“Breaking Bad” fans had to wait over a year and a half to see Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) return in the “Better Call Saul” premiere. The wait for the second episode of the AMC spinoff series was not nearly as long – less than 24 hours. The second episode, “Mijo,” picked up right where the premiere’s shocking cliff-hanger – nice to see you again Tuco (Raymond Cruz) – left off.
Here are four things we learned from “Better Call Saul” episode 2:
1. Tuco Is Back!
For the second straight episode, “Better Call Saul” began with some gorgeous close-ups of food. In the premiere it was black and white shots of cinnamon buns, but in episode 2 it was some colorful salsa. The chef was none other than Tuco Salamanca. The former “Breaking Bad” villain -- from Season 1 -- was revealed at the end of the premiere after Saul and his two skater scam artists conned Tuco’s grandmother instead of Saul’s prospective clients. In the beginning of episode 2, fans watched as Tuco took all three hostage, beating the boys unconscious and holding Saul at gunpoint.
Later, out in the desert with Tuco and a couple of his drug dealer pals, Saul conviced Tuco to spare his life after explaining the situation with the Kettlemans -- the original targets of Saul’s scheme. However, Tuco was still intent on killing the boys for disrespecting his “abuelita.” Saul, redeeming himself for the plan gone awry, talked Tuco down to just breaking their legs, appealing to the power tripping drug dealer’s sense of fairness and justice -- although the leg breaking was pretty brutal.
2. Saul Had A Bad Date
The next time fans saw Saul – after tangoing with Tuco – was out on a hot date with his friend Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). There were no words – not that the audience could hear anyway – as the show yet again fetishized food with Saul focusing on the cracking of Kim’s breadsticks. The sound triggered some not-so-pleasant memories from the not-so-distant past and Saul was soon in the bathroom stall vomiting.
Saul eventually found his way home after one -- or five -- too many drinks. He passed out on the couch, just managing to shake off his pants. His cell phone fell out his pants, which caused Chuck (Michael McKean) to have mini-panic attack, throwing the phone outside on the lawn as a result of his still-unexplained disorder. Side not, when Chuck found the hospital bill from the whole broken leg mess, fans found out the not-so-surprising fact that Saul was the “Slippin’ Jimmy” from the story he told in the premiere.
3. Saul Is A Pretty Good Lawyer
The next day Saul finally got back to work, where in a lengthy montage it became clear that, while the lawyer may go unrecognized and poorly paid for his services as a public defender, he may just be one a paltry court check can buy. Although, Saul still contends daily with grumpy parking attendant Mike Ehrmantrout (Jonathan Banks) – we can’t wait for Mike to finally become a major character again.
4. Saul Has A New Client
At the end of the episode, Saul got paid a visit by one of Tuco’s associates, Krazy-8 --another familiar “Breaking Bad” face. The calmer, more calculated, but equally sinister drug dealer has a proposition for Saul. He wanted the lawyer to tell him where the Kettlemans are keeping their stolen money so he can rip them off – since they could not go to the cops – and in return cut Saul in for a percentage. Saul refused, wanting to stay on the right side of the law from now on, but Krazy-8 left his number in case Saul changed his mind. Something tells us this will not be the last we see of the drug dealer.
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