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"Wine and Roses" is the first episode of the sixth season of Better Call Saul and the fifty-first episode of the series altogether.

Summary

Teaser

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Instead of the usual black-and-white segment following "Gene Takavic" in Omaha as previous seasons began, the teaser is all-color and focuses on a team of workers taking inventory of and removing personal affects—including expensive clothing, luxury furniture, sentimental items, and a white Cadillac sedan—from a large mansion in Albuquerque. It soon becomes apparent that the mansion formerly belonged to Saul Goodman, and the property and everything in it is being repossessed. As a large cabinet is being loaded into the back of a moving truck, the distinctive cap from a Zafiro Añejo tequila bottle falls out onto the curb, going unnoticed by the workers.

Act I

In 2004, Nacho flees from Lalo's compound in Mexico after allowing Gus's assassins to enter through the back gate. He overhears gunfire as he runs through the wilderness. At daybreak, Nacho is forced to hide in a ditch when he spots a group of farmers nearby. He receives a call on his cell phone from Tyrus, who tells him that the hit on Lalo was successful and advises him to travel north and keep a low profile while a safe location is prepared for him.

Meanwhile, a wounded and disheveled Lalo turns up at the home of a woman named Sylvia. After tending to a leg wound, she fixes breakfast for Lalo and explains through exposition that he funded oral surgery for her husband, Mateo. Mateo turns up at the house and is told by Sylvia to shave his large beard, but Lalo tells him to keep his mustache and soul patch. After Mateo heads to the bathroom, Lalo takes apart a pair of scissors and fashions one of the pieces into a knife. Lalo kills Sylvia offscreen, after which he visits the bathroom and talks to Mateo—who now resembles Lalo after having shaved himself—before killing him offscreen as well.

In Albuquerque, Jimmy lies awake in his bed at the hotel, troubled by his conversation with Kim the previous evening. As they brush their teeth together, Kim explains that she is handling twenty public defender cases; Jimmy likewise states that he's going to have a "busy day". Returning to Kim's apartment, the couple prepare for work. Kim is short of money for the taxi the couple are planning to take downtown, but Jimmy reluctantly retrieves a duffel bag from the closet and hands her a large bundle of leftover cash from his trek in the desert. Kim also finds Jimmy's bullet-riddled thermos in the duffel bag; as she and Jimmy are about to drive away in the taxi, Kim impulsively throws the thermos in a trash can.

Act II

Marco and Leonel Salamanca arrive at Lalo's compound, where they are treated fearfully and deferentially by the Mexican Federales investigating the shootout. They walk past the slain assassins, which have been gathered in body bags in the outdoor courtyard. Inside the hacienda, the Cousins find Mateo's body—which has been burned beyond recognition to resemble Lalo's—lying in the kitchen. Marco respectfully covers "Lalo's" body with his suit coat and leaves a Santa Muerte card with an inscription vowing vengeance. Angered by Lalo's apparent death, the Cousins leave.

Meanwhile, at the Los Pollos Hermanos chicken farm, Gus receives a call from Juan Bolsa, who reports that Lalo is dead. Bolsa, fearing imminent chaos, tells Gus that suspicion for the hit has already fallen on someone within the Cartel and that Don Eladio has put a price on Nacho's head; once they track Nacho down, the Salamancas plan to extract information on who put him up to the plot. In a war conference with Mike and Tyrus, Gus expresses suspicion with the fact that all of the assassins have been killed even though they supposedly succeeded in killing Lalo. Mike doesn't say so, but is implied to harbor his own doubts. He proposes venturing into Mexico to rescue Nacho, but Gus isn't receptive to the idea. Speaking privately, Mike tells Gus that Nacho successfully navigated a tough situation and is entitled to some respect; Gus curtly replies that he has it.

After parting ways with Kim at the courthouse, Jimmy is confronted by ADA Gina Khalil and Det. Tim Roberts, who demand to know the whereabouts of "Jorge de Guzman". Det. Roberts explains that the address Jimmy had previously provided for "Jorge" has been found to be fake and that the family he presented at the bail hearing have not been located; "Jorge" himself has vanished. Khalil expresses her belief that the family was made-up and that Jimmy knew about it, causing Jimmy in turn to threaten her with an accusation of prosecutorial misconduct. In the ensuing argument, he accidentally refers to his client as "Lalo", which further raises Khalil's suspicions. Jimmy walks into an empty courtroom and sits down, agonizing over his gaffe.

Act III

That night, Jimmy arrives at the El Camino Dining Room to have dinner with Kim. Hearing about her day at the courthouse, he remarks that it sounds like it was a "day from hell"; Kim responds that it was actually one of the best days of her professional life. She remarks that the Ford Taurus that Jimmy has rented isn't showy enough for "Saul Goodman" to drive, and suggests that they begin looking for office space where "Saul" could set up his law practice—or his "cathedral of justice", as she terms it. Discussion turns to Kim's plot against Howard; she tells Jimmy that she has come up with a plan that will get the Sandpiper case settled but leave Howard still standing, and that the first step involves targeting Cliff Main. Jimmy hesitantly agrees to hear her plan.

