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. A spin-off-prequel of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, both of whom also worked on Breaking Bad.
|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
This season, like the previous, mainly takes place in 2002, with Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as Jimmy McGill, a lawyer who has a feud with his brother Chuck (Michael McKean). Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), is Jimmy's former Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM) mailroom co-worker, now an HHM attorney and Jimmy's lover, who leaves the practice of law at HHM to start a solo practice in office space she shares with Jimmy. Jonathan Banks also reprises his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, who is engaged in a feud with the Mexican drug cartel after a staged altercation with Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz), which was paid for by Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), lands Tuco in prison and draws Hector's (Mark Margolis) attention to Mike.
Mark Margolis and Daniel and Luis Moncada reprise their roles from Breaking Bad as Hector "Tio" Salamanca and Leonel and Marco Salamanca, playing Tuco's uncle and cousins respectively, who are high-ranking member of the Mexican drug cartel.
All of the main cast returned for this season. Bob Odenkirk returns as Jimmy McGill, Jonathan Banks returns as Mike Ehrmantraut, Rhea Seehorn returns as Kim Wexler, Patrick Fabian returns as Howard Hamlin, Michael Mando as Nacho Varga, and Michael McKean returns as Chuck McGill, Jimmy's elder brother.
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, Jimmy/Saul is using his Gene Takovic alias while working at a Cinnabon in an Omaha, Nebraska shopping mall. The Cinnabon scenes in Better Call Saul are set in Omaha, but filmed at the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, a lawyer, who is involved in a feud with his more successful 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 Kim Wexler, Jimmy's close friend and lover who sets up a law firm with him.
- Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin, Chuck's law partner at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM) and Jimmy's arch rival.
- Michael Mando as Nacho Varga, a member of Tuco Salamanca's drug-cartel, who secretly works with Mike in taking down Tuco.
- Michael McKean as Chuck McGill, Jimmy's elder brother, partner at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM) 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 and the leader of the Salamanca drug cartel.
- 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"), an arrogant stockbroker, who previously appeared in the Breaking Bad episode "Cancer Man".
- 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 "Madrigal".
- 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 the owner and manager of an upholstery 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, Daniel ("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 cards. Nacho agrees to return Daniel's cards plus $10,000 in exchange for Daniel's Hummer. 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 chip in the corner of her outside wall 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 concern about Tuco's erratic behavior and the possibility of Tuco 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 goads 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 supposedly 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 corporate apartment, finding comfort only when he returns to his old boiler room office. With Chuck's help, Kim is reinstated to her old position at HHM, but she is treated coldly by Howard who gives her the most humiliating and menial assignments, such as arguing unwinnable motions in court. Kim is approached by Rich Schweikart of Schweikart & Cokely, who tells her he was impressed with her performance in arguing a motion she was sure to lose, and offers to hire her at S&C. Unsure of what to do, Kim relieves her stress by running another con with Jimmy, fooling an investor into giving them a $10,000 check, which Kim keeps as a souvenir. Mike refuses Hector's deal, but Hector wages an intimidation campaign, including having subordinates break into Mike's house to scare him, and Leonel and Marco Salamanca silently threatening to kill Kaylee. Mike agrees to say the gun was his, but demands $50,000, to which Hector agrees. Mike gives $25,000 to Nacho and explains that since Tuco's sentence will be reduced, Mike has failed to uphold his part of the deal they made, so he's obligated to return what Nacho paid.|
