‘Better Call Saul’ Fans Think One Scene Went Too Far

by Victoria Santiago

A scene in Season 3, Episode 9 of “Better Call Saul” is being labeled as unnecessarily cruel and heartbreaking.

Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, is arguably one of the more interesting characters featured on “Breaking Bad.” When the pilot episode for “Better Call Saul” opened with Odenkirk’s character managing a Cinnabon, expectations for the show may have been low… but whatever preconceptions anyone had about the show were quickly thrown out the window.

We know Jimmy McGill for his seemingly spur-of-the-moment and often sleazy schemes. And his incredible ability to talk his way out of or into anything. We immediately dive into the consistently tragic backstory of Jimmy McGill, but should we root for him? Or against him? Watching Jimmy evolve into Saul Goodman has been a whirlwind rollercoaster filled with emotions, good and bad.

Jimmy McGill’s Evil, Opportunistic Actions

Although Odenkirk’s character is known for being quite evil at times, one scene has viewers in awe of his bad behavior. Season 3, Episode 9 is very hard to watch, viewers say. Titled “Fall,” the episode focuses on what happens as the Sandpiper class-action lawsuit begins to sputter. Jimmy, desperate for money, begins to manipulate the representative of the Sandpiper lawsuit, an older woman named Irene. He sneaks his way into Irene’s life and turns everyone against her.

Jimmy begins by finding Irene’s walking group at the mall and gifts her a pair of expensive walking shoes. Irene, happy to have new shoes, is oblivious to the lies Jimmy begins to tell her friends. He convinces her friends that her new shoes are the result of the settlement money she is hiding from them. Of course, we know that there is no settlement money yet, but her friends don’t.

Fast forward to a game of bingo – Jimmy offers to call out the numbers. Irene is there, as are her friends. Undoubtedly mad about the lies Jimmy told them earlier, they choose not to sit with Irene. Jimmy secretly gives Irene the winning bingo card. She wins, of course, and no one claps for her. Obviously upset and confused about why her friends are icing her out, Irene begins to cry and leaves the room.

A Win for Jimmy, a Loss for Those With Hearts

All of these bad things are a win for Jimmy. He follows Irene back to her room and tells her that if she takes the Sandpiper settlement, her friends will want to be around her again. After convincing her to take the money, Jimmy goes home to celebrate. What’s more, Jimmy is so busy winning he doesn’t even stop to think about how he has ruined Irene’s life. Jimmy’s actions show a breakdown of his morals and foreshadow his evolution into Saul Goodman.