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Jimmy chafes under his restrictive work environment; Kim goes to extremes to dig herself from a bottomless hole at HHM.

Director:

John Shiban

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould (created by) | 3 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
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga (credit only)
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Kerry Condon ... Stacey Ehrmantraut
Ann Cusack ... Rebecca Bois
Jessie Ennis ... Erin Brill
Rex Linn ... Kevin Wachtell
Omar Maskati ... Omar
Cara Pifko ... Paige Novick
Mark Margolis ... Hector Salamanca
Peter Diseth ... DDA Oakley
Nadine Marissa ... Contract Counsel Administrator
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Storyline

Kim Wexler sets up a partnership between HHM and Mesa Verde, an important and influential firm, in the hope that she will be taken out of doc review. However, Hamlin is still not impressed by her brilliant work because of her connection with Jimmy. Kim and Chuck end up having coffee together. Jimmy has a babysitter, Erin, who is appointed to make sure he is not going to do anything improper ever again. Mike is visited by Salamanca, who makes him a strange offer. Written by Andreea D

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Crime | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

This episode marks the earliest chronological appearance of Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) and Fran (The waitress) (Debrianna Mansini), who first appeared in Breaking Bad (2008). See more »

Quotes

Chuck McGill: My brother is not a bad person. He has a good heart. It's just... he can't help himself. And everyone's left picking up the pieces.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Gloria's Step (Take 2)
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Written by Scott LaFaro
Performed by The Bill Evans Trio
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Non-Linear, Non-Squential Story Development
14 July 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

The job of a reviewer is to notice stuff.

BCS may not be my favorite show in recent history (the dearly departed BANSHEE is) but it is easily the most hypnotic. And the most addictive.

I try to review new films and new episodes of existing series against my the backdrop of my experience of what came before. All reviewers do. That technique works 99% of the time. This is the 1% where I am gob-smacked.

1. Gilligan and Gould are putting on yet another clinic in non-linear and non-sequential story/character development, doing things I have never seen done. Doing things that frankly I did not think were possible outside of the defined structure of a 2-hour theatrical film.

2. The actors continue to rise to the occasion. Seehorn practically mesmerizes in her role as the trapped girlfriend trying to extricate herself from the lobster trap she herself walked into.

3. The use of color and cinematography in a weekly show is the best I seen since the British show UTOPIA which went out of its way to pick sharply hued backgrounds to underscore how non-real the storyline was. That show was great. This show uses color even more effectively and yet seems to do it effortlessly.

4. Also the use of sound. TV dramas have become much better at using sound to affect mood -- Banshee comes to mind -- but once again G&G have taken this to a new level. Every episode here is a clinic in how to do it right. And these guys really love "hawaiian twang." (Used in the title sequence, also individual episodes.)

The achievement here is spectacular and must not be under-estimated. Gilligan and Gould are rewriting the rules for TV narrative, story development and even cinematography. And they are doing while entertaining the %#()$ out of their fans.


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