Listen now (91 mins) | I talk to Chris Nicholson about the second-to-last episode of Better Call Saul. Much of our conversation centers around the way the show portrays “normies.” Chris thinks that the vision presented is most likely a negative one, while I argue that the show has a rare conservative realism that recognizes actual distinctions between individuals and groups. This involves a discussion regarding how criminals and upper class professionals are portrayed by way of contrast. Chris is happy that Better Call Saul still manages to pleasantly surprise us, as he sees a shift from its generally pessimistic outlook of human nature towards at least one redemptive story arc.
Spousal privilege does not apply to all communications ever between people who are currently spouses. It applies to communications WHILE they are married. Divorce does not undo the previously privileged nature of their communications.
His plan for the cord might have been just to tie up Marion, which is why he was still talking to her about how it was all going to work out.
My response to Cheryl's teary widow act was "you were in the process of divorcing the guy, why do you care about his reputation getting ruined?"
I wonder if that was the producers intended the audience to have that reaction.