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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: Tell ’em Jimmy Sent You (Published 2018) (1)

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Season 4, Episode 5: ‘Quite a Ride’

Well, look who’s here. At long last, Saul Goodman, in the flesh. Four years and five episodes into the show that is named for him, television’s sketchiest plaintiff’s attorney has finally turned up. Sadly, he lingers only for a matter of minutes, in the midst of a frenzied effort to shred documents, collect cash and skedaddle out of town.

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We knew that “Better Call Saul” was sneaking up on the time frame of “Breaking Bad,” but the mischievous writers have decided to jump ahead, giving us this show’s first look at the titular esquire on the very day he is calling the professional disappearance service that will transform him yet again — this time into a Cinnabon manager in Omaha.

It’s both a foretaste and a tease. And there’s something poignant about Saul’s instructions to his dutiful, benighted assistant, Francesca Liddy (Tina Parker), who is told to lawyer up with this hint: “Tell ’em Jimmy sent you.” By the time this spectacle unfolds, Jimmy McGill is long gone, replaced by a hustler in a Technicolor shirt. No wonder Francesca — who also worked for Jimmy in a nobler phase of his career, when he was helping senior citizens win a class action settlement — won’t hug him.

In a way, we’re getting a preview of the moral skid that will lead to Jimmy in a strip-mall office with scads of cash buried in the walls. The next scene in “Quite a Ride,” as the episode is called, is Jimmy selling what are effectively disposable pay-as-you-go cellphones, pitched as a way to keep “the man” out of your business — the same sort he breaks in half after calling the fixer during the flash-forward. Jimmy ends up at the Dog House (which your recapper can attest is a real place that sells a fine frank), unloading inventory on the demimonde of the city. When he later tells his parole officer that he is not associating with known criminals, Jimmy’s “no” is a punch line.

Elsewhere, Mike and Gus are auditioning architects/engineers who can build a meth super lab beneath the industrial cleaners on the D.L. Ever the hyper-cautious man, Gus opts for the German who is eager to underscore just how dangerous and difficult this project will be. The runner-up in this contest seemed far too confident, and worse, he minimized the challenges.

The End of ‘Better Call Saul’

The “Breaking Bad” spinoff has concluded its run after six seasons.

  • Series Finale: If the ending of “Better Call Saul” surprised you, take comfort in this fact: It surprised Saul Goodman, too. Here’s our recap.
  • The ‘Brain Trust’: Two of the show's staffers tasked with keeping the story straight discussed their work tracking every minor character trait and historical reference.
  • More Than ‘Breaking Bad 2’: Both prequel and sequel, the show was a time machine that asked how we become who we are, our critic writes.
  • Saying Goodbye to Mike: Killed off in “Breaking Bad,” the character had a long second act in “Better Call Saul.” Jonathan Banks reflects on his experienceportraying the blunt, coldblooded crank.

Thanks for flying in, sir. Great mustache.

By the way, where do you find an architect/engineer willing to work under such ethically dubious conditions? Keep in mind, this is well before LinkedIn.

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Yet again, Rhea Seehorn, as Kim, delivers the most psychologically intriguing performance in the show. Kim was haunting Judge Munsinger’s courtroom in the previous episode for the most basic reason — she wanted to toss herself into the life of a public defender. Now, she is so engrossed that she hangs up on Paige (Cara Pifko), the Mesa Verde senior counsel, who calls with an emergency. I initially assumed that 1.) this was Kim’s way of getting herself fired, and 2.) Paige was going to fire her. In fact, Kim apologizes to Paige and Paige lets Kim off with a warning.

This won’t last. I think Kim is realizing that she doesn’t want a career devoted to helping a local bank expand its footprint. She is far more excited about aiding indigent defendants on the front lines of the legal system. Her once-mysterious reaction in Episode 3 to a room full of scale-model Mesa Verde banks, scheduled for construction all over the West, was simply the vaguely repulsed expression of a woman glimpsing an unhappy future.

