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"Mijo" is the second episode of the first season of Better Call Saul and the second episode of the series altogether.

Summary

Teaser

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Tuco responds to the insults of the two skateboarding brothers.

Tuco is preparing salsa in his kitchen when his grandmother returns home, followed by Cal and Lars. The twins, irate, begin to insist on getting money for the injury caused by the grandmother's "hit and run." They begin to argue loudly and insult Tuco's grandmother, which agitates him. After sending her upstairs, Tuco beats both twins unconscious with a cane.

Act I

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Jimmy is interrogated by Tuco.

While Tuco is cleaning up bloodstains on his carpet, Jimmy knocks on the front door and is immediately taken hostage. Under interrogation, Jimmy reveals himself to be an attorney representing his two clients, who called him after the hit and run. He insists that he did not target Tuco's grandmother. Noticing the bloodstains, Jimmy guesses that Tuco has only hurt the twins because Tuco is a "reasonable" and "just" man. Jimmy attempts to barter with Tuco to save himself and the twins. Tuco agrees with Jimmy, and brings him to the garage where they are being held. Just as Tuco is about free them, one of the twins immediately outs Jimmy's role in the scam.

Act II

Tuco takes Jimmy and the twins out into the desert. Under more questioning by Tuco, Jimmy finally cops to the entire ordeal - how he put the twins up to the scam as a way to get back at Craig and Betsy for not hiring him as their lawyer. When Tuco threatens to sever Jimmy's fingers with wire cutters, he desperately tries to claim that he is an FBI agent. While Tuco initially believes this, his second-hand man, Nacho Varga, quickly sees through this façade and threatens Jimmy into telling the truth. Jimmy admits that he is a lawyer who intended to scam the Kettlemans, and how he was just trying to find a way to climb up from the pit that has become his life before Tuco "rescued" him. Tuco frees Jimmy and because he told the truth and the only reason the twins were there in the first place was because of him.

Feeling that a message still has to be sent, Tuco moves to kill the twins in revenge for calling his grandmother a "biznatch". Jimmy manages to convince Tuco to spare their lives, and talks him down to merely breaking one leg on each twin to make an exact example of them. After Tuco shakes hands with Jimmy and accepts his proposal, he gets two henchmen to grab the twins. While Jimmy winces, Tuco breaks one leg on each brother. Afterwards, Jimmy drives the twins to the hospital and drops them off, insisting (over their protests) that he talked their punishment down from a death sentence to six months probation.

Act III

Later that night, Jimmy goes to a bar with a woman to drown his sorrows in alcohol. Traumatized from witnessing Tuco maiming the twins, Jimmy is distracted by staff members breaking breadsticks, which is a familiar sound with legs breaking. Jimmy excuses himself and vomits in the bathroom.

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Exhausted, Jimmy collapses with fatigue on Chuck's couch.

When he arrives at Chuck's house, Jimmy thoughtlessly takes his cell phone inside, which makes Chuck panic and throw the phone into the yard. When Jimmy wakes up, he discovers that his phone and keys are missing. Chuck confronts Jimmy after seeing the twins' hospital bills, which have exhausted all of Jimmy's funds. Jimmy reassures Chuck that he isn't going back to being "Slippin' Jimmy" - in other words, he is not scamming people on this occasion. Jimmy's only choice is to go back to the public defender’s office and measly amounts of money per case again.

Act IV

As a public defender, Jimmy defends client after client while earning $700 each time he does it. This degrades Jimmy, losing case after case when the prosecutor isn't willing to budge, but eventually gets a confidence boost when he finally wins an acquittal.

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Jimmy is visited by Nacho.

At his backroom office, Jimmy is about to take a nap when Mrs. Nguyen, the owner of the beauty salon, tells him that a client has arrived. The client turns out to be Nacho, who now wants to rob Craig Kettleman of the $1.5 million he has embezzled. Jimmy decides he wants no part in Nacho's plan, insisting that he is a lawyer and not a criminal. Before he leaves, Nacho writes his phone number on one of Jimmy's matchbooks and tells Jimmy he will be killed if he tells anyone about their conversation.

