In the last episode of Saul’s best on call, We are switching between two timelines.
The first is the “current” black and white schedule where Jimmy, now disguised as Jane Takovich, lives a quiet life working at the local Nebraska Cinnabon. He gave up, played it safe, and managed to evade capture by law.
The second timeline aligns with Season 2, Episode 8 of Too bad. That episode was titled Saul’s best on call, And serves as the first introduction to Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) on the show.
Not for nothing, this episode of The best of Saul on demand It’s the title “Breaking Bad” It is in some ways a mirror of it Too bad peer. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the first time Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) have appeared in The best of Saul on demand.
The two actors reprise their roles 13 years later (and change) after that episode aired, and it definitely shows. Of the three, only Odenkirk appears to be the same age as he was at the time. I’m dealing with this because the actor is losing a lot of weight and looking younger Too bad personality for most Saul’s best on call, So much so that they had to make him look older and fatter in these parts.
Cranston is absolutely gorgeous in his country The best of Saul on demand A cameo, perfectly capturing the irritable, impatient and out-of-depth Walter from the back in season two. It’s kind of extraordinary how he pulls these scenes off since his character has drastically shifted between that episode and his last Heisenberg – a much more ruthless villain all around.
Paul also does a great job, but he’s clearly older in his voice, which has deepened considerably between then and now. I’m watching it too Westworld And the Too bad For now, so it’s more clear.
This episode begins with Walter and Jesse kidnapping Saul, realizing their identity and telling them to put a dollar in his pocket so they can have the privilege of attorney/client. But then they spend some time in the RV talking, presenting us with a scene we never got back to. Too bad. See this scene at this moment in Saul’s best call Running really underscores how much experience and knowledge Saul has more than any of these clowns. He’s been wrapped in cartel bullshit for a long time now, and a veteran crook is himself at this point.
We can also see Jesse asking about Lalo, since that’s what Saul was grumbling about when he was first arrested (a name we hear about) Too bad But you don’t get a face to attach it to until Season 4, Episode 8 when Tony Dalton joined the show as Lalo Salamanca. You have to admire the restraint shown by the show makers in waiting so long to introduce a character that they should have planned to present from the start.
But that’s about it. There is not a lot of Too bad Or Walt/Jesse’s stuff in this episode even though it’s titled “Too Bad.” This is because the title doesn’t really refer to Walt and Jesse at all.
Gene becomes Victor
Things weren’t going well for Gene on the “current” schedule. He lost his hair. It works in a dead end. His life is lonely and bleak. When he was “made” by the taxi driver, Jeff, he almost ran again, but the challenge apparently awakened something inside of him. The will to conquer. . . Something. Any thing.
Last week’s episode “Nippy” wasn’t great for her Lots of reasons I mentioned in my reviewbut she set a path for Jane and “Breaking Bad” follows that path along its natural path, and gets a lot of excitement in the process.
When Gene is doing the mall heist he has a moment with the security guard as he tries to stop him while Jeff (Pat Healy) is briefly fired after slipping on the floor of the department store.
The story he tells is true by chance. He begins to fake tears and complain about his secluded life. How did his parents die? . . And his brother died. And nobody likes him. He has no friends. If he died, no one would attend his funeral. It was all a hoax, but you can see him realize when the words came out, he was telling a painful truth.
More distressing facts follow. He contacts his former assistant, Francesca (Tina Parker) who is happy to hear anything about him. She revealed that all of his fictitious companies are gone, including the one he set up in her name. Basically, all the wealth he had accumulated – other than what he had taken with him – had evaporated. But she also told him that Kim (Rhea Seehorn) called her and asked about him after everything went down.
This knowledge – of his financial failures and love of his life showing concern for his well-being – ignited another fire in Saul’s heart. He called Florida to try to speak with Kim at her workplace – Palm Coast Sprinklers – but we couldn’t hear what he was saying on the phone at the payphone booth. Everything he is makes him so angry and stunned that he breaks glass and explodes.
Breaking the glass is important. This is the moment when the gene is broken. We spent over five seasons learning how Jimmy turned into Saul 1.0 and eventually, after Kim left, into Saul 2.0 – the Saul we knew from Too bad. But all along, we saw Jane only as a moderately behaved, middle-aged man who succumbed to a life of solitude and boredom.
Jeff’s appearance in Season 5 and The Heist changed last week and now this new information about money and Kim changed all of that. Jane abandons fear and restraint and returns to Jeff’s house, where the taxi driver lives with his mother, Marion (Carol Burnett). With Jane so adamant that he and Jeff were done last week, the taxi driver-turned-hustler was surprised, then excited, to get back to work with Saul.
But the gene changed. Before, he was sneaky and patient and was able to easily charm Marion on Schnaps and have a good conversation.
Now, despite hilarious videos of cats being offered as a distraction, Jane seems to have underestimated this woman – something he’s done in the past with old women, who are a soft, blind spot for our hero.
