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Abbey Road parody in Better Call Saul

Jimmy and his film crew referencing the Beatles album Abbey Road.

There are numerous references to pop culture in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. This article contains a list of all of the pop culture references found within both shows.

Better Call Saul[]

  • Jimmy enters HHM's office to demand a buyout of Chuck's share of the firm and yells at Howard: "You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Hamlin, and I won't have it." This is a reference to the film Network.
  • Jimmy McGill scares the Kettlemans by going into their tent and shouting "Here's Johnny!". This is a reference to a popular scene from Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, also titled The Shining.
  • An advert featuring Billy Mays plays in Mike Ehrmantraut's apartment.
  • As Jimmy and his film crew walk down a road, they pay homage to the 1969 album Abbey Road by The Beatles.
  • When Jimmy is giving out phones to his new clients, he says to one of them "Say hello to my little friend" which is a reference to a line in the 1983 film Scarface.
  • When Jimmy is talking to Ron and Sticky about their sentencing, after serving 5 months prison and a little community service he says "and you're gold, Ponyboy", which is a reference to the quote "Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold" from S. E. Hinton's 1967 novel, The Outsiders.

Breaking Bad[]

  • When viewing Jesse Pinkman's initial meth lab in his basement, Badger tells Jesse "you are Willy Wonka and I've got the golden ticket." This is a reference to Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its 1971 film adaptation.
  • Star Trek is referenced numerous times throughout the show by Saul Goodman, Skinny Pete and Badger.
  • There are multiple references to the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction in Breaking Bad:
    • Jane has a similar look and dress pattern to that of the character Mia Wallace. They also have similar narcotic tendencies with Heroin, and both Jane and Mia overdose on Heroin in both Pulp Fiction and Breaking Bad.
    • In both Breaking Bad and Pulp Fiction, after two characters (Walt and Jesse on one hand, Jules and Vincent on the other) kill someone and get blood all over themselves, they all wear embarrassing new clothes and discuss their business dealings in a diner afterward. ("Box Cutter")
  • With another Quentin Tarentino film, there is a few references to the 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs.
    • There are two characters in Reservoir Dogs named "Mr White" and "Mr Pink" connecting to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
    • In Reservoir Dogs, there is a part in the movie where both "Mr White" and "Mr Pink" point guns at each other in a similar fashion to when Jesse points a gun to Walt when he thinks that Walt poisoned Brock Cantillo, and ironically, Mr Pink in the movie accuses Mr White of something, similarly to the scene in the episode "End Times".
  • When Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez are having a meeting with Saul Goodman over the DEA's investigation of Mike Ehrmantraut, he says "play it cool as much as you like, Fonzie." This is a reference to Fonzie from the show Happy Days, portrayed by Henry Winkler, who is often thought of as cool in the series.
  • Jack Welker references the characters Hulk, James Bond and Rambo when talking to Walter White.
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