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"Hero" is the fourth episode of the first season of Better Call Saul and the fourth episode of the series altogether.



Slippin' Jimmy in action

In a flashback, Jimmy (under the alias "Saul Goodman") and Stevie come across an unconscious man in an alleyway. Jimmy pokes the man with a stick and the man wakes up, flipping the two of them off and continuously taunting them. Frustrated with the man's rudeness, Stevie takes the money from his wallet and Jimmy steals his Rolex watch. Stevie offers a trade of the money in exchange for the more valuable Rolex and eventually offers him an additional $580 to bring the total to $1,580. It is later revealed that it was all a scam set up by Jimmy and the "unconscious" man, who is actually Jimmy's longtime friend, Marco Pasternak.

Act I

The Kettlemans trying to negotiate with Jimmy

In the present, Craig and Betsy Kettleman plead with Jimmy not to expose them, offering $30,000 as a bribe that he initially refuses. Jimmy retorts with the option of them hiring him as their lawyer, which is in turn refused by the Kettlemans, who claim that he is "the kind of lawyer guilty people would hire." They refer back to the cash bribe.

The next day Jimmy thanks Mike for his assistance in solving the Kettlemans' disappearance. As Nacho is released from police custody, he discreetly accuses Jimmy of tipping off the Kettlemans and warns him that he will face "consequences." Jimmy rebuts by implying that he warned the family for the children's sake, and that Nacho brought his troubles upon himself since he let himself get identified by a neighbor.

Back at his back room office, it is revealed that Jimmy took the Kettlemans' bribe as a "retainer." He calculates the fees which he can use to claim the money with, claiming premium rates, travel fees, storage, and other assorted expenses to cover $29,000 of the $30,000 given to him by the Kettlemans. Staring at the remaining $1000, Jimmy begins formulating an idea.

Act II

Kim confronts Jimmy

The next day, Jimmy purchases a new wardrobe from a local tailor, gets a makeover from Mrs. Nguyen at her beauty salon, and posts a billboard advertisement which shares obvious and deliberate similarities with HHM, presumably out of spite. When Kim confronts Jimmy and presents a cease-and-desist order at Howard's behest, he at first playfully tries to shrug it off until he angrily admits that Howard "fired the first shot" by attempting to force Jimmy to cease using his name for business. Jimmy tells Kim that Howard is not appreciating her talent properly and that she deserves better. Kim warns Jimmy that Howard is preparing an injunction against him, and that this is a fight Jimmy will not be able to win.


Accident staged by Jimmy as a publicity stunt

In court, Jimmy and Howard argue in a judge's chambers: Jimmy claims to be operating under "fair use", while Howard is firm in his assessment that Jimmy is clearly violating HHM's trademarks. The judge agrees with Howard and orders Jimmy to take down the billboard within 48 hours. However, Jimmy has been banking on this ruling and begins calling local news outlets in an attempt to cover his predicament as a human interest story.

When the media fails to show interest in his story, Jimmy organizes a video plea, begging for sympathy to his situation. He hires a group of UNM film students to shoot a speech in front of the billboard, portraying himself as a victim. During filming, however, the worker who is removing the advertisement slips and falls, held on only by his harness. Jimmy hurries to the man's rescue and pulls him to safety while his film crew and the public watch. It is revealed that the accident was staged by Jimmy and the worker as a publicity stunt. Howard and Kim, watching the news, see through the ruse instantly. Due to his newfound popularity, Jimmy receives numerous new consultations.

Act IV

Chuck running to steal the neighbour's newspaper

As Jimmy visits Chuck, he brings him his newspapers as usual but hides the Albuquerque Journal, which bears a front-page story on Jimmy's "rescue", to keep Chuck from seeing it. Chuck, still oblivious to Jimmy's stunt, congratulates him on his success. Chuck notices the Journal is missing, which Jimmy dismisses. After he leaves, a suspicious Chuck painstakingly hurries to his neighbor's house and collects their copy of the newspaper, leaving $5 as compensation. Back at home, Chuck reads about the story about Jimmy.

