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I disagree that Mike isn't the sort of person who would entertain a name change like this. Mike is exactly the sort of person who would hear "I've changed my name to Saul" and shrug it off with a casual "Whatever," and then proceed to call him only Saul from then on. Mike is the kind of guy who does the job he's asked to do and doesn't ask any questions ...


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Yes. In the second-to-last episode of Breaking Bad, Saul stated: "From here on out, I'm Mr. Low Profile -- just another douchebag with a job and three pairs of Dockers. If I'm lucky, a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha." The first scene in Better Call Saul is that prediction come true.


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It doesn't matter. Surprisingly, despite being set before Breaking Bad your enjoyment of Better Call Saul does not depend on whether you have seen Breaking Bad or not. Although characters from Breaking Bad make an appearance in Better Call Saul, as of the end of the first season you do not need to know anything about Breaking Bad to enjoy Better Call Saul, ...


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Mike writes the following: Reach for the stars! Barry H It's just a generic message, there's no real interesting information/easter egg here.


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The other "H" is George Hamlin, Howard Hamlin's father. This is first discussed in Season 2 Episode 8, "Fifi". As per Howard Hamlin's dialogue: Back in the day, right out of law school, I thought long and hard about hanging up my own shingle. ... Oh, I was ready to take on the world, make a difference. Dad talked me out of it. Wanted ...


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It's a little facetious to say that Walt and Jesse were dropped. They were never intended to be lead characters. The show is about Saul Goodman (hence the Better Call Saul). Of course, they could make cameos, as Vince Gilligan, the Breaking Bad creator, said: “Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every ...


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He was looking for a way out... NYTimes.com interview with Michael McKean Monday’s Season 3 finale brought a fatal relapse, as Chuck broke with both his law firm and his brother. He then tore apart his house in search of the unfindable irritant fueling what Michael McKean, the actor who plays him, described as Chuck’s “unscratchable itch.” McKean: “...


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It wasn't shown what (if anything) the switch controls in the office building. I think the symbolism of the switch is more important to the story. The sign on the switch says that it must always stay on. It's even taped over the switch, so it's impossible to flip the switch without noticing the sign. But Jimmy can't resist. He doesn't play by other people's ...


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[Since you asked for no spoilers, I'll try to avoid specifics as much as possible.] I've watched season 1. So far, there aren't any significant Breaking Bad spoilers. Better Call Saul is a prequel, so it's really the other way around: Breaking Bad contains BCS spoilers, so to speak. Mostly, BCS might contain foreshadowing that demonstrates how certain ...


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I found out that this is called Electromagnetic hypersensitivity. To put it simple, people are affected by electromagnetic fields. They show many symptoms, like pain and ache, headaches etc. Per wikipedia: Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is a group of symptoms purportedly caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields [...] The reported ...


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He knew that they would turn down the commercial and turn it into something that wasn't what he wanted and would be ineffective and he would not have any control to carry out his ideas. Consider the following transcript where Jimmy watches the one commercial they had made before with his assistant Omar. [VCR whirring] [Tone plays] MALE ANNOUNCER: If ...


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Saul Goodman character made his appearance in Breaking Bad's Episode 8 of Season 2 named "Better Call Saul". In the "Insider Podcast" of the episode, Vince Gilligan explains that he came up with the name "Saul Goode" (it's all good) one day as he was showering and that it was later changed into "Saul Goodman" (it's all good man) after the suggestion of one ...


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According to this Quora post this started out as a coincidence, but the creators liked the idea. The show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould mentioned in one of the insider podcasts that this started out as a coincidence, but once they noticed it for a few episodes they tried to do it intentionally for all of them because they knew fans would ...


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The character is played by Staci Robbins. She has been credited simply as a Lady Onlooker. Also as mentioned in the comments, it is not Dale Dickey, she plays Spooge's wife. Wendy (the crack whore) is played by Julia Minesci and Carol (Walt's neighbor) is played by Cheryl Ford Mente. She is a spectator appearing to hold no real significance in the Breaking ...


