“Better Call Saul,” which aired its Season 1 finale Monday, has been referencing its parent show – “Breaking Bad” – all season long. Some of the callouts have been obvious – we’re talking about you, Mike (Jonathan Banks) – while others have been subtler. One of the more entertaining scenes from Monday’s finale was actually an underhanded “Breaking Bad” reference that many fans may have missed.
After Jimmy’s (Bob Odenkirk) big falling-out with his brother, Chuck (Michael McKean), the lawyer returns to his hometown of Chicago, where he reunited with his old pal, Marco (Mel Rodriguez), to go on a weeklong spree of scams and swindles. After picking the pockets of many an unsuspecting patron in the local bars, the two moved on to another con – bringing two lady friends home to Marco’s house. Their method of choice was to pretend that Jimmy was actor Kevin Costner and Marco was his manager. Needless to say, the women were not too happy when they woke up the next morning to discover that they had been tricked.
While it seemed like a random joke, the scene was actually set up years before (well, technically after) in an episode of “Breaking Bad.” In Season 3, when Saul Goodman is convincing Walter White (Bryan Cranston) to buy a laser tag arena as a front to launder money, he tells a story from his past as a pep talk – the story of the con from the finale!
“I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it,” Goodman told White.
Watch a fan edit of the two scenes below:
That was not the only “Breaking Bad” throwback in the “Better Call Saul" finale, either. During the bingo game Jimmy hosts at the retirement community, he uses “Belize” as a clarifying word for the letter “B.” “Belize” was the location Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” would refer to when talking about characters who “disappeared” under mysterious circumstances – Mike, for example. There was also a reference to the painter Georgia O'Keefe – Jesse (Aaron Pinkman) visited the Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Season 2 of "Breaking Bad" with Jane (Krysten Ritter).
“Better Call Saul” will return next year with Season 2 and, presumably, a whole new batch of “Breaking Bad” allusions. No date has been announced for the new season.
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