If you’re going to start your directorial career with an episode of TV drama, you could certainly do worse than “Hit And Run.” Saul star Rhea Seehorn not only helmed a Kim Wexler-intensive story that necessitated her directing herself much of the time, but she also included a pair of memorable shots that forecast where several of the characters find themselves by episode’s end (even if one of them is clueless about the danger that surrounds them).
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#OperationHumiliateHowardHamlin is proceeding along unabated, while Howard is spending time on his therapist’s couch. (Business is up at HHM, but all is not well between Howard and wife Cheryl.) As Howard begins telling his therapist about a dream he had, the camera goes to a blurry shot of the back of Howard’s head. But that’s not the beginning of a dream sequence, and that’s not actually Howard’s head. It’s Jimmy, in full H.H. cosplay (right down to the deep tan and Hamlindigo Blue knit tie), sneaking around outside the therapist’s office, where Howard’s NAMAST3-ed Jaguar is parked. Jimmy looks up and over his shoulder to see Howard through the window, confirming Fake Howard is free to put his plan in motion.
Meanwhile, we move to another shot, this one of the back of Kim’s head and her iconic ponytail. She’s at a café, moving her chair around and looking over her shoulder to set her place at the table just right. She hides her cellphone on a shelf underneath the table and begins a nervous toe tap, when Cliff Main arrives. As they’re catching up and beginning a discussion that Kim hopes will convince Cliff to partner with her on a project that will allow her to do more pro bono work, she surreptitiously texts a message to Jimmy. Soon, she and Cliff are startled by a car speeding by. The driver stops a short distance away; the passenger door opens, and a woman is pushed out, cursing about the driver owing her money. He speeds away, as a shocked Cliff asks Kim, “Isn’t that Howard?”
Why, no, Cliff, it isn’t. It’s Fake Howard, in the real NAMAST3-mobile, from which our future favorite Breaking Bad Crossroads Motel regular Wendy is shoved. That planting of cocaine (baby powder) in Howard’s golf club locker was the prequel to this ruse, designed to add more doubt in Cliff’s mind about the stability of his Sandpiper Crossing case partner.
The stunt is successful, but after Kim drops off Wendy back at the Crossroads, she picks up a tail. She and Jimmy are giddily recounting their multiple wins with the ploy—in addition to the Howard element, Cliff seemed ready to go full speed ahead with the pro-bono project Kim pitched to him. She asks Jimmy if he ever feels like he’s being followed, because she does. “The wicked flee when no man pursueth,” Jimmy tells her. Does that mean he thinks they’re wicked? No, it’s just a turn of phrase, he says (actually, it’s from the Bible, Proverbs 28:1), and he tries to reassure her she’s only questioning her feelings about the scam and thinking she was followed because they got away with it.
Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but Kim’s gut instincts turn out to be more reliable than Jimmy’s Biblical knowledge. She confronts a pair of guys sitting in a car across from the El Camino diner, which has become her de facto office for pro bono clients. The car dudes neither confirm nor deny their purpose there, but when she returns to the El Camino, a guest awaits her at the counter: Mike! It’s their first official meeting, and all those cars that have been following her (all the way back to the one that tailed her and Jimmy from their last meeting with the Kettlemans) are courtesy of him. He drops another bombshell: Lalo is not dead, despite what she heard. He may be planning to approach her and Jimmy, Mike says, so these cars will continue to be a presence. She wants to know why Mike tells her this and not Jimmy. “Because I think you’re made of sterner stuff,” he tells her.
A shaken Kim later meets Jimmy at a strip mall where he is excited to show her the office space he wants to rent since Mrs. Nguyen kicked him out of the salon, and he has a pocket full of retainer money from the flood of clients that want “Salamanca’s guy” to represent them. She’s hesitant, confirming he got all these new clients because of the cartel connection. Plus the place is dirty, smelly, and there’s a toilet sitting right in the middle of the office. But Kim, who doesn’t share Mike’s chat with Jimmy, quickly stops being buzzkill. She points out the office is near the bail bond offices, the jail, the courthouse, and Taco Cabeza, so Jimmy should go for it. All that’s left is to secure the giant inflatable Statue of Liberty, and he’s set.
