Better Call Saul (season 2)
The second season of the American television series Better Call Saul premiered on February 15, 2016, and concluded on April 18, 2016. The ten-episode season was broadcast on Monday nights in the United States on AMC. Better Call Saul is a spin-off-prequel of Breaking Bad, which is also created by Vince Gilligan.
|Better Call Saul (season 2)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original release||February 15– April 18, 2016|
The second season, like the first one, mainly takes place in 2002, with Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, a lawyer who has a sibling-feud with his brother Chuck (Michael McKean), which drags Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) out of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill after she starts her own practice and agreed to share office space with Jimmy. Jonathan Banks also reprises his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, who is engaged in a feud with the Mexican drug-cartel after an altercation with Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz) draws Hector (Mark Margolis) on him.
Mark Margolis and Daniel and Luis Moncada reprise their Breaking Bad roles as Hector "Tio" Salamanca and Leonel and Marco Salamanca, respectively, playing Tuco's uncle and cousins respectively, who are high-ranking member of the Mexican drug cartel.
All of the main cast returns for this season. Bob Odenkirk returns as James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill. Jonathan Banks returns as Mike Ehrmantraut. Rhea Seehorn returns as Kimberly "Kim" Wexler. Michael McKean returns as Charles L. "Chuck" McGill, Jr., Jimmy's elder brother. Patrick Fabian returns as Howard Hamlin and Michael Mando as Ignacio "Nacho" Varga.
Production for the second season of Better Call Saul began in June 2015, two months after the first season finished airing. Better Call Saul is set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the same location as its predecessor.
In the first scene from the first episode of this season, Saul (now under the Gene Takovic alias), is at his workplace in a Nebraska Cinnabon. This scene in the first three season premieres are all set in Omaha, but all three scenes were filmed in Albuquerque at the Cottonwood Mall.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Bob Odenkirk as James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, a lawyer, who is involved in a sibling-feud with his brother Chuck.
- Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, who is engaged in a feud with the Mexican drug-cartel after an altercation with Tuco Salamanca, which draws Hector on him.
- Rhea Seehorn as Kimberly "Kim" Wexler, Jimmy's close friend and lover who sets up a law firm with him.
- Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin, a partner of Chuck's at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill and Jimmy's rival.
- Michael Mando as Ignacio "Nacho" Varga, a member of Tuco Salamanca's gang, who secretly works with Mike in taking down Tuco.
- Michael McKean as Charles Lindbergh "Chuck" McGill, Jr., Jimmy's elder brother, partner at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill along with Howard, he allegedly suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
- Ed Begley Jr. as Clifford Main, co-owner of Davis & Main.
- Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca, Tuco's uncle.
- Kerry Condon as Stacey Ehrmantraut, Mike's widowed daughter-in-law and the mother of Kaylee Ehrmantraut.
- Mark Proksch as Daniel "Pryce" Wormald, a small-time drug dealer who hires Mike as security.
- Omar Maskati as Omar, Jimmy's assistant at Davis & Main.
- Jessie Ennis as Erin Brill, a lawyer at Davis & Main who is ordered to shadow Jimmy.
- Brandon K. Hampton as Ernesto, Chuck's assistant who works at HHM.
- Vincent Fuentes as Arturo, a criminal working for Hector Salamanca.
- Rex Linn as Kevin Wachtell, the CEO of Mesa Verde Bank and Trust.
- Cara Pifko as Paige Novick, the senior counsel for Mesa Verde Bank and Trust.
- Manuel Uriza as Ximenez Lecerda, a truck driver for Hector Salamanca.
- Eileen Fogarty as Mrs. Nguyen, owner of a nail salon which houses Jimmy's law office (and home) in its back room.
- Josh Fadem as Camera Guy, a film student working for Jimmy.
- Hayley Holmes as Drama Girl, a film student working for Jimmy.
- Raymond Cruz as Tuco Salamanca, a ruthless, psychotic drug distributor in the South Valley who works with Nacho Varga.
- Jim Beaver as Lawson, an arms dealer.
- Kyle Bornheimer as Ken ("Ken Wins"), a stockbroker.
