For that call, Gus wants Nacho’s father brought to him, which he must imagine as some sort of checkmate that will force Nacho’s surrender. Mike will not tolerate that idea, however, and says so bluntly and resolutely in his first act of overt insubordination. This gets a gun pointed at his head by the ever-stylish Tire Kitt (Ray Campbell), the only accomplice in Gus’ crew imaginable in line at a Manhattan nightclub.
“Whatever happens after that, it’s not going to go the way you think it is,” Mike says.
What exactly that means is a mystery, at least to Your Faithful Recapper. He may be referring to the sniper stationed outside the office with whom Mike has radio contact. But that man seems to be looking for signs that Lalo or his colleagues are preparing an attack. In any case, it’s possible that the same sniper was ordered by Mike to kill Gus and Tire in case Mike is killed. Or that Mike has a completely different plan. Or that he’s bluffing.
Speaking of bluffing, on to the Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler frame-up show, where “Operation Ruin Howard Hamlin’s Life” enters phase 2. This means we’ll see the series’ answer to Bonnie and Clyde, namely Craig and Betsy Kettleman (Jeremy Shamos and Julie Ann Emery), who were represented by Howard in the season 1 timeline in a failed attempt to defend Craig from accusations. that he embezzled $1.6 million as county treasurer. After serving his sentence, Craig is a free man in very poor circumstances, who runs a bargain basement and runs a corrupt, tax-preparing company out of a roadside mobile home.
Jimmy shows up with a proposition: Hire me, and I’ll acquit you by claiming your lawyer was a coke head. This is a bluff. But Jimmy and Kim apparently feel that the Kettlemans will cheat on Jimmy, and then go straight to Clifford Main’s office and try to hire him as their attorney. They also know that Main, seeing that planted bag of fake cocaine tumble out of Howard’s locker, will throw the Kettlemans out of the office and wonder if their story is true.
What’s best about the latest version of Jimmy and Kim’s unlikely scheme is the opportunity it gives Kim to demonstrate an almost brute force. She threatens the Kettlemans with jail time, courtesy of an aborted phone call to an IRS enforcement office, a power play of pure sang-froid. There’s something about her maneuvers like Robin Hood—the Kettlemans were scamming their financially struggling clients—but you can imagine the day when she bends even harder against less worthy targets. Or when she confuses it with the real bad guys on the show.
Odds and Ends
Now we know where Jimmy got that inflatable Lady Liberty that stood atop his office in Breaking Bad.