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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Employment Lawsuit Makes Its Way to Saul

Thanks to Amanda G. for not allowing me to miss this one.  It's not purely ERISA - really more a matter of pure employment - but I've posted on such things before.

The point here is to note a particular exchange between Jimmy and Kim in the fifth episode of the second season of the absurdly good Better Call Saul.  Kim's been treated not-so-well by her law firm.  Jimmy's unhappy with (and feeling more than just a little guilty regarding) how she's being treated.  He goes over to her with a set of typed-up papers, leading to:

Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman (eventually!)) - . . . Here's how we're going to handle this travesty of justice.

Rhea Seehorn's Kim Wexler - Wexler v. Hamlin Hamlin [&] McGill.  You want me to sue my own firm?

Jimmy - Filing's all typed up.  It's ready to go.  This is not my area of expertise.  Alright so, first order of business we get a great employment-law attorney.  Show them we mean business. . . .

Turns out that Jimmy isn't thinking discrimination but rather homes in on extortion.  Well, he DID say that the area is not one of his expertise.

Note also that, in the ensuing week, during last night's episode, Rick (sometimes Rich) Schweikert (the venerable Dennis Boutsikaris) reported to Kim that his first big case was a yoooge employment-discrimination case.  Someone on Vince Gilligan's Saul team has done some employment stuff at one time or another, don't ya think?

Better Call Saul really is some ride.  Odenkirk is ridiculously good, and Jonathan Banks, as Mike Ehrmantraut, may be even better.  (Remember him from Beverly Hills Cop, among other things?)  WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS!  The episode where Mike goes after the two rogue cops might be one of the best in television history (right there with the Breaking Bad episode in which Jesse's girlfriend dies), and the later devastating soliloquy during which he bemoans having caused the loss of his son is utterly unsurpassed.

One day, we'll catch up in Better Call Saul to where Breaking Bad began.  As Vonnage (who I (jokingly) contend stole it from me) might say - woo hoo.

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