Better Call Saul 1×10 ‘Marco’: It all comes down to the end

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Well, it’s finally here. This first season of Better Call Saul has been quite a ride. There’s nothing like a finale episode to determine just how good the season is. Obviously that’s arguable, but there’s no denying that a final episode of a season says a lot about a show. And well…let’s stop wasting time and start talking about it.

While it may not have been the most explosive finale that we wanted, it sure does give us a good amount of build up. Basically this episode brings the show back to a slow burn. Not a bad thing, but I’m sure there were those of us who were expecting a bit more. Mostly it’s disappointing that Mike wasn’t in it until the end. Thinking back on it, it was probably a smart move to keep viewers intrigued. Plus it puts the focus on Jimmy for this episode since this is basically when he decides to become Saul Goodman.

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This episode starts with a flashback (thank goodness, I was starting to get worried). It goes back to when Jimmy was “slippin’ Jimmy” and Chuck bails him out of jail. After he gets bailed out he visits his friend Marco (the one he ran scams with) and says goodbye to him since he and Chuck are heading back to Albuquerque so he can work in Chuck’s firm (all the flashbacks are coming together).

Back to the present, Jimmy gives the Sandpiper case to Howard and Jimmy more or less apologizes to him. They have an actually civil conversation (which was really nice to see) and Howard gives him money for giving them the case. It’s strange that Howard has become the good guy and Chuck is now the jerk, but it’s an essential development in order for Jimmy to get to where he is at the end of the episode. Jimmy gives Howard a list of items that Chuck needs every day, and apparently he’s been doing this for a year and Howard is honestly taken a back. Again, seeing the two of them as civil instead of rivals is weird but nice. It brings to question if Howard will be a player in season two, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.

After all that, Jimmy goes back to what he does best, moderating a bingo game which results in a great scene that shows just how awesome Bob Odenkirk is. Jimmy basically has a bit of a breakdown in front of all the old people which leads him to go back to the city where he was “slippin’ Jimmy” (which is Chicago, apparently). He re-teams up with Marco and they have a week of the good old days of scamming gullible folk.Unfortunately during their last scam, his friend Marco dies of a heart attack. It’s cool to see Jimmy go back to his old life a bit, but that whole sequence could have been a bit shorter (yeah I wanted more Mike in the episode, so sue me).

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Jimmy returns to Albuquerque and has a chance to work on the Sandpiper case at another law firm that is going to help out HHM. It looks like he’s about to take it until, well, he doesn’t. Mike finally makes an appearance in the last two minutes when Jimmy asks him why they didn’t split the money they took from the Kettlemans and take it for themselves. Mike gives his reason (because the job was done and all that) but Jimmy says that his previously stated reason of “doing the right thing” is something that he’s not going to do again. And then he drives off as a new man. Yep folks, that is the moment when he is no longer Jimmy McGill. He is now officially Saul Goodman.

Again, viewers may have been expecting more but this episode still sets up nicely for the next season. Plus the ending is so subtle and yet poignant at the same time making it the ending that really fit the rest of the season. Jimmy’s rift with Chuck and his breakdown at the bingo game shows that he’s ready for a change, ready to not be the good guy that he’s been trying to be ever since he moved to Albuquerque. It would have been nice for some more loose ends to have been tied up and to have seen more of Mike, but obviously they’re saving it for season two (and for however long they plan on having the show run).

Some might say there should have been more to this finale, and I agree to a point. But the ending won me over a bit, it wasn’t over the top, it wasn’t in our faces, it chose to be subtle, and it worked. It’s kind of a relief that it didn’t end in a cliff hanger to make the wait for season two that much harder. But that’s the important thing, there will be a season two. And seeing how this first season went and how it’s been received, it’s definitely going to be good. See you in about a year’s time, fellow fans.

Sarah Lord

is a college student in New York City. Her extreme knowledge of British comedians and TV shows almost surpasses her general love for film. When she’s not sitting in her apartment/nerd cave reviewing movies and TV shows, she sometimes makes time for long walks in the moonlight. Check her out on YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr as TheSplord.

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