The Untitled Better Call Saul Posting #27: Expenses

Expenses was written and directed by Thomas Schnauz.

Jimmy tries to fulfill his court-mandated community service while trying to sell his commercials. Even though he manages to find a few clients, he’s unable to convince them to sign on for the full run of slots. Meanwhile, Nacho approaches Pryce with the pill stolen from Hector and offers to pay Pryce to obtain copies of the capsules with no medication. At a meeting with Mesa Verde, Kim reveals that she feels some regret for destroying Chuck’s reputation in the disciplinary hearing. While having dinner with Jimmy, she wonders whether they did the right thing and Jimmy replies what happened to Chuck was his own fault and that she should forget about him. Mike begins construction on the new playground and receives some help from the other members of Stacey’s support group, including a woman named Anita (Tamara Tunie). Upon returning to work, he is approached by Pryce, who wants to hire him as a bodyguard again to keep an eye on Nacho, which Mike declines. At a meeting, Mike begins to befriend Anita as she recounts how her husband mysteriously disappeared on a hiking trip and the fact that she doesn’t know what happened to him constantly troubles her. Apparently touched by Anita’s story, Mike calls Pryce and agrees to be his bodyguard. At the meeting with Nacho, Mike learns the full story about Hector’s desire to force Nacho’s father into the drug trade and the plan to replace Hector’s medication with fake pills. Mike agrees not to interfere, but advises Nacho to switch the pills back after Hector dies so they cannot be traced back to him. He then requests something from Nacho. Desperate for funds to keep up his end of office expenses, Jimmy meets with an insurance agent to try and get a refund on his malpractice insurance policy. However, the agent is unable to grant the refund and mentions that due to his suspension, Jimmy’s premium will rise by 150%. Jimmy is visibly shaken by this news and starts to cry. When the agent reacts sympathetically to his emotional breakdown, Jimmy seizes the opportunity to “accidentally” mention Chuck’s mental illness before leaving, knowing that the insurance company will be forced to act on the information.

A really solid episode all around.

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