Originally Posted by Buc Em
I don't think it was a "reminder of where he started from" at all. They never even said he was the new mail room guy.
They establish that he is some sort of lackey at the firm (mail room guy or some equivalent) cause he's out doing Chuck's ***** work for a few extra bucks.
They establish that he and Jimmy were buddies at one point, probably from when Jimmy was working at the firm as a lackey himself (in the mail room in his case).
Ernie's putting boxes in his trunk when sees Jimmy sitting in his car. He flashes a warm smile.
JIMMY: Hey, Ernie!
ERNIE: Hey. how you doing man?
JIMMY: Good, good. So, Howard's got you looking after Chuck, huh?
ERNIE: Yeah. It's a few extra bucks, you know.
JIMMY: How's he doing?
ERNIE: Seems Ok. Like usual. I'd say we could grab a beer, but they're waiting on all that paperwork back at the office. You know how it is...
JIMMY: Don't I though. Yeah.
ERNIE: See ya Jimmy!
The point of this exchange is to show Jimmy catching up with some low-level drone, one he used to grab beers with when he was a low-level drone himself.
It's a reminder of what he's grown from - he used to be like this Ernie guy, doing ***** work in the mail room... at his brother's (who's house they're currently outside of) own firm. He wasn't ****.
The next scene shows him blowing off his meeting, realizing he should've taken the Kettleman money, and taking control of his own destiny. No more being stuck doing ***** work under his own brother and not getting anywhere in life.
Takes a little reading between the lines but it's there. Unlike any "hints" that this dude is related to Gus.Edited by SenorRoboto2k5 - 4/9/15 at 12:55am