Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul   Rewatch 
September 21, 2014 1:39 PM - Season 2, Episode 8 - Subscribe

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.

Guest starring Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman; he would become a regular in subsequent series. "When the going gets tough, you don't want a criminal lawyer. You want a criminal lawyer."

AMC's 2010 website for Saul Goodman, Attorney at Law:

"I'm no Vito Corleone."
"No shit! Right now, you're Fredo."
posted by We had a deal, Kyle (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is a derail but I've been thinking of watching BB in reverse order.

"Breaking Bad Backwards"

I've inadvertently watched chunks of various films in odd random chunks over time by catching late at night. Not sure I have the energy or english essayism to blog the effort though. Should probably wait for the Saul series...
posted by sammyo at 5:48 PM on September 21, 2014

The Breaking Good guys also speculated that a supercut of only Hank's point of view would be an interesting way to experience the story: I rather agree and wish someone would do it.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 9:35 PM on September 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

That website is superb.

I find the interactions between Walt and Saul really interesting, especially as Walt thinks he's better than a lawyer in a strip mall with terrible (awesome) commercials, and doesn't see how canny Saul is. I think that's probably most obvious in Saul's recommendation of Gus, when he tells Walt that "[Gus] reminds me of you", which is all Walt ever needs to hear, as that obviously only ever means the great things about Walt who is of course the smartest person in the room all the time no exceptions.

I found Walt's increasing involvement of Saul in his affairs (and Jesse's, too, I guess, though Jesse's pretty much either high or asleep) for the rest of the 2nd season a bit strange - why trust someone that quickly with pretty much everything? - but of course Walt is an idiot that way and it clearly shows how much he has alienated himself. He is living his life in smaller and smaller circles.

Oh, and Saul's Constitution-themed wallpaper is fantastic.
posted by minsies at 10:38 AM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]

I think it's partly a matter of Walt reluctantly recognizing Saul as necessary and useful: Walt's frustrated at not being able to use his money, Saul's laundering services are a solution.

But also partly a matter of Saul increasingly insinuating himself into Walt's affairs. He finds Walt at the school, and although he spins it as a "you need me" sales pitch they both know that there's an undercurrent of "especially now I know who you really are".

Saul really is a great character, and played so well by Odenkirk. In a way, he's a mirror of Hank: all front and bluff, often ridiculous, but actually very good at what he does.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 11:31 AM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]

Saul! Saul is so wonderful, and becomes the only comic relief this show has later on. He is just great. He also has an absurd number of contacts for a strip mall lawyer, but there you go. Walt really lucked out stumbling on him.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 1:12 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is where I really started to like Breaking Bad. One of the most memorable lines, for me anyway, is when Jesse is explaining to Walt that when the going gets tough, you want a criminal lawyer.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:00 AM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

I like how when they had Saul out in the desert, before he knew who they were, the first thing he says is something like "Siempre! Siempre soy amigo de los carteles!" (I'm always a friend of the cartels!)
posted by isthmus at 2:35 PM on September 24, 2014 [2 favorites]

The cinematography in the desert scene was good too, with the stark palette in the establishing shot from the hill: black, faint blue over the field, the splash of red from the brake lights and the sunset.... That scene actually looked like night to me, whereas a lot of night scenes on film and TV don't, even when shot on location.
posted by johnofjack at 4:03 PM on October 19, 2014

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