- Daniel and Luis Moncada as Leonel and Marco Salamanca, Tuco's cousins and Hector's nephews.
- Maximino Arciniega as Domingo "Krazy-8" Molina, reprising his role from Breaking Bad.
- Ann Cusack as Rebecca Bois, Chuck's ex-wife.
- Clea DuVall as Dr. Cruz, a doctor who treats Chuck and suspects that his condition is psychosomatic.
- Brendan Fehr as Bauer, a military captain.
- Joe DeRosa as Dr. Caldera, a veterinarian who serves as Mike Ehrmantraut's liaison to the criminal underworld.
- Stoney Westmoreland as Officer Saxton, who previously appeared in the Breaking Bad episode "I.F.T."
- Debrianna Mansini as Fran, a waitress, who previously appeared in the Breaking Bad episode "Madigral".
- Jennifer Hasty as Stephanie Doswell, a real estate agent, who previously appeared in the Breaking Bad episode "Open House".
- Juan Carlos Cantu as Manuel Varga, Nacho's father who is a manager of a car restoration shop.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|11||1||"Switch"||Thomas Schnauz||Thomas Schnauz||February 15, 2016||2.57|
|In a flash forward, "Gene" accidentally locks himself in an Omaha, Nebraska mall's dumpster room, but because of the need to conceal his past he is unable to use the emergency exit, which would summon the authorities. When he's finally let out, he leaves behind the words "SG WAS HERE" carved in the wall. In 2002, Jimmy decides to decline Davis & Main's employment offer and closes down his practice. Kim confronts Jimmy about his odd behavior, but Jimmy is adamant about leaving the practice of law. Instead, he persuades Kim to help him con a stock trader into buying them expensive drinks and food, and then paying their tab. Thrilled by the experience, Kim spends the night with Jimmy. Meanwhile, "Pryce" fires Mike, since he believes he no longer needs Mike as a bodyguard. Nacho takes advantage of Mike's absence to obtain Pryce's real name and address. Pryce's house is burglarized and he calls the police. The responding officers are suspicious about the nature of the burglary and investigate further, finding an empty hidden compartment behind his couch. After reconsidering the offer to join Davis & Main, Jimmy decides to accept.|
|12||2||"Cobbler"||Terry McDonough||Gennifer Hutchison||February 22, 2016||2.23|
|Howard visits Chuck and expresses concern about Jimmy's employment at Davis & Main. Mike encounters Daniel (Pryce) when he arrives at the police station for an interview about his stolen baseball cards. Mike warns Pryce that the police must suspect that he's a drug dealer and offers to find the cards himself to keep Daniel from talking to the police. Mike tracks down Nacho and threatens to inform Tuco about Nacho's secret drug deals if Nacho doesn't return the baseball cards. Nacho agrees to return the cards in return for Daniel's Hummer and $10,000. Chuck visits the HHM office, where he sits in on a firm meeting between HHM and D&M, which unnerves Jimmy. Jimmy receives a call from Mike requesting that he represent Daniel. Jimmy deflects police attention from Daniel by telling investigators the secret compartment in his living room was used to hold fetish videos. When Jimmy tells Kim about staging a video with Daniel as part of his effort to convince the police, Kim voices disapproval and says Jimmy's willingness to engage in unethical behavior jeopardizes his position at D&M.|
|13||3||"Amarillo"||Scott Winant||Jonathan Glatzer||February 29, 2016||2.20|
|Jimmy bribes a Sandpiper Crossing bus driver to allow him to solicit a bus full of residents on their way to lunch. At an HHM meeting, Jimmy presents his client outreach report, and informs the group that he's signed up several new clients for the class action lawsuit. Chuck is suspicious of Jimmy's methods, but he deflects the question. Kim warns Jimmy to keep his methods legitimate, since she recommended him to Davis & Main, and his actions will reflect on her judgment. Stacey voices concern to Mike about gunshots she heard in her neighborhood over the previous two nights. Mike does overnight surveillance without Stacey's knowledge and does not hear or see anything out of the ordinary. At work the following morning, Stacey calls Mike. He rushes to her house, where she says there were three more gunshots the night before and points out a hole in her siding that she tearfully insists is from a bullet.|
|14||4||"Gloves Off"||Adam Bernstein||Gordon Smith||March 7, 2016||2.20|
