Struggling public defender Jimmy McGill constructs an elaborate yet questionable plan for winning back a pair of wealthy potential clients.


Vince Gilligan


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Odenkirk ... Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Rhea Seehorn ... Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian ... Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando ... Nacho Varga (credit only)
Michael McKean ... Chuck McGill
Julie Ann Emery ... Betsy Kettleman
Jeremy Shamos ... Craig Kettleman
Miriam Colon ... Abuelita
Eileen Fogarty ... Mrs. Nguyen
Steven Levine ... Lars Lindholm
Daniel Spenser Levine ... Cal Lindholm
Raymond Cruz ... Tuco Salamanca
Nadine Marissa ... Contract Counsel Administrator
Sarah Minnich ... Brenda


Lawyer Jimmy McGill is having a hard time making a go of his law practice. He works mostly as a public defender, out of a nail salon's backroom and meets clients in coffee shops. He's nowhere near as successful as his brother Chuck, a name partner in a major law firm who currently lives at home dealing with personal issues. After two young skateboarders try to scam Jimmy in a set-up accident, he thinks he's found the perfect way to sign on to defend a possibly-rich prospective client, but nothing quite goes as planned. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama


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The drink Saul (Bob Odenkirk) mixes for himself near the end of the opening sequence is a "Rusty Nail", a mix of Scottish whisky and Drambuie. The dash of lemon juice is a standard garnish. See more »


When Saul 'hits' the skateboarder he comes to a stop in front of a yard of rocks and a tree. Once he exits the vehicle the car has moved to the house next door. See more »


Saul Goodman: I'm the rising tide that raises all dinghies.
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Ass over Tea Kettle
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Slow Start...But Set Up Perfectly!
10 February 2015 | by contactssm89See all my reviews

Most of us, like me, had great expectations as we sat down to watch this much awaited Pilot. And I was not disappointed!

The opening few minutes were a reminder of Vince Gilligan's much loved Breaking Bad style of narration and was enough to draw me into the tale of Saul Goodman. The opening titles and music were not very impressive but not bad either.

A large part of the episode is pretty hilarious and keeps you interested in the character of Saul. But, it's not only the comedy that keeps you hooked but also Saul's fate and its twists and turns. Also, with Vince Gilligan as the writer-director, you never know what will happen next. Bob Odenkirk is as good as he was in Breaking Bad and I am pretty sure he'll be able to do justice to the evolution of Saul Goodman as we move ahead in the series.

What I loved: Vince Gilligan's writing & direction, Saul's destiny and tribulations and most importantly, the return of the ''unpredictability that we associated with the plot of Breaking Bad'' which made it so delicious.

What I didn't like a lot: The opening theme music (after Breaking Bad's epic title music, I expected its spin off to have an equally addictive tune), the plot becomes a bit slow in the middle (but picks up at the end).

Overall, as a 'starter' or 'appetizer' this episode was perfect. I get a feeling the main course is going to be absolutely fabulous.


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8 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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