Better Call Saul (2015– )
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Mike's days as a police officer in Philadelphia catch up to him when he's questioned about a tragic event from his past.

Director:

Adam Bernstein

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Odenkirk ... Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Rhea Seehorn ... Kim Wexler (credit only)
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin (credit only)
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga (credit only)
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill (credit only)
Kerry Condon ... Stacey Ehrmantraut
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Detective Sanders
Omid Abtahi ... Detective Abbasi
Joe DeRosa ... Dr. Caldera
Billy Malone ... Sergeant Jack Fenske
Lane Garrison ... Officer Troy Hoffman
Steve Mokate ... Bartender
Eric Martinez ... Francisco
Faith Healey Faith Healey ... Kaylee
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Storyline

Mike Ehrmantraut came to Albuquerque to see his daughter-in-law Stacey and his granddaughter Kaylee. He also had good reason to leave Philadelphia. He was a policeman there as was his son Matt who died in the line of duty. Matt, his partner and his sergeant raided a drug den and Matt didn't come out alive. Now, some of Mike's former colleagues are in town to ask him questions. Mike insists on having a lawyer, even though is only supposed to be a friendly chat. Jimmy shows up, though Mike has a special request of him. In addition to Matt's death, his partner and sergeant were killed in a parking lot 3 months later, the night before Mike left Philadelphia. It's obvious they think Mike had something to do with that. Flashbacks show what happened that night. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Despite playing the main character, Bob Odenkirk's total screen time is 8 minutes and 4 seconds, or approximately only 19% of the episode. See more »

Goofs

For the purposes of policing, Philadelphia is broken up into "districts", not "precincts". The word "precinct" is rarely, if ever, used by either police officers or civilians. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mike Ehrmantraut: You let some things slide and you look the other way. You bust a drug dealer that has more cash than you'll ever earn in a lifetime. Some of it doesn't make it back into evidence. So what? You took a taste. So did everyone else. That's how you knew you were safe. It's like killing Caesar. Everyone's guilty. Matt wasn't dirty. I was. Everyone was in that precinct. That's how it worked. You turn in your buddy, you're screwing yourself. You go along to get along.
Stacey Ehrmantraut: And you went along?
Mike Ehrmantraut: I ...
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Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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It Came Out of the Sky
(uncredited)
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Leading Mike
14 March 2015 | by krullieSee all my reviews

This episode sees Better Call Saul swinging into full gear. So far the series has been good, but not great. Though it's not fair to compare the show to Breaking Bad, the comparison is also inevitable.

Where that show took off right away, BCS has spent the majority of the first four episodes setting up characters and story lines which I hope will interconnect and climax as we come to the end of the first season. Gilligan & co. have already showcased some of their great writing talent, creating intriguing relationships and narrative arcs, but you can notice that they're feeling their way through this new show, trying to get the right tone and style. This has caused for some of the narrative to feel fragmented and uncentered.

But then came episode six, focusing on Mike's past as a cop in Philadelphia. The episode serves as back story for one of the most interesting, mysterious, dangerous and likable characters of Breaking Bad, someone we want to see much more of.

Unfortunately for Saul, this was the best episode of the series so far. And not just because of the great writing. Before the show started I had my doubts about Bob Odenkirk/Saul Goodman as leading man/character. The first five episodes hadn't convinced me and this episode confirmed my belief that he serves better as a supporting character, providing some sad wit and comic relief in a story that centers on the tension between morality and opportunity; the ambition to make something for yourself whilst not neglecting the people you love, even though they might hold you back sometimes.

Jonathan Banks IS a leading man. His intriguing, emotionally balanced performance in this episode alone is Emmy-worthy. The feeling that the series has been a little underwhelming and uncentered was completely absent in this outing and we have Mike Ehrmantraut to thank for that.

I'm very curious to see where the creative minds behind the show will steer his and Saul's characters. It's definitely worth the watch.


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