In the first episode of the 4th season of Better Call Saul, Mike is asked to sign a birthday card for Tina, what did Mike write to her? I can't understand the writing.

greeting card

  • However illegible this message may be, I love how he makes the H
    – Daan
    Aug 9, 2018 at 5:54

2 Answers 2


Mike writes the following:

Reach for the
Barry H

It's just a generic message, there's no real interesting information/easter egg here.

  • 1
    Are Mike and Barry the same person?
    – Nog Shine
    Aug 8, 2018 at 10:09
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    @NogShine Not quite following your question. Mike is Mike. Barry is either the name of the person whose card he stole (I seem to remember that he is called Barry (revealed when he calls work to say he's late) but I'm not sure anymore), or Mike just invented the name on the spot since he was undercover and the guys don't know him anyway.
    – Flater
    Aug 8, 2018 at 10:15
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    Yes, he drained Barry's car battery and stole his card from his briefcase Aug 9, 2018 at 20:05

Reach for the stars! Barry H

This phase is actually a bit odd or ironic, because this is NOT common phrase seen on an adult birthday card for a women already in the workforce.

It's something that would be more common on a child's birthday card, someone graduating from high school or collage, and/or someone changing directions in life, as "reaching for the stars" is about embracing the future and hopefully finding what you are looking for. It's geared more towards a shift or change.

With that being said, you could apply this phrase in a few ways

  1. Mike was being facetious towards Tina, because she's probably stuck at her job and has been in the workforce for a while.
  2. He wrote it thinking about his granddaughter and her future, which is one reason why he has taken this job.
  3. There is an irony in this phrase if you apply to Mike himself (like as if Mike was really writing it to himself), because he has just switched directions in his own life by taking this job and by being optimistic about his own future, when most viewers already know Mike's fate.
  4. Better Call Saul is shifting this season, as it gets closer to Breaking Bad.

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