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Apart from Saul's real name, that he reveals to Walt in his very first episode of Breaking Bad we know literally nothing about his past, so it's quite obvious that Chuck isn't mentioned. There is also no Breaking Bad episode reference in the Chuck's page on Breaking Bad Wiki.


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I believe the other answers are more in depth; but I wanted to add a bit of nuance to the foundation of your question. TL;DR Chuck lost his career. He loves the law (more than his own brother). This is a big personal loss for Chuck. Chuck's hurtful statement to Jimmy was not, in any way, a win for Chuck. It'd be more accurate to call it a necessary evil. ...


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The FCC has no say on the language happening in cable TV. In fact the only real reason they censor at all is due to advertising etc. In my opinion Really it was all about an image. “We are a family broadcasting company so we will censor swearing”. Also it seems they are now faced with the competition of Netflix, HBO, etc who have allowed swearing since the ...


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Added to the other answers: Jesse Pinkman would still have been a school student (making facetious art about his teachers, as well as the occasional wooden box), and Walter White a mild mannered chemistry teacher (who was giving his less attentive students an F and an inferiority complex). Why would either of them need a lawyer (at that time)?


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It's a lapse in the narrative. Better Call Saul is the prequel to the series Breaking Bad. As such, it's narrative is supposed to align it with the events of the following series in a manner that precludes narrative lapses. However, for reasons of time and expense, as well as having different writers there have been several lapses in continuity, including ...


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Prequels are just sequels that happen to take place in-universe at a time prior to the original. In that it's a sequel at heart, there will be arguments to watch it after the original. There's no hard-and-fast rules but typically a prequel will subtly reference the original. While it's not a requirement to see the original to understand the prequel, it's ...


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Jimmy's trial is not a trial. It is a hearing by the Bar Association. In an earlier episode, Chuck specifically mentions that a hearing does not have the same level of standard (for both evidence inclusion and witness testimony) that a normal court case would have. From the script: Kim - There's no way you were gonna let him destroy the only copy of ...


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T.S. Eliot would surely have called him a "broken Coriolanus" [See The Wasteland, "What the Thunder Said"] This article breaks it down quite nicely, but here are the key point is "Coriolanus ... is so harsh and unyielding that he manages to get himself banished from Rome." Coriolanus was an exceptional general, and these qualities served him well on the ...


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I assume you're interested in the money as well, as Howard was in the process of cashing Chuck out of HHM. While Howard is paying Chuck out of his own pocket, the actual specifics of the deal are not clear. What has been established is that HHM cannot afford to pay Chuck, it would bankrupt the company in the process. Howard, however, doesn't mind Chuck's ...


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I believe it was an issue with casting. In the the Breaking Bad Season 5 episode "Madrigal" Hank questions Mike about an offshore account in Kaylee's name and says he has trouble believing that a fifth grader works for Gus Fring and that the money must be Mike's. Since this was around the time of Walt's 51st birthday, this should be 2009. In the season one ...


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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 ...


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I had a slightly different interpretation of that scene. I don't think the details of the scene were meant to highlight how poor DDA Oakley is. I think they're meant to show that he's still stuck in the same grind (although on the opposite side) that Jimmy used to be stuck in when he was a public defender. It's not so much that he can't afford a cafeteria ...


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She broke her arm, it was in a cast for months, and thus she likely has lost a significant amount of muscle tone in that arm. The ball-squeezing technique is a way to rebuild your muscles and regain the full functionality of your arm and hand after a long period of inactivity. That the color of her ball corresponds with the color of one of Saul's ghastly ...


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I think the main reasons are: Jimmy wants to impress his brother and he wants to work with/for (especially) him (Chuck) Kim also works for HHM (Jimmy has a special relationship to her)


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In Better Call Saul, we get a chance to watch how Tuco started his career. His intro in Breaking Bad is simply a drug lord who has lot of connections. But we never knew about how he started his drug distribution empire. And for those who watched Breaking Bad, But speaking about spoiling, actually for those who have watched Breaking, it's Breaking Bad that ...


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