But the most tormented mind in the Land of Saul, it turns out, belongs to Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian). Looking a wreck during a chance meeting with Jimmy in the courthouse men’s room, he cops to insomnia. We know little about Howard’s interior life, other than his feelings of guilt over Chuck’s suicide, so I can’t think of a better reason than that for his anguish. And the way he says, “Jimmy,” when asked what is bugging him — it sounds to me like, “You, of all people, are asking?”

Howard is one of the great sleights-of-hand by the writers of “Saul.” This is a show populated by people who run the gamut from immoral to woke, from villainous to principled. Howard might be the most conscientious of the bunch. Which is a surprise, at least in part because of his taste in shirt collars.

The display of grief prompts Jimmy to offer the name and number of a shrink. Already seeing one, Howard says, twice a week. This leads Jimmy to tear up the name and number of the therapist he was about to call. You can almost hear Jimmy’s inner monologue: “That guy is a mess and he’s on the twice-a-week plan? Pass!”

Closing thoughts:

• The German engineer/architect is played by Rainer Bock, and he is perfection. His hood-induced nausea is grimly authentic, as is his appraisal of the difficulties of super lab construction. Like “Breaking Bad,” “Saul” is cast exceptionally well.

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• The show also does a great job of finding riveting, singular faces. The parade of people encountered by Jimmy at the Dog House would make Fellini proud.

• Jimmy and Kim are headed in opposite directions career-wise, and Kim doesn’t yet know it. When she treats his wounds after he’s mugged for his cellphone money, he admits that he is annoyed in large part because he used to be the mugger, not the muggee. “Those days are over,” Kim says. Actually, those days are just getting started, young lady.

• The more you watch “Better Call Saul,” the more illumination is shed on the characters of “Breaking Bad.” One small example this week: Now we know how Saul became such a fan and collector of untraceable cell phones. It’s a tribute to Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who implied far more backstory than anyone realized when they wrote “Breaking Bad.”

• Needed: A “Breaking Bad” superfan who can I.D. the bag of cash that Saul finds. “Three cheers for morality,” he quips when he sees it contains every dollar he expected. I assume the bag belonged to either Jesse Pinkman or Walter White, but I can’t recall which. And I’m not sure why he thought someone might have pilfered some of that loot. Anybody?

Til next week, remember I invented chicken.


Does Kim Wexler appear in Breaking Bad? ›

Is Kim Wexler alive? Since Kim is not a character in Breaking Bad, some viewers have long assumed that she must die at some point between the pre–Breaking Bad events in Better Call Saul and Jimmy's transformation into Gene post-Saul. But that is not the case.

What episode does Saul sell phones? ›

Quite a Ride - Wikipedia.

Does Jimmy ever become Saul? ›

Jimmy slowly becomes (or regresses into?) a street-wise, no-nonsense, tough-minded hustler who is well-connected to the underworld. As he finds himself on the other side of the law, he develops a new persona: the criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.

Does Walter White cameo in Better Call Saul? ›

Yes, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman returned—but the episode was more than just an excuse for a cool cameo. It took six and a half seasons, but in last night's episode Better Call Saul finally… broke bad.

Does Kim end up with Jimmy? ›

Kimberly Wexler is a fictional character from the television series Better Call Saul, a spin-off of Breaking Bad. Kim is primarily portrayed by Rhea Seehorn, and was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. A lawyer, she is the confidant and love interest of Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman, whom she later marries.

Why did Nacho poison Hector? ›

During his time with Hector, Nacho began to have second thoughts about his life in the cartel. After Hector expresses a desire to turn Nacho's father's store into a laundering operation, Nacho betrays him and poisons his medication with an assist from Mike. It's ultimately this act of familial loyalty that dooms Nacho.

Who was Gene talking to on the phone? ›

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In this episode, we see Gene at one point sneak away and call his old receptionist Francesca Liddy. She's gone from working at Saul's law firm to a new life as an apartment landlord.

