's copyright infringement!"
Rich: "You'll never be able to prove that!"
Jimmy: "Well, you know what? Wow. Looks like a mirror image there. So, I think I can convince a judge and probably a jury that Mesa Verde misappropriated Ms. Bitsui's intellectual property. It's not your fault, sins of the father. But... we filed an injunction, so you're gonna have to take down all your horsey logos or throw a big tarp over them til we can get this thing settled. Shouldn't take more than... I don't know, a couple of years? We'll be seeing a lot of each other. Til next time."
―Jimmy claiming Mesa Verde infringed copyright infringement.

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