Kim, meanwhile, is looking over her shoulder as she and Jimmy head off to Taco Cabeza. And she’s not the only one who’s got Lalo on the brain.
This beautifully shot episode opens with a pastel-clad couple riding their bikes through their neighborhood. After a break to drag a nearby home whose owners have painted it “tomato red,” the couple arrives home—a darkened home that harshly contrasts with the sunny day they were just enjoying—where a living room full of computer monitors show cameras trained on the house across the street: Gus’s house.
When Gus arrives at his residence later that day, the sun illuminates his entrance a sliver, and then it fades to darkness once he’s inside. We get our first real glimpse at his full residence—his lair—and his routine, as the camera follows him. The tour reveals his bulletproof vest and gun strapped to his leg. Also, his home is multileveled, with moving bookcases and secret hidden doors, a downstairs passageway, and people milling around, not greeting or acknowledging Gus in any way, even as he passes right by them. After making his way through the labyrinth and up a flight of stairs, Gus arrives…inside the living room where the bike riders with the pastel sweatsuits entered earlier. Mike’s there, and they study that same set of monitors. Mike has men on the job all over town, 18 hours a day, he tells Gus, despite not even a “sprinkle” of Lalo’s presence in town. “Lalo Salamanca is alive,” Gus insists.
Gus, like Lalo, has a compound. His consists not of a ranch in Mexico, but of two suburban houses connected by an underground passageway. Gus, like Kim, is terrified by the prospect of a visit from Lalo Salamanca. While Jimmy, for the moment, remains blissfully ignorant of the menace that may be heading his way, Gus and Kim know. And they’re looking over the shoulders for the monster behind them.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ryman, the bike-riding couple from the opening, are played by real-life married couple Kirk and Joni Bovill.
- The criminals love him, but Jimmy is the scourge of the courthouse now that Bill, Hannah, the Beanie Baby-loving contract counsel administrator, and the security guard all know he’s “Salamanca’s guy.” Deputy DA Bill isn’t content to just snub his one-time frienemy, either. He makes sure Jimmy knows he knows Jimmy scammed the court and put the “murdering cartel psychopath back out on the street.”
- On the other hand, while everyone else may be dealing with his consequences right now, it was a lot of fun seeing the playful side if Jimmy front and center. His pitch to the courthouse administrator (the always fantastic Nadine Marissa) with the graduation cap-wearing owl Beanie Baby was a bust, but this line and Bob Odenkirk’s delivery of it(“I can’t use a pen, I have no opposable thumbs”) is going to make me giggle for a long time.
- Special shoutout to one of the clients loving that Saul is promising “speedy justice for you”: Spooge (David Ury), the memorable meth addict who robs Skinny Pete (and whose head meets the business end of an ATM machine) in the Breaking Bad episode “Peekaboo” (season 2, episode 6). And remember, it’s just Spooge, not “Mr. Spooge”; you can dispense with the formalities as far as Spooge is concerned.
- Now that Kim seems likely to get Cliff’s support for her pro-bono efforts, does she still need to get Jimmy’s Sandpiper settlement so desperately? If not, doesn’t that mean she will be forced to admit to herself that she’s really trying to ruin Howard’s reputation just because she doesn’t like him? Will she be able to continue breaking bad, or be able to live with herself, if the consequences of that plot go further than she expects? Like maybe Chuck-level consequences? With Howard’s marital woes on top of what Kim and Jimmy have planned for him, his life could spiral downward very quickly.
- I don’t think Jimmy bought Wendy that case of root beer he promised her.
