Breaking Bad: Season 2, Episode 8

Better Call Saul (26 Apr. 2009)

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Badger is caught by the DEA. Walt and Jesse hire the best criminal lawyer in town, Saul Goodman.

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Walt and Jesse have yet another problem to deal with when one of their dealers, Jesse's friend Badger, is arrested by the Albuquerque police. They end up hiring a shady lawyer, Saul Goodman, who has a unique way of ensuring that Badger gets off with a light sentence without having to give away Jesse or Walt's identity. As Walt learns however, it may come at a very high price. Walt's brother-in-law Hank, the DEA Agent, is suffering from post-traumatic stress following the shooting in Juarez. He puts on a brave face but is having trouble just getting out of bed in the morning. Walt has some suggestions for him. Written by garykmcd

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During the staged "drug buy" scene with Badger and Jimmy In-N-Out, the majority of the dialogue between Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris was improvised. See more »

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Getz: [Interrogating Badger] Hey, I'm trying to help ya here, man. Now, if you just tell me who your supplier is, I think this can end very well for you.
Saul Goodman: EHHHHH! Whaddya doin' Detective? What're you doin' talkin' to my client without me present? You Sneaky Pete! Which is which? What'd the academy hire you right outta the womb? You guys get younger every...
Saul Goodman: [Turning to Badger]
Saul Goodman: What'd you say to Babyface? Huh? Didja say anything stupid? And by "anything stupid" I mean anything at all!
Badger: I... I, uh...
Saul Goodman: Ah, ...
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Not a Very Important Episode for the Show, But an Entertaining One Nevertheless
2 November 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

In "Better Call Saul", Breaking Bad revolves on one thing and one thing only: the introduction of recurring cast member Saul Goodman, portrayed fantastically by Bob Odenkirk. And I absolutely approve of the bawdy jokes, mischievous charisma, and scene-stealing manner that the most Machiavellian lawyer imaginable brings with him.

But just so you can catch up: in the opening scene, Jesse's henchman Badger is unknowingly selling drugs to a police officer, which wasn't that good of an idea in hindsight. However, it serves as an introduction for the previously referenced Saul Goodman who is tickled pick to bargain with criminals as long as they provide him with a respectable amount of stacks – good for Walt and Jesse whose business made them nouveaux riches. I don't want to give away any more, but I'll say this: prepare for a lot of outstanding scenes. Screenwriter Peter Gould did an extraordinarily good job on this episode and humoristic dialogs are perfectly enacted by the cast, focusing on Walt, Jesse, and Saul this time. Hank also gets his share, but expectedly, even his best moments can't come close to the awesome Tortuga scene in the last episode. While the rest of the main cast stays overlooked for most of the time, Krysten Ritter appears again as Jane and though she shares some nice scenes with Aaron Paul, it's still only a warm-up for season two's last couple of episodes.

That was pretty much all there is to say about "Better Call Saul", an often funny and excellently written episode that only disappoints through the complete lack of action or drama. But that's something I can easily cope with if it's only for one episode.


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