Season 6, episode 11, “Breaking Bad”

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk in Better call Saul
Photo: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

He left that funky Saul Goodman shirt and tie on the department store shelf, but make no mistake: Last week’s prank with Jeff and the mall security team returned Gene Takovic to the world of Saul Goodman. And a mysterious and contentious phone call in “Breaking Bad” sent him doubling down and becoming completely bored Saul.

We don’t know, yet, where this sudden but committed embrace of life that sent him into hiding will end up, but people from his former life as Albuquerque’s most infamous lawyer are still reeling from their associations with him. For Bill Oakley, the embattled deputy district attorney who envied Jimmy’s comfortable opportunity at Davis & Main while eating lunch from the courthouse vending machine every day, Jimmy/Saul’s antics to help free Lalo Salamanca proved so disappointing that Bill turned to the defense attorney. himself: he has gone into private practice, advertising his services on a bus stop bench. Is he now serving the clientele that Saul left behind?

For Francesca, Saul’s loyal but also overworked and stressed-out assistant, her career prospects are potentially less lucrative. Her life with Saul was certainly never glamorous, but she now owns it and spends her days submerging a sink clogged with grass stalks and seeds in the apartment of a couple of sullen tenants whose house she stinks like “a man’s anus.” skunk”.

They also follow her, opening her mail and tapping her phone, while legal authorities continue to search for Saul. However, he agrees to drive out of town (to the old Big Chief gas station where Jesse paid to fill the RV with meth in season three of breaking bad) for a pay phone call with Gene. He wants the hot gossip about happenings at home, and Francesca wants the hidden stash of cash she promised him for showing up. She tells him the rest of her funds (the nail salons, the vending machines, the laser tag center, the offshore account) are gone, but he’s more interested in a call he got after word got out. the news of her connection to Walter White: Kim, who called to check on her. Kim also asked about Saul, shares Francesca. She wanted to know if he was alive.

Gene, who had driven out of Omaha to call Francesca, is on the way back to Omaha when he stops to make another call. Kim is apparently in Titusville, Florida, working at a business called Palm Coast Sprinklers. Gene calls and asks about her, and although the noise of the trucks passing by on the highway drowns out her conversation, we can tell that he is angry by the gestures he makes towards her. When he hangs up, he hits the receiver repeatedly. When he gets out, he kicks the phone booth glass so hard it breaks.

What could have happened on that call that would make you so angry? If Kim simply hadn’t been in the business or if he didn’t work there anymore, he might have been disappointed or upset, but not violently angry. What was transmitted to Gene that would cause that reaction? Did they tell you that Kim refused to talk to him? Did he talk to her and convey her feelings about his breaking bad-was stock? Did you share news about his new life that upset you?

Whatever happened during that conversation set in motion a return to Omaha that was followed by Gene visiting Marion and Jeff’s house and returning to the ways of Saul Goodman.

The surprise of this meeting of Gene and Saul is the enthusiasm and recklessness with which Gene approaches his new adventure with Jeff and Buddy. It’s a typically intricate and clever game of the McGill/Goodman mind that boils down to identity theft which is then sold for cash. The trio make it easy and have amassed some serious cash when they run into a problem: one of their brands is seriously ill, and when Buddy finds out the guy has pancreatic cancer, just like his dad, he refuses. continue. swiping identity papers from him. Gene had previously found out that the man had cancer during the reconnaissance phase of the scam at the bar they were drinking at and seemed very concerned about him. He even asked if he should mix alcohol with the pills he was taking for cancer.

Pat Healy in Better Call Saul

Pat Healy in Better call Saul
Photo: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

But when Buddy tells Gene and Jeff that he’s not going to continue his relationship with the cancer patient, that they should move on to the next guy, Gene freaks out. He berates Buddy, insisting that he return to the man’s house and continue photographing all the personal documents that will earn them another payday. When Buddy still refuses to do so, Gene calls him a buff and fires him from the job, with a parting warning that he should keep his mouth shut about his plot.

Gene’s anger and recklessness then turn to despair. He has Jeff drive him to the home of the cancer patient, who assumes that he will still be unconscious three hours after Jeff put drugs in a water bottle for him. Without any proof that this is the case, Gene, however, is dropped off at the man’s house and breaks in, having no real idea what will happen when he enters.

The robbery scene is preceded by a flashback of Saul approaching JP Wynne High School. in “Better call Saul,” the season-two episodes of breaking bad which introduced Bob Odenkirk character. Saul is going to surprise Walter White in his chemistry classroom. It’s still early in Walt and jesse’s methamphetamine company, and Saul think you can help them grow and keep a significant part of the profits for himself.

Me tooa scene that precedes that, there is another memory, a new one of a breaking badperiod meeting with Mike in Saul’s office. Mike informs Saul of Walt and Jesse’s scouting, telling him that they are amateurs, “little potatoes” that “He Who Shall Not Be Named” (Gus, of course) has no interest in. Mike, in no uncertain terms, advises Saul that Walt and Jesse are not suitable business partners. Saul obviously ignores this advice, and now we know that the connection of all these characters and everything they put together, all the lives it changed and the many he finished, was facilitated by Saul Goodman. Of all the breaking bad callbacks and guest appearances that have been scattered all over Better call Saul, writer-Director Thomas Schnauz kept the best and most fundamental a for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, whose highly anticipated appearance as were Walt and Jesse more than worth the wait.

Now, with only two episodes left in the series, we cut to Gene’s desperate entry into the home of that cancer patient. in a decision that seems like it could be so pivotal to their post-Walt and Jesse- life as its initial appearance was for theirs.

missed observations

  • Francesca’s call with Gene also provides a crucial update on Skyler White: SHe made a deal with the authorities, so apparently Walt’s lottery ticket, the one he promised would lead to the location of Hank and Gomey’s bodies, worked.
  • Thanks to Tina Parker, for her outstanding performance on the series as Francesca, who definitely ended up on the wrong side of Saul’s dealings. Here’s hoping there was a good sum of cash in that bundle she pulled out of the water. tube.
  • There’s nSomehow we didn’t find out the contents of Gene’s call to Kim’s workplace in Florida, did we? Could that mean one more Rhea Seehorn appearance before the series ends?
  • Super Smart Cast: Alfred Hawthorne, the obnoxious first target in Gene’s identity theft bar scam, was played brilliantly by Devin Ratray, who played Kevin McAllister’s obnoxious older brother Buzz in Home alone.
  • Two more great callbacks from Gene: he skips Saul’s fashion, but he does drink (or not drink, as it is part of the scam) moscow mules with one of the marks of identity theft Y he also acquires a chi machine, that foot massage device Saul used in his breaking bad days. Was it just because it was a safe way to privately embrace his Saul past? Or was the machine a physical necessity to deal with the stress of returning to an active life of crime?

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