All but one of the episode names of Season 1 end in an "o" sound.
Spanish for 'One'.
- being the first episode of the series.
Spanish for 'My Son'.
- Referring to Tuco by Abuelita, his grandmother.
- Referring to Nacho Varga.
- Jimmy is hailed as a hero when he stages saving the billboard worker while filming his video decrying Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill and the court's ruling for his billboard to come down.
Alpine Shepherd Boy was originally going to be called "Jell-O" in reference to jelly cups Jimmy uses to advertise his services as he begins specializing in elder law. The name was changed to Alpine Shepherd Boy because they couldn't get permission from Kraft Foods, owners of the Jell-O brand.
- One of Jimmy's customers after the billboard ruse was Mrs. Strauss who consults Jimmy to write her will, one of the items listed being the Alpine Shepherd Boy Hummel figurine.
Short-form for police officers, derives from the television series Hawaii 5-O.
- The episode explores Mike's past as an officer on the Philadelphia Police Department.
- It's the sixth episode of the series and season
- In this episode, Jimmy hosts a game of Bingo.
- Jimmy's "Bingo" moment was when Betsy and Craig Kettleman, unsatisfied with Kim's D.A. plea deal, return to Jimmy for legal representation.
Referring to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply RICO, is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
- It was used in this episode by Chuck McGill to instigate the suit with Sandpiper Crossing.
- Foreshadowing Jimmy’s future involvement in a criminal enterprise possibly referencing a conversation he has with Walt where he says Walt’s house could be taken by the Feds under the RICO act.
- Refers to the sandwich Mike packs with him to the drug swap.
- Referring to Marco Pasternak.
Season 2's episode titles kick the pattern of ending in an "o" sound, instead fitting a hint into the episode names. The first letter of each episode could be rearranged to spell FRINGSBACK (Fring's back). This was an indication Gustavo Fring from the original show will soon return in Better Call Saul. This in syndication with the warning to Mike in Klick with a note in his car windshield stating "DON'T" preventing the assassination of Hector Salamanca strongly hinted at Gus' return in Season 3.
- Signifying Jimmy's change in attitude to abandon doing "the right thing" preferring to do his job his own way.
- Also representing Jimmy's reluctant decision to accept Davis & Main's offer to become an associate after declining the offer at the court building.
- At the end of the episode, Jimmy flips a switch in his new office labelled "Do NOT turn OFF!!!" (albeit to no consequences) showing his new principal of not complying to other's standards.
Referring to a 'Hoboken Squat Cobbler'; a form of fetish video whereas a man sits in a pie and wiggles about.
- Jimmy creates an alibi for Daniel Wormald that he created Hoboken Squat Cobbler videos to exonerate him from possible charges after his lone drug deal ended with Nacho raiding his pharmaceutical stash and baseball card collection.
- Cobbler is a translation of the Hungarian word "varga", which refers to Nacho Varga.
A city in Texas, east of Albuquerque. Also, Spanish for "yellow".
- Jimmy stages solicitation with a busload of seniors in Amarillo.
- The letters he had sent them were "canary yellow".
A figure of speech; to show intent of victory by any and all means.
- Refers to the boxing gloves necklace Mike takes from Tuco during their skirmish.
- A boxing term when boxers remove their gloves to inflict as much damage as possible on their opponents, alluding to the climactic scene when Tuco beats up Mike in the restaurant carpark.
- Referring to Rebecca Bois; Chuck's ex-wife.
Referring to the song, from South Pacific.
- Jimmy sings the song to Kim Wexler on her answering machine.
- Referring to the air dancer which inspires Jimmy's style of oddly-coloured clothes (among other oddities) which he uses to sabotage his position at Davis & Main.
- May also refer to the bagpipes that Jimmy plays as the last straw to get himself fired, saying that the key to playing them is to keep the bag inflated.
Refers to the B-29 Fifi aircraft used in World War II.
- Jimmy wants the aircraft to use in his advert. Jimmy uses one of his clients to perpetrate a ruse at a U.S. Air Force base in order to gain access to the plane.
- Refers to Mike's trap for the cartel truck driver; a makeshift spike strip made of a garden hose and nails.
- Idiom ("hit the nail on the head") for Chuck's accusation of Jimmy sabotaging the Mesa Verde documents, to a high degree of accuracy.
A "klick" is a military term meaning one kilometer.
- One klick is roughly the distance Mike Ehrmantraut is from Hector Salamanca during his assassination attempt.
- May also refer to the click of the recorder's buttons when Chuck secretly tapes Jimmy confessing to tampering with the Mesa Verde files.
Unlike previous seasons, Season 3's episode names don't have any pattern or message in them.
- Jimmy reminisces about a childhood book known as 'The Adventures of Mabel' by Harry Thurston Peck which Chuck once read to him.
