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"Bingo" is the seventh episode of the first season of Better Call Saul and the seventh episode of the series altogether.



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Late at night, Jimmy and Mike wait for Abbasi and Sanders inside the police station. Jimmy returns the younger detective’s notebook, claiming that he found it on the ground in the parking lot. Irate, Abbasi confronts Mike about stealing it, asking if there is anything he’d like to say about its contents. They inform Mike that they’re interviewing with Stacey the next day. Abbasi storms out of the station, but Sanders lingers behind and apologizes for his behavior. Mike waves it off – the young detective was just doing his job. He concedes that he doesn’t know what Stacey will tell them; whatever she chooses to say is entirely her decision, and she’s earned the right to decide for herself.

Act I[]


Mike leaves the station and finds Jimmy waiting by his car. Jimmy demands to know what Mike said to Sanders. Mike brushes him off, telling Jimmy no longer requires his services. Jimmy is shocked, as Mike will need a good lawyer as the prime suspect for the murder of two cops. Mike shakes his head, saying that it’s in someone else's hands.

A few days later, Jimmy stops by Chuck's house and is surprised to find Chuck standing outside in the yard. Chuck counts aloud, struggling to remain outside surrounded by the electricity that he thinks makes him ill. He manages to last for two minutes, then races back inside. Panting, he explains that he has been exposing himself to electromagnetic fields for short amounts of time in an attempt to build up a tolerance, eager to overcome his condition and return to work. Hearing this, Jimmy remembers that he has a couple of boxes of unfinished paperwork that he was hoping to store at the house. Before Chuck can protest, he wheels the boxes in and promises that he’ll be back to claim them soon. On the way to his car, Jimmy peers through a window and sees Chuck sifting through the paperwork, just as Jimmy hoped he would.

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Jimmy takes Kim on a tour of a high-rise office space that he’s looking to lease. When she is impressed by the office he’s saving for his future partner, Jimmy offers her the job – after all, she did tell him she was interested in elder law. She gracefully turns him down, reminding him that she’s too invested in HHM to leave.

Act II[]

In HHM's conference room, Kim meets with Betsy and Craig Kettleman. She advises the couple not to take their case to trial, urging the couple to take a plea deal she’s negotiated which would reduce Craig’s sentence from thirty years to only sixteen months. The Kettlemans refuse and fire Kim on the spot.

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The Kettlemans subsequently decide to call Jimmy, who is the middle of calling numbers for a bingo game at a retirement home. He meets with them at Loyola's. Betsy apologizes for her bluntness when they last met, and tells him that they have reconsidered Jimmy’s offer to represent Craig. Jimmy is flattered, but tells them he is now specializing in elder law. Betsy reminds him that they have already provided him with a substantial “retainer.” Jimmy dismisses himself to the bathroom, ostensibly to relieve himself, but actually calls Kim. She begs him to persuade the Kettlemans to return to HHM, as the plea deal she negotiated is the best they’re going to get. Although he does his best to point them toward Kim, the Kettlemans’ bribe has tied Jimmy's fate to theirs. With great reluctance, he takes the case.

Act III[]

Jimmy stops by HHM to collect the Kettleman case files and learns that Howard has demoted Kim to an office in a distant part of the building - loosely known the "Cornfield" in the firm - as punishment for losing the Kettlemans. Feeling guilty, he finds her in the parking garage and apologizes. She shrugs, knowing he did what he could. Kim warns Jimmy that Craig didn’t cover his tracks well and refuses to play the one chip he has: the missing money. In his office, Jimmy pours over the case files, searching for a loophole. Frustrated about finding none, he hatches a plan.

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Late that night, Mike sneaks into the Kettlemans’ backyard, sprays a banded bundle of cash with a clear liquid, then places the stack on a toy truck left outside by one of the Kettleman kids. He calmly surveys the house and watches as Craig discovers the money when he takes out the trash. The parents scold their kids for playing with the money, then Betsy takes the bundle upstairs. After the Kettlemans go to bed, Mike sneaks into the house. Using a UV light, he follows a trail of fluorescent fingerprints left behind by Betsy after handling the wet bundle. The trail leads him to the bathroom, where he finds all of the ill-gotten money hidden underneath the sink. Mike brings the cash to Jimmy, who returns what he’s spent, rounding out the sum total of his “retainer” to the pile and quoting to Mike that he's doing "the right thing". The two then agree that they're even and Mike heads off to the district attorney's office with the money.

Act IV[]

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The next morning, Jimmy visits the Kettlemans and informs them that the money is on its way to the D.A. Betsy threatens to turn Jimmy in for taking their bribe, but he counters that Craig is currently the only one facing jail time; if she reveals that she bribed Jimmy, she would be implicated as well. Jimmy tells the couple that he has "nothing to lose" and going to jail wouldn't affect him in any way. Craig implores his wife to let him accept Kim's plea deal so that their kids won’t be left with both of their parents in jail. Betsy tearfully acquiesces. Jimmy escorts the Kettlemans back to HHM, where a grateful Kim is waiting for them. He returns to the aspirational office space he can no longer afford to lease and violently takes out his frustration on the door to the corner office he’d hoped Kim would occupy. Sinking to the floor, he seems at his wit’s end – until his phone rings. He manages to collect himself and then brightly answers the call, again pretending to be his own receptionist.

