Welcome back to our weekly breakdown of the minutia of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Better Call Saul. While Brian Grubb provides his always excellent coverage of the series (here’s his write-up of the most recent episode), here we will look at some of the details viewers may have missed, callbacks to Breaking Bad, references to other shows or movies, and theories on the direction the series is heading. We scour Reddit threads, Twitter, listen each week to the phenomenal Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, and attempt to curate the best intel about each episode.
In this week’s episode, Jimmy melts down; Werner disappears; and Lalo gives Hector a ring.
1. I love this detail from the Insider podcast: When Rhea Seahorn was doing her ADR (automated dialogue replacement) for the teaser sequence, she had to hop on one foot the entire time to duplicate the sound out of running out breath. The only thing harder, she said, was “not laughing” while she was watching Jimmy “flip-flopping.”
2. Fun detail number two from the teaser sequence: Vince Gilligan (who directed the episode) had to call Jimmy Buffet personally and ask for permission to use the shirt that Jimmy wore in the teaser. Buffet clearly said yes, and it was a fun call for Gilligan to make.
3. The original version of that teaser is also different from the one they ultimately used. In the original version of the opening scam, Kim is not on crutches. Jimmy plays a sleazy guy who hits on Kim. She elbows Jimmy, which causes him to bleed all over the plans. Writer Gennifer Hutchison, however, felt it wasn’t as fun to do because Jimmy was playing a douchebag. It was better to have a hapless, washed-out brother type. Considering the T-shirt and flip flops Jimmy ended up wearing, I have to agree.
4. When I watched the pivotal fight scene between Jimmy and Kim, there was no question in my mind that Kim had won that argument. She was right on every point: She does come running to bail him out in every situation, and the only person in that relationship that sees Jimmy as “Slippin’ Jimmy” is Jimmy himself.