Why is Saul selling cell phones? ›

During Jimmy's year-long suspension from the law, he works as the manager at a cellphone store and starts a side hustle of selling drop phones to delinquents under the name "Saul Goodman." Once he's reinstated, he sets up a circus tent and offers the last of his burner phones as a promotional deal for his legal ...

Why did Saul destroy the phone booth? ›

Why Saul Smashes The Phone? What Happened When Gene Called Kim?

Why is Saul called Jimmy? ›

Determined not to be like his father, Jimmy becomes a con artist and earns the nickname "Slippin' Jimmy" for staging "slip and fall" accidents. He also ran petty scams including the "fake Rolex" with the help of his partner-in-crime Marco Pasternak.

Did Jimmy represent Tuco? ›

While Tuco cleans up bloodstains on his carpet, Jimmy knocks on the front door and is immediately taken hostage. Under interrogation, he reveals himself to be an attorney representing the twins, who called him after the hit and run, insisting that he did not target Tuco's grandmother.

Why did Saul rip the check? ›

no." Great line, but he doesn't get hired. Saul returns to his office to find a pile of bills and a mysterious check for $26,000 from a law office with the last name McGill. Saul rips the check up in disgust. It turns out the check is from the firm of Saul's older brother, Chuck.

Do Jesse and Walt appear on Better Call Saul? ›

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After their “Better Call Saul” cameos were teased by the show's co-creator Peter Gould before the start of the sixth and final season, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were finally back as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman Monday night.

Was there a real Walter White? ›

As it would seem, the existence of real-life meth dealers named Walter White is purely coincidental. So far, none have gotten into the business over a diagnosis of terminal illness, though others (not named Walter White) were chemists and/or teachers.

How much did Aaron Paul make per episode? ›

Aaron Paul has earned over $500,000 salary per episode for his role in Breaking Bad. Aaron Paul is an American actor best known for portraying Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad.

How long did Saul go to jail? ›

His sentence gets reduced to seven years, plus he gets a cushy prison in North Carolina. He even offers to give up the dirt on what happened to Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), but the prosecutors inform him that Kim already gave her confession about the murder.

Did Saul go to jail? ›

Saul explained that he was threatened into helping Walt and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and claimed that he went into hiding out of fear of them, not the police. In the end he managed to persuade the prosecution to make a deal with him, reducing his sentence to seven years in prison.

Are Lalo and Tuco brothers? ›

A member of the Salamanca family, Lalo is the grandson of Abuelita and one of Don Hector's nephews, having four cousins who are also involved in criminal activities within the Salamanca drug operation in the cartel: his main cousin and fellow distributor Tuco, his hitmen cousins Marco and Leonel, and his first cousin ...

How did Salamanca end up in a wheelchair? ›

Hector's Disability Came From Gus Fring's Act Of Revenge

He emptied the pill capsules and refilled them with ibuprofen, which could increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The spiked pills finally worked during a drug cartel meeting. Hector suffered a stroke but Gus saved him by using CPR.

Did Gus betray Nacho? ›

Nacho realizes he is being surveilled, meaning Gus has betrayed him to the cartel. The Cousins search the motel but Nacho escapes. Mike has a standoff with Gus and Tyrus because Mike wants to lead a team to find Nacho but Gus wants to force Nacho to reveal himself by taking Manuel hostage.

Who is Gene Takovic hiding from? ›

One area of the Saul timeline that has needed some filling in, however, is the black and white flash forwards that we could call the “Gene Takovic Era.” Thanks to the events of the final season of Breaking Bad, we know that Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) enters into hiding as Omaha, Nebraska Cinnabon manager Gene Takovic ...

Where does Gene live in Better Call Saul? ›

Cinnabon appears in the first episode of every season of Better Call Saul, except for season 6. It is located inside a large Omaha, Nebraska shopping mall. Jimmy McGill, living under the false identity "Gene Takavic" is the store manager, depressed with his situation and longing to unearth his true passion as a lawyer.

