-Just finished watching the season finale. 'Twas good, but I got to thinking, "hmm...what if they decided to play it another way?" I enjoyed it but it did feel somewhat different than most of the other eps this season, especially compared to 'Pimento' which was probably the best of the bunch. Not every ep has to be on that level but I DID think Jimmy was going to accept that offer.
So with that said, I wrote this up; a "what if" making some changes to the season finale and how I would personally write Season 2 if I ever had the honor of writing for the show. Which will never happen hehe, so I had some fun and some minutes to spare to type this up.
Bear with me here; it's an extremely early first draft and could stand for some rewrites in clarity and better terminology here and there. Some thoughts are also jumbled and that's a reflection of how spur-of-the-moment I wrote it out. The ideas are there but some time can be had to iron them out and break up some paragraphs. This is also a VERY LONG READ and SPOILER HEAVY for those who for some mystifying reason haven't seen Breaking Bad.
My Ideal BCS Season Finale
-Cut out the stuff with Marco (MOTL)
-Don't have Jimmy leave for Chicago
-Introduce a link to the Sante Fe law firm (a female) Jimmy casually meets early in on the episode, to tie into the firm's mention of wanting him there later on via the phone call from Kim
-Keep the scene with Howard
-Keep the bingo scene
-Show more of Jimmy interacting with Kim, working out some of the stress from the betrayal with her while casually working references to the new lady from the Sante Fe law firm into that dynamic (via Jimmy), and a slight gradual shift in Jimmy turning more to the new person to convey these thoughts in one pivotal moment/scene
-Have Jimmy ACCEPT the Sante Fe offer (MOTL)
>>Season 2 Ideas
-Should start with Jimmy now at Sante Fe, that firm and HHM working together to close/finish the Sandpiper lawsuit. Since all of the important character dynamics (Jimmy, Chuck, Howard, Kim, new SF law firm lady as potential love interest to Jimmy) were established in first season, as were the terms for the case, either condense the Sandpiper stuff into a montage or spend no more than an episode or two on it, to leave room for advancing the plot forward
-New case/lawsuit comes up involving a prescription medication retail chain and an accounting firm that retailer works with. Let's say the prescription med company has a network in the Alb. area where the chief people are making behind-the-scene deals to unlicensed third-party distributors who are selling prescriptions to criminals, one of whom could be the organization Nacho and Tuco work for (this also assumes said organization is part of the cartel Gus was against in BB, meaning something has to happen to cause a split of Nacho from this group if he ends up working for Gus). That isn't a known quantity b/c it's only being done by few people in the pharmacy network of the relative Alb. area, not by the retail company at large. However the prescription company has a falling out with the accounting firm they work with for reasons related to financial disputes and faulty record keeping (w/e), and they hire the Sante Fe firm. HHM could also get involved b/c the prescription company has chains in that area that are obviously affected and maybe the SF firm would rather outsource contacts and handling in that instance, at least for the early parts.
-Jimmy moves up in the SF firm proving his worth which also gets more attention from the SF female lawyer mentioned earlier. Case begins to grow.
-Accounting firm wants to hire HHM as their defense, which puts an awkward strain between HHM and the Sante Fe firm. Initially hires the firm that defended Sandpiper in prev. case.
-Jimmy still keeps in contact with Kim (but the other lawyer lady gives her uneasy feelings), Howard (with interesting role reversals as Sante Fe asserts more control over the new case, and now it's Howard who's being made less relevant by Jimmy) etc., and begins re-establishing a relationship w/ Chuck as it appears Jimmy is supersceding Chuck while at the new firm (something Jimmy begins to rub in Chuck's face every now and then, but never aggressively). Chuck having a change on some opinions regarding Jimmy but becoming more bitter and envious as the season carries on.
-Interesting developments with the pharmaceutical company starts to reveal some of their people possibly dealing drugs to black market resellers who then sell them to criminals for profit, which starts to create discrepancies w/ the Sante Fe firm's take on the case. Around this time HHM departs w/ the SF firm and gradually takes up the accounting firm's offer to defend them on the case, working w/ the other firm employed there
-Pharmaceutical company employees who are suspected are gradually found out little-by-little not only by higher-ups in the company that weren't involved (to the dismay of the Sante Fe firm), but also via cross-reference record checks conducted by the accounting firm and, eventually, a couple of police interviews
-Introduction of some police looking into the manner gets them to some of the black market resellers, which starts to get them a bit too close to some of the criminals.
-Pharmaceutical company is also currently looking into business relations with a foreign company based in Germany (the one featured in Breaking Bad); said company wants to acquire the brand. This could also tie into Gus since he worked with the company; maybe they refer him/give him a heads up into the pharmaceutical company as a base for potential materials?
