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Better Call Saul | Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: “Breathe”

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Better Call Saul | Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: “Breathe”

Rob Cesternino and Antonio Mazzaro recap “Better Call Saul” Season 4, Episode 2: “Breathe”

  • TrentC

    In the Breaking Bad scene with Walt and Jesse disguised as criminals, Saul exclaims – “It wasn’t me, it was Ignacio. He’s the one!” Saul then starts speaking Spanish. I think Saul is referring to the attempted assassination of Hector with the pills. Somehow, Saul knows the background of what Nacho did. He thinks Walt and Jesse were sent by the Salamanca family.

    Also, Nemo the goldfish is gone by the end of the season. Through his connectivity/acquisition, he represents part of Jimmy’s guilt.

    You guys were bang on saying right now Jimmy is just spiraling around, unsure of his feelings about Chuck’s death. I believe at one point his guilt will solidify, he’ll come to terms with his perceived role/self-blame in Chuck’s suicide and become Saul.

    And yes, death drafts on prequels offer a narrow window 🙂

  • DT73

    Rob’s Mike impression is among his best, if not the best of the impressions he has done. And you know he has done some good ones. Can anyone think of one better than his “Mike?”

    • TrentC

      Yes his Mike impression is spooky. Gotta go with the ol Boston Rob as one that’s comparable. I laugh every time I hear it.

      • Brendan

        Yeah, it’s a tough race between Mike, Hantz, and Boston God Rob for Rob’s best impression. Craster/Karl Tanner from GoT is also on this level.

        • TrentC

          I forgot about Hantz, good addition. Getting away from scripted TV, there was a point during The Evolution of Strategy for Survivor when Josh and Rob were doing so many good player impressions I was lol’ing my butt off.

          Rob’s Madison impression for FTWD is pretty funny too.

          • Brendan

            Yeah TEOS is just a goldmine for Rob and Josh’s chemistry and impressions. So great.

    • Agent__Zigzag

      What about his “Penner”/”Alan Alda”?

      • DT73

        I like that one. That is a hard one to do. I suspect Rob is a Harry Shearer fan. Rob’s impressionist talent is right up there. You have to be a good “listener” to do impressions. I just hope he keeps it up.

  • Gal Baum

    That’s how I understood the interview scene:
    On his way out, Jimmy realized that he preferred the dolls/figures over the job, so he went back in to check if they were sheeps. And now, when he knows for sure that they’re definitely not wolves, he can send Mike to con them

  • WED68

    Such a good show guys. Thanks!
    I have a few thoughts of my own
    1) Given that show loves the use of clever parallelisms, my suspicion is that, like Walter White, Jimmy’s descent into criminality will impact his relationship to Kim. Like Walter, I think Jimmy will lie more and more to Kim to cover up his illegal acts. This will be a source of further friction since Kim is too smart not to pick up on his duplicity.
    Will Kim be dragged down like Skylar was in BB? Maybe, maybe not. But I think his gradual, irrevocable, separation from Kim will make his conversion from Jimmy to Saul complete.
    2) After re-watching episode one, it occurred to me that the cabby’s connection to Albuquerque is probably not coincidental. It’s not just the city’s name on the air-freshener that’s a tip-off, but, more importantly, the air-freshener itself. I can think of at least multiple references to them in BB — the first one being when Walter quits his job in a fit of rage and knocks over the air-freshener display. I’m also quite certain they’re mentioned at least one more time when the Whites take over the carwash in season four. What do you think?
    Again: great show.

    • TrentC

      I don’t read much about this show or Breaking Bad. To find Saul’s reference about Nacho during Breaking Bad in my other post, I saw a list of things that related to other things or events from both shows.

      It was incredible. The writers constantly have had items and moments that go back seasons in some cases, that play into/relate to more current things across both shows. I didn’t keep the link but similar lists would be easy to find.

      I believe the entire cab scene was a red herring only meant to illustrate Gene’s paranoia. If the guy was a contracted assassin I don’t think he’d show the air freshener and stare at Gene that way. Simply put he would have done something… other than look creepy. If the cabbie was on some sort of scouting mission let’s say, I think he wouldn’t have been so obvious as to sit there and not say a word.

      When you said the cabbie’s connection to Albuquerque is not coincidental, not coincidental in what sense? That he was there to pick up and see Gene for a reason?

      • WED68

        You could be right! It might be a red herring.
        And if that’s the case, then the air freshener in the cab is also meant to throw the viewer off.
        Actually, since I maybe reading TOO much into this, it’s entirely possible that the air freshener in the cab is just a way to convey the Albuquerque tease.
        Still, I did a quick search of the item in Breaking Bad, and I came up with FOUR separate scenes where they’re mentioned!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq0a2BWE3zA

        https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/2140d001-0e60-4463-bbd7-70a2c6d1fb07

        https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/f34d55bb-cc57-406e-a79e-e18ac35ff8c4

        https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/a9489c40-ff06-4f35-b96c-c5797b0c74e3

        • TrentC

          The connectivity and callbacks between the two series are amazing. It shows the love and care the writers put into both shows. I missed every example I read about and when you see them pointed out it’s like animals appearing out of camouflage, right in front of you.

          That’s why it makes me look at the cab scene so closely. Would these writers make it so obvious? This guy is from Saul’s town and has come to kill him? Or is it a reverse of that and just his paranoia?

          That’s why I try to avoid online articles or threads with the Reddit detectives exposing a bunch of things. It goes too deep 😉