|Jimmy meets with the Davis & Main partners, who are angry at him for running a TV commercial without their consent, but Cliff decides to give Jimmy a second chance. Kim meets with Howard and Chuck, and Howard reprimands her for her failure to inform them about Jimmy's commercial, then demotes her to entry level work in the firm's document review office. Mike and Nacho go over plans to assassinate Tuco, due to Nacho's fear of Tuco's finding out about his secret deals. Mike decides against killing Tuco, arguing that Tuco's death would draw undue attention from the Salamancas and the cartel. Instead, Mike stages a fender bender by hitting Tuco's car with his, then goading Tuco into attacking him. The police Mike called before the accident arrive during the altercation and arrest Tuco for assault with a deadly weapon, since he was carrying a gun while he was hitting Mike.|
|15||5||"Rebecca"||John Shiban||Ann Cherkis||March 14, 2016||1.99|
|In a flashback, Jimmy visits Chuck's house shortly after moving to Albuquerque. He meets Chuck's wife, Rebecca (Ann Cusack) and succeeds in charming her, which makes Chuck uncomfortable. In the present, Jimmy meets Kim in the HHM document room and proposes that she sue the firm. Kim rejects this idea, pointing that no firm would ever hire her again, and tells Jimmy to worry about his own job while she worries about hers. Kim tries to get out of the document review room by working all her professional and school contacts to land a major new client for HHM. She succeeds in securing the business of Mesa Verde Bank, a local institution planning to expand regionally. Howard is pleased to have the lucrative new client, but doesn't give Kim credit, and keeps her working on document review. Chuck tells her the story of how when the McGill family owned a store in Cicero, Illinois, Jimmy embezzled money from their father, which led to the store's failure. Having warned Kim about Jimmy, Chuck promises to approach Howard about moving her out of the document review office. Mike is approached by Tuco's uncle, Hector Salamanca, who offers Mike $5,000 to claim the gun at the scene of his altercation with Tuco was Mike's, which will reduce Tuco's jail sentence.|
|16||6||"Bali Ha'i"||Michael Slovis||Gennifer Hutchison||March 21, 2016||2.11|
|Jimmy finds it difficult adjusting to his new job at D&M, and is unable to sleep in his apartment, only finding comfort when he returns to his old boiler room office. Kim, with Chuck's help, is reinstated to her old position, but she is treated coldly by Howard who gives her the most humiliating and menial assignments, such as sending her to try and argue unwinnable motions at court. Kim is then approached by Rich Schweikart of Schweikart & Cokely, who tells her that he was impressed with Kim's performance and offers to hire her into S&C with better benefits. Unsure of what to do, Kim relieves her stress by running another con with Jimmy, fooling an investor into giving them $10,000. Meanwhile, Mike refuses Hector's deal, but is constantly harassed by Hector's goons, including Leonel and Marco Salamanca. After Stacey and Kaylee are implicitly and explicitly threatened, Mike finally agrees to Hector's deal, but manages to raise his price to $50,000. He then gives $25,000 of the $50,000 to Nacho, having failed to uphold his part of their earlier deal.|
|17||7||"Inflatable"||Colin Bucksey||Gordon Smith||March 28, 2016||2.03|
|In a flashback to the early 1970s, ten year old Jimmy is working in his father's store when a grifter enters and attempts to pull a con on Jimmy's father by claiming to be a needy father in a fix. Jimmy disbelieves him and tries to warn his father, but his father is more concerned that suspicion could lead him to not help someone who might truly be in need. Back in 2002, Jimmy helps represent Mike when he claims to the DA that the gun in his recent altercation with Tuco gun did not belong to Tuco. Jimmy decides to quit D&M, but learns that if he quits, he will have to repay the firm's signing bonus. Jimmy finds a loophole in his contract where he can receive the bonus if he is fired without cause. He does everything in his power to be irritating at D&M. Cliff eventually fires Jimmy with the result that Jimmy will be able to keep his signing bonus. Jimmy approaches Kim and attempts to convince her to become a partner in their own law firm. Kim agrees only on the condition that Jimmy play it "straight and narrow". Meanwhile, Mike promises to buy Stacey a new house and begins scouting out Hector's restaurant. Kim approaches Jimmy and proposes a compromise, suggesting both she and Jimmy start separate solo firms, but share an office space so that they can share expenses and lend each other support.|
