“Better Call Saul” is the eighth episode of the second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad. It was written by Peter Gould and directed by Terry McDonough.
This episode marks Bob Odenkirk’s introduction as the fast-talking criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in the series. He was promoted to series regular in Season 3, stayed with the series until its end, then reprised the role in the prequel series Better Call Saul.
The episode was written by Peter Gould and directed by Terry McDonough. It aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on April 26, 2009.
The episode marks the primary appearance of Saul Goodman. Saul’s dialog and interactions in “Better Call Saul” became essential in fixing characters and plotlines for the spinoff prequel series of the same name.
When Walter and Jesse wear masks and check out to coerce Saul at gunpoint to accept their case, Saul, having mistaken the 2 for cartel enforcers, tries to blame a man known as “Ignacio” and asks if “Lalo” sent them.
Within Better Call Saul, this was revealed to be Nacho Varga, a member of the Salamanca cartel, and Lalo Salamanca, nephew of Hector Salamanca.
Saul further begs to understand if they are “friends of the cartel,” a phrase that’s shown to be something he learned from Lalo while being forced to work to defend him in court. In Better Call Saul’s “Point and Shoot,” the origins of Saul’s fear towards Lalo and what he was blaming Nacho for are revealed.
Praises for the Episode
The episode was alright received. Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode an A and praised Jesse and Walt’s evolving role within the drug world.
In 2019 The Ringer ranked “Better Call Saul” the twelfth best of the 62 Breaking Bad episodes.
The latest installment of Better Call Saul goes forward in time, bringing viewers into Jimmy’s (Bob Odenkirk) Breaking Bad era.
How can we know? Well, when the timeline jumps ahead to the ultimate moments of Episode 9, “Fun and Games,” Jimmy drives into the parking zone of his office building which is now adorned with the inflatable Statue of Liberty. Walking inside, he greets a less-than-enthused Francesca (Tina Parker).
Walking through the lounge, clients sit patiently for the criminal lawyer’s help as he enters his private office, which now looks as it did when fans were first introduced to Saul on Breaking Bad.
But all of this visual evidence for the Breaking Bad era isn’t the sole clue tipping viewers off to the potential arrival of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).
Before Jimmy arrives at the office, he’s taking calls about cases over the phone reception, and we hear him say, “Another public masturbator? Which one? A replacement guy?! Huh, everyone must be doing it.”
The throwaway comment could seem insignificant at first, but if fans recall, the mention plays a quick role in Saul Goodman’s first Breaking Bad appearance.
When Badger (Matt Jones) is caught selling meth, Saul is brought on as his lawyer, and once they meet for the first time in the police station, Saul rifles through his papers, watching the cases and pulling out a sheet, he says, “Here we go. Public masturbation.”
Badger sets Saul straight, noting that he was the guy who was picked up for allegedly selling meth, but the mix-up may be a good callback at what could be ahead for Better Call Saul.
It should be noted that the light green dress shirt and orange-striped tie Jimmy was wearing in the latest Better Call Saul are similar to the outfit he was wearing in his first episode of Breaking Bad.
Whether this is often a coincidence will remain to be seen, but nothing in Better Call Saul is completed by accident. In other words, there’s always a purpose to those small Easter eggs.
And considering that Walt and Jesse play a prominent role in Saul’s lawyering during this point, it seems like they’re just an episode away from arriving.