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.


Adam Bernstein


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




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


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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Crime | Drama


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During a flashback to Philadelphia, as Mike (Jonathan Banks) is breaking into Hoffman (Lane Garrison) and Fenski (Billy Malone)'s police car in the lot outside the bar, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "It Came Out of the Sky" is drifting out from the premises. When Mike goes inside moments later and addresses the two younger officers, 38 Special's "Hold On Loosely" is playing on the jukebox. See more »


Detectives from Philadelphia, while questioning Mike, refer to the west section of Philadelphia as the West Side. In Philadelphia this area is known as West Philly, and is never, ever referred to as the West Side. See more »


Jimmy McGill: Hey fellas, how're you doing? James McGill, here to see my client... What?
Detective Sanders: You look like Matlock.
Jimmy McGill: No, I look like a young Paul Newman dressed as Matlock.
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References Matlock (1986) See more »


It Came Out of the Sky
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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A perfect hour of Television
10 March 2015 | by harsh3651See all my reviews

An absolute masterclass of an episode which magnificently explains the tragic story behind one of many exceptional characters of the BB universe Mike, and how delightfully well is it done. Jonathan Banks is such a terrific actor and his performance today was perfect. In this character-driven origins story he left me absolute stunned and changed the way I have always perceived Mike and although it is too early to say but he will win an Emmy this year, yes his acting was that good in this episode.

Although Mike hasn't been in the forefront of the show we all knew that sooner rather than later Mike would team up with Saul and become a larger part of the show. In the five episodes until now Gilligan and Gould have just given us brief glimpses of Mike which left us wanting for more. But i guess it was their way of saying to stay patient as something huge was in works. And after watching this episode I hold the writers in the highest regard for plotting such an intense, dialogue -driven hour which ends with Mike finally showing us that like all humans even he has a vulnerable side. The final moments of the episode are absolute magic especially that look of guilt and despair on Mike's face which will haunt me for at least a few days.

This gives us an insight on how well Gilligan and co. had developed these characters while creating them in BB and as layer after layer of their motivations gets dissected and we get to see the characters naked underneath their skin.

An inspiring delight that had all the hallmarks of a classic BB episode which ends on a poignant note leaving the viewers thoroughly satisfied as the credits roll.

P.S. -Let me repeat Jonathan Banks is such a terrific actor.

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