The episode marked the end of the drug cartel storyline on Better Call Saul. Giancarlo Esposito made his final appearance as Gus Fring, while Jonathan Banks made only two more brief appearances as Mike Ehrmantraut.Is Fun and Games the last Better Call Saul? ›
The episode marked the end of the drug cartel storyline on Better Call Saul. Giancarlo Esposito made his final appearance as Gus Fring, while Jonathan Banks made only two more brief appearances as Mike Ehrmantraut.Is Kim Wexler Dead in Breaking Bad? ›
The ultracompetent attorney who married Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), the man most likely to bring out the shadier side of her character, never appears in Breaking Bad, which led some viewers to assume she would die before Saul finished its run. But as Monday's series finale confirmed, Kim Wexler lives on.What is Mike's advice to Saul? ›
You can be on one side of the law or the other. But if you make a deal with somebody, you keep your word. You can go home today with your money and never do this again. But you took something that wasn't yours.Why did Mike replace Nachos Safe? ›
Mike switched Nacho's safe to ensure Nacho's death without casting suspicion over Gus Fring. Nacho represented the only concrete link between Gus and the attempted assassination of Lalo Salamanca, and that's a loose end Fring wanted to be tied.What is Gus Fring's secret? ›
Originally collaborating with the Mexican drug cartel to distribute cartel cocaine, Gus eliminated his dependence on the cartel and began distributing methamphetamine himself, and eventually became the kingpin of his solo drug empire, which was the most successful drug operation in United States history until his ...Is there any Improv On Better Call Saul? ›
Better Call Saul may not be the greatest drama of all time but it's at the very least the best example of what improvisation in a writer's room can do for a drama.Why is Nacho not in Breaking Bad? ›
Mando said that initially, Nacho was going to have a larger role with Jimmy in the first season, as the "Big Bad", but as Gilligan and Gould wrote out the season, they made the character of Chuck McGill more of an antagonist for Jimmy, and so Nacho was placed on a slower path to be developed in later seasons.Why is Wexler not in Breaking Bad? ›
Although Kim has cemented herself as the heart of Better Call Saul, she is also a character in part defined by her absence from Breaking Bad. The fact that she is missing stems quite simply from the fact that creator Vince Gilligan didn't plan for the prequel serieswhen writing the parent show.Why did Better Call Saul end so abruptly? ›
Odenkirk's filming the final season was unexpectedly halted in July 2021 when he collapsed on the series' New Mexico set after suffering a heart attack.
An unforgettable Breaking Bad character, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) is a better person than Walter White in many ways because he really does do the evil things he does to help his family. Walter White uses his family as an excuse to be who he is on the inside.Was Mike supposed to be Saul? ›
Creation. The writers of Breaking Bad created the character of Mike Ehrmantraut as a substitute for Saul Goodman, when actor Bob Odenkirk was unavailable for the second season finale "ABQ" because of a commitment to appear in How I Met Your Mother.Was Mike corrupt Better Call Saul? ›
In Better Call Saul, he serves as the deuteragonist of Seasons 1-5 and the tritagonist of Season 6. He was a former corrupt police officer who used his connections in the criminal underworld to eventually become Gus Fring's right-hand man and the top "security consultant" for Los Pollos Hermanos.Why was Nacho killed off? ›
He then calls Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut, the closest person he has to a friend in this harsh world. Nacho agrees to sacrifice himself and take all the blame for the attempt on Lalo's life. He does this to ensure said father will be protected, something Mike swears to do personally.Why did Mike give Nacho $25,000? ›
Hector agrees, and Mike later gives $25,000 to Nacho Varga to reimburse him for the money Nacho paid Mike to get Tuco arrested. When Nacho questions the payment, Mike argues that he owes Nacho since Tuco's reduced sentence means Mike did not live up to the terms of their agreement.How did Mike feel about Nacho's death? ›
Mike feels guilty about how Nacho was used, and his atonement for Nacho's death clearly informs his relationship with Jesse in Breaking Bad. It's that guilt that drives Mike to meet with Manuel at his place of business, to inform him of his son's fate.Who was Gus Fring's lover? ›
Sexuality. Much of Gus' motives are driven by revenge for the death of his partner Maximino "Max" Arciniega by the Mexican cartel. Gus and Max's relationship was long implied to be more than business before their confirmation as lovers by showrunner Peter Gould in 2022.What made Gus evil? ›
After Max was killed in front of his eyes, the loss of such an emotional and possible romantic factor of his life snapped Gustavo into a ruthless crime lord.What happened to Ted Beneke? ›
Ted tries to escape but trips on his rug and crashes his head. It's unknown what happened to him. It's revealed in Season 5 that Ted ended up hospitalized with severe neck trauma. He has to keep his head in a huge protective brace and his head was completely shaved.Is there any show as good as Better Call Saul? ›
Much like the predecessor to Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, The Wire features great and interesting characters, all with their own unique stories that come to clash in The Wire. It's a great show that depicts drugs and other assortments of crime in a downtrodden America.