When Jeff arrives, Jane leaves Marion reeling, heading to the detached garage to bring Jeff back to the barn, plotting a new scam. Marion seems surprised and upset by this. The gene seems to lose its touch.
The deception is clever enough. Gene, Jeff, and Buddy (Max Bicklehaup) all have a role to play. Jane meets rich single men in a fancy bar and they play dumb in order to make them look good. He gets them drunk while sucking liquor out of his drinks with a hidden bladder and a hose device he hid in his shirt. They are having a good time and then he takes them to the cabin waiting outside.
Jeff, of course, is the taxi driver. While he’s driving, he offers the fare/tag for a water bottle. The water is full of drugs that, along with alcohol, are sure to drive out the poor sucker. He helps them get into their homes and slaps a strip of duct tape on the strike plate, so that the door won’t slam or lock when the door closes. Buddy and Jeff talk over the cabin radio with a code to communicate arrival times.
When Jeff leaves, Paddy arrives with his very well-behaved dog and heads home. Instead of burglary, he finds as much personal information as possible: IDs, credit cards, bank account numbers, passwords. Whatever he can find, he takes out the photos and then carefully replaces them. This allows them to loot these guys without their knowledge (until it’s too late).
It’s a clever scam that, like most scams, eventually goes wrong. Turns out the last sign we see in this episode is a really nice guy, unlike many of the other rich, unsympathetic moves that come before him. It was also found that he had cancer. You can see Jimmy’s moral compass glow in life – but only for a moment. He dips all his moral inhibitions and carries the guy into Jeff’s car.
Then he heads home and waits. When the phone rings, he looks visibly angry and tells whoever is on the other line that he will be there soon. He arrives at Marion’s house and heads to the garage with Jeff and Buddy, where Buddy’s well-behaved dog gets nervous and starts barking.
The dog may be Jane’s downfall. Upstairs, Marion is still watching funny cat videos on YouTube when she hears barking and screaming from her window in the scene below. What you see is clearly bothering her. Gentle and dog-loving Jane shouts at Buddy to silence his dog, and Buddy is forced to carry the dog to his car. This is an aspect of Gene Marion that he has never seen – an aspect that up to this point, Gene has been carefully hiding from view.
What will Marion do? I think we’ll find out in next week’s episode. But then, there are a lot of questions about these last two episodes.
Anyway, inside the garage, Buddy tells Jane that he can’t keep up with the latest song. Paddy says the man has cancer. He can’t steal from a man with cancer. His father had cancer. It’s not right.
Gene gives up all pretense of a moral compass, telling friends he’ll be fine. He needs to go back and get the job done. Mark will be dead even before he knows he’s been robbed. Moreover, it doesn’t matter if someone is sick, nice or something else. A tag is a tag.
The friend refuses. He looks to Jeff for support but Jeff “sees both sides” in the argument. So Jane shoots Buddy, telling him to leave and to keep his mouth shut if he knows what’s good for him. Then he told Jeff they were going to finish what they had started.
While we all thought this episode was called “Breaking Bad” because it would feature Walt and Jesse the cameo, it’s clear that it’s actually actually about finally breaking the bad gene. second. Of course, Jimmy has always been bad. Since he was a boy he steals from his father’s store. Slippin Jimmy, however well-meaning in other areas of his life, was always the reason his brother Chuck (Michael McCain) never trusted him.
The Saul Goodman he became is Chuck’s fears manifested. But even then, Saul was just a con man, making money from other people’s crimes. Whatever Jane becomes – let’s call him Victor, the name he uses in the bar – looks worse than that. Perhaps this more ruthless version of Saul is what Chuck saw in the depths of Jimmy’s soul.
Whatever the case, this was a turning point not only for Jane, but for Saul and Jimmy as well. The kindness Jimmy showed to his brother, Kim, and many others has all but disappeared along the way. In her place is a man who has lost everything and is angry and bitter because of it, almost desperate to find a new goal – however dangerous – in life.
With an almost death wish, he takes Jeff to the sleeping man’s house. He asks Jeff to come back in 20 minutes to pick him up, then goes to the back door and finds it locked.
For the second time in the same episode, Jimmy broke some glass.
I won’t spoil what we see in the post-episode preview, but things definitely don’t look great for Jen Takovich.
I enjoyed this episode a lot more than the one I did last week, thanks to the fun Walt/Jesse cameo and the more outrageous nature of Jane’s new scam. Will he be caught breaking into the house? Does he find the mark dead or does he get into a physical altercation with him that leaves the man dead? Will Marion use her new laptop to discover Saul Goodman and hand it over to the police?
We’ll find out at least some of the answers to these questions tomorrow when Episode 12, “Waterworks,” airs. The description reads: “Risks increase when detected.” Too bad Inventor Vince Gilligan wrote and directed the episode.
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