Better Call Saul (2015– )
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Bingo 

The Kettlemans seek Jimmy as their lawyer after turning down an offer from HHM, going as far as attempting to blackmail him.

Director:

Larysa Kondracki

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
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
Julie Ann Emery ... Betsy Kettleman
Jeremy Shamos ... Craig Kettleman
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Detective Sanders
Omid Abtahi ... Detective Abbasi
Jean Effron ... Irene Landry
Kelley Lewallen Kelley Lewallen ... Bingo Helper
Dan Moseley ... Lobby Guard
Caleb Burgess ... Warren Kettleman
Sage Bell ... Jo Jo Kettleman
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Storyline

Jimmy is looking to set himself up in swank new offices and hopes that Kim Wexler will join him. She appreciates the offer but is happy where she is. She is currently dealing with the Kettlemans - Craig was the county treasurer who embezzled $1.6 million - and Kim has negotiated a deal with the DA's office: plead guilty, return the money and get an 18 month sentence. Betsy won't hear of it, Kim is fired and they are soon on Jimmy's doorstep looking to hire him. When he declines, they blackmail him into taking their case. Seeing no way out, Jimmy turns to Mike Ehrmantraut for help in doing the right thing. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 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

This episode covers the period June 23-25, 2002 (three days). See more »

Goofs

You can actually see the crew behind the camera looking at Saul and then hiding in the reflection in the window in the last scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jimmy McGill: [to Mike] Once again I do *all* the talking. That's the only way this works.
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Better Call Saul Main Title Theme
Written and Composed by Little Barrie
Performed by Little Barrie
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it's a clean slate..
22 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Better Call Saul

Gilligan and Gould were no mistake, no fluke, no exception, and this is a fine example for it. The creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, are pulling off something I have never seen happen and work, certainly not to this scale. One of the rare and some might even argue only spin off that triumphs, this series runs on merit, not resuming the clock but starting where it should, where all should, from the very beginning. Intertextuality, something that every spin off has dipped its toe in, is not even touched in here. And that's a fair conclusion considering whenever it is used, it was never commercial or a campaigning strategy but a part of narrative.

Among many things that this series will zap you with, if you are coming from Breaking Bad, the major one, is the body count. To a show that was built on gradually showcasing the skills, the finesse, the threat and the terror, step by step, the creators have wiped out the entire history- or future to be precise- from the memory. Yes, the structure is similar but that's not a signature mark that they are clinging on but an ingenious way of storytelling.

Also, what's to be noted and learned, equally, is the way they glorify the character's habit or behavior as a sign of communication that latter turns out to be the headline of the news. In the previous show this was done, since the cinematic aspect of the plot called for it, but this drama is treated with those same morales, thought provoking tantalizing elements that grows on you even after you leave the screen. Plus, they aren't obsessed on connecting the dots, the makers are well satisfied, busy and competent with their own world, where Odenkirk hails charge on others after being properly challenged by each supporting cast who would yell out any advice other than suggesting that you Better Call Saul.

Bingo

A generous favour, either taken or given and in the end also snatched. This heroic journey of Odenkirk in this chapter draws in most of empathy from the season, primarily because it calls for it, not just from us but from the supporting characters he is surrounded with.


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