Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan's prior series Breaking Bad. Set in the early 2000s, Better Call Saul follows the story of con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), six years before the events of Breaking Bad, showing his transformation into the persona of criminal-for-hire Saul Goodman. Jimmy becomes the lawyer for former beat cop Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), whose relevant skill set allows him to enter the criminal underworld of drug trafficking in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015. The 10-episode fourth season aired between August and October, 2018. The show has been renewed for a fifth season. Jimmy is initially working as a low-paid solo practitioner, with the back room of a nail salon as his home and office. His friend and romantic interest, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) works as a lawyer at the firm of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM), where Jimmy and she were once employed in the mailroom. Partners at HHM include Jimmy's nemesis, Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), and brother, Chuck McGill (Michael McKean). Mike conducts illegal drug-related activity with Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), in addition to becoming right-hand man for drug lord Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) who runs a fast food restaurant as a business front. Odenkirk, Banks and Esposito are all reprising their starring roles from Breaking Bad. Like its predecessor, Better Call Saul has received critical acclaim, particularly for its acting, writing, and directing; many critics have called it a worthy successor to Breaking Bad and one of the best prequels ever made. Some have also deemed it superior to its predecessor. It has garnered many nominations, including a Peabody Award, 23 Primetime Emmy Awards, seven Writers Guild of America Awards, five Critics' Choice Television Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. The series premiere held the record for the highest-rated scripted series premiere in basic cable history at the time of its airing.

Year:
2015
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Mike Ehrmantraut:
You let some things slide and you look the other way. You bust a drug dealer that has more cash than you'll ever earn in a lifetime. Some of it doesn't make it back into evidence So what? You took a taste. So did everyone else. That's how you knew you were safe. It's like killing Caesar. Everyone's guilty. Matt wasn't dirty. I was. Everyone was in that precinct. That's how it worked. You turn in your buddy, you're screwing yourself. You go along to get along.

Stacey Ehrmantraut:
And you went along.

Mike Ehrmantraut:
I did. Yeah. I did. Okay.

Mike Ehrmantraut:
But you said Matt didn't.

Mike Ehrmantraut:
No. Not Matt. Fensky got to Hoffman early kickbacks from some gang or another protection, basically. And Hoffman went to Matty and offered to cut him in. Only fair, right? They were partners. And Matt did what you would think. He agonised. And then he came to me, wanted to go to the I.A., do the right thing, shut 'em down.

Stacey Ehrmantraut:
Oh, my God. And you let him? That's why he got killed 'cause he was gonna turn on those guys?

Mike Ehrmantraut:
No. No. I told him [sighs] You know what a cop fears most? More than getting shot, more than anything? Prison getting locked up with everybody you put away. You threaten a cop with that, you make him dangerous, and that's what I told him. I talked sense. No one was getting hurt. But if you go to the I.A., if you even look like you're going He had a wife, a kid, responsibilities. Take the money. Do something good with it. Well I tried. I tried. But he wouldn't listen. My boy was stubborn. My boy was strong. And he was gonna get himself killed. So I told him... I told him I did it, too, that I was like Hoffman, getting by, and that's what you heard that night me talking him down, him kicking and screaming until the fight went out of him. He put me up on a pedestal And I had to show him, that I was down in the gutter with the rest of them. I broke my boy. I broke my boy. He went to Hoffman, he took the money, but he hesitated. Even looking like you're doing the right thing to those two meant that he wasn't solid, that he couldn't be trusted. I got Matty to take the money. And they killed him two days later. He was the strongest person that I ever knew. He'd have never done it, not even to save himself. I was the only one I was the only one that could get him to debase himself like that. And it was for nothing. I made him lesser. I made him like me. And the bastards killed him anyway.

Stacey Ehrmantraut:
Hoffman and Fensky... if they killed Matty, Who killed them? Pop What happened?

Mike Ehrmantraut:
You know what happened. The question is can you live with it?

Saul Goodman:
*You* called him. You called Hamlin. I always turn my phone off before I put it in your mailbox. Two nights ago, it was left on - battery drained. And I was so damn sure that I turned it off, you know, 'cause I always do. It's a habit, right? So, it was nagging me, it was *nagging* me! So, I called the phone company, turns out there was a deleted call at 2AM when I was asleep right there. And you know who's number? Hamlin's. The only person who could have made that call and deleted it is *you*, Chuck. Boy, that phone, huh? That phone must have felt like a blowtorch in your ear! All that electricity, all those radiowaves right up against the side of your head, my god! What was so important that you had to call Howard before our meeting? The only thing I can think of, the only thing that makes sense is you told him not to hire me. It was always you, right? Right back to when I passed the bar and tried to join the firm, *you* didn't want me. Speak up. Tell me why! It's the least you can do for me now! I'm your brother, we're supposed to look out for each other! Why were you working against me, Chuck?

Chuck McGill:
[in a feeble tone] You're not a real lawyer.

Saul Goodman:
I'm *what*?

Chuck McGill:
[now raising his voice defiantly] You're not a real lawyer! "University of American Samoa", for Christ's sake? An online course? What a joke! I worked my ass off to get where I am! And you take these shortcuts and you think suddenly you're my peer? You do what I do because you're funny and you can make people laugh? I committed my *life* to this! You don't slide into it like a cheap pair of slippers and then reap all the rewards!

Saul Goodman:
I thought you were proud of me.

Chuck McGill:
I was! When you straightened out and got a job in the mail room, I was *very* proud!

Saul Goodman:
So that's it, then, right? Keep ol' Jimmy down in the mail room, 'cause he's not good enough to be a lawyer.

Chuck McGill:
I know you. I know what you were, what you are. People don't change! You're Slippin' Jimmy! And Slippin' Jimmy I can handle just fine, but Slippin' Jimmy with a law degree is like a chimp with a machine gun! The law is *sacred*! If you abuse that power, people get hurt! This is not a game! And you *have* to know that on some level, I know you know I'm right. You know I'm right!

Saul Goodman:
[silent for a moment, and then breathes deeply] I... I got you a twenty-pound bag of ice and some bacon and some eggs and a couple of those steaks that you like, some fuel canisters, enough for three or four days. After that, you're on your own. I am done. [gets up and leaves]

Chuck McGill:
Jimmy... Jimmy. [gets up to go after him, Jimmy's already walking out to his car, Chuck stops at the doorway] Jimmy! Jimmy, come back inside! Jimmy! Jimmy! [Jimmy takes off, tires screeching; guilt-ridden, Chuck watches him drive away and then silently closes the door]

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