Better Call Saul (2015– )
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Alpine Shepherd Boy 

After a strange encounter with the police, Chuck ends up in the hospital. Jimmy meets up with a series of unruly clients.


Nicole Kassell


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Odenkirk ... Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Rhea Seehorn ... Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga (credit only)
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Clea DuVall ... Dr. Lara Cruz
Kerry Condon ... Stacey Ehrmantraut
Tim Baltz ... Roland Jaycox
Carol Herman ... Mrs. Strauss
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Detective Sanders
Omid Abtahi ... Detective Abbasi
Joe Berryman ... Big Ricky Sipes
Jacob Browne ... Veteran Cop
Ryan Jason Cook ... Younger Cop


Jimmy's publicity stunt has served its intended purpose and he soon has a list of prospective clients. The first of these, a somewhat eccentric man by the name of Big Ricky Sipes seems just too good to be true - which is exactly the case. Another is seeking to get a patent on his new invention - which looks very much like a flush toilet. A third wants a will drawn up - perhaps the most complicated ever. Jimmy decides to focus on the elderly and soon finds himself trolling for clients in retirement homes. Meanwhile, Jimmy's brother Chuck has a confrontation with the police after a neighbor complains that he stole their newspaper. He has a mental breakdown and is hospitalized with the doctor recommending he be sent for a 30 day psych evaluation. Mike Ehrmantraut's past seems to have caught up to him and he is taken in by the police. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

2 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is painting Kim (Rhea Seehorn)'s nails. It is a foreshadowing of Saul in Breaking Bad (2008) trying to get Walter (Bryan Cranston) to launder money through a nail salon. See more »


The conversation outside of Chuck's room at the hospital lasted well over 3 minutes. Yet the clock on the wall never moved from 10:25. See more »


[first lines]
Veteran Cop: [knocking on Chuck's front door] Albuquerque police. Hello? Sir, we'd like to talk with you for a minute. Could you open the door, please? Look, we know you're in there. You're casting a shadow through your peephole. All we want to do is talk. Would you please open the door?
Chuck McGill: I'd, uh, I'd prefer not to, officers.
Younger Cop: Sir, come on and open up.
Chuck McGill: I have a condition. Uh, I can't go outside or be exposed to what's out there.
Veteran Cop: You were able to come outside to steal your neighbor's newspaper.
Chuck McGill: I ...
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References The Third Man (1949) See more »


Better Call Saul Main Title Theme
Written and Composed by Little Barrie
Performed by Little Barrie
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Mid-season, not one bad episode yet
3 March 2015 | by PulpPhictionSee all my reviews

Well, we are currently half way through the first ever season of one of the most anticipated television shows of the century so far, Better Call Saul. And I can say without a shadow of a doubt I've been completely satisfied with the first five episodes. In fact, my expectations have been blown out of the water.

This episode - entitled 'Alpine Shepherd Boy' - has been one of the best so far. So many ideas have been opened up in just one hour. Every character in this week's installment were there for a reason. There was no single minute of filler. Everything needed to be there, and everything was spot on.

One of the best things about this episode was the music. It just matched up so well with every scene. We went from Breaking Bad meth- cooking montages to Better Call Saul old women eating jello montages, but somehow it's just as good. Cinematography was, as always, really good as well.

Man, when the end of this season comes the wait for season two is going to be really painful. Time has flied so fast this past month because of this show. Can't wait till next week.

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