The emotional anguish in tonight's episode trumped that of last week's when Jimmy cried as he had to give up his upscale office. This week he discovers that it's his own brother, Crazy Chuck, who has blocked his law career from the get-go.
After Jimmy had passed the bar, he assumed that he would join HHM, the corporate law firm Chuck founded. When that door didn't open, Jimmy assumed Howard was blocking him, No, Howard just was and is shielding Chuck.
The deception begins to unravel when Chuck talks Jimmy into the need to bring the Sandpiper Castle assisted living case into HHM. It's too big for the two to handle. At that point, Howard tells Jimmy that he will get a cut of the money but no job at the firm.
Jimmy leaves in a huff. It's Kim who talks Jimmy into taking the money. In an epiphany worthy of Greek or Shakespearean tragedy, Jimmy recognizes that Chuck is the enemy. Not Howard.
With amazing rawness, Chuck informs Jimmy that he is nothing but "Slippin' Jimmy," a moral degenerate who doesn't deserve to serve the law. This from the nut job whom Jimmy has been taking care of.
Chuck's arrogance will resonate with many young lawyers. They have likely experienced the same soul-withering condescension from law professors, those who interviewed them for jobs and partners.
Again, Jimmy has stolen our hearts.