Jimmy and Kim eat hot dogs at the Dog House, celebrating their new partnership in law. Jimmy laments that their new partnership required a proper celebration at a more high-end establishment, but Kim reminds him they have to minimize their expenses. He advises her to send a letter of resignation to HHM that night to officially give notice and not break her contract when she calls Mesa Verde the next morning to bring them along to her new firm. Kim replies that she needs to do things in a way that are right for her.
The next day, Kim visits Howard's office and hands him her letter of resignation. He shows no surprise, since he heard through the grapevine that Kim would be joining Schweikart & Cokely. When she instead tells Howard that she'll work as a solo practitioner, he deduces that she will be working together with Jimmy. He voices his admiration over Kim's \"fresh start.\" Kim expresses her gratitude towards HHM, especially with regard to her law school tuition, and says that she's willing to pay for the remainder of her loan. Howard tells her that she won't have to pay them back, wishing her good luck as she leaves his office. Outside, Kim overhears Howard order his secretary to get him in touch with Mesa Verde, anticipating her intent to take her client with her. Realizing that time is of the essence, she sprints back to her office and calls Paige to set up a meeting with her and Kevin Wachtell.
Jimmy and his film crew, accompanied by a wheelchair-bound elderly man called Fudge, arrive at a military base and view a B-29 bomber named FIFI. They are accompanied by Captain Bauer, who is under the impression that Fudge is a war hero; in truth, he is merely a client Jimmy once defended for public masturbation. Bauer expresses his admiration for Fudge and asks several detailed questions about his service. To not let him get exposed, Jimmy asks Bauer to get some water for Fudge, to which he happily obliges. While Bauer is away, Jimmy and his crew begin filming another bit for Jimmy's commercial with Fudge standing in front of FIFI. As they are filming, Ernesto calls Jimmy for help on how to treat Chuck's condition. They finish the scene and the call just in time for Bauer to return with a group of soldiers, who wish to take a photo with Fudge. Jimmy agrees to it.
Later that evening, Jimmy goes to Chuck's house to check up on Ernesto, who is worried that Chuck isn't getting any better. Jimmy reassures Ernesto and asks him to go home. Chuck lies on the couch, unresponsive and wrapped in a space blanket. In his study, Jimmy finds the Mesa Verde files and takes out thirteen documents, carefully marking their exact folder of origin. He drives to a copy shop, has the clerk get some supplies, and begins to meticulously alter the address of Mesa Verde's proposed new branch: 1261 Rosella Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona. Making copies of every page, Jimmy cuts out and swaps the last two numbers of the address, changing it to 1216 Rosella Drive. After hours of work, he returns the forged documents to the filing boxes at Chuck's house and falls asleep in an armchair.
\"Better Call Saul,\" which is currently airing its final episodes at the time of this writing, has always been a show with extreme attention to detail. Creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have taken advantage of the shared universe of \"Better Call Saul\" and its critically acclaimed forebearer \"Breaking Bad.\" What's more impressive is that a spin-off show is of the same caliber, if not better, than its predecessor. The incredible tension, drama, and character work of \"Better Call Saul\" has helped to make the show progressively better each season. Moreover, its connection to \"Breaking Bad\" and the six years that it takes place before that show occurs helps to create an exciting through-line that eagle-eyed viewers can pick up on if they're paying attention.
One of the most significant references comes early in \"Better Call Saul,\" when Jimmy (before he becomes Saul Goodman) decides to try out Elder law in season 1. Where better to develop some clientele than \"Casa Tranquila,\" a nursing home that would be blown up six years later by Walter White and Hector Salamanca in \"Breaking Bad\" to kill Gus Fring. While Hector isn't there yet (more on that later), seeing the locale in \"Better Call Saul\" feels like an ominous ode of things to come.
As mentioned above, the tequila bottle purchased by Ken is another critical yet subtle reference to \"Breaking Bad.\" The bottle of tequila called \"Zafiro Añejo\" is the same kind of bottle Gus Fring gifts to Don Eladio, head of the Salamanca cartel, as a ruse to poison him and all of his associates. The bottle that Jimmy and Kim con Ken into buying for them becomes significant in its own way as well, as it's representative of their relationship, with Jimmy holding onto the bottle top as seen in Season 6 of \"Better Call Saul,\" which opens on Saul Goodman's house being torn apart by authorities. The bottle top of the tequila is revealed as still being in his possession. It should also be noted that \"Zafiro Añejo is not a real spirit brand. Fictional brand synergy is consistent in the \"Breaking Bad\" universe, and we're absolutely here for it.
In season 2, episode 8 of \"Breaking Bad,\" aptly titled \"Better Call Saul,\" Walter and Jesse kidnap Saul, holding him at gunpoint. The criminal lawyer desperately calls himself \"amigo del cartel\" (friend of the cartel) and begs for his life, blaming \"Ignacio\" and asking if \"Lalo\" is responsible for this. It's a hilarious moment showing Saul's experience with seedy clients that are quickly brushed off and never mentioned again in the series. However, in \"Better Call Saul,\" these two brief name drops are turned into two of the most engaging characters of the sequel/spin-off series.
A subtle reference to the character's fate, \"Better Call Saul\" season 3, episode 4 features Don Eladio jumping into his pool. The imagery is reminiscent of his death in \"Breaking Bad\" after being poisoned by Gus Fring, with his diving and the camera's position underwater being a near mirror to how his death was filmed in \"Breaking Bad.\" It's chilling imagery to those that recall his death and the massacre that followed it.