|18||8||"Fifi"||Larysa Kondracki||Thomas Schnauz||April 4, 2016||1.93|
|Jimmy accepts Kim's offer, and Kim goes to announce her resignation from HHM to Howard. Howard accepts Kim's resignation, wishes her well and they both shake hands. Immediately after Kim exits Howard's office, they both race to secure the Mesa Verde account. Kim meets with the Mesa Verde boss and his chief legal counsel; the meeting ends with Mesa Verde's stated intention to become Kim's first solo client. Kim then agrees with Jimmy to set up their practices in a re-purposed dentists' office. Howard reports Kim's resignation, the loss of Mesa Verde and her teaming with Jimmy to Chuck. Alarmed, Chuck arranges a "final, tie up loose ends" meeting with Mesa Verde and masterfully damns Kim with faint praise enough to change Mesa Verde's boss' mind, whereupon he decides to stay with HHM. Meanwhile, Jimmy uses two of his clients, along with a registered sex offender, to perpetrate a ruse at a U.S. Air Force base in order to gain access to the B-29 Fifi for video footage to be used in a TV ad for his elder care legal business. Meanwhile, Mike continues to watch Hector's restaurant and quietly tracks Hector's movements to a remote garage. He then returns home and begins assembling a homemade spike strip.|
|19||9||"Nailed"||Peter Gould||Peter Gould||April 11, 2016||2.06|
|Mike uses his spike strip to ambush one of Hector's trucks, and extracts $250,000 hidden in one of the tires, leaving the driver tied up. Mike meets with Nacho, who suspects that Mike is responsible for the heist. Mike admits his role, explaining he wanted to attract police attention to Hector with the heist, but Nacho advises Mike that a "good Samaritan" chanced upon the bound driver before police and freed him, after which Hector had the do-gooder murdered and buried in the desert. At what should be a routine meeting between the New Mexico Banking Board, Mesa Verde Bank and Chuck and Howard, it is revealed that the addresses in the documents Chuck submitted (based on those Jimmy falsified) do not match those initially filed, creating a six-week delay in Mesa Verde's plans to open their newest branch. A humiliated Chuck immediately suspects that Jimmy is responsible for the sabotage. Dissatisfied with this turn of events and HHM's performance, Mesa Verde decides to leave HHM and sign with Kim. Jimmy and Kim arrive at Chuck's house to pick up the Mesa Verde files, whereupon Chuck accuses Jimmy of sabotaging his case. Kim sides with Jimmy and claims Chuck simply made a mistake. Jimmy returns to the copy store where he altered the files and buys the clerk's silence. Chuck then arrives to interrogate the clerk, but faints in reaction to the electricity there and hits his head on the counter. Jimmy secretly watches from across the street, anxious to save Chuck but reluctant to come out of hiding.|
|20||10||"Klick"||Vince Gilligan||Heather Marion & Vince Gilligan||April 18, 2016||2.26|
|In a flashback, Chuck and Jimmy are beside their comatose mother's hospital bed. Jimmy leaves to buy sandwiches for himself and for Chuck, who has not eaten for days. While Chuck is alone with his mother she wakes and calls Jimmy's name twice before dying. Jimmy returns to find his mother's room empty, and asks Chuck if their mother awakened or had any last words. Chuck says she did not. Back to 2002, Jimmy rushes into the copy store and orders the clerk to call an ambulance. Elsewhere, Mike purchases a sniper rifle and ammunition, intending to kill Hector Salamanca. He positions himself on a ridge overlooking a spot in the desert where Hector and his crew are preparing to execute the driver whose truck Mike robbed, but Mike is unable to get a clear shot at his target when Nacho stands directly in front of Hector. Behind him, Mike hears his car horn blaring. He finds a branch wedged against the horn and a note on the windshield with a single word: "Don't." Feeling guilty about his deception and Chuck's unnecessary decision to abandon his law profession, Jimmy confesses to tampering with the documents and bribing the copy store clerk, assuring Chuck that Chuck's mind is not deteriorating. After Jimmy leaves, Chuck unveils a tape recorder he had hidden and activated prior to Jimmy's arrival.|
These episodes discuss season two of Better Call Saul.
