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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4, Episode 6: Disillusionment

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We also learned that: 1.) Gus was apparently an orphan, raised by his brothers, in extreme poverty; and 2.) His brothers didn’t worry about him much. As part of his tale of that cruelly tormented coati, Gus says that his brothers called out to him but he remained quiet, ready to waylay the animal. Do the brothers search for the boy? Keep yelling his name? Nope. For those of us looking for clues that explain the coldness at Gus’s core, here is one of them.

Closing Thoughts:

• Doesn’t the warehouse-dorm seem like the set of reality TV show? At least one of these guys is going to get voted off the island, (“Auf Wiedersehen!” could be the show’s catchphrase farewell) and the early money is, of course, on Kei (Ben Bela Böhm). He is either going to end up dead or a partner.

• Just wondering: Does an actor who delivers three pages of a monologue get paid the same amount as an actor, in the same scene, who says nothing and pretends to be in a coma?

• That opening, in Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, circa 1993, did a great job of humanizing and rounding out the dearly departed Chuck. He actually seemed to like his younger brother. I suppose he preferred Jimmy when he lacked both ambition and intellectual curiosity.

• I was wrong to guess that Howard Hamlin’s insomnia was induced solely by guilt over Chuck’s suicide. It might have been a starting point, but the firm’s problems, which now include significant layoffs, run deeper. I have to assume that the reputational hit taken by the firm courtesy of Jimmy’s face-off with his brother — and his brother’s subsequent death — hurt. My sense, though, is that is only part of it.

• For me, this is easily the best season of “Better Call Saul.” The building of the super lab, and this German crew, are going to be a focus, and that feels promising. Gus’s plan to torment Hector — it won’t be dull. Kim finally has a plot thread worthy of Rhea Seehorn’s acting chops. And Saul Goodman has made only the briefest of cameos.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a Mr. Bushmills waiting in my office.

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