I've recently finished watching the fifth season of Homeland whose fifth episode is entitled Better Call Saul, which of course is Saul Berenson's first name, one of the main characters of the show played by Mandy Patinkin. But, since the coincidence is so weird, I was wondering if the episode title is also a reference/homage to the namesake series (which is a spin-off of Breaking Bad), although, as far as I'm aware, nothing in the episode's plot seems to allow a connection.

Does anybody have any evidence of the fact that Homeland's fifth episode title was meant as a reference to Vince Gilligan's series?

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    The first thought I have is that Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon worked with Vince Gilligan early in their careers on the show The X-Files. Both have gone on to produce high rated cable shows. Maybe they meant it as a shout out to a former coworker.
    – sanpaco
    Jan 10, 2016 at 4:46
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    I really doubt it is just a coincidence. But It's also not more than a name reference, nothing to do with the events of the episode. I imagine they thought it's clever to name it that since they have a character called Saul Jan 10, 2016 at 7:21
  • guess, its a decent way of advertisement
    – Elltz
    Feb 25, 2016 at 19:20

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It was a two part meaning to the title. As per the Wikipedia page on the episode

The episode title "Better Call Saul" title refers to the necessity of Homeland character Carrie Mathison getting in touch with Saul Berenson and is also a reference to the television series of the same name, which is a spin-off from the series Breaking Bad.

Although a citation is needed, there is this as well

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