‘Better Call Saul’: Rhea Seehorn’s Favorite Cons
Better Call Saul has introduced Breaking Bad fans to Saul Goodman‘s past life as Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Part of Saul’s past is his wife, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). Early on in the prequel series, Kim served as Jimmy’s moral compass. Slowly, she started to discover the fun in conning others and later, the good that could come of it.
Jimmy and Kim conned Ken Wins
One of Seehorn’s favorite Better Call Saul cons was the one Kim and Jimmy run on Ken Wins. “That was a lot of fun,” Seehorn recalled.
In Season 2, Episode 1’s “Switch,” Jimmy convinced Kim to help him con obnoxious businessman Ken, who pops up later in Breaking Bad’s “Cancer Man.” Pretending to be two inexperienced investors, Kim and Jimmy falsely agree to sign on as Ken’s clients so that he’ll pay for a ridiculously expensive bottle of Zafiro Añejo tequila. “I can never say that one, we always have to do a million takes whenever I have to say the name of [the tequila],” Seehorn explained.
The experience stuck with Kim throughout the series. The decorative bottle topper, which she kept as a memento, was something Kim pulled out of her desk when she quit her job at Schweikart and Cokely in Better Call Saul Season 5’s “Bad Choice Road.”
Kim created a con of her own
Better Call Saul has shown the evolution of Kim from a wholesome, rule-abiding lawyer to one that’s willing to bend the rules just as much — if not more — than Saul Goodman. Kim is willing to break some of the rules for the benefit of others — a crucial differentiator from Saul, who will do anything to protect himself.
In Season 5 of Better Call Saul, we’ve seen Kim try to do right by Mr. Acker and safely represent Mesa Verde at the same time. Despite putting her best foot forward, Kim ultimately had to rely on the help of Saul Goodman to get Mr. Acker a deal that worked for him. At her wit’s end and knowing what Jimmy was capable of as Saul Goodman, Kim allowed Mesa Verde to be conned into submission — but first, she married Jimmy to protect him in a court of law, should anyone discover their malfeasance.
Rhea Seehorn celebrated ‘Better Call Saul’s writers
“I never asked the writers if each of these scams are the brainchild of one person because they all write together and I know they’re likely to say: ‘Oh, this person wrote that line and this person came up with this story,'” Seehorn said of the Better Call Saul team of writers. “I do keep wondering like if half of my staff have an entire con history. I don’t know how they keep coming up with really good cons,” Seehorn added.
Some of Seehorn’s favorite cons were those Kim wasn’t even a part of. “I have to say painting the inside of bingo balls with magnetic paint was one. I thought that was very cool,” Seehorn said, thinking about the most notable cons of the series.
Still, another one of Seehorn’s favorites was the con that helped her get Huell Babineaux out of jail. “I thought the letter-writing team to get Huell off the hook was also extremely clever,” Seehorn said. While she didn’t directly have a hand in the production of the fake letters, Kim did procure the supplies and allow Jimmy to cultivate the notes so that she would win Huell’s case.
Better Call Saul has demonstrated the many ways Jimmy has shown Kim how exciting conning can be — especially when it comes to conning those who deserve it. How long can the two of them realistically keep this up, though?
Tune in to the season finale of Better Call Saul Monday night on AMC.