-Criminal organization employing Nacho and Tuco starting to feel pressured; they don't want to be found out so they begin tracing dealers back to employees of the pharmaceutical company and basically threaten them to either shut up or leave the company gracefully, all via anonymous contacts. Some of the black market sellers try using this as a means to jack up prices, and Tuco kills some of them.
-Nacho goes to Jimmy privately at shady locations (also visits him at the firm in a disguise as a package delivery assistant), tells him he *can't* lose the case or else a lot of people are going to lose a lot of shit, some even their lives. Nacho wants Jimmy to use his ties at HHM to try and convince some of them (Howard, Kim, Chuck) to either be thrown off on their side or reasoned into not pursuing the case. Jimmy tries in his own way but nothing happens; moreso than that Chuck is dead-set on beating Jimmy on this case, and takes advantage of Howard to pull him in to do the same.
-Nacho gets an underling of his own crew to act as an "intimidator" to the HHM lawyers (particularly Howard, Kim, and Chuck), but they aren't that good. Jimmy has to get Mike to partner with the guy and make absolutely sure that none of them are hurt. Left with no other choice Jimmy explains a good deal of what's going to to the new potential love interest
-Sante Fe firm defense is starting to fall apart and Jimmy is losing good favor from the partners; police probes are picking up, mostly due to the murders of black market resellers by a short-sighted Tuco. Nacho and Tuco are starting to have a falling out, which starts to put Nacho under the eye of the cartel. Cartel wants to split with the pharmaceutical company, they start to plan out a hit against Nacho.
-HHM/other law firm start cooperating with local police more on providing records of pharm. employees who might have been doing the backhanded deals. The lawsuit in general is now moving from out of the hands of the private companies and into the hands of gov't officials.
-Due both to stress and some fear Jimmy takes a vacation to Chicago over the weekend to see Marco, but Marco's already passed away.
-Lawsuit is more or less suspended out of jurisdiction of HHM/other law firm, and Sante Fe firm. Sante Fe law firm love interest wants to make a career transition but is drawn to crime thanks to seeing aspects of "Slippin' Jimmy" and being told of some facts regarding Nacho and the cartel by Jimmy. Jimmy decides that due to accumulated risks and the failure of the lawsuit he should leave, but at the same time the firm was ready to part ways with him too.
-Altho the case didn't go to court, Chuck feels like he beat Jimmy and can see him slipping back into his old ways. Howard doesn't like Chuck all too much but is disappointed in seeing Jimmy call it quits after only one failed case. Kim has began a sort of fling with Howard but mostly to get at Jimmy and the SF woman, secretly wanting Jimmy to come to HHM since he already made a point to Chuck.
-Regardless, Jimmy decides he's going to do his own thing (this is where the Saul transformation would occur); the SF law firm woman decides to join him on his new independent lawyer firm opportunity.
-The cartel tries making a move on Nacho. By this point Nacho and Mike have began to form some bit of a professional working relationship, the other guy is still a bit of a dolt but getting there. They can't handle the cartel's attack at all. Thankfully for them the cartel authorized the attack to be done by Tuco, who decides to try to do it at an open desert location. Nacho goes alone. Tuco has some backup (the "talk back" goon and "big boy" goon, among two others) and they have a good deal of weapons on them. Unbeknownst to any of them a Los Hermanos delivery van is coming down the road, and stops when about lined up with them. Tuco and his guys already know what the deal is and are looking at the van in earnest while it turns off its engine and headlights and sits there. Nacho, OTOH, doesn't have any idea. Tuco and his guys decide it isn't worth it and pack up to leave. Nacho takes a couple of steps to the van and it leaves him behind, so he's alone in the open desert at night.
*The van was obviously sent in by Gus and had about four occupants with concealed weapons. Gus was mentioned the pharmaceutical company by the Germans as a potential resources acquirement he could utilize if the deal went through (which seems even more likely and more cheaply due to the controversy, though they can only acquire the company in full if charges aren't pressed and they aren't dismantled or have monetary assets frozen, or found guilty). He did some investigating and noticed it was dealing with the cartel he's in opposition with, but also came to saw that one of the members of the cartel was both wanting to keep ties w/ them even as the cartel wanted to pull out, and getting backhanded supplies for his own stealth distribution thing. At this point Gus's operation is a threat but not to the level it is in Breaking Bad, so he is interested in acquiring talent like Nacho, who is extra valuable b/c he has info on the cartel as well
. Hench, the van being sent as a message to either have a shootout with them if they went through to kill Nacho, or leave in peace if they spare Nacho's life. Gus isn't quite ready to say if Nacho should join him, though, but that's something that could be looked into in the 3rd season.