Still, ere he began lobbing bowling balls at Howard Hamlin’s vintage Jag, we understood that Jimmy McGill was not an enormous fan. The Better Call Saul co-stars have a difficult past together and on a lower level, Howard describes the kind of person Jimmy wishes he was — rich, strong, and well-respected. Though Jimmy pretends to despise Howard for being artificial, he’s subconsciously moving from a place of deep-seated doubt.
It’s simple to just insist that Jimmy is pissed at Howard for nevermore hiring him at HHM and using him as an equal. But their relationship is extra nuanced than that. Bob Odenkirk and Patrick Fabian lately discussed their views on Jimmy and Howard’s complicated relationship.
Howard Hamlin shocked everyone by offering Jimmy a job
Jimmy used time during the first seasons of Better Call Saul attempting to prove his worth and get used at HHM, the firm his older brother Chuck served to create. At the time, it appeared like Howard was the one obstructing Jimmy’s attempts to get approved. But it was Chuck following it the whole point.
Following Chuck’s death at the end of Season 3, Howard goes into a kind of individual transformation and looks to eventually realize how flawed Chuck was all simultaneously. That’s why it’s not too surprising that Howard fervently attempts to right old wrongs by prompting Jimmy to get a position with HHM. He’s attempting to atone for past sins and comfort his conscience in that direction.
At the time, it would be much more comfortable for Howard to let it go and leave Jimmy to build his personal life apart from HHM. But his sense of sin won’t allow him to give up on Jimmy without a hassle.
Howard thinks Jimmy is a good lawyer, but it’s more than that — he understands he owes him a job. Unhappily, Jimmy has walked past the time of wanting to serve with Howard and has grown way too established in his current life as Saul Goodman.