What does Petty with a prior mean? ›

Petty Theft with a Prior Law – California Penal Code 666

A petty theft with prior simply means you have a theft related conviction. In other words, Penal Code 666 is designed to punish repeat offenders.

Can you still get burner phones? ›

Where to Get a Burner Phone or SIM. Convenience stores and electronic retailers will sell prepaid SIM cards and burner phones. Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and other similar stores will have a good selection of cheap devices or SIM-only plans that allow you to call and text, and not much else.

Where is CC Mobile in better call Saul? ›

CC Mobile is a retail chain located in Albuquerque, specializing in cell phones.

What does Howard's license plate mean on Better Call Saul? ›

Trivia. The name of the episode is derived from the license plate of Howard's car, a 1998 Jaguar XJ8. Furthermore, the term “Namaste” is a respectable greeting used in the Hindu culture. In this episode, Howard went out of his way to greet Jimmy in a respectful manner.

Why did Jimmy break into chucks house? ›

Chuck predicts that Jimmy will break into Chuck's house at night to steal the tape, at which point, Chuck can have him arrested for criminal theft and expose him fully. To everyone's shock, an enraged Jimmy shows up at Chuck's house at that very moment.

What does Saul license plate mean? ›

Saul's license plate. Saul's vanity plate refers to the expression "lawyer up." In one episode, Jesse Pinkman leans on the trunk of the car, making the license plate show "WYRUP", meaning "Wire Up", as a nod to the episode "Rabid Dog", where Hank Schrader gets Jesse to wear a wire to catch Walter.

Why did Jimmy McGill change his name to Saul? ›

Jimmy then decided to practice law under this name, believing the McGill name was buried and not wanting to be seen as "Chuck's loser brother".

What does Saul mean in the Bible? ›

Meaning:prayed for. Saul is a boy's name of Hebrew origin that means "prayed for." In the Hebrew Bible, Saul was the first king of Israel. The apostle Paul was also known as Saul in early religious texts. While traditionally a biblical name, Saul offers lots of appeal to secular families too.

Did Jimmy McGill change his name? ›

The pain that Jimmy felt from Chuck's suicide, and his role in it, is what led him to try to distance himself from his family name once and for all and officially change his name from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman. “Just having the name McGill makes him think about his brother.

Was Walt a sociopath? ›

He believes in pride in his work, and there's no show of remorse in any of his acts of cruelty to get what he wants. The portrayal so far is that he's not a particularly intelligent sociopath, but he uses the tools he has — which means violence, for the most part.

Why did Tuco break legs? ›

Next, Jimmy finds himself tied up in the desert, as Tuco goes through a toolbox of potential torture weapons. Jimmy's henchman, Nacho, convinces Tuco that Jimmy is harmless and to let him go. Before leaving, Jimmy convinces Tuco to let the skateboarders go as well, but not before Tuco and his men break their legs.

Is the Salamanca family real? ›

Eduardo "Lalo" Salamanca is a fictional character on the AMC television series Better Call Saul, a prequel of Breaking Bad. Introduced in the fourth season, he is portrayed by Tony Dalton and was created by Peter Gould and screenwriter Gordon Smith.

What disease does Chuck have? ›

UPDATE, 3/3: On Monday night's episode of Better Call Saul, "Alpine Shepherd Boy," Chuck confirms that he indeed does suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. He lands in the hospital after police break down his door, thinking he's a crystal meth user, and his symptoms incapacitate him.

What illness does Chuck McGill have? ›

Chuck is semi-reclusive and believes that he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. He was amicably divorced from Rebecca Bois, who was unaware of his EHS, a few years before the events of Better Call Saul.

Why does Saul have to ground himself? ›

To be more specific than the existing answers: Chuck has this metal knob on his porch that people are supposed to touch before entering, to get rid of any static electricity they might be carrying. This is what he means with "grounding themselves".

Why did Jesse rat out Walt? ›

All Jesse wanted was Walt's permission to sell it to Gus but Walt was pissed off because Jesse was a better cook than he expected and would be able to profit off his formula while he got nothing.