A Few Cast Members Lived in a House Together While Filming 'Better Call Saul' It's no coincidence that the performances by the cast of Better Call Saul complement each other so well. This is because, in real life, the cast members have good relationships and are incredibly close to each other.Who was Saul Goodman based on? ›
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Saul Goodman was inspired by an actual attorney named Ron Bell, whose advertisements are plastered all over Albuquerque's bus stations and television networks. (Watch Ron Bell's actual infomercial next to Saul's fictional one, below.)
Lalo is killed by Gus in the season-six episode "Point and Shoot". Gordon Smith said the writers considered having Mike kill Lalo but this idea was discarded to let the "biggest big bads" in the series—Gus and Lalo—confront each other.Who killed Joaquin Breaking Bad? ›
Joaquin is one of three characters in Breaking Bad to be killed by Jesse, the first being Gale Boetticher and the last being Todd Alquist during the show's final episode.Is Nacho related to Tuco? ›
Tuco eventually traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico and worked alongside his uncle at his drug distribution business. He employed No-Doze, his brother-in-law Gonzo and Nacho Varga as his closet associates and lieutenants, and also employed a number of street-level dealers, including Domingo "Krazy-8" Molina.Is Lalo Salamanca Tuco's brother? ›
A member of the Salamanca family, Lalo is the grandson of Abuelita and one of Don Hector's nephews, having four cousins who are also involved in criminal activities within the Salamanca drug operation in the cartel: his main cousin and fellow distributor Tuco, his hitmen cousins Marco and Leonel, and his first cousin ...Why does Kim Wexler hate Howard? ›
There's jealousy, and plenty of annoyance. Howard was a rich blowhard whose daddy handed him a high paying job and automatic partnership in a successful law firm. And a whole lot of “he's rich, this won't hurt him very much, he'll be back on his feet in no time” excuses.What happens to Kim Wexler after Breaking Bad? ›
The series' reveal was incredibly sad as Wexler was revealed to be a shell of her former self. Though she still went by the same name, Kim changed her hair color and worked a mundane office job at a sprinkler manufacturer.Why did Saul get 86 years? ›
He confesses to enabling Walt and admits his role in Chuck's suicide. He is sentenced to 86 years in prison, where he is revered by fellow inmates who recognize him as Saul.What is the terrible ending to Better Call Saul? ›
After being sworn in, Saul pulls a 180 and confesses to all of his crimes with Walter White, almost bragging about how Walt couldn't have built his drug empire and stayed out of prison without him. Saul also confesses about how he sabotaged his brother Chuck McGill's (Michael McKean) career, which led to his suicide.
