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Off Brand 

Jimmy embarks on a new endeavor. Chuck pushes himself to the limit. Nacho finds himself ensnared in a power struggle.

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Keith Gordon

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould (created by) | 1 more credit »
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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
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Kerry Condon ... Stacey Ehrmantraut
Max Arciniega ... Domingo
Ann Cusack ... Rebecca Bois
Josh Fadem ... Camera Guy
Tamara Tunie ... Anita
John Getz ... Chairman
Tina Parker ... Francesca Liddy
Jeremiah Bitsui ... Victor
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Jimmy embarks on a new endeavor. Chuck pushes himself to the limit. Nacho finds himself ensnared in a power struggle.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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When Jimmy and his film crew leave the parking lot of the furniture store, a Jack In The Box restaurant is visible. Jack In The Box did not have any locations in Albuquerque in 2003. See more »

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Kim Wexler: So now the question you must ask yourselves is this: is the legal community better with Jimmy McGill in it? I believe the answer is a resounding yes.
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References Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) See more »

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Con Que Frecuencia
Performed by Francisco Sarmiento
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16 May 2017 | by bboystudios-93476See all my reviews

Right off the heels of arguably the most engaging episode of the show, "Chicanery," "Off Brand" fortunately makes a graceful leap back to the show's usual routine.

First off, I love the drama of "Better Call Saul." The fact that they have taken a comic relief character and turned him into a complex, sympathetic individual is done to amazing effect. I will say, however, that it is refreshing to see a return to Season 1 and 2's blend of comedy and drama, as it is always extremely entertaining. The return of Jimmy's college film crew was one of the highlights of the episode, as their interaction with Jimmy ranges from witty and clever to downright hilarious. Their willingness to participate in Jimmy's legally questionable acts for a quick buck makes for some fun scenes. Seeing Jimmy's complete severing of his relationship with Chuck, while unfortunate, is a much needed change. It not only acts as a nice evolution of our protagonist, but is a very welcome change of direction for the show. I do not find it coincidental that it happens to be the same episode that comically introduces Saul Goodman, either.

Ironically, as per usual, the least interesting part of the episode was the reprising of "Breaking Bad" characters and location (with the exception of the amusing Saul Goodman scene, along with the equally hilarious reaction from Kim). The Easter eggs of the show have been handled very well thus far, being placed in the background to progress the narrative, but never out of context. Here, the reintroduction of familiar faces and places felt a bit... off- kilter. While it was neat to see glimpses of the future of "Breaking Bad," I couldn't help but feel that it was a bit out of place in this episode, edging a bit too close to being forced. Fortunately, the scenes don't steal the spotlight, but I'd be lying to say that I didn't question the reasoning of it all.

Perhaps the very slight disappointments of this episode come from still being awe-struck from last week's masterpiece of television, but this is not a flawless episode. It is, however, extremely entertaining, and not to be missed. We are certainly coming closer to the transformation of Saul Goodman, and the show continues to be well shot, superbly acted, expertly crafted, and just downright charming.


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