In the finale of Better Call Saul, Saul/Gene/McGill is hiding in a dumpster; he finds a piece of paper from a bandage and it reads:

Hoover Max Extract Pressure-Pro, model sixty

As soon as he finishes reading it, he attempts to use an unwrapped burner phone, I can guess that this code has something to do with the vacuum man who specialises in helping criminals to escape, but how does it translate into a phone number?

  • You didn't watch Breaking Bad / El Camino. What a miss :)
    – Déjà vu
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 4:12
  • @Déjàvu: You don't have had to watch those to know what it means. See answer below.
    – user97401
    Commented Jun 29, 2023 at 5:02

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The piece of paper is the business card of the vacuum repairman. "Hoover Max Extract Pressure-Pro, model sixty" is not a phone number, it's the passphrase to let the vacuum repairman know that you're looking to "disappear" — be extracted and have your identity changed.

Saul mentioned the passphrase the first time he called the vacuum repairman in S04E05 "Quite A Ride" (relevant part starts at 03:42):

Saul Goodman: I need a new dust filter for my Hoover Max Extract Pressure-Pro Model Sixty. Can you help me with that?
A pickup.
How hot? Red hot.

In El Camino, Jesse Pinkman tried to tell the passphrase to the vacuum repairman but does not have the exact passphrase memorized:

Jesse: Umm, I'm looking for a Hoover Max… Pressure Max. Max Pressure. Hoover, maybe it's a Pro Max. Hell, like a — like a filter?
Vacuum repairman: Hoover products are right over there at the wall behind you.
Jesse: Look, I don't remember the exact like password, alright but it's a vacuum thing.

  • I bet if an ordinary customer had a malfunctioning "Hoover Max Extract Pressure-Pro, model sixty" and called up for a repair, they were going to be in for some serious sticker shock when they got the estimate. LOL (such a model DOES exist: amazon.com/Hoover-Extract-Pressure-Cleaner-FH50220/dp/… ) Commented Aug 20, 2022 at 8:21
  • @BrandonXavier Maybe the phone number they call goes to a very specific cell phone, only used by people who want to "disappear"? Ed was a cautious man.
    – Déjà vu
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 4:20

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