Director Peter Gould's use of black and white to draw the viewer's eye and aid in the framing of his shots is spectacular. He reminds the viewer of classic black and white films while also underscoring and symbolizing Saul Goodman's journey out of darkness and toward the light.Who is the main villain in Better Call Saul? ›
Don Eduardo "Lalo" Salamanca is a major antagonist in the Breaking Bad franchise, serving as one of the two main antagonists (alongside Chuck McGill) of Better Call Saul and a posthumous antagonist in Breaking Bad.What did Walter do with Mike's body? ›
Later in the season, Walt and Todd use hydrofluoric acid to dispose of Mike's body after Walt shot him in a fit of rage ("Gliding Over All").Why is Mike Ehrmantraut so smart? ›
It's the result of years of working as a police officer and even though he was corrupt, it took a lot of skill and smarts to pull off the things he did.
Did Mike's granddaughter get the money? She didn't get it. That's one of the reasons he left when the DEA showed up at the park: he needed his buyout from Walt if he was going to set her up. ...Was Mike's son a dirty cop? ›
He joined the Philadelphia Police Department where he was quickly pressured into taking dirty money. Before accepting, he asked for advice from Mike, who worried that if Matty took a moral stand, he might be viewed as a liability. His worry was justified because fellow cops ambushed Matty.Who killed Matt Ehrmantraut? ›
Occupation. Jack Fensky is a corrupt Philadelphia police officer who, alongside Troy Hoffman, murdered Matt Ehrmantraut and later attempted to kill his father, Mike, after he discovered their role in Matt's death.Who is Gus Fring's wife? ›
Margarethe Ziegler | Breaking Bad Wiki | Fandom.Does Jesse know Walt killed Mike? ›
Originally Answered: Breaking Bad (TV series): does Jese know that Walter killed Mike? Yes, he does. Although Walt never admits it to him, and even though you can see Jesse trying to convince himself Walt didn't do it, it is quite clear that Jesse knows.Why is Mike called finger? ›
the meme was quickly associated with mike from breaking bad, likely because of his somewhat distressed yet focused look. As a result, mike became synonymous with the name of finger, which is why mike is the kid named finger.
After their divorce is finalized (after which Kim convinces Jesse Pinkman to trust him as a lawyer, inadvertently setting the events of Breaking Bad into motion), Kim rejects her share of the Sandpiper settlement and moves to Titusville, Florida.Was Mike supposed to shoot Nacho? ›
Mike wanted Nacho to shoot himself.
That was the plan and the deal with Fring. The longer Nacho delayed, the more likely he gets shot in the shoulder and lose the use of the arm holding the gun, which would lead to him being taken alive and dying horribly after giving up Fring under torture.
Relationships. The Motel Survellance Man was hired by Gus to keep an eye on Nacho at the Motel Ocotillo.What did Mike need the 50k for? ›
Advertisement: Taking You with Me: Mike threatens Hector with this when insisting on a payment of $50,000 for reducing Tuco's sentence. He knows the Salamanca twins will kill him if he attacks Hector, but he makes it clear he can get Hector first. Hector senses Mike is serious and agrees to pay the fifty grand.How much money did Mike steal from Salamanca? ›
With Ximenez detained, Mike breaks out an electric saw and begins slicing into the truck's tires, looking for something to steal. Eventually, in one of the rear tires, he finds about $250,000 in cash stuffed between the tire and wheel.Who killed Tuco Salamanca? ›
With Tuco distracted, Jesse overpowers him and wounds him with his pistol. When they see a vehicle approaching in the distance, Walt and Jesse quickly crawl into hiding. Hank arrives at the hideout and gets into a shootout with the wounded Tuco, whom he kills in self-defense.Why did Mike put the envelope on Nacho's safe? ›
Mike switched Nacho's safe because he had to get Nacho killed without implicating Gus Fring. Michael Mando's Nacho was having a rough time when Better Call Saul season 6 began.Was Ignacio mentioned in Breaking Bad? ›
In the latter show, seeking criminal representation, Walter and Jesse kidnap Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman for a violent trip into the desert. Before he realizes who his captors are, Saul pleads, "It wasn't me, it was Ignacio.What was Nacho holding? ›
In the chaos of it all, Nacho gets a hold of a gun and threatens Bolsa before turning the gun on himself and pulling the trigger. In the end, that shard of glass serves as a marker for the spot where Nacho dies under his own control, not allowing Gus nor the Salamancas the satisfaction of pulling the trigger.What is the point of the final episodes of Better Call Saul? ›
The series began with Jimmy McGill desperate to prove that everyone in his life who saw him as a loser had it all wrong. And it ended with a bravura finale showing Saul Goodman realizing those people were more right about him than he wanted to admit.