|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 family's store when a grifter enters and attempts to pull a con on Jimmy's father by claiming to be a needy parent with an emergency. 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. 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 discovers his contract allows him to keep the bonus if he is fired without cause. He takes several actions designed to be irritating to his D&M co-workers, and Cliff eventually fires him after saying that losing the bonus money is worth it to be rid of him. Jimmy attempts to convince Kim to become a partner in their own law firm. Kim agrees only on the condition that Jimmy play it "straight and narrow". Kim later approaches Jimmy with a compromise, suggesting they start separate solo firms, but share office space so that they can split expenses and lend each other support. Mike promises to buy Stacey a new house in a safer neighborhood and begins surveilling Hector's restaurant.|
|18||8||"Fifi"||Larysa Kondracki||Thomas Schnauz||April 4, 2016||1.93|
|Kim tells Howard she’s leaving HHM. Howard wishes her well, and immediately after Kim leaves, they each race to secure the Mesa Verde account. Kim meets with Kevin and Paige, who agree that Kim will be Mesa Verde's outside counsel. Kim and Jimmy set up their practices in a re-purposed dentists' office. Howard informs Chuck of Kim's resignation, the loss of Mesa Verde and Kim's teaming with Jimmy. Chuck damns Kim with faint praise at a meeting with Kevin and Paige, causing Kevin to keep Mesa Verde’s business at HHM. Jimmy perpetrates a ruse at a U.S. Air Force base in order to gain access to the B-29 bomber FIFI and shoot video footage for use in TV ads promoting his law practice. Kim tells Jimmy she lost Mesa Verde. Ernesto tells Jimmy Chuck is ill from leaving his house to meet with Kevin and Paige and Jimmy says he'll stay with Chuck. While Chuck is asleep Jimmy takes Mesa Verde documents to a copy store, alters them, then replaces them in Chuck's files. While surveilling Hector, Mike follows a cargo truck to a remote garage, then returns home and uses a length of garden hose to assemble a homemade spike strip.|
|19||9||"Nailed"||Peter Gould||Peter Gould||April 11, 2016||2.06|
|A disguised Mike ambushes one of Hector's trucks, extracts the $250,000 hidden in a tire and leaves the driver, Ximinez, tied up nearby. Mike admits to Nacho that he wanted to attract police attention to Hector, but Nacho informs him a "Good Samaritan" freed the driver and police weren’t notified. Hector then arrived with a crew to clean up the scene and kill the Good Samaritan. Chuck’s application for a new Mesa Verde branch is incorrect, causing a long delay. Kevin re-engages Kim as outside counsel and Chuck suspects Jimmy sabotaged him. Chuck accuses Jimmy, but Kim says the mistake was Chuck’s. Kim infers Jimmy’s guilt, and implies that if there’s evidence, Chuck will find it. Jimmy realizes the copy store clerk can identify him, so he goes there to buy the clerk's silence. Ernesto is investigating copy stores for Chuck and Jimmy sees him leave after conversing with the clerk. Jimmy bribes the clerk and then hides across the street to see if Chuck follows up. Chuck begins to question the clerk but his electromagnetic hypersensitivity causes him to faint and hit his head. Jimmy considers entering the store to render aid.|
|20||10||"Klick"||Vince Gilligan||Heather Marion & Vince Gilligan||April 18, 2016||2.26|
|In a flashback, Chuck and Jimmy are beside their mother's hospital bed and Jimmy leaves to buy sandwiches. Their mother wakes and calls Jimmy’s name before dying. Jimmy returns and asks Chuck if their mother awakened or had any last words and Chuck falsely says "no". In 2002, Jimmy rushes into the copy store where Chuck has hit his head, tells the clerk to call an ambulance, and comforts Chuck while waiting. Mike intends to kill Hector with a black market sniper rifle and positions himself on a ridge overlooking the site where Hector and his crew intend to execute Ximinez. Behind him he detects the sound of his car horn and when he investigates he finds a branch wedged against the steering wheel and a note with the word "Don’t" left on his windshield. Chuck tells Jimmy his mistake on Mesa Verde’s paperwork made him question his judgment, so he’s retiring. Feeling guilty about deceiving Chuck, Jimmy confesses to tampering with the documents and bribing the copy store clerk. After Jimmy leaves, Chuck unveils a tape recorder he activated prior to Jimmy's arrival.|
Talking Saul is a live aftershow hosted by Chris Hardwick, which features guests discussing episodes of Better Call Saul. These episodes discuss the second-season premiere and finale episodes 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 previous, 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 book 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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