Better Call Saul

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When Badger finds himself in trouble with the law, Walt and Jesse seek the legal advice of a shady attorney, Saul Goodman. The DEA believe they may have finally caught up with the elusive ‘Heisenberg.’ Hank returns to Albuquerque, but his troubled mental state and demeanor cause Marie to worry.

Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 8 “Better Call Saul” – [Official Text Credit amctv.com]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Gomez line – “You got more lives than a damn cat”

Favourite Hank line – “Now if I could only learn to lick myself.”

Favourite Marie line – “Hank could win an Oscar, he’s so damn breezy with the man. He hangs up the phone and goes right back to bed.”

Favourite Jane line – “What is that, a king?”

Favourite Detective Getz line – “If you ask a cop if he’s a cop, he’s like, obligated to tell you. it’s in the constitution.”

Favourite Badger line – “Dude, I so smell bacon.”

Favourite Saul line – “Anything that gets the DEA’s panties in this big a bunch, you’re onto something special. And I would like to be a small and silent part of it. Food for thought, yeah? So if you want to make more money and keep the money that you make, better call Saul!”

Favourite Walt line – “I have spent my whole life scared – frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen. Fifty years I spent like that. Finding myself awake at three in the morning. But you know what? Ever since my diagnosis, I sleep just fine.”

Favourite Jesse line – “NO SHANKING”

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Favourite Hank/Saul exchange –

Hank – “Seen better acting in an epileptic whorehouse”

Saul – “Is that like the one your mom works at, is she still offering the two for one discount?”

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Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

Jesse: “Sooner or later this was gonna happen. If you want your exponential growth, guys are gonna get busted. Simple as that.”

Walter: “How about we get him a real attorney? I mean, what the hell is this? This is who he hires?”

Jesse: “What? You kidding me? This is the guy you want. This is the guy I’d hire.”

Walter: “Ooh, this is the guy you’d hire.”

Jesse: “Look, you remember Emilio? ‘Kay, this dude got Emilio off, like, twice. ‘Kay, both times they had him dead to rights, yo, and then poof. Dude’s like Houdini. Seriously, when the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer. Alright, you want a criminal lawyer. You know what I’m saying?”

Favourite scenes –

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That opening scene was seriously long, over 4 minutes.

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Also note, you are seeing all 3 of the tattoos of Jesse Pinkman in this bed on the floor scene. If you listened to the podcasts with Aaron Paul, you know that Aaron Paul had no tattoos at the time of filming Breaking Bad– all 3 Jesse tats are fake and applied when they need to be. The one most often applied is the one on the hand – a celtic scorpion – because we really do not see much of his body during the show.

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What a gorgeous office Saul has.

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Jesse really kicks it up a notch in the RV scene – is this because of the blowfish speech? Welcome back to the hilarious ski masks from the Season One Finale – A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal

Notable Music – “Banderilla” (on youtube) by Calexico, playing while the stake out scene is happening.

Ending Song – Silence, then the Breaking Bad Theme composed by Dave Porter

Jesse Lightbulb Moment – Hiring Saul, of course. 🙂

Notable Shots –

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Check out this gorgeous shot. Amazing!

Episode Running Time on DVD – 45m 26s

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Better Call Saul –

DVD commentary track – Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, writer Peter Gould, and director of photography Michael Slovis

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 208, “Better Call Saul” with creator Vince Gilligan, and writer Peter Gould. Running time 33 minutes. Click here for the MP3 file. Click here for podcasts via the Apple iTunes store – podcasts are free.

Links to other reviews of this episode – AV ClubAlan SepinwallThe TV Critic

Snoskred Notes –

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Hmm.. Is this the face of a man buying what just happened? I think.. not.

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Wasn’t the stake out scene incredible! Did you see Bryan Cranston driving that Aztec like a race car – one of the wheels left the ground! And in the commentary track Bryan confirmed he was driving.

Another Tattoo Note – When the show ended, many of the cast and crew got some ink to remember Breaking Bad by. Aaron Paul now has one tattoo – no half measures, and Bryan Cranston has a small BrBa on his ring finger, underneath his wedding ring. Click here for an article with pics.

The science of Breaking Bad – Better Call Saul

Episode Count –

Fifteen episodes down, 47 to go

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