Better Call Saul, Season 6, Episode 12 Recap: Kim Comes Clean

This post contains spoilers better call Saul Episode 611, “Breaking Bad.”

When I Interview Rhea Seehorn And Bob Odenkirkko Earlier this summer, I asked him for a hint as to what the final half-season of the series would be like. Odenkirk said: “No one gets out of here easily.”

And Seehorn said: “All actions have consequences.”

So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that we’re here, although I don’t think it’s the resolution most fans are looking for. Yes, it’s still possible that Kim and Jimmy/Saul/Jean will reunite, but it’s not shaping up to be a very happy ending. Tonight’s episode is actually quite sad.

But there’s a moral clarity at work here that you really can’t argue with. Sure, Kim and Jimmy had a lot of fun together, but they also caused a lot of loss and pain. Enough. And it’s heartening to see that Kim is finding the courage to explain.

So let’s dive in and talk about what happened, shall we?

The cold open brings us back to Saul Goodman’s office, where he’s tossing a rubber ball against his wall-sized blast of the U.S. Constitution. When Francesca tells him she needs to stop pausing and start her next appointment, he blows her off, only to calm down after knocking on one of the fake columns. He puts on a salmon-colored blazer that matches his hideous tie, examines his teeth in a hand mirror, and then opens the manila envelope on his desk: divorce papers from Kim, citing “irreconcilable differences”. Giving. He then dials Francesca and tells her to “send her in.” That means Kim.

After the break, we finally get to see what happens to Kim. She actually works at Palm Coast Sprinklers in Florida, writing copy for her e-commerce website, from the looks of it. She has dark brown hair, which she wears without a statement ponytail. She … is not married to a dim but seemingly gentle boy in a tiger shirt who says “Yeah!” The word screams. repeatedly during intercourse. And instead of avoiding anyone she’s talking to, she avoids making decisions or even expressing opinions. She won’t even go up against Miracle Whip. Maybe because her life in Florida Is Miracle whip – a fake and rather poor substitute for the real thing.

The new Kim is enjoying a completely normal day at work, fine-tuning her little writing with the help of some original research and waiting for the office sing-along in honor of receptionist Tammy’s birthday, When he receives a highly disruptive call from a certain Victor St. Clair. it, as better call Saul Perfectionists know, Jimmy’s used pseudonym back in the day—and his better half, Gisele St. Clair, was portrayed by none other than Kim Wexler.

Suppressing her shock, Kim pulled out all the blinders in her office. For a moment, I was worried that we would once again Was denied listening to this conversation, but thankfully it was not. Now we know what caused Jean to break the window of that phone booth.

Jean/Victor/Saul/Jimmy don’t get along very well. He is condescending and pushy and rude. Kim, for her part, barely speaks. But when she does, she makes it count. She tells him, “You should put yourself in.” Jean doesn’t like that very much, and dares to turn to Self In, pointing out that both Gus and Mike are dead, so he won’t face any consequences.

Kim also says, “I’m glad you’re alive.” And that’s about it.

I was wrong that Jean was trying to bring him to her. At least he didn’t say that he was. It seems like he wanted her to give him some validation, tell him she still loves him, is proud of him, thinks it’s good he isn’t caught. Instead, he tried to awaken his conscience. And this angered him.

Next, we find Kim at an airport. Albuquerque, indeed. She rents a car and passes by the parking booth where Mike worked. There is no longer a human attendant, just a credit card machine. She stops by the lunch table where Saul built his cartel business. And then… she comes to Howard’s old house. To see his widow Cheryl. She hands something to Cheryl—an affidavit in which she and Jimmy confess everything about how she tormented Howard, saw him die, and helps cover up his murder. It looks like Kim presented it at the courthouse during her visit.

It’s disappointing to see the insane details of what Kim and Jimmy did in black and white, no less legal. On one hand, I’m like, Hey, writing room, you ill be the one who brought all this. Why are you trying to trap me? On the other hand, I realized that they had set a wonderful moral trap, framing us for our sordid heroes when they were committing all these horrors.

Cheryl’s hands tremble as she reads the details of how Howard was murdered. Yes, he is relieved that he did not commit suicide. It must be a burden for him. But when Kim says, “She didn’t mind,” she has to object, pointing out that the caricature of Howard that Jimmy and Kim made is now remembered by everyone. Kim says she wants to change this, but she doesn’t know if she will be prosecuted because there is no physical evidence – and the only witness, Jimmy/Saul/Jean, is missing.

It’s a heavy conversation, and on the airport shuttle back home, the weight of whatever Kim is carrying finally hits her. In a sequence that brilliantly showcases Rhea Seehorn’s acting prowess, which has been spectacular throughout this series, we see Kim’s terrifying Stepford-girlfriend mask finally broken. Actually “Waterworks”.

After another break, we’re back where we left off last episode, in which Jean sneaks into Scar’s house with cancer. He plays a high note on the piano to make sure the guy is really cool, then finds his documents and passwords. everything is going on almost When Jeff pulls out as instructed, but then Jean gets greedy. He walks upstairs, steals a Cuban cigar, pours a drink, and pockets a few watches—only to realize the man has woken up. Meanwhile, a police car comes behind Jeff’s cab.

When Mark sits at the bottom of the ladder Jean needs to go down to escape, he grabs an urn carrying the ashes of the poor man’s dead dog, possibly intending to cut off his head – or At least that knocks him out. But then the man falls asleep again, allowing Jean to sneak past. He goes to the front door, only to back down when he sees the cop’s car. The cops have no idea what’s going on—they just need a place to eat their serious taco dinner—but Jeff is too jumpy a hobbyist to stay calm. (remember mike last week alert About amateurs?)

Jeff passes out, to the police’s complete surprise, then turns left and … crashes into the back of another vehicle. The police reluctantly cut down his meal and arrested him, while Jean quietly retreated.

Now we’re back in Saul’s Technicolor office, as he and Kim sign their divorce papers while Francesca hovers anxiously. Clearly, the only way Saul can overcome this is to effect a barvado level that would be terrifying in a banyan rooster. Feet on the table, talking over her, he expresses his unwelcome opinion that he should have taken his cut of the sandpiper settlement—money he couldn’t have gotten more dirty, which is the way the final deal went down.

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