Official Photos[]


  • One of men on the "wanted" posters in the opening scene is later spotted in the restroom of the diner while Saul is on the phone.
  • Jimmy, aka Saul, would one day be on one of those Wanted posters as the camera scanned downward to his face when sitting with Mike - a mirrored effect in Breaking Bad when Hank Schrader passed the donation tub around for Walter White, his picture under the Wanted sign in the DEA office, portending his fate.
  • The place where the Kettleman's hide their ill-gotten money is similar to where Jesse Pinkman hides the blue meth he and Walt made in his apartment in Mandala, both hiding their respective items in a cabinet under a sink.
  • The title of the episode may refer to the expression of saying "Bingo!" when finding something. In this case, the Kettleman's money.




  • Jean Effron as Mrs. Landry
  • Kelley Lewallen as Bingo Helper
  • Dan Moseley as Lobby Guard
  • Caleb Burgess as Warren Kettleman
  • Sage Bell as Jo Jo Kettleman

  • Uncredited

  • Rick Anglada as Albuquerque Police Officer
  • Gene N. Chavez as HHM Attorney
  • Elizabeth M. Kallman as HHM Client
  • Rodger Larance as Bingo Player
  • Todd Sopher as Man in Bathroom

  • Featured Music[]

    • "Change" by Terry Gadsden
    • "Coming Home 1" by R Matthews & Christopher Marshall
    • "Tune Down" by Chris Joss
    • "Elevator Exchange" by Dave Porter

    References to other media[]

    • Mrs. Landry mentions that her Siamese cats are named Felix and Oscar, which is a reference to the main characters from the TV series The Odd Couple.
    • When talking in the phone to Kim, Jimmy says "Picture The 25th Hour, starring Ned and Maude Flanders" when referring to Craig and Betsy, which is referencing the TV show The Simpsons and the movie 25th Hour.
      • In reality, Bob Odenkirk's brother, Bill Odenkirk, has been a writer on The Simpsons since 2004.
      • Many fans noticed a resemblance of Walter White in the Season 1 of Breaking Bad, before he shaves his head, to Ned Flanders. Similarly, Walt and Skyler eventually become a criminal suburban couple, much like the Kettlemans.

    Memorable Quotes[]

    "A deal? I hate that terminology. A deal is what they got O.J."
    ―Betsy Kettleman about plea deal Kim’s negotiated.

    Jimmy: "Hey, funny story: I found something that belongs to you, again."
    Kim: "Yeah? What?"
    Jimmy: ""Who?" Picture The 25th Hour, starring Ned and Maude Flanders."
    ―Jimmy to Kim after the Kenttlemans dumped her and want to hire him.

    "We can we all three just parachute down from cloud cuckoo land?"
    ―Jimmy to the Kettlemans.

    Betsy: "Uh, we told you, there will be no deal."
    Jimmy: "You did, didn't you? However, circumstances have changed."
    Betsy: "What circumstances?"
    Jimmy: "To answer that, um... might I suggest that you go and check on that money you insist you didn't take? In the upstairs bathroom, under the sink?"
    ―Jimmy putting an end to Kettleman's hopes.

    Betsy: "What with you do with it?"
    Jimmy: "By "it", you mean?"
    Betsy: "Where is it?"
    Jimmy: "Oh, you mean the money? Uh, let me see... That's on its' way to the DEA's desk right about now."
    Betsy: "What? You... You thief!"
    Jimmy: "Takes one to know, one doesn't."
    Craig: "(to Jimmy) You took it? How did you take it?"
    Jimmy: "A good magician never reveals his secrets. Now, here's what we gonna do..."
    Betsy: "Oh, you don't tell us what you do: you stole from us. We will have you arrested."
    Jimmy: "I... I can see how upset you are, and, even on a good day, you and logic are: [whistles]. But think about what you just said. Criminals have no recourse. And you two: you're criminals, big-time."
    ―Jimmy defending himself from the Kettleman's.

    Betsy: "How dare you..."
    Jimmy: "Luckily, you have a very talented lawyer, who has found a way to minimize the damage you've brought upon yourselves."
    Betsy: "Oh, you're fired!"
    Jimmy: "Oh, I quit, already. No, I'm talking about Kim Wexler. Now, you're gonna go back to her, you're gonna apologize for your hasty decision to terminate her services, and you're gonna fall on her mercy and take that deal."
    Betsy: "We'll tell about the bribe you took."
    Jimmy: "You could do that. You absolutely could, and I'd be in a mess of trouble, a real pickle... But so would you, Mrs. Kettleman. Because right now, only Mr. Kettleman is on the hook, for the whole embezzlement kerfluffle. But the bribe, we're back to calling it a bribe? Yeah, that implicates you as well."
    ―Jimmy brushes off Betsy's blackmail attempt.

    "Thing you folks need to know about me? I got nothing to lose. Christ, you should see my office."
    ―Jimmy tells that he has nothing to lose.