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  • This is the first episode of Better Call Saul where the "Saul Goodman" alias is used. 
  • Just like the tune Marco hums is Deep Purple's Smoke On the Water, Jimmy's howls are a reference to another Deep Purple song, Hush.
  • At the tailor's store, Jimmy checks out an orange shirt. In Breaking Bad he will often wear bright-colored shirts like the aforementioned one.
  • The worker that performs the billboard publicity stunt appeared briefly during the episode "Mijo" as one of Jimmy's clients.
  • The name shown on the Alley Guy's license is Henry Gondorff. This is the same name as the main character of the 1973 caper film The Sting (Gondorff was a once-great con-man hiding from the FBI).
  • When Jimmy takes Chuck's daily groceries out of his trunk, the New York Times headline reads "Israel Acts To Seize Arab Land After Blast; Bush Delays Talk". This edition was published on June 19, 2002, indicating the exact time frame this episode took place. The Wall Street Journal headline that was shown, "Unhappy Returns: IRS Moves To Bring Back Random Audits" was published on June 20, 2002.




  • Paul Geoffrey as Tailor
  • Eddie J. Fernandez as Billboard Worker
  • Julian Bonfiglio as Sound Guy
  • Rose Liotta as Chuck's Neighbor
  • Staci Robbins as Lady Onlooker
  • Bau Thi Duong as Salon Employee #1
  • Le Hai Dang as Salon Employee #2

  • Uncredited

  • Gene N. Chavez as HHM Attorney
  • Tim Childress as HHM Attorney
  • Alan Humphrey as Lawyer
  • Jyl Murray as HHM Attorney

  • Featured Music

    • "Smoke On the Water" by Deep Purple
    • "Listen" by Chicago
    • "Battle Hymn of the Republic (LP Version)" by Herbie Mann
    • "Stick N Brush" by Kenny Werner
    • "Ma Mamma Mia" by That's Amore
    • "Samba Tropical" by APM Music Library
    • "Tropical December" by Steve Rice
    • "Unsquare Dance" by Dave Brubeck
    • "Billboard Stunt" by Dave Porter
    • "Magic Hands" by Dave Porter

    References to other media

    Jimmy makes many references to other media during the series. In this episode, he makes references to:

    Memorable Quotes

    Jimmy: "All right, well, uh You still got a little bit of maneuverability, all right? You you're outdoorsy, right? So you went on an impromptu camping trip. I don't know. It's something people do, apparently. Uh, you left the house a mess, and you kicked in your own front door because (Breathes deeply) It's a free country. Kim Wexler is very good. She'll make it work."
    Betsy: "Yeah, what what about the money? Uh, well, if she knows about it, she'll tell, right? She'll have to tell."
    Jimmy: "Well, like they say in Silicon Valley, it's not a bug, it's a feature!"
    ―Jimmy attempting to reason with Craig and Betsy.

    Betsy: "I'm sorry. You're just..."
    Jimmy: "Just I'm what?"
    Betsy: "You're the kind of lawyer guilty people hire."
    ―Betsy and Jimmy.

    Jimmy: "Not the loquacious sort, are you?"
    Mike: "We can't all be as blessed as you."
    ―Jimmy and Mike the morning after discovering the Kettlemans' hideout.

    "You didn't need any help getting caught, okay? The neighbor ID'd you. You were sloppy. Any trouble you might have... that's on you. Not to mention the blood in your van. Here's a thought... Ajax, Formula 409! You have no idea the tap dance I had to give those cops to get you out of here. You gave them probable cause out the wazoo. Now, and whoever that somebody is who may have warned the Kettlemans got them out of there before you did anything even more stupid. You should be thanking this Good Samaritan. Because whoever he is, he did you a favor."
    ―Jimmy to Nacho about his arrestation.

    "Okay, um, I'm thinking hourly here. There were some special circumstances, so (Clicks tongue) Our elite-tier pricing would be $950 an hour. (Calculator clicking) Round it off to 20 hours. (Clicking continues) $19,000 Plus $1,000 for travel expenses. Consulting fees $1,500. And, uh, research... Five for filing fees. I ate on the road. And storage fees. (Sighs) Miscellaneous expenses. (Sighs) Upon this rock, I will build my church."
    ―Jimmy working out how to account for his bribe from the Kettlemans.

    Jimmy: "Whoa, whoa. Back up. Hamlindigo Blue?"
    Howard: "Yes. That is our trademarked name."
    Jimmy: "Holy crap. You seriously named a color "Hamlindigo"? That is... yikes."
    ―Jimmy and Howard appearing before a judge.

    Joey: "Jesus, just you said $100 for one hour, not freaking 3."
    Jimmy: "You clearly have a journalistic impulse. You're a real go-getter, you know that?"
    Joey: "Go get this."
    ―Jimmy and Joey Dixon arguing over the video shoot.