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[S2E8] Bad Call

We don't often get to see him in action as a cop, not nearly as much as Athena on the mother show, so it was disheartening that he pulled a call to a bank robbery, and his response to it almost cost him his career.

[S2E8] Bad Call

At Jesse's apartment, he and Walt split up $90,000. Walt, expecting more, asks Jesse about the missing money. Jesse explains that Badger hasn't put in his full amount. When Jesse calls Combo to ask for Badger's whereabouts, he learns that his friends were too intimidated to inform Jesse of Badger's arrest.

Detective Getz, the undercover cop who busted Badger, interrogates Badger, while Badger is peeved because he still believes that the cop is trampling the Constitution, though he hasn't said anything revealing... yet. He might be just about to, however, when Saul Goodman, a disreputable, ambulance-chasing, morally-unscrupulous criminal attorney and local celebrity comes into the room and chases Getz off. After a brief mix-up caused by him thinking Badger is being held on a public masturbation charge, Saul says he should be able to get Badger out of trouble, just so long as he uses his phone call to call up someone capable of meeting Saul's fee of $4,650. Saul's interest in the case only increases when he encounters Hank and Gomez in the hallway, talking about Badger. Knowing that there's no way two DEA agents would be involved with a street case involving a nobody like Badger unless there was something big going on (and thus, a chance for Badger to make a deal) Saul starts talking business with the agents.

That evening, Walt and Jesse, wearing ski masks, kidnap Saul and drive him out to the desert, where a shallow grave was dug. Saul thinks they're with the cartel and panics, frantically begging for his life in both English and Spanish until Jesse tells him they're not part of the cartel, which causes Saul to finally relax. Holding Saul at gunpoint, Jesse makes his ultimatum; Saul must do everything in his power to have Badger cleared of his charges and released, but he is not to talk to the DEA under any circumstances. Saul suggests killing Badger to silence him, an option which Walt seems to seriously consider, but Jesse adamantly refuses to kill his friend.

We knew that things were going to get intense with this episode. Between a huge apartment fire, a bank robber with a bomb, and a bogus medical call that led to trouble and danger, it certainly made for one hell of a winter finale! And we are more than a little anxious to see what is going to come next for our characters. April cannot come fast enough for us! And while the dangerous situations and difficult times have a lot to do with that, we also want to see more of the good! Because the scenes in this episode that showed bonds getting deeper and relationships getting more serious have us needing to see more! So keep reading for our 9-1-1: Lone Star 208 review!

A bank robbery, an apartment fire and a pregnant woman lost in a parking garage are the seemingly unconnected calls to which the 126 responds. Then, T.K. celebrates his one-year anniversary of sobriety, while Owen and Gwyn may not make it to the end of the week as a couple. Also, Carlos finds himself working on a case with his Texas Ranger father.

In the pilot for Breaking Bad, Walter White pulls his life savings from a bank called Mesa Credit Union, the logo for which is green. The name Mesa Verde may be a reference to this bank, as Verde is Spanish for green.

In the introduction, when Chuck (Micheal McKean) is talking to Rebecca, he says that they should have a high sign just in case they are so bored with Jimmy they want to make up a lie and call it a night. Doing so, he suggests "the Carol Burnett thing". Carol Burnett will join the cast of the show in the last season to play Marion, Jeff (Pat Healy)'s mother.

Frankly, since Better Call Saul began, fans have assumed Lalo and Nacho would meet their demise by the show's end. If executed well, it's a narratively clean way to end a character's journey. Since that seems to be the way the writers are going, viewers have wondered how Lalo might go out. However it happens, it needs to be big. He isn't a side character or someone audiences don't know. He's a full person, so he deserves a full death. A death worthy of being placed on the mantle next to other memorable character deaths. Specifically, it needs to occur at a point where all pertinent story threads related to his character reach a place of relative resolution.

"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.

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.

An alarm sounds and Emperor Palpatine (played by none other than Ian McDiarmid) enters the Senate. Mas Amedda calls for Rampart to be arrested for his crimes. Palps says he is troubled by what happened and then uses this new info (and outrage) to push his bill through to make Imperial Stormtroopers.

Rebecca finally meets her mystery correspondent, and nervous laughter ensues. Dr. Sharon gets a concussion, and she reaches out to Ted. The jerk store called and they're all out of Jamie Tartt's father, but fortunately, Jamie's got plenty of good dads in his corner.

Dr. Sharon starts her day on a call with her own therapist, Bridget, who tells her that her frustration with Ted might have something to do with the fact that she deflects just like he does: He uses humor, and she uses her intelligence. She might have to be more open herself, says Bridget, in order to make progress with him. Sharon isn't fully convinced, but she heads off to the office on her bike (the folding one we admired in a previous episode). She's enjoying the ride, until she gets hit by a car.

Fortunately, Sharon is OK despite a concussion, and it turns out that while she was woozy, she left a bunch of messages for Ted, which get him to the hospital in time to take her home. She's uncomfortable having him in her personal life, but after he calls to check on her regularly, she eventually at least tells him that she was scared when she got hurt. We also get a peek at Sharon's depressing apartment (corporate housing during her assignment to Richmond), and we find that while it doesn't have a lot in it, it has a lot of ... bottles.

Later, after a very difficult loss to Manchester City and an even more difficult scene involving Jamie's father, Ted feels another panic attack coming on. He calls Dr. Sharon and tells her something: His father died by suicide when Ted was 16. It's a beginning and not an ending, but at least he's begun. 041b061a72


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