by Sherry Lipp
The third episode of Better Call Saul, “Nacho,” continues to show us John McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk)
slide from sleazy public defender to the criminal-minded Saul Goodman we all know from Breaking Bad. At this point Saul (as I’ll call him for consistency) is not such a bad guy. In the last episode we saw him negotiate with Tuco (Raymond Cruz) for the lives of the two young men Saul roped into his attempted scam. He didn’t have to do that, he could have just let Tuco kill them. We also know that he cares for his “ailing” brother Chuck (Michael McKean) and he even appears to have a kind-of romantic relationship with another lawyer (Rhea Seahorn).
And now, when Tuco’s sidekick Nacho (Michael Mando) is fingered in the disappearance of Betsy and Craig Kettleman (Julie Ann Emery and Jeremy Shamos) and their two children, Saul goes out on a limb to clear his name. While I won’t say this episode was quite as exciting as the series premiere, I did like that the relationship between Mike (Jonathan Banks) and Saul began to emerge. I also liked the mystery that unfolded throughout the episode. We got a lot of character development between Saul and Mike a good story.
I’m looking forward to more interplay Saul and Mike. It’ll be interesting to see how and why they end up working more closely together. Mike was instrumental in Saul solving the case this week and I have a feeling there will be more of that to come. So far Better Call Saul is off to a good start.