The first two episodes of the final season of AMC’s Better Call Saul finally air tonight, after two long years of waiting. Stay tuned for our episode 2 life synopsis entitled ‘The Carrot and the Stick’ below. Spoilers for the first episode and a quick recap of Season 5 can be found here.
Episode 2 Summary
Episode 2 begins shortly after the events of the season premiere Wine and Roses.
Mike goes to Nacho’s former residence and tells the two ladies he lived with to go far away where no one will find them and not to come back to give them some money to help them. He then finds Nacho’s safe and packs some of the money inside, while also noticing two Manitoban ID cards hidden there: his and his father’s.
Back at home, Jimmy rehearses an ad for a personal injury attorney in front of Kim. They then continue rehearsing how to get Clifford Main to agree to meet Howard, while also getting him to be wary of his potential cocaine addiction (as seen in the final episode).
At a shelter, Gus and Tyrus look at photos of the assassination scene, where Tyrus tells Gus that the police believe the fire started in the kitchen. Gus then calls Don Bolsa and tells him that he has a new idea for them to “keep the peace”.
Meanwhile, we get reacquainted with Betsy and Craig Kettleman, a couple whose cheating Jimmy exposed back in Season 1, resulting in Craig going to jail. They’re now running a tax agency, which is where Jimmy notices an all-too-familiar Statue of Liberty subway woman. Jimmy tries to convince her to sign up for a service with him, although he is no longer betrayed, much to Betsy’s dismay. After playing some reverse psychology and getting them to reluctantly sign some papers making his representation of them official, Jimmy tells them that Howard, who previously represented them, was addicted to cocaine and therefore “impaired” while he was officially acted, the revelation of what could jeopardize his career. Though the Kettlemans storm off at the end of the meeting and Betsy “fires” him after about three minutes of representation, Jimmy walks away with a smile.
Nacho seems to go insane in his motel room, even becoming paranoid and pointing the gun at the door when food is delivered to him. However, he notices a mysterious stranger lurking in the area.
Meanwhile, the Kettlemans confront Clifford Main about Howard’s alleged cocaine addiction and hope Craig’s conviction will be overturned. However, Main rebuffs them, in part because his firm is working with Howards on an ongoing case, but tells them that any attempt to overturn Craig’s conviction will likely be unsuccessful anyway.
At the retirement home, Gus and Don Bolsa visit Hector, where Gus offers his condolences over Lalo’s “death” and once again advocates for the union between him and the Salamancas under Don Bolsa’s leadership. With great effort, Hector even goes so far as to shake hands with Gus as a supposed peace sign, which makes Gus incredibly suspicious. “Lalo Salamanca is alive,” he tells Mike immediately after the end of the meeting.
At Nacho’s old residence, Don Bolsa and his men discover Nacho’s safe, which contains his ID and a bank statement that lists the phone number of the motel where Nacho is taking refuge. Bolsa calls it, leading it to discover Nacho’s whereabouts.
Nacho, on the other hand, is a nervous wreck, barely able to function as he is quarantined in the motel room, unable to leave the room or even open the door except to get his tray of food . Probably paranoid, he then escapes through a rear window after kicking out the air conditioning.
Nacho then goes around the back and approaches his would-be assassin from behind, aiming a gun at the back of his head. The assassin then tells Nacho that he was simply hired by “a voice on the phone”, the identity of whoever pays him is unknown. Gus then calls Tyrus and tells him that he is not well and feels compelled to leave. However, Tire tells him to stay. After hanging up, the assassin then rings his own phone. Gus tells him to turn around, then knocks him unconscious.
At the motel, Nacho’s assassins, including the fearsome cousins, come running while Nacho hides in a pickup truck. The Cousins terrorize the place, kicking down every door they can find in search of the fugitive. While one of Salamanca’s men is involved in a shootout with Nacho, the cousins kill the shooter (one of them) because they want Nacho to be “alive”. However, Nacho wires the pickup just in time and then nearly runs over the Cousins before narrowly escaping.
At Jimmy’s, Saul’s copy of “The Time Machine” (as seen in the premiere’s cold open) is sitting on his bedside table when the Kettlemans finally call him, interested in taking his stand-in offer after Main turned them down. They agree to meet up the next morning. While Kim encourages the use of “The Stick,” Jimmy thinks the Kettlemans are more “carrot guys,” especially Betsy. “A spoonful of sugar, you know,” he says. Kim then says she wants to come along.
Mike assures Gus that if Lalo is alive, he’s not after Gus, that he probably won’t kill Nacho, and that he will inevitably be caught anyway. Mike suggests that he and a few others cross the border to get Nacho, but Gus wants to bring Nacho’s father in, presumably to use him as a hostage, but Mike loudly disagrees. Mike then gets a call from Nacho asking to speak to Gus.
Kim and Jimmy meet with the Kettlemans at their place of business, where Betsy agitates Jimmy for sending her on a wild goose hunt, then orders him to exonerate Craig as he “promised.” When Jimmy tries to bribe her, an angry Kim mutters “enough carrot,” then dials the IRS, where she sues the Kettlemans for essentially robbing their clients by fabricating tax returns and the difference they get from make to the government, pocket. Panicked, knowing that she and Craig could go to jail for their unethical business practices, Betsy hangs up the phone and asks her what she wants. Kim tells her to refund her customers for what they stole, and then “forget you ever heard the name Howard Hamlin.”
“Wolves and sheep,” Jimmy says as he and Kim drive away. However, someone is on their trail as they pursue them in another car.
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