One of the later references to \"Breaking Bad,\" the late and great Robert Forster's character, appears in a black and white flash-forward sequence in Season 5. Gene, being recognized by an eerie cab driver, calls Ed the Disappearer in a panic. Speaking strictly in vacuum repair code, we get brief looks at Robert Forster, who filmed this scene while also filming for another \"Breaking Bad\" project, \"El Camino.\" The appearance harkens back to his time on \"Breaking Bad,\" in which Ed also helped Walt disappear with a new identity. Walt, unfortunately, throws it all away in favor of returning to Albuquerque to save Jesse, kill some nazis, and get money for his family.
Tropes Amoral Attorney: Chuck has now proven to be just as capable as Jimmy or Kim are of doing this on someone else. Berserk Button: Chuck and Jimmy have a difficult relationship but they are still brothers so Jimmy has refrained from seeking revenge against Chuck. However, when Chuck goes after Kim, the gloves are off and Jimmy uses his access to Chuck's house to sabotage HHM. Best Served Cold: The Salamancas threatened Mike's family and he is not going to let that go. He takes his time observing Hector's operations, picks out a vulnerable point and then carefully prepares to strike back. Call-Forward: Jimmy and Kim eat at the Dog House, an establishment where Jesse Pinkman will vist to deal drugs, buy a gun and hand out money to a homeless man. Chekhov's Skill: Jimmy's years of working in the mail room at HHM come in very handy in this episode, as it gives him all the knowledge he needs to produce convincingly altered copies of Chuck's paperwork for Mesa Verde. Complexity Addiction: Jimmy wants a patriotic shot for his commercial, so he dresses an elderly sex offender up as a World War II vet and uses him to smuggle a film crew onto a military base to film him in front of an old B-29 bomber. His crew points out that it would have been much easier to just film him in front of an American flag. Dirty Old Man: The \"old veteran\" that Jimmy found for his veteran's shoot was someone he defended for public masturbation. Five-Second Foreshadowing: \"That's the story, right, guys\" Forged Letter: Jimmy steals some HHM legal documents on Mesa Verde from Chuck's house, makes multiple copies of it and then carefully cuts out two numbers so he can paste them onto a different copy in reverse order. He then makes another copy of the altered documents to hide what he did and slips it back into Chuck's files. It looks like a simple typo but it changed the lot number for the expansion making everything void if Chuck follows it. Futureshadowing: The use of an ice cream truck to smuggle drugs into the country seems to foreshadow Gus Fring's usage of refrigerator trucks for distribution. Likewise, the ice cream man's gun buried hiding place in the desert, concealed with a rock seems to foreshadow Walt's hiding place for his barrels of cash. Hidden Depths: \"Fudge\" is a quarter-senile public masturbator, but he also demonstrates an impressive knowledge of military history, correctly pointing out to Jimmy that the B-29 was deployed exclusively in the Pacific theater of the war and therefore never used against the Nazis. Improvised Weapon: Mike improvises a spike strip using a perforated garden hose. Ironic Echo: In \"Pimento,\" Chuck double-crossed Jimmy by making a call to Howard while Jimmy was asleep. Here, Jimmy returns the favor by sneaking out to a copy business to tamper with some Mesa Verde documents while Chuck is out cold from what he felt as a near-death experience. Jerkass Has a Point: Chuck goes out of his way to make sure Mesa Verde stays with HHM, which is a very reasonable thing for a partner in a law firm to do. And the arguments he makes are equally reasonable: putting a solo practitioner in charge of an interstate banking expansion is taking a real risk, particularly when she isn't even a regulatory specialist, and they currently have a whole firm available to them. Still a dick move given it's a clear jab at Jimmy through Kim. Locked Out of the Loop: A subtle example. Howard needs Chuck to help him retain Mesa Verde, so he decides not to correct Chuck's assumption that Kim and Jimmy are partners at law when they're actually running separate practices while sharing expenses. Obfuscating Disability: The seemingly senile and wheelchair-bound \"Major\" Fudge Talbot is actually able-bodied, and coherent of speaking English. Jimmy and his camera crew merely needed him so they could get around the fact that they didn't obtain shooting permits. The Oner: Used in the opening sequence as Hector's drug mule gets his ice cream truck inspected at the United States-Mexico border crossing. Tempting Fate: During Chuck's meeting with Mesa Verde, he says that staying with HHM means that even the smallest of details won't be overlooked. That night, Jimmy does exactly that to tamper with the documentation for a new branch. Title Drop: Fifi, the name of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress seen in the episode. Sinister Surveillance: Mike as he surveils Hector's operation looking for a weakness. Wham Episode: Chuck torpedoes Kim's attempt to take her recently landed big client with her when she leaves for a private practice, just because she'll be working alongside Jimmy. This marks the first time his efforts to put a stopper in Jimmy's law career have had serious collateral damage, which he doesn't seem to care about at all, and it's made worse by the physical hell he puts himself through just to do it. Jimmy responds by slipping Kevin and Paige's paperwork out while Chuck is suffering the severe effects of taking that meeting without any of his usual precautions, and spending hours at a copy center meticulously altering a single address throughout all the papers. While intended just to make Chuck look bad, it signifies the gigantic escalation in Chuck and Jimmy's rivalry to follow and will result in HHM's reputation being permanently damaged. 59ce067264