Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 10: References and Easter Eggs
Follow along each week as we find every Easter egg, secret and pop culture reference in Better Call Saul season 3.
Better Call Saul is a great show for many reasons. Chief among those reasons is that it trusts its own mythology.
Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, and the rest of the minds behind Better Call Saul have correctly predicted that viewers deeply care about the mythology and history of this fictional version of Albuquerque built up over five seaons of Breaking Bad and two seasons of Better Call Saul. So they highlight, reference, and remix it in every way they can over and over.
Better Call Saul is dramatically satsifying to be sure but it’s also one of the better Easter egg hunts on television. After doing the same for season one and season two of Better Call Saul, we’re conducting our own Easter egg hunt again for season three. This time we’re doing it live as episodes air to bring you the most up to date pop culture reference and fact finding possible in Vince Gilligan’s ABQ.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 10: Lantern
Official Synopsis: Kim takes time off; Jimmy tries to make amends; Nacho gambles with his future; Hamlin pushes Chuck to make a decision.
– The episode opens with a short, simple flashback of Chuck reading a book to Jimmy in a tent in their backyard. It’s actually quite poignant as Chuck is reading the book The Adventures of Mabel to his little brother. This book was referenced in the season premiere, fittingly titled “Mabel.”
– Nacho’s dad’s upholstery shop may not actually exist but within the reality of the show (and presumably the filming location) it’s right off of Florida street in Albuquerque should you want to Google Maps it.
– In the scene at the upholstery shop, Hector menaces Nacho’s father and humiliates him by throwing some cash done on the table in front of him. Fittingly as Don Hector does this there is a bell directly in front of them – foreshadowing his eventual fate of being paralyzed and able to communicate through only a bell.
– The strange, ancient temple that Kim goes to is called “Blockbuster.” Blockbuster was a video rental service in which you actually had to leave your home like a total ass to pick up a movie to watch. Dark times.
– Jimmy brings baked goods from ABC Cake Shop to Mrs. Landry’s to celebrate their legal victory over Sandpiper. ABC Cake Shop is a real bakery in Albuquerque on San Pedro Drive. Yelp reviews are mixed but seem to agree they do an excellent job with wedding cakes.
– When Hector has his cardiac episode, Gus actually goes out of his way to save his life. He demands that 9-1-1 be called and begins administering CPR. Perhaps Gus just has a natural respect for all human life or perhaps he realizes that this would be far too merciful an ending for Don Hector. He did tell Mike earlier in the season that “a bullet to the head (of Hector) would be far too humane.” Ultimately Gus’ mercy (or cruelty) will eventually get him killed when Hector eventually suicide bombs him.
– The A.V. Club reivew points out that the music playing at the mall is as Jimmy tries to repair the relationships of the Sandpiper friends is “Steal Away” by Robbie Dupree
– “Lantern” lets us know that it’s the year 2003 when Jimmy comes home to see Kim continuing her “Relax-athon 2003.”
– Kim wants to watch Monty Python or To Kill a Mockingbird again before settling on To Kill a Mockingbird. She loved Atticus Finch growing up and who wouldn’t. Atticus is one of literature’s greatest characters and the platonic ideal for the concept of a heroic lawyer. Jimmy can’t help but point out that Chuck happened to look up to Atticus quite a bit as well while he, himself, never quite saw the appeal.
– Erin Brill of Davis & Main makes her first appearance in season 3 to collaborate with Jimmy on his plan to set things right at Sandpiper. She still hates Jimmy quite a bit.
– You know what they say: if you introduce a lantern in the first act, a person suffering from the delusion that electricity causes them pain will use it to kill themselves in the final act. Lanterns fittingly play a big role in this finale called “Lantern.” Young Chuck reads Mabel to his little brother by lantern-light. Then years later after he’s suffered a massive relapse in his mental illness and has torn his house apart looking for hidden fuses, Chuck decides to kick over his lantern and set his house on fire, presumably killing himself in the process. It’s the same lantern, by the way, that Mike snaps a picture of in episode four “Sabrosito.”
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 9: Fall
Official Synopsis: Jimmy visits a friend and takes up an old pastime; Chuck and Hamlin argue over the future of the firm; Kim faces challenges.
