The latest episode of Better Call Saul ends with Jimmy Howard wasting Hamlin’s car, but the duo’s ongoing bitter feud is not his only motivation.
The latest episode of Better Call Saul starts and ends with the unreasonable destruction of Jimmy by an old frame rate rival and rival Howard Hamlin, reasons that go beyond mere animosity.
Better Call, Namaste Saul started by supplying heavy objects to Jimmy at the junk shop and trying them with excessive throwing. The audience must wonder what Jimmy has planned for the three bowling balls he follows, but their purpose becomes clear when, at the end of the episode, he visits Howard Hamlin’s house and throws the ball into a parked car and hits the intended target.
The vehicular destruction took place after an uncomfortable lunch between Jimmy and Howard, where the brother of the HHM boss, a new brother, Saul Goodman, was roasted before offering a job at a well-known law firm.
Howard apologized that he had never fired Jimmy and talked about his virtues to place his previous bitterness between them.
Jimmy seemed relatively impressed with Howard’s forgiving attitude and decided to leave for the job for a while, although there was no indication that he would accept it. When Howard left, the camera remained on the “NAMAST3” plate.
There are many reasons for Jimmy to dump Howard’s car.
The HHM colleague kept underestimating Jimmy, hampering his legal career, and making a wedge between McGill’s siblings. Jimmy’s reason for ten-pin vandalism is more than reviving old hatred.
Like most things in a better season than Better Call Saul, Chuck’s death was the main cause. Jimmy is dismembered by guilt and sadness over the loss of his brother and finds comfort in becoming Saul, a character who helps Jimmy escape Chuck’s suicide.
Deep down, of course, Jimmy knew that Saul was a mask and his brother’s death was still hot in his soul, and that was why he hated Howard more now – because successful and swollen people permanently did what Jimmy couldn’t do.
In season 4, Breath, Howard deliberately made Jimmy let go of Chuck’s wishes, but he was very concerned with the whole situation and reacted with an unusual vulnerability when Kim gave him clothes.
Later, at Quite A Ride, Jimmy met Howard in the courtroom and the former king of HHM had fallen significantly along with the company’s wealth. Howard was obsessed with insomnia, met with a therapist and no longer represented his most profitable client.
Although Jimmy was worried about tearing up the therapist’s contact card, it was clear that he felt he had “won” in a twisted sense. Chuck’s death was interrupted by Howard, but Jimmy smiled and said, “Okay, man.” He finally got it from Howard Hamlin.
While Jimmy seems better than Howard in the fourth season defeat of Better Call Saul, his role is certainly included in the final episode of season 5. At lunch, they realize that Jimmy is still silent, Howard hides behind Saul and passes through the tunnel. Howard turned to his sadness and sought help.
He recovered as a professional, returned to his usual mind and is now trying to be fairer. He offers Jimmy a job, gets a scholarship choice, and hugs him goodbye. All these new and improved Howard are summarized with the magnificent “NAMAST3” sign.
And that’s why Jimmy made a concerted effort to shorten Howard’s car. Like Saul Goodman, Jimmy was financially successful and enjoyed the kind of ambiguous moral plan he always let go of.
But Jimmy was far from overcoming his brother’s death, and the pain still bubbled under him. Howard’s recovery angered Jimmy far beyond success or professional comment.