In Mexico, Nacho hides inside a large drain pipe when an armed Federales convoy drives by. He arrives at the remote Motel Ocotillo and receives a room key from the woman managing the place. Inside his spartan room, he finds an envelope containing a pistol, extra magazines, and both Mexican and U.S. currency. He finds a phone and makes another call to Tyrus, who tells him that will be picked up by men in a passing farm truck in a couple of days and instructs him to stay out of sight in the meantime. Nacho anxiously looks out the window of his motel room. He attempts to call Mike—who is playing with Kaylee—but Mike reluctantly declines the call.

Act IV

The following day, Jimmy and Kim watch Howard and Cliff as they play golf at a country club; Kim estimates that Jimmy has forty-five minutes to enact his part of their plan. Jimmy walks into the country club and begins to take a tour. Things nearly get foiled when, in the main lounge, he's spotted by Kevin Wachtell, who tries to pressure Jimmy's tour guide, Norm Wakely, into kicking him out. Instead of leaving, Jimmy makes a scene and accuses the country club (on account of his fake surname "Goodman") of engaging in anti-Semitic discrimination. Kevin confronts Jimmy and is nearly provoked into punching him. Angered, Kevin leaves. Feigning stress, Jimmy has Norm give him the directions to the men's locker room.

In the locker room, Jimmy walks into a bathroom stall and unfurls all of the toilet paper, deliberately clogging the toilet. Meanwhile, outside, Kim is alarmed when Howard and Cliff end their round of golf early. After finding Howard's locker number, Jimmy receives a text message from Kim telling him to abort. Ignoring the message, he finds Howard's locker and slips something through the door. He is then forced to remove his clothes as Howard and Cliff enter the room in order to pose as a fellow club member. Jimmy overhears as a small bag of what appears to be cocaine falls out of the locker. The two men quickly chalk it up to a staff member, but Cliff seems suspicious.

Act V

Outside of the country club, Jimmy and Kim watch as Howard and Cliff walk to Howard's Jaguar. Kim expresses doubt in their plan and says they may have been "too subtle", but Jimmy replies that the plan was "perfect."

Meanwhile, Lalo is riding in the back of a pickup truck near the U.S.-Mexico border. He is dropped off at a location where a group of undocumented immigrants are being loaded into the hidden compartment of a hay truck. Before he climbs in, Lalo takes his cell phone and makes a call to the Casa Tranquila Nursing Home, asking to speak to Hector. Lalo informs Hector that he survived the attack on the compound, that Gus was behind it, and that Lalo plans on returning to Albuquerque to exact revenge. Using his bell to communicate, Hector asks whether Lalo can provide proof of his accusations; Lalo realizes that he knows exactly where to find it. Deciding not to cross the border in the hay truck, Lalo demands his money back from the two human traffickers handling the immigrants. When they refuse, a shootout ensues that leaves the traffickers dead. Lalo leaves the immigrants unharmed, steals a truck belonging to one of the traffickers, and drives in the opposite direction of the border.

Official Photos

Trivia

  • This is the first season opener of Better Call Saul without a colorless teaser. The entire sequence is in color, with the ties that fall at the start actually being black and white and followed by colored ties after. It is also the first season opener to not feature Jimmy during his time as Gene.
  • The opening scene is the first time we see Saul Goodman's house during the Breaking Bad timeline. It includes many notable items seen in Better Call Saul, including (in order of their appearance during the montage):
  • An advertisement for one of Jimmy's medications, Numilfor, is first seen on Nacho's TV in "The Guy For This".
  • The El Camino diner is a possible reference to the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino.
  • Peter Gould took the photo of Bob Odenkirk that was used as the standee of Saul in the opening montage during Season 3 of Breaking Bad.
  • The song used in the opening montage, "Days of Wine and Roses" by Andy Williams, partially shares the name with this episode and was attached to a movie of the same name. In the film, a couple spirals into alcoholism and attempts to deal with their problems. This could be a poke at Kim and Jimmy's relationship within the show.
  • The woman in the Ocotillo Motel is watching Casados con hijos, the argentine version of Married... with Children from 2005.
  • The music played during the scene where the Cousins go to Lalo's hacienda is the song "The Cousins" from the Breaking Bad: Original Score From The Television Series, Vol. 1.
  • To a question from a fan on Twitter about the Ramos couple, Thomas Schnauz said: "He killed both of them and used the guy who shaved as a double for his own burned corpse. Lalo paid for his dental work, as they talked about, so Lalo worked it ahead of time as a plan to have that guy's dental records in Lalo's file."

Production

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Co-Starring

  • Juliet Donenfeld as Kaylee
  • Marcus DeAnda as Mateo Ramos
  • Sophia Santi as Mrs. Ruiz
  • Manuel Hunick as Ronnie
  • Gabrielle Conforti as Ronnie's Mom
  • Stephen Burhoe as Country Club Doorman
  • Kyle Derosiers as Country Club Desk Man
  • Kelsey Leos Montoya as Country Club Attendant
  • Brent Black as Kevin's Buddy
  • Sabrina Baca as Diner Waitress
  • Phuong Kubacki as Casa Tranquila Nurse
  • Anthony Bonaventura as Gaunt Coyote
  • Derek Russo as Bearded Coyote
  • Gloria Theresa Montoya as Gentle-Faced Woman
  • Robert Paul Taylor as Dead Experto
  • Michael Guajardo as Mexican Farmer

Uncredited

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Featured Music

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Memorable Quotes

"Here it is! Violence! It always comes to this!"
―Jimmy to Kevin Wachtell

"I told you. Be nice."
―Lalo to Bearded Coyote


Videos

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