– Jimmy visits Irene Landry, his old Bingo buddy and the first person to alert him of Sandpiper’s crimes. She last appeared in Season 1’s “RICO.”
– Irene refers to her Davis & Main attorney Erin Brill, who was tasked with monitoring Jimmy while he was with the firm.
– Irene compares Erin to Mary Martin, a muse of Rodgers and Hammerstein, whp originated many leading roles over her career including Nellie Forbush in South Pacificand Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
– Lydia informs Mike that there are no other men on Fring’s payroll. I guess we will get to see how Mike acquires the 9 guy’s that he eventually has to pay and then dies for in Breaking Bad.
– Billy Gatwood is played by Twin Peaks‘ Chris Mulkey, who is not slated to appear in Twin Peaks: The Return.
– Hamlin makes a refers to Jimmy as Gollum, which is a timely reference in 2003.
– Night of the Hunter (1955) is playing on the rec room TV as Jimmy starts turning the other Sandpiper women against Irene.
– Jimmy is back doing Bingo in his Matlock suit, just like in Season 1’s “BINGO.”
– Jimmy wants to celebrate with a bottle of Zafiro Tequila. Per the Breaking Bad Wiki page: “Zafiro Añejo is a rare type of tequila, a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant. Most notably, a bottle of Zafiro Añejo was poisoned by Gustavo Fring and later drunk by Eladio Vuente and other high-ranking members of the Juárez Cartel, causing their deaths.” Zafiro is a fictional brand.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 8: Slip
Official Synopsis: Jimmy is pushed to desperate measures; Nacho picks up a skill; Mike explores an alliance; Kim stands up to Hamlin.
– Mel Rodriguez returns as Marco in a flashback, last seen in the Season 1 finale, “Marco.”
– Quarters were 90 percent silver between 1932-1964. Jimmy’s silver Washington could be worth quite a bit, depending what the price of silver was in that flashback.
-Mike returns to the Oasis Motor Home sign, last seen in the season premiere.
-The dead body Mike unearths is the good samaritan that Hector killed when the samaritan discovered the driver that Mike tied up in Season 2’s “Nailed.”
-Dr. Cruz returns again as Chuck’s doctor, last seen in the Season 2 finale, “Klick.”
– Jimmy earned the nickname “Slippin’ Jimmy” with a fall just like the one he takes using a loose drum stick.
-Kim orders Moscow Mules for the table, learning the drink from Rick Schweikart in the Season 2 episode “Bali Ha’i.”
– Fink’s “Cold Feet” plays as Nacho prepares the fake pills.
-The closest Traingle Grocery to Chuck’s house would be in Cedar Crest, New Mexico.
– With Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar, Jimmy plays an out-of-key version of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” one of Marco’s favorite songs.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 7: Expenses
Official Synopsis: Jimmy attempts to settle his debts. Nacho reunites with an old acquaintance. Mike helps Stacey with a project and makes a meaningful connection.
– The opening shot of Jimmy against the brick wall is an homage to the beginning of the episode “Amarillo,” but instead of a dazzling white suit, Jimmy is wearing sweats.
– Frank Deal from Law & Order: SVU plays “Parks Supervisor.”
– Jimmy wears a Panovision hat. Panavision is an American motion picture equipment company specializing in cameras and lenses.
– There are a lot of businesses in Albuquerque with Duke City in the name, but Duke City Recliners isn’t one of them.
– Daniel “Pryce” Wormald resurfaces, last appearing for some Crybaby Squat Cobbler in Season 2’s “Cobbler.”
– Anita is played by another SVU alum, Tamara Tunie.
– Ritiche Blackmore is indeed a founding member of Deep Purple and the heavy metal band Rainbow. Blackmore indeed plays a modified Fender Stratocaster.
– The sound guy incorrectly repeats Pink Floyd lyrics, mistaking them for Deep Purple.
– Comedy duo the Sklar Brothers play the owners of ABQ In Tune, a fictional music store.
– Anita states that her husband disappeared in Gila National Forest, home of the Gila Cliff Dwellings. In the late 1200’s, people of the Mogollon Culture built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for about twenty years.
