Better Call Saul (2015– )
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Jimmy must prove that Nacho is innocent when he is wrongly suspected of kidnapping.


Terry McDonough


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

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Episode cast overview:
Bob Odenkirk ... Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Rhea Seehorn ... Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Julie Ann Emery ... Betsy Kettleman
Jeremy Shamos ... Craig Kettleman
Dorian Missick ... Detective #1
Vincent Laresca ... Detective #2
Peter Diseth ... DDA Oakley
Jim Hatch Jim Hatch ... Jail Deputy
Caleb Burgess ... Warren Kettleman
Sage Bell ... Jo Jo Kettleman


The episode begins some time prior to the series. A younger Chuck meets Jimmy in Cook County Jail, where Jimmy has been imprisoned for unspecified offenses which risk having him labeled as a sex offender. Chuck warns Jimmy that his life will be ruined if the charges go through, and Jimmy pleads with Chuck to help get the charges against him dismissed. Chuck agrees to represent Jimmy under the condition that he cleans up his act. In the present, Jimmy is anxious about Nacho's plot to extort the Kettlemans. He calls Kim Wexler, an acquaintance of his who works at Chuck's former law firm, which is providing legal counsel to the Kettlemans. Jimmy indirectly warns Kim about the potential danger to the Kettlemans, but then breaks off the call, insisting that he "is no hero." Later that night, Jimmy leaves an anonymous tip to the Kettlemans warning them that they are in danger. Concerned, the Kettlemans look outside their house and see somebody in a parked van watching them. The next morning... Written by Jimmy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

16 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?


This episode was directed by Terry McDonough, who directed 3 episodes on Breaking Bad (2008). One of them is Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul (2009), the episode that introduces us to Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). See more »


When Saul is on the phone in the nail salon at the beginning of the episode, three camera crew and a camera light are visible in the mirror behind him. See more »


[first lines]
Jail Deputy: Name?
Chuck McGill: Charles McGill. Client visit.
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References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »


Payphone Dilemma
Performed by Dave Porter
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17 February 2015 | by oliverbjerregaardSee all my reviews

I think there's few (screenplay)-writers who can pull off so much dialogue, whilst still being highly entertaining; Tarantino, Cohen-Brothers, Kubrick, Woody Allen, and more. - and then there is Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

I think the writing of Better Call Saul is absolutely superb. Many of the scenes are so flawlessly constructed that you want them to simply continue. It's so gripping! (I felt the same way with Breaking Bad and True Detective)

Kudos to the team for making this series. I love every bit of it! Give the show a chance and I think you'll love it!

My vote for this episode: 9.5/10.

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