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In which there are consequences.

First of all, firing Ernie has to be the pettiest, meanest thing Chuck has ever done. Both because he'd set Ernie up for the misdemeanour he was firing him for, and because Ernie isn't someone who'll get immediately another job. (Or else he wouldn't have stuck around doing low jobs at HHM; he, Kim and Jimmy all started in the mailroom together, and Ernie still hasn't risen higher years kater, so if he was staying, he really must need that job.)

On to the rest of the episode. Call me slow, but I never bothered to wonder just why Gus had been interrupting Mike's s2 finale plan beyond "on the look out for new employe, I guess", but of course it's all about his own feud with Hector Salamanca. He can't have someone else take his grand revenge scheme away by killing Hector. (BTW, this prioritizing of revenge is what ultilmately gets Gus killed. If he hadn't shown up chez a crippled and seemingly helpless Tio Salamanca to gloat on a regular basis, Walt would never have been able to blow him up.) Gus' demeanour here - still polite, but quite different from the harmless act at Los Pollos Hermanos - in the conversation with Mike is a great example of how the actor can switch the quiet menace on and off within half a sentence.

Mike's complicated scheme to draw the cops to the regular Salamanca drug supply was fun, but again in a filler way to yours truly, who keeps being invested in the lawyerly side of the show way more.

Where things went down as expected, more or less, if you consider that of course Chuck's (intended) end game isn't Jimmy in jail, it's Jimmy barred from the holy of holies, the law. This episode made Kim into a deliberate contrast to both McGill brothers and their verbosity - most of her scenes are silent, until the final conversation with Jimmy, but that very fact makes you watch her even when Jimmy is the one talking, and Rhea Seahorn has such an expressive face. The juxtaposition of Jimmy going into a frantic monologue about why he doesn't want Kim to represent him and Kim at the end just saying "okay", not protesting, is also a great puncturing a tv convention where character A says he doesn't want B to do the thing of the hour for him/her, and B then protests that of course he will. Now Kim chooses her battles. And in the final scene when they share a cigarette again in their familiar fashion, she just states calmly what she'll do.

That scene was also marvellously shippy, one of those scenes where neither party says "I love you" but that's what's being expressed, complete with Jimmy's current low self esteem when he says "seriously, Kim? This guy?" (i.e. himself). It made me go awww, even though my suspicion that this current enterprise will end badly for Kim is stronger than ever.

Jimmy's former colleage at the DA whom he butters up when he still believes the man will be his opponent in court points out that none of them can represent the state against Jimmy because they've all worked with him for too long, so it will be someone from outside. Cue new character appearing a few scenes later, female and black, both very welcome on this show. I expect we'll see more of her in the upcoming trial.
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