- Ernesto reveals to Kim that he heard Jimmy's confession tape when he switched out the recorder's batteries. ("")
- Mike spends the episode following and watching the assailants who took the locator out of his car's gas cap, to then enlist Jimmy to spy on one who stops in the Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant in the morning.
- When Jimmy confronts Chuck and destroys the confession tape, Howard and Dave Brightbill declare themselves as witnesses.
Refers to sunk cost fallacy: unrecoverable incursions; normally used by gamblers to justify continuing.
- Refers back to when Jimmy cited sunk cost fallacy to justify giving up his law practice. ("")
- It's used again by Kim to justify her defending of Jimmy over Chuck's PPD.
Spanish for "tasty".
- Refers to the nickname given by Don Eladio to the toy Hector brings him, representing the mascot of the ice cream company Hector bought as a cover for local Cartel activities.
- A Spanish title was probably chosen because of the significant Spanish dialogue in the episode.
Defined as "the use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one's purpose".
- After Jimmy reveals Huell places a battery in Chuck's breast pocket to prove Chuck's disease is purely mental, an infuriated Chuck uses this term to refer to his brother's umpteenth trickery.
A pharmaceutical term meaning to use medications for aliments other than originally intended.
- Jimmy uses the term to describe the use of his name to sell his advertisement's airtime instead of for law practice.
- The use of a pharmaceutical term is apt considering Nacho's eventual plan to sabotage plan to Hector's medication starts in this episode.
- The expenses of Jimmy's livelihood are starting to pile up as he's struggling to sell his services and broadcast time, as well as the fact that his insurance premiums will go up 150% because of his suspension.
- Jimmy reveals to the insurance broker that Chuck has electromagnetic hypersensitivity (under the ruse of a breakdown), which caused all of HHM's premiums to increase too.
- Used in conjunction with the following episode title to make 'Slip & Fall' (the act of slipping, falling and suing the property owner for negligence), a form of Tort law in which Jimmy's coming Saul Goodman persona specializes.
- Jimmy uses a Slip & Fall ploy to coax the owners of ABQ In Tune into purchasing the new commercials.
- Nacho's plan to switch out Hector's medicine for crushed Ibuprofen tablets ends with him slipping the container with the new pills back into Hector's jacket pocket.
- The title references Jimmy's 'Slippin' Jimmy' persona suggesting that Jimmy McGill and Slippin' Jimmy are starting to close in on each other to create the Breaking Bad-era Saul Goodman.
- Used in conjunction with the preceding episode title to make 'Slip & Fall' (the act of slipping, falling and suing the property owner for negligence), a form of Tort law in which Jimmy's coming Saul Goodman persona specialises.
- Many characters in this episode start to experience a "fall" of sorts all at once.
- Jimmy's morality is compromised as he plots to coax Irene Landry into settling the Sandpiper Crossing case by persuading her friends she is keeping money from them. This move is more indicative of his swift transition into Saul Goodman.
- Chuck is asked by Howard to step down from being a practicing lawyer out of fear he is not of sound mind.
- Kim's overwhelming workload with Mesa Verde and Billy Gatwood starts to dramatically affect her as she starts losing sleep just to keep up.
- Hector loses his cartel distribution contract to Gus, which causes him to flare up aggressively and in due course, take his medication, now Nacho's swapped-out Ibuprofen pills.
- Nacho tells his father about his arrangement with Hector and that Hector will soon try to take over the body shop, to which he tells Nacho to leave his house.
- Howard is faced with the prospect of HHM going bankrupt after Chuck sues the firm for breach of contract.
- Irene begins getting alienated by her friends, as per Jimmy's plan and eventually breaks down when she wins at bingo to a less than celebratory crowd.
- The episode ends on Kim taking a literal fall by crashing her car (from falling asleep at the wheel) on her way to her meeting with Gatwood.
- The episode opens on Chuck reading 'The Adventures of Mabel' to Jimmy in a tent as the camera passes them and closes in on a gas lantern.
- A gas lantern may be a metaphor for Chuck in this season as his onset irrationality has made him a major hazard to his associates, as Howard asks Chuck to retire saying his decision-making has become unpredictable. ("") This could be seen when Saul comments on a photo of a lantern atop a stack of newspapers in Chuck's house. ("")
- Jimmy practically sets alight his Elder law career by purposely exposing his foil against Irene during a session of chair yoga with the help of Erin Brill.
- Following his forced retirement from HHM, a string of public humiliations and a major relapse of his electromagnetic hypersensitivity which drove him to tear apart his own house, Chuck took his own life by knocking over a lantern in his living room with books scattered across the ground.