Is Saul in El Camino? ›

These Better Call Saul characters are also present in El Camino.

Did the taxi driver recognizes Saul? ›

Jeff, also known as Jeffie, is an eccentric and suspicious cab driver from Omaha, Nebraska, previously residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the son of Marion and a friend of Buddy. Jeff recognizes Jimmy McGill as Saul Goodman while Jimmy was under his Gene Takavic identity in Omaha.

Is there a real Jesse Pinkman? ›

Jesse Bruce Pinkman is a fictional character in the American television series Breaking Bad, played by Aaron Paul. He is a crystal meth cook and dealer and works with his former high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston).

How did the real Walter White get caught? ›

White was arrested in March after law enforcement officers investigating the shooting searched his residence and found four ounces of meth, valued at about $10,000, two handguns and more than $15,000 in cash.

What is methylamine used for legally? ›

Regulation. In the United States, methylamine is controlled as a List 1 precursor chemical by the Drug Enforcement Administration due to its use in the illicit production of methamphetamine.

What actor gets paid the most per episode? ›

The 10 highest-paid TV actors of all time
  • Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon – $2 million per episode for The Morning Show.
  • Charlie Sheen – $1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men.
  • Ray Romano – $1.725 million per episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.
  • Kelsey Grammer – $1.6 million per episode of Frasier.
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Who is the richest actor of the world? ›

1) Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is the richest actor in the world and his net worth is $1 billion dollars. Coming in at number one on our list is Jerry Seinfeld. He is worth an estimated $1 billion dollars.

How much money did Jesse Pinkman make? ›

In season 4, Jesse makes $5 million alone when Walt, Mike, and himself sell their stash of methylamine. When you add it all up, Jesse makes a gross total of $7.8 million over the course of these four seasons. Of course, he doesn't hang onto all of that throughout the series.

Is Lalo alive in Breaking Bad? ›

After shooting Howard (Patrick Fabian) in the head and holding Saul (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) hostage in their own home, Tony Dalton's terrifying-yet-suave villain Lalo Salamanca has finally died, and at the hands of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), no less.

Is Breaking Bad before Better Call Saul? ›

Better Call Saul is an American crime and legal drama television series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Part of the Breaking Bad franchise, it is a spin-off, prequel and sequel to Gilligan's previous series, Breaking Bad.

Does Nacho survive Breaking Bad? ›

He even breaks free, taking Bolsa hostage with his own gun. In the end, Nacho presses the gun to his own temple and takes the shot. He ends his life.

What happens to Jimmy McGill? ›

He was eventually caught by the authorities and imprisoned for 86 years in a federal prison after finally accepting himself as Jimmy McGill, and began enjoying notoriety among his fellow inmates for his past life as Saul.

Is Lalo Salamanca a psychopath? ›

Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton)

Lalo Salamanca is simply a psychopath. His way of thinking is different than most people's. Unlike Jack Welker, Salamanca isn't motivated by the moment's pleasure.

Is Don Eladio a Salamanca? ›

He was one of the founding members of the Cartel alongside Juan Bolsa and Hector Salamanca and became the leader of the operation.

Who kills Lalo? ›

Lalo is killed by Gus in the season six episode "Point and Shoot"; the writers decided to not write a definitive ending to the character until they explored all possibilities, and the decision to kill Lalo came late in the writing process.

How is Todd alive in El Camino? ›

Like Bryan Cranston's Walter White and Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut, Todd is brought back from the dead via flashbacks by Breaking Bad creator and El Camino writer-director Vince Gilligan.

Was Breaking Bad filmed in a real house? ›

So, where does Walter White live? While most television shows use elaborate sets and mock-up homes for filming, Walter White's house in Breaking Bad is all real. Located in Albuquerque just like in the show, the home is privately owned by a couple who have lived there for over forty years.

Is there a spin-off from Breaking Bad? ›

Better Call Saul is concluding on August 15 after six seasons and 63 episodes, on top of 62 episodes of Breaking Bad and its spin-off movie.


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