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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Here are the names shown in the opening credits, with that person's chemical abbreviation letters, and the full name of that element in the periodic table of elements: Bryan Cranston - Br - Bromine; Anna Gunn - Na - Sodium (Natrium); Aaron Paul - Ar - Argon; Dean Norris - N - Nitrogen; Betsy Brandt - Be - Beryllium; 'Dj. Qualls' - Al - Aluminium; Krysten Ritter - Kr - Krypton; Matt Jones - At - Astatine; Steven Michael Quezada - H - Hydrogen; Skip Macdonald - Ac - Actinium; Robb Wilson King - W - Tungsten (Wolfram); Michael Slovis - Ch - (Ch is not an element of the periodic table.); Dave Porter - Po - Polonium; Sharon Bialy - S - Sulfur; Sherry Thomas - Y - Yttrium; Sam Catlin - Ca - Calcium; Stewart Lyons - Ar - Argon; Melissa Bernstein - Be - Beryllium; John Shiban - Ba - Barium; Mark Johnson - O - Oxygen; Karen Moore - Mo - Molybdenum; Peter Gould - Te - Tellurium; Terry McDonough - Er - Erbium. See more »

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Saul Goodman: [Counseling Badger]
Saul Goodman: Alright, who do we have?
Badger: Brandon Mayhew.
Saul Goodman: "Brandon Mayhew." Alright. "Brandon Mayhew." Ahhhh, here we go; "public masturbation."
Badger: What?
Saul Goodman: I don't get it, what's the kick? Why doncha do it at home like the rest of us, with a big flat-screen TV, 50 channels of pay-per-view? In a Starbucks, that's nice!
Badger: That ain't me, man! I was the guy selling meth... allegedly...
Saul Goodman: [Flipping through files... ]
Saul Goodman: Ok, alright, I gotcha. Meth, right? That was just a little transpositional error, nothin' a...
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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America The Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
music playing in Saul Goodman's waiting room
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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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