Here are the repetitive motifs of this episode, three separate and very beautiful shots of a man standing alone in a dark place. First, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) stands by a desert campfire. On top of that, the bloody truth about the death of Howard Harmlin (Patrick Fabian) is slowly burning.
Second, Gasfling (Giancarlo Esposito) rises above the underground pool of Don Elladio (Steven Bauer) in the night sky. This is a harbinger of the day when Elladio’s corpse is floating under him. Finally, there is Jimmy Magill (Bob Odenkirk).
Difficult Decisions Of The Heart
After Howard’s funeral, Kim (Rhea Seehorn) said goodbye to him, ran his car and left him alone in the parking lot where he was sharing cigarettes.
This is the repeating motif of this episode. In the three separate very first two shots, the man is illuminated by darkness-a microphone by a burning fire, a gas by the glow of a pool.
But Jimmy is outside the circle of light from the cold neon lights in the parking lot, so he can’t see his face. He is just a shadow, a silhouette. He may not be anyone or anyone.
Bye Bye Love
Mike’s campfire in the desert is the culmination of a long day Howard spent erasing all dead evidence from Jimmy’s condo. While Kim and Jimmy are running the regular day version (Kim wins a tearful victory for the client in court, Jimmy wears the perfect neck brace to sell him a personal injury suit. ), Mike and his team clean the carpet and patch the drywall, apply the patch and install a new refrigerator, leave no traces.
When Kim and Jimmy got home, it didn’t seem to happen. Jimmy tries to smooth it out with the same speech Mike once gave him. To realize what you can forget. But when Mike said it, it was aimed at someone who really wanted to hear it.
Kim, lying on her side with her back to her husband, doesn’t even look at him.
And yet, life goes on, for everyone. Gus has one last hurdle to clear, a meeting at Don Eladio’s compound where Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) publicly (and, it must be said, accurately) accuses him of conspiring against the cartel.
But he’s covered his tracks so well, and Lalo (Tony Dalton) did such an impeccable job of faking his own death, that Eladio dismisses the whole thing with a shrug.
Odds and Ends
It really is as Gus said in that final showdown with Lalo: Eladio is an impulsive idiot, unable to even conceive of the long game, let alone notice the one playing out under his nose. He’s no match for Gus, who is driven and meticulous and terrifyingly patient, whose entire life is organized around the single purpose of revenge.
There’s one fleeting moment in this episode, as he laughs over a glass of wine with the maitre d’ at his favorite bar, where we see the man Gus Fring could have been, if he’d only let himself — but he won’t.
He recoils from the sensation of happiness, from the possibility of human connection. These things are distractions.