Official Photos

Trivia

  • First appearance of Nacho Varga.
  • This is the second part of the two-episode premiere, in which the first episode aired on February 8, 2015 and this episode on February 9, 2015.
  • This episode is in reference to Tuco Salamanca, in which his grandmother calls him "mijo" which means "my son."
  • Miriam Colon, who plays Tuco's grandmother, is also known for her portrayal of the mother of Tony and Gina Montana in the 80's crime drama Scarface.
  • In the opening teaser, Tuco is seen cooking dinner. This is a reference to how Tuco cooked burritos for his uncle Hector Salamanca, Walt and Jesse ("Grilled").
  • This episode marks the earliest chronological appearance of Gonzo and No-Doze, who first appeared in Breaking Bad.
    • When No-Doze spoke out of turn, Tuco gets angry at him and tells him to "stop helping." This is in reference to when No-Doze spoke out of turn ("A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal").
  • This episode has some startling implications for Breaking Bad, for instance in Saul's introductory episode ("Better Call Saul"), when Saul is freaking out during Walt and Jesse's attempt to intimidate him. What at first seems like Saul simply fearing for his life is actually now Jimmy afraid that Tuco's men have decided to finally kill him. How do we know this? He says that whatever they think he did, Ignacio was the real one to blame. "Ignacio" is Nacho Varga's real name.
  • Vince Gilligan has confirmed that the desert, in which Jimmy negotiates with Tuco, is the same spot where Walter White gives his "Say My Name" speech ("Say My Name").

Production

Credits

Co-Starring

  • David Loving as Angry Father
  • Bruce Holmes as Huge Male Deputy
  • Jeff Poole as Breadstick Guy
  • Victoria Pham-Gilchrist as Salon Employee #1
  • Kim Lan T. Pham as Salon Employee #2

Uncredited

  • William Fogle as Courthouse Lawyer
  • Andrea Good as Women Defendant
  • Fred Padilla as Inmate
  • Ryan Baloy Rivera as Bartender
  • Michael E. Stogner as Bar Patron

Filming Locations

Featured Music

  • "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Juan Garcia Esquivel
  • "Concerto in G for Strings 'Alla Rustica' 1. Presto" by Vivaldi (version created for Better Call Saul)
  • "Quando Sei Vicino a Te" by Stephane Huguenin, Yves Sanna & Christian Padovan
  • "Everybody Ciao" by Daniele Benati & Fernando Paterlini
  • "One Leg Each" by Dave Porter
  • "Sex Robot Voice" 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

"You called her "biznatch"?"
―Tuco, in anger at Cal and Lars's insulting of his grandmother.

"Chào các cô, ladies, Chào các cô"
―Jimmy saying "Hello Ladies! Hello", in Vietnamese.

"Are you punking my Abuelita?"
―- Tuco asking Jimmy.

"Wow. You got a mouth on you."
―Tuco, to Jimmy after hearing his explaination.

Skateboarder: "You – you are – you are the worst lawyer – the worst lawyer ever!"
Jimmy: "Hey, I just talked you down from a death sentence to six months probation. I'm the best lawyer ever."
―Jimmy driving the two brothers to the hospital.

"Like a troll under a bridge, you must have the stickers or you won't pass. Troll alert here. Don't feed it."
―Jimmy mocking Ehrmantraut at the parking lot toll booth.

"It's showtime, folks!"
―Jimmy's pep talk to himself after returning to PD.

"Doesn't matter. Judge has got to see your mother. Well, do you know anybody who looks like her? No, an uncle won't do it!"
―Jimmy discussing strategy with a client on the phone.

Jimmy: "Welcome, welcome. My office is being painted. Excuse the temporary - uh, quarters."
Nacho: "Wow. Cozy."
―Jimmy and Nacho when the latter looks him up to seek out the Kettlemans.