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Apple TV+ announced Thursday that it has ordered two seasons of a new series that Gilligan will mastermind and Seehorn will star in.
"We all know our characters so well having played them for years, so it felt good," Paul recently told The Hollywood Reporter. "[Jesse] will always have a special place inside of me, but I can confidently say that [Better Call Saul] was the last time we're going to see Pinkman. So, it was a nice farewell."Why did Better Call Saul get canceled? ›
The series was put in jeopardy after its star Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on the set. Production was suspended for quite some time while the actor recovered.Which is better Narcos or Breaking Bad? ›
While Narcos deals solely with the cartel and from the eyes of out-and-out criminals, fans of Breaking Bad will still love it. It never quite reaches the complexities of the characters in Breaking Bad, but there are still some great moments between these characters and some very similar storylines.Which is better Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul? ›
Given Breaking Bad succeeds as a crime-thriller tragedy with a fast-paced plot, and Better Call Saul works as a slower-paced, character-focused drama (with some dark comedy), the following list doesn't aim to argue that one is better than the other.Did Saul get 7 or 86 years? ›
He confesses to enabling Walt and admits his role in Chuck's suicide. He is sentenced to 86 years in prison, where he is revered by fellow inmates who recognize him as Saul. Kim is allowed to visit him under false pretenses and they share a cigarette.Why did Jimmy get 86 years? ›
Even though Jimmy tries to be optimistic in his talk with Kim, the reality is that he received an 86-year sentence for his crimes in Breaking Bad. This was designed to give Jimmy no way out since he fully confessed to everything in Better Call Saul's finale, which means any future deals are off the table.What happened to Kim Wexler at the end of Season 3? ›
Neither was true. Monday's episode revealed that after breaking things off with Jimmy/Saul (Bob Odenkirk), Kim shockingly moved down to Florida to live out the rest of her days. Fans were relieved to learn that Wexler was alive.Is El Camino connected to Breaking Bad? ›
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (or simply El Camino) is a 2019 American neo-Western crime thriller drama film. Part of the Breaking Bad franchise, it serves as a sequel and epilogue to the television series Breaking Bad.Is Breaking Bad the best show ever? ›
Breaking Bad can be considered as the greatest TV show of all time according to IMDb. The hit series has long maintained a spot at the top of the list of the best-reviewed TV shows, as averaged by fan voting for each episode. It has a strong 95% approval rating with nearly two million total votes.
Ahead of the final episode of Better Call Saul, Gilligan confirmed his next project will be outside of Breaking Bad's world – but a return in the future isn't out of the question. “I can definitely imagine revisiting it,” Gilligan told Rolling Stone. “Selfishly, I'd like to do so, to keep this thing going.What is the timeline of Better Call Saul? ›
Set primarily in the early 2000s in Albuquerque, New Mexico, several years before Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul examines the moral declines of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), an earnest lawyer and former con artist who becomes the egocentric criminal-defense attorney Saul Goodman, and Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a ...What comes after Better Call Saul? ›
Lucky Hank is Odenkirk's first live-action TV show since Better Call Saul ended in 2022. As for the wider Breaking Bad universe, no new TV shows or movies have been announced. However, series creator Vince Gilligan is making a new show for Apple TV+ featuring Better Call Saul's Rhea Seehorn.Why is Better Call Saul in black and white? ›
Director Peter Gould's use of black and white to draw the viewer's eye and aid in the framing of his shots is spectacular. He reminds the viewer of classic black and white films while also underscoring and symbolizing Saul Goodman's journey out of darkness and toward the light.