|Episode discussed||Guests||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Switch"||Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn||February 15, 2016||0.744|
|2||2||"Klick"||Jonathan Banks, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould||April 18, 2016||0.641|
The second season of Better Call Saul, much like the first, received critical acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has a score of 97%, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 8.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Better Call Saul continues to tighten its hold on viewers with a batch of episodes that inject a surge of dramatic energy while showcasing the charms of its talented lead." On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the second season has a score of 85 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Terri Schwartz of IGN gave the season as a whole 8.7/10, praising the acting performances and cinematography, but criticizing the lack of focus, stating, "There's a lot to love in Season 2 of Better Call Saul, but still some elements to improve upon." Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine gave it a perfect four star review and wrote, "the show's writing is as economic and poetically parred [as its visual aesthetic]. Each moment is compact, leading to the next with unpredictable, behaviorally astute precision." Daniel D'Addario of Time praised the show and wrote, "in its second season, Better Call Saul allows us into a new world of complexity by deepening one of the show's pivotal relationships. It's the best-case scenario for a spin-off: a show that occupies a familiar world but opens up entirely new themes."
|1||"Switch"||February 15, 2016||1.1||2.57||1.0||2.14||2.1||4.711|
|2||"Cobbler"||February 22, 2016||1.0||2.23||1.0||2.14||2.0||4.371|
|3||"Amarillo"||February 29, 2016||1.0||2.20||1.2||2.61||2.2||4.81|
|4||"Gloves Off"||March 7, 2016||0.9||2.20||1.2||2.59||2.1||4.79|
|5||"Rebecca"||March 14, 2016||0.8||1.99||1.2||2.63||2.0||4.62|
|6||"Bali Ha'i"||March 21, 2016||0.9||2.11||1.0||2.14||1.9||4.251|
|7||"Inflatable"||March 28, 2016||0.8||2.03||1.2||2.61||2.0||4.64|
|8||"Fifi"||April 4, 2016||0.8||1.93||1.2||2.68||2.0||4.61|
|9||"Nailed"||April 11, 2016||0.8||2.06||1.2||2.67||2.0||4.73|
|10||"Klick"||April 18, 2016||0.8||2.26||1.2||2.52||2.0||4.78|
^1 Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.
|32nd TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Better Call Saul||Nominated|
|Individual Achievement in Drama||Bob Odenkirk||Nominated|
|68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series||Kelley Dixon ("Rebecca")||Nominated|
|Kelley Dixon and Chris McCaleb ("Nailed")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series||Phillip W. Palmer, Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine ("Klick")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role||For the episode "Fifi"||Nominated|
|68th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Better Call Saul||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Bob Odenkirk||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Jonathan Banks||Nominated|
|7th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Drama Series||Better Call Saul||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Drama Series||Bob Odenkirk||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Michael McKean||Nominated|
|2016 American Film Institute Awards||Television Programs of the Year||Better Call Saul||Won|
|74th Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Bob Odenkirk||Nominated|
|21st Satellite Awards||Best Drama Series||Better Call Saul||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Drama Series||Bob Odenkirk||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film||Jonathan Banks||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film||Rhea Seehorn||Won|
|53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series – One Hour||Phillip W. Palmer, Larry B. Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Matt Hovland and David Michael Torres ("Klick")||Nominated|
|69th Writers Guild of America Awards||Drama Series||Better Call Saul||Nominated|
|Episodic Drama||Gordon Smith ("Gloves-Off")||Nominated|
|Heather Marion and Vince Gilligan ("Klick")||Nominated|
|Thomas Schnauz ("Switch")||Nominated|
AMC released a digital comic books for Better Call Saul titled Better Call Saul: Saul Goodman and the Justice Consortium in the Clutches of the Judgernaut! in February 2016, prior to the second-season premiere.
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