Better Call Saul Season 6, Episode 5 Recap: Boxing Lawyers!

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Do you have all that?

Jimmy’s impersonation of Howard and the gonzo performance art with Wendy the Prostitute was compelling enough for Cliff to confront Howard after the meeting about his alleged drug problem. It takes Howard about 30 seconds to piece together what’s going on. “I have a problem, but not the problem you think. I have a problem with Jimmy McGill,” he whispers to Cliff, before calling his assistant and saying, “Cancel my week.

So now Jimmy and Kim got a crazy drug lord and a hyperactive legal partner coming for them.

Next, we have a fun little fan-service scene where Saul Goodman’s trusty secretary, Francesca Liddy, shows up for her first day at the bathroom and nearly walks. Jimmy has to bribe her, basically, and then she demands a say in the decor. Cute.

And the tradition keeps coming. Who is this nice woman having lunch with Kim? Well, that’s Viola Goto, of course, Kim’s paralegal from Mesa Verde. The ostensible purpose of the meeting is for Kim to apologize to Viola for leaving her stranded at Schweikart & Cokely, but in reality, she is looking for information, specifically the identity of the judge in charge of the case. Sandpiper case. Which Viola spat obligingly only before shaming Kim by telling her how inspirational her decision to go totally pro bono was. Too bad!

Now, here’s one of those semi-brilliant, semi-absurd sets you can imagine a writer’s room deciding to go through because, hey, it’s the last season and why not? Howard attracts Jimmy [checks notes, confirms this wasn’t a hallucination from drinking coffee laced with bullet lead] an empty boxing ring and invites him to release all his aggression once and for all, if possible. Yeah, it really happened.

Jimmy almost walks away, but then decides to act out his own personal Rocky Balboa fantasy after all. For a minute, it looks like Jimmy will get the better of Howard, but then Howard flattens him. Then Howard snuggles up with some sort of private detective (I’m sure that person is of some importance in the breaking Bad Cinematic Universe but, honestly, I’m so sick of Googling, guys) and orders him to follow Jimmy for a week and record all of his movements and interactions. So I guess the pragmatic purpose of staging this brawl between bloated lawyers was to lure Jimmy in and get him in line.

Kim is tearing up another ass on the balcony when Jimmy comes home. Back at the apartment, he’s desperately experimenting with eye makeup solutions to hide his shiner, but Kim, as usual, is totally “it’s okay, man” about it. She informs Jimmy of the information she gathered from Viola and goes to take a picture of the new Judge Sandpiper. From Jimmy’s reaction (“Love the ‘stache – it’s a lot less face to worry about”), we can tell they’re planning on impersonating the guy. And based on Kim’s reaction when Jimmy kicks himself for letting Howard suck her into his game (“You had your reasons…because you know what’s next”), we at least have to ask us if she and Jimmy sought being caught doing the stunt with Wendy and the NAMAST3 Jag. As Howard told Jimmy before the clash of the twilight counselors, “You didn’t even try to cover your tracks!”

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