I'm glad you like my car, but I think we're looking through the wrong end of the telescope here! The priority is my baseball cards.
|― Daniel Wormald about his stolen baseball cards.|
Daniel Wormald (also known as Pryce) is an IT specialist at a pharmaceutical company and former illicit supplier of prescription drugs to Nacho Varga. He is known for being comically naïve, unprepared for his interactions with career criminals and completely oblivious to the nuances and subtleties of life outside of the law.
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Mike, who is looking for work after arriving in Albuquerque, is informed by the veterinarian about part-time employment as a bodyguard, that is paying $500 per job, and he accepts. He arrives at a multi-story car park along with two other men where the employer (Pryce) is due to meet up with them. One of the other men, Sobchak, comments that Pryce is apparently 'as green as they come', having no prior criminal experience. He is also in disbelief after Mike informs him that he is only carrying a Pimento cheese sandwich and no gun.
Daniel soon arrives to pick up his bodyguards and introduces himself as Pryce, though he explains that it is not his real name (it is actually the name of his nephew). Sobchak warns Pryce that Mike is 'dead weight' because he did not bring a weapon and demands that he cut Ehrmantraut out of the deal and instead pay him and the the other bodyguard (whom he calls 'Man Mountain') $750 each. Mike calmly responds that if he needs a gun, he will take one of Sobchak's. The thug scoffs and arrogantly dares Mike to take it from him. He holds out a gun, tauntingly. Mike swiftly and effortlessly disarms him. Enraged, Sobchak lunges forward, but Mike injures him, hitting his throat with the butt of the pistol. He then proceeds to find and dispose of all of Sobchak's weapons, meanwhile the third bodyguard runs away. An awestruck Pryce agrees to pay Mike the full original fee for three bodyguards, and the two drive off to the meet.
At a desolate abandoned power plant, a nervous Pryce debates the best way to conduct the deal. After he rambles on about whether to switch the pills and the money simultaneously, Mike interrupts and firmly instructs that he receive the money first, count it and then hand over the pills if the price has been met. Nacho and his men arrive soon after. With Mike keeping a wary eye on the situation, the deal is completed with just one hiccup: Nacho's envelope of cash is short of $20. Mike demands that Pryce receive payment in full, or the deal is off. Nacho is offended by the idea that he might have shorted Pryce on purpose, and can't believe that Mike would blow up the deal over such a small amount of money. But when Mike stands his ground, Nacho begrudgingly forks over a $20 bill.
Afterward, Mike informs Pryce that he was never worried about the deal collapsing because he had done research prior to showing up for the job. He knew exactly who Nacho was, and, most importantly, that Nacho was conducting this deal without the knowledge of his boss, Tuco Salamanca. Consequently, he was incentivized to ensure that everything went as smoothly as possible, hence why Mike did not feel it necessary to bring a gun. "If you're gonna be a criminal, do your homework," Mike advises. Pryce laments that he's not a bad guy, and Mike clarifies: Being a criminal doesn't mean you are a bad person. No matter which side of the law you are on, if you make a deal, you need to keep your word (this was why Mike had insisted that Nacho pay the exact amount that was agreed, even if it was only $20 shy) ("").
Pryce returns a few weeks later to pick up Mike, but this time in a brand new car - a bright yellow Hummer, furnished with a red flame decal and spinning chrome rims, paid for by his earnings from the deal with Nacho. Realizing that such an unsubtle and extravagant car would likely draw unwanted attention to their illegal dealings, Mike refuses to enter the vehicle, stating that criminal activity requires more 'restraint' (Nacho later mirrors this, claiming that he wouldn't be 'caught dead' driving the car and that it looks like 'a school bus for six year old pimps'). Instead, Mike suggests that he drive them to the meeting. Pryce is taken back by such remarks but is adamant that they use his Hummer for the job, at which point Mike walks off.
With Pryce arriving at the meet alone, Nacho immediately notices Mike's absence and realizes it as an opportunity to rip him off. After the two enter a conversation about the new car, Nacho accepts an offer to look inside while Pryce fetches the pills from the trunk. Nacho quickly looks inside the glove box and finds a document containing Pryce's real name and home address. He quickly puts it back inside and exits the vehicle. Pryce gives him the pills and they both drive off.
Later, Pryce calls the cops to his home to report that he has been robbed of his valuable baseball card collection and cash. The two cops quickly become suspicious of Pryce, and when he leaves the room they notice that the couch has recently been moved. They look behind it and find a hole in the wall with nothing inside which they assume was used to store illegal items of some description ("").
Mike later helps Pryce retrieve his baseball cards (along with $10,000) from Nacho and his men in exchange for Pryce's yellow-and-red Hummer H2, which he is distraught to find out that Nacho is intending to take to a chop shop. However, Pryce is not yet out of the woods, with the police growing more suspicious after their earlier search of his house. Jimmy McGill helps exonerate him by claiming to the detectives that Pryce creates fetish videos called "squat cobbler" which consists of him sitting fully-clothed in pies and even crying in some of them. McGill uses this story to explain the presence of the secret storage space behind the baseboard found in Pryce's house, claiming that it was used as a hiding space for the videos to avoid embarrassment, rather than for concealing drugs or other illegal items. Jimmy also helps authenticate the supposed fetish by filming a video of Pryce sitting in pies. Kim Wexler later finds out and is appalled that Jimmy would falsify evidence and risk jeopardizing the best job offer of his career ("").
Daniel arrives home one evening and is shocked to find Nacho sitting on his couch, having broken in through the back door. Nacho assures Daniel that he means no harm and simply wants to purchase a box of empty pill capsules (which he later uses to cause Hector's stroke through switching them with his actual medicine). Although Daniel agrees to have a shipment of capsules re-routed to his office, he remains suspicious of Nacho, given the nature of their previous encounter. Therefore, he later contacts Mike for help. Mike initially refuses, but is inspired to eventually help after talking with Anita about her dead husband. After determining that Nacho wishes Daniel no harm and genuinely intends to pay, Mike also asks for the location of the body of the truck driver that Hector murdered before reassuring Daniel and allowing him to complete the deal. ("")("")
- Mike: "The lesson is, if you're gonna be a criminal, do your homework."
- Pryce: "Wait. I'm not a bad guy."
- Mike: "I didn't say you were a bad guy. I said you're a criminal."
- Pryce: "What's the difference?"
- Mike: "I've known good criminals and bad cops. Bad priests. Honorable thieves. You can be on one side of the law or the other. But if you make a deal with somebody, you keep your word. You can go home today with your money and never do this again. But you took something that wasn't yours. And you sold it for a profit. You're now a criminal. Good one, bad one? That's up to you."
- ―Mike Ehrmantraut and Pryce on the difference between criminals and villains.[src]
- Mike: "This business requires restraint. That is the opposite of restraint."
- Daniel Wormald: "But I like it. I mean, I'm proud of it."
- Mike: "Good. Then you be proud of it on your own time, but not with me."
- ―Mike refusing to drive with Daniel in the latter's new gaudy Humvee.[src]
- Nacho: "I'll make sure the boys at the chop shop are real gentle with her."
- Daniel Wormald: "Wait...w-why? No..."
- Nacho: "Do you think I'd be caught dead driving that thing? Looks like a school bus for six year old pimps."
- ―Nacho to Daniel after trading the baseball cards for the latter's Hummer.[src]
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