Better Call Saul (2015– )
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With his latest scam gone horribly wrong, Jimmy finds himself face to face with violent criminals, and is forced to talk his way out of a life-threatening situation.


Michelle MacLaren


Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Odenkirk ... Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Rhea Seehorn ... Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin (credit only)
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Raymond Cruz ... Tuco Salamanca
Miriam Colon ... Abuelita
Eileen Fogarty ... Mrs. Nguyen
Jamie Luner ... Dreamy Woman
Daniel Spenser Levine ... Cal Lindholm
Steven Levine ... Lars Lindholm
Jesus Jr. ... Gonzo (as Jesus Payan Jr.)
Cesar Garcia ... No-Doze
Peter Diseth ... DDA Oakley


Jimmy McGill locates the skateboarders but in the hands of the crazed Tuco Salamanca, he may not have long to live. Tuco is hellbent on killing the skateboarders, who not only tried to scam his much-loved grandmother, but insulted as well. They are all soon in the desert where Tuco plans to dispose of all three of them but if Jimmy was ever to plead for someone's life, this is his chance to do it. Tuco isn't what you would call a reasonable man but one member of crew, Nacho Varga, sees the value of Jimmy's argument. They compromise - the skateboarders are, to say the least, not too keen on the solution - and Jimmy is set free. The situation doesn't help Jimmy business but Nacho has a suggestion for him. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is caught looking at himself in the bathroom mirror and saying, "It's Showtime!" he insists, "Hey, it's in a movie!" He is referring to Bob Fosse's film All That Jazz (1979). See more »


When Tuco pulls Jimmy into the home in the previous episode, he takes a peek outside and turns to the right almost looking into the camera. When the scene is repeated in this episode Tuco just looks outside but does not turn to the right. See more »


[last lines]
No-Doze: [writing his number] For when you figure out you're in the game.
Jimmy McGill: I'm not in the game, I promise...
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References Breaking Bad: A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal (2008) See more »


Quando Sei Vicino a Te
Performed by Stéphane Huguenin, Yves Sanna & Christian Padovan
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the joke's on me..
22 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Better Call Saul

Gilligan and Gould were no mistake, no fluke, no exception, and this is a fine example for it. The creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, are pulling off something I have never seen happen and work, certainly not to this scale. One of the rare and some might even argue only spin off that triumphs, this series runs on merit, not resuming the clock but starting where it should, where all should, from the very beginning. Intertextuality, something that every spin off has dipped its toe in, is not even touched in here. And that's a fair conclusion considering whenever it is used, it was never commercial or a campaigning strategy but a part of narrative.

Among many things that this series will zap you with, if you are coming from Breaking Bad, the major one, is the body count. To a show that was built on gradually showcasing the skills, the finesse, the threat and the terror, step by step, the creators have wiped out the entire history- or future to be precise- from the memory. Yes, the structure is similar but that's not a signature mark that they are clinging on but an ingenious way of storytelling.

Also, what's to be noted and learned, equally, is the way they glorify the character's habit or behavior as a sign of communication that latter turns out to be the headline of the news. In the previous show this was done, since the cinematic aspect of the plot called for it, but this drama is treated with those same morales, thought provoking tantalizing elements that grows on you even after you leave the screen. Plus, they aren't obsessed on connecting the dots, the makers are well satisfied, busy and competent with their own world, where Odenkirk hails charge on others after being properly challenged by each supporting cast who would yell out any advice other than suggesting that you Better Call Saul.


The episode breathes the Breaking Bad-ness in it. From swooping in the other perspective, a nail biting negotiation, witty tactics, heroic efforts and practical quirky humor, all the exhilarating elements are projected in one big antic that boosts the chapter for its entire runtime. The next step is what's actually interesting to follow. There comes this montage of daily activities that Odenkirk goes through signifying the time skipped forward and the director smartly teases the viewers knowing that we, as a viewer are waiting for something to come up, hence zero messages on his phone.

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