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"Pimento" is the ninth and penultimate episode of the first season of the AMC television series Better Call Saul, the spin-off series of Breaking Bad. The episode aired on March 30, 2015 on AMC in the United States. Outside of the United States, the episode premiered on streaming service Netflix in several countries.
Better Call Saul Season 1 - Episode 9
Steven Ogg's character is named Sobchak in the script for the show, but never referred to by name, and later only named as the alias "Mr. X" in the fifth-season episode "Dedicado a Max". The name was selected by Schnauz in reference to John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski.
A flashback scene filmed for this episode featuring a young Jimmy McGill witnessing his father get scammed at by a grifter, who was portrayed by Stephen Snedden. Snedden was previously a starring cast member of The Lone Gunmen, a spin-off of The X-Files that Better Call Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan wrote and developed. The flashback scene was dropped for time constraints. However The staff also chose not to release the scene as a bonus feature during the first season Blu-ray release out of hopes of using it further down the line; the scene would eventually be used for the second season episode "Inflatable".
The episode received critical acclaim, with many critics praising the plot twist at the end and the performances from Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean. On Rotten Tomatoes, based on 20 reviews, it received a 100% approval rating with an average score of 8.8 out of 10. The site's consensus reads, "A terrifically-acted, heart-wrenching revelation, mixed with a tough and powerful subplot for Mike, makes "Pimento" a superior penultimate episode of a consistently strong season." Roth Cornet of IGN gave the episode a 9.0 rating, concluding, "Better Call Saul revealed the betrayal that may very well be at the heart of what turns Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman, as this stunningly crafted story continues to unfold." The Telegraph rated the episode 4 out of 5 stars. Odenkirk submitted this episode when nominated for the Emmy for Best Actor.
As the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul's maiden season, Better Call Saul Season 1 Episode 9 just set up a bit of a game changer in terms of how these characters we've gotten to know will be working together moving forward.
As viewers will recall, Mike (Jonathan Banks) instructed Jimmy and Kim to go about their lives as normal as possible, following their ordeal the night Lalo broke into their apartment and killed Howard (Patrick Fabian). This episode opens with the couple doing just that as Jimmy watches a new sign get hung up over his place of business alongside Francesca (Tina Parker). Meanwhile, Kim goes about her day at court keeping her focus in case there are any curious onlookers. All the while, Mike and his crew clean up the apartment. Just as Jimmy and Kim arrive home for the day, Mike burns any incriminating evidence in the desert.
Better Call Saul season 6 aired between April and August 2022 on AMC. New episodes were made available on Mondays on the AMC Plus streaming service. If you want to catch-up on the series, you'll need a subscription to AMC Plus.
Internationally, the series streamed on Netflix. New episodes were made available on Tuesdays following the release on AMC on Mondays. All episodes of the final season are available on the streaming platform now. However, viewers will need a Netflix subscription in order to watch these.
Both Jimmy and Walt have a thing for denting metal objects. In Saul, the camera shows that the trash can at Hamlin, Hamlin, & McGill already has dents, suggesting that's Jimmy's default whipping post. Walt, meanwhile, takes it out on a paper towel dispenser in the season two Breaking Bad episode "Four Days Out" after a meeting with his oncologist. The motif returns in the season five episode "Gliding Over All," when Walt returns to the same restroom.
The opening credits' an inflatable Statue of Liberty was introduced as gaudy topper to Saul's office in season two's Breaking Bad episode "Better Call Saul," just before Jesse gives the famous "you want a criminal lawyer" speech.
Veteran Breaking Bad director (and helmer of this episode of Saul) told The Hollywood Reporter this desert scene was shot in the same spot the famous "Say My Name" showdown happened. Bad producers called this stretch of desert their "backlot," because they used it so often. Also shot there: the season four scene in which Gus, Jesse and Mike are blindfolded on their way to Mexico.
Tuco shows off his salsa making skills in Saul, and later makes some delicious-looking burritos in Bad after kidnapping Jesse and Walt. Unfortunately for our heroes, Tio Salamanca warns his nephew when Walt tries to slip some ricin into Tuco's burrito in the season two episode "Grilled." Tuco does not take that well.
In Saul, Tuco gets annoyed when No-Doze argues with Jimmy on his behalf. That becomes deadly in Bad, when No-Doze reminds Walt and Jesse who they work for. Tuco is ticked No-Doze is speaking for him, and beats him to death in the season two episode " Seven Thirty-Seven." Tuco actor Raymond Cruz told THR his character's reactions are more extreme in Bad, because he's a meth addict, while in Saul he hasn't yet started using the drug.
As he's tackled to the ground by police officers, Jimmy screams that he's got bad knees. He told Walt and Jesse the same thing in the season two episode "Better Call Saul" after they kidnapped him and drove him to the desert. "We thought he must have taken a lot of bad hits on the ice of Chicago and he probably messed up his knees falling down all the time," said writer Thomas Schnauz. "When we did it in Breaking Bad, we didn't have a reason that he had bad knees, but it's nice when we can tie those threads together."
When Jimmy wanders around the wilderness looking for the Kettlemans, he's treading in familiar territory to Breaking Bad fans. The segment was shot near where Walter killed Mike in the season five episode "Say My Name." (H/T to @hypergenesb for spotting the similarity, which was later confirmed by Bad alum and Saul writer Thomas Schnauz)
Saul's office decoration was seen in multiple Breaking Bad episodes, including season three's "Caballo Sin Nombre," in which he gave Jesse a big stack of cash. Episode three of Saul gave that a nod during its theme song. (H/T @BDF331)
Some mysterious graffiti tagging appears in both Jesse's trashed house in the season four Breaking Bad episode "Probem Dog" and on the phonebooth Jimmy frantically tries to contact Nacho at. (H/T Reddit).
When viewers first saw this bus stop ad, Badger was about to get busted for selling drugs to an undercover cop in the season two episode "Better Call Saul," which introduced the world to Saul Goodman.
The Mike-centered episode of Better Call Saul calls back to Breaking Bad's "Dead Freight." The first shot in the Saul episode features the train Mike is taking into town from Philadelphia, with a similar shot featured in Bad's train robbery episode. A key part of Bad lore is that Drew Sharp, the young boy who ultimately is gunned down by Todd, discovered a tarantula in the New Mexico desert. Before leaving Philadelphia, a bartender remarks to Mike that Albuquerque is known for its tarantulas, to which Mike responds that he'll be on the lookout. (H/T Reddit).
The man who is squeezed into the Loyola's bathroom during Jimmy's meeting with the Kettlemans is the same guy who later helps rig up the magnet in the season five Breaking Bad episode "Live Free or Die."
U.S. viewers, meanwhile, will have a much longer wait before Season 6 comes to Netflix. The previous set of episodes only comes to the American version of the streamer the first week of April, so the final season is not expected to have a U.S. Netflix release date until spring 2023.
With familiar faces of Mike and Tuco cropping up across this first season, Better Call Saul essentially serves as an origin story for both Mike and James McGill. For the first 5 or so episodes, things move pretty slowly. James struggles with the harsh realities of being a lawyer, struggling financially and caring for his older brother Chuck who has an allergic reaction to electricity, forcing him to stay inside. 041b061a72