Fall (Better Call Saul)

"Fall" is the ninth and penultimate episode of the third season of the AMC television series Better Call Saul, the spinoff series of Breaking Bad. The episode aired on June 12, 2017 on AMC in the United States. Outside of the United States, the episode premiered on streaming service Netflix in several countries.

"Fall"
Better Call Saul episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 9
Directed byMinkie Spiro
Written byGordon Smith
Original air dateJune 12, 2017 (2017-06-12)
Running time49 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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PlotEdit

Jimmy discovers from Irene, one of his former elder law clients who represents the class in the Sandpiper Crossing lawsuit, that the company has offered a settlement which if accepted by D&M and HHM will result in a payment to Jimmy of $1.16 million. Irene has refused to accept the settlement because the D&M and HHM lawyers have advised her they believe they can get Sandpiper Crossing to offer more. Jimmy tries to persuade Howard to accept the settlement, but Howard refuses.

Howard and Chuck meet with their malpractice insurance agent, who inform them that the insurance carrier will need to raise HHM's premium substantially or arrange to have Chuck supervised by another attorney at all times. Chuck refuses and instead decides to fight the insurance company in court. Howard informs Chuck that he's in disagreement with Chuck's plan, and says Chuck will be forced to retire since his judgment can no longer be trusted. Chuck sues HHM for $8 million, the value of his share of the partnership.

Mike becomes a contracted "security consultant" to Madrigal, a paper transaction designed to launder his stolen money by having him give his cash to Lydia, and then receive monthly checks from Madrigal as supposed fees for his expert advice. Kim takes on Gatwood Oil as a second client in order to have an income sufficient to cover office expenses in case Jimmy can't pay his half while his law license is suspended. Nacho admits to his father that he is working for Hector, and begs him to follow Hector's orders. Nacho's father refuses and orders Nacho to leave his house.

Jimmy pulls a series of psychological and social manipulation tricks to turn Irene's friends against her, so that she believes refusing the Sandpiper settlement is against the interests of her fellow clients. She decides to accept it, meaning Jimmy will receive his much needed share. He returns to his office to give Kim the good news, but she is too busy preparing for an important meeting with Gatwood Oil and leaves in a rush. Due to fatigue from overwork, Kim falls asleep at the wheel and drives her car off the side of the road, crashing into a boulder.

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

Upon airing, the episode received 1.47 million American viewers, and an 18–49 rating of 0.5.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

The episode received critical acclaim. It holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 12 reviews with an average score 8.71/10, stating ""Fall" brings weeks' worth of tension to a head with a pivotal episode that powerfully sets up the season finale while hinting at the series' future direction."[2] Terri Schwartz of IGN gave a 9.0 rating, saying "With everything falling apart in the penultimate episode of Season 3, Better Call Saul delivered an excellent episode in "Fall.""[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Welch, Alex (June 13, 2017). "Monday cable ratings: 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' leads, 'WWE Raw' dips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Fall". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Terri. "Better Call Saul:"Fall" Review". Retrieved June 13, 2017.

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