- Smoke is a byproduct of fire; Chuck's method of suicide. ("")
- The inspector at Chuck's house says Chuck died through smoke inhalation, the next episode happens to be titled “breathe”
- A metaphor for the episode's major theme. Smoke tends to hang around the burnt area and people within the vicinity of the burning; emblematic of the side-effects of Chuck's death, and to a lesser extent, Hector's stroke.
- A metaphorical “smokescreen,” which Jimmy uses to to hide his feeling after Chuck’s passing
- The episode begins with Hector hooked up to a mechanical ventilator in the hospital, after his stroke. ("")
- Gus ambushes Nacho and Arturo after their drug collection and kills Arturo by suffocating him with a plastic bag.
- Jimmy offers Mike the job switching out the Bavarian Boy Hummel figurine in Neff Copiers with a similar, but cheaper figurine by saying, "Let's do something beautiful here." Jimmy's rationale is he and Mike both profit, they make a Hummel fan happy and Mr. Neff is none the wiser, making it a victimless crime.
- Kevin shows Kim the models of new Mesa Verde branches he intends to open, all of which look like beautiful.
- This was the first in a series of at least 3 episode titles starting with "Something"
- Mike exposes Henry as a fraud at the support group and after Henry storms out, Mike tells the group "You wanted me to talk. I talked."
- The title could also refer to Jimmy's new job at CC Mobile, a cell phone store.
- Mike firmly asks Gus to stop posturing over Nacho's attempt against Hector and talk about the job he was summoned for.
- Saul says "Well, Quite a ride." to Francesca after during the teaser, referring to their time together at Saul Goodman & Associates before going into hiding with the help of Ed Galbraith. ("")
- The title may also refer to the bumpy van ride Werner Ziegler and the French tunneller took for several hours to Lavandería Brillante from Colorado
- With the help of Huell and Clarence, Jimmy threatens the three youths who stole his cell phone profits ("") by hanging them upside down and smashing piñatas, telling them to stay away from Jimmy and tell others to do the same.
- Possibly used in conjunction with a previous episode "Something Beautiful"; potentially to signify that Jimmy's habit of justifying his ploys with altruistic purpose stops from here on, edging the show closer to Saul Goodman territory.
- The C. Carson Parks-written song "Somethin' Stupid" played during the teaser montage, as an original cover by Israeli musical duo Lola Marsh
- The episode shows multiple characters making short-sighted mistakes.
- Huell hits a plainclothes police officer misinterpreting an argument with Jimmy as a threat. Huell is charged with battery and could face two and a half year due to prior convictions with the same officer.
- Casper accidently knocks over a support beam in the dug-out cavern beneath Lavandería Brillante, causing a fight between him and Kai.
- Kim fears Jimmy will do something unethical to help Huell avoid jail-time or get himself into trouble. She ends the episode calling Jimmy to refrain and consider a plan of her own.
- The second in a series of episode titles beginning with "Something"
A small town in Louisiana.
- The hometown of Huell Babineaux.
- Jimmy McGill mails dozens of forged support letters from Coushatta to Judge Munsinger back in Albuquerque.
German for "to meet again".
- The word 'wiedersehen' is sprayed on the rock in the superlab site prior to its blasting.
- Werner, who's been working on the superlab construction for longer than he planned, becomes anxious to return to Germany and see his wife.
- Alludes to Werner's escape from the lab at the end of the episode and leaving a note for Mike to read, likely saying goodbye ("Auf Wiedersehen" in German) to Mike and the rest of the construction team.
- Jimmy and Chuck sing to a karaoke version of the song "Winner Takes it All" by ABBA during the teaser.
- A common theme of the show is Jimmy's view of other people; as either '' or more aptly for this season, 'winners and suckers'.
- Jimmy wins his appeal of the with a heartfelt speech about his relationship with Chuck (which is later revealed to be a disingenuous ruse), allowing him to restart his law practice under his Saul Goodman pseudonym.
- Early in the series, Howard Hamlin warns Jimmy that often in the law, "people get so caught up in the idea of winning, that they forget to listen to their heart". ("") That warning comes full circle in this episode with Jimmy's appeal. He emerges victorious, but in doing so abandons his morality and leans entirely into his Saul Goodman persona.
- In "", Jimmy refers to himself as a "Magic Man" when trying to convince Huell that he will clear him of all charges.
- In this episode, Saul tells his potential clientele that Huell calls him "the Magic Man" after getting his battery charges dropped. After handing out business cards to the remaining onlookers, Huell praises him, saying "well done, Magic Man".
- In the previous episode, Saul offers customers a 50% discount for non-violent felony counselling. Two of Saul's attendees use the discount as an excuse to go on a multi-day drug-fuelled bender, yelling "50% off!" wherever they went.
- During the Skells’ rampage, they break a lawn gnome, whose face has been shattered half off.
- Lalo employs Saul as Domingo's lawyer in MDC, in order to deliver information to spill to the authorities. Saul asks why they don't use a drop phone to contact him directly, to which Nacho says it works better for them and Lalo tells Saul that he's "the guy for this."
- After their lunch meeting where he was offered a position at HHM, Saul notices that the vanity plates on Howard's car read "NAMAST3". Towards the end of the episode, Saul smashes the car with a set of bowling balls.
- In the accompanying Ethics Training w/ Kim Wexler video, Howard says "namaste" to the audience
Spanish for "Dedicated to Max".
- The phrase is inscribed on a water fountain in the courtyard of the Mexican town where Gus sends Mike to be treated. It's revealed that Gus is an anonymous benefactor of the town, and he refers to the courtyard as a "memorial". While he doesn't specify who exactly it's for, the inscription and Gus' history with him indicates the memorial is most likely for his former partner; Max Arciniega.
- might be a pun on the English translation of the title, suggesting that after finding common ground with Gus is now dedicated to the maximum
- Foreshadowing of a coming dispute between Jimmy/Saul and Kim.
- At Kim's request, Saul became the representative for Everett Acker; who is fighting for his property on the land of the proposed Mesa Verde Tucumcari Call Center. ("") This placed Kim and Saul on opposite sides of the case.
- Kim asks Jimmy to drop the plan to pursue Mesa Verde over the copyright infringement of the bank's cowboy graphic. Saul however pushes ahead without her knowledge. Just as Jimmy and Saul are a polarized duality of personalities within one person, the practices and ethics of Saul and Kim are diverging into mirror opposites.
- Kim's tether with Jimmy/Saul is fast reaching an impasse. After Saul (effectively) blackmails Mesa Verde and blindsides Kim, she tells Jimmy "You played ME. You made me the sucker... again.", noting the reinstatement meeting. ("")
- Kim tells Jimmy that he turned the Mesa Verde case "from you and me vs. the bank into you vs. me".
- the other story line also featured significant escalation of conflict between Gus and Lalo, and the article title possibly foreshadowed Lalo’s impending criminal charges, in the case State v. de Guzman (his assumed alias)
- The initials of James M. McGill
- Kim purchased a monogrammed briefcase prior to Jimmy's failed committee meeting. ("") After being rendered outdated by Jimmy's switch to practising as Saul Goodman, he retools the monogram into an initialism of "Justice Matters Most". ("")
- Lalo offers to make make Saul "a friend of the cartel" in return for getting him out on bail. He then tells Saul that he should rework his motto, suggesting "Just Make Money".
- May be mirroring a similar three letter acronym title in Breaking Bad. ""
- Perhaps a reference to the phrase “Just married”
An agent who collects or distributes the proceeds of illicit activities.
- The episode begins with The Cousins filling two duffle bags with Lalo's $7 million bail amount.
- Saul is enlisted by Lalo to collect the bags from the Cousins in the desert.
- Kim tries to talk Jimmy out of the arrangement by telling him "You are an attorney, not a bagman".
- Juan Bolsa's name literally means "John Sack/Bag," and was revealed in the next episode to be allegedly behind the attack
- The episode picks up from after Jimmy and Mike inadvertently wreck the grid searcher's car and have to continue along the road on foot.
- Jimmy meets with Mike after returning home from the desert, questioning his defense of Lalo for the TravelWire murder. Mike tells Jimmy that choices, even the small choices people make set them on a road and even if you want to get off, you inevitably end up back on the same road. He claims that the road they were set on led them to the events in the desert and back to where they are.
- Kim resigns from Schweikart and Cokely and leaves behind the Mesa Verde case to focus on her pro-bono cases. When she tells Jimmy, he liberally recites Mike's advice about choices leading to roads and tells Kim that what she did put her on a "bad choice road".
- Used in juxtaposition with Season 4 episodes "" and "". The prior episodes chronicle the decline of Jimmy/Saul's moral compass. In this episode however, we see the beginnings of a sort of moral decline in Kim.
- Howard tells Kim about his employment offer to Jimmy and how he responded to said offer. He suggests Jimmy is a bad influence on Kim and asks if he was why she left Schweikart and Cokely, to which she rebukes Howard. He spent much of the series advocating for Jimmy even after their sour history and Jimmy's personal dislike of Howard. In a sense, Howard continually forgave Jimmy for wronging him. This changed after the recent spate of events between the two.
- Following Howard's talk with Kim, she talks at length with Jimmy about plotting against Howard. It begins with how to ruin his hair and ends up with how to level the Sandpiper Crossing case. Jimmy tells Kim that "Howard would have to have done something... unforgivable" to bring down HHM.
- Lalo survives the shootout on his Chihuahua residence, which ended with the deaths of his workers and crew members. After noticing the untouched glass of Louis XIII he poured for him, he deduced that Nacho was a double-agent and allowed the cartel gunners onto the property.