– Once again, Jimmy compares himself to Kevin Costner. This is a signature trademark of director Thomas Schnauz, who worked the comparison into a Breaking Bad script where Saul tells Walt that he impersonated Costner to hook up with a woman and it worked “because I believed it!” We witness said hook-up in the Better Call Saul Seaosn 1 finale, “Marco.”
– Kim makes reference to her con artist name, Giselle St. Clair, which she used in the episodes “Switch” and “Bali Ha’i.”
– Mike checks Nacho’s gas cap fearing he was bugged by Gus just as he was in the season premiere.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 6: Off Brand
Official Synopsis: Jimmy has a new endeavor; Chuck pushes himself to the limit; Nacho finds himself in a power struggle.
– Krazy-8, aka Domingo Molina, makes another appearance on Better Call Saul, after showing up in season two’s “Gloves Off.” The poor guy cannot catch a break.
– Krazy-8 is wearing a shirt for Tampico Furniture, the same store that he tells Walt that he worked for in Breaking Bad Season 1 Episode 3, “..and the Bag’s in the River.” Krazy-8’s family owns the store and he and Walt sing the jingle from their infomercial. Later, this is wear Walt buys Walt Jr.’s crib.
– Krazy-8 is short on his payment because a “new kid” has an issue with some police. Could he possibly be talking about Jesse Pinkman?
– What’s the deal with Nacho sewing straight through his hand and not reacting? According to our interview with Nacho actor Michael Mando: “I think he’s trying to numb a part of himself that’s still human. In that scene he realizes that he’s not feeling pain anymore! It’s a big moment of discovery for how far he’s gone.”
– Rebecca arrives to Chuck’s house in an ABQ Cab Co. taxi. Albuquerque Cab Company is a real taxi company in Albuquerque…well was a cab company. They just closed two months ago.
– Stacey asks Mike if he’ll help build a playground for the church. Perhaps it ends up being the same playground that Mike leaves Kaylee at when the DEA comes for him in Breaking Bad.
– The bottle that Howard brings over for Chuck is a 1966 Macallan, a single malt whisky from Scotland that retails for about $3687.
– One of Jimmy’s clients actually piloted the B29 aircraft FIFI from the episode of the same name.
– Speaking of “Fifi” Jimmy reunites his commercial gang from that episode for his new venture as an ad man.
– “Crack open your magic bag, we’ll have to Karloff this thing,” Jimmy tells the makeup artist. He is referring to Frankenstein actor Boris Karloff who routinely portrayed Frankenstein’s monster and other creatures under heavy makeup.
– Gus inspects the industrial laundromat that is for sale that will eventually become Walter White’s superlab.
– Laura Fraser returns to Vince Gilligan’s world as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, in her first appearance on Better Call Saul. Head of Logistics at Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, Lydia helps Gus acquire methylamine for his operation. She first appeared in Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 2, “Madrigal.”
– On Chuck’s night time walk we can spot the KiMo Theater, one of Albuquerque’s most recognizable landmarks. Built in 1927 in the extravagant Art Deco-Pueblo Revival Style, the theater is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of six-year-old boy that died in an explosion that took place in the theater’s lobby in 1951.
– Chuck makes a call to Dr. Cruz, who treated him in the episodes “Alpine Shepherd Boy” and “Klick.”
– Jimmy warns a prospective client not to wear stripes for his commercial because of the moire effect. Google defines it as “a visual perception that occurs when viewing a set of lines or dots that is superimposed on another set of lines or dots, where the sets differ in relative size, angle, or spacing.” Wikipedia clarifies the problem with TVs, saying, “Moiré patterns are commonly seen on television screens when a person is wearing a shirt or jacket of a particular weave or pattern, such as a houndstooth jacket. This is due to interlaced scanning in televisions and non-film cameras, referred to as interline twitter. As the person moves about, the Moiré pattern is quite noticeable. Because of this, newscasters and other professionals who appear on TV regularly are instructed to avoid clothing which could cause the effect.”
– Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Jimmy uses the fake name Saul Goodman for the first time in his commercial for his new advertising venture.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 5: Chicanery
Official Synopsis: Kim and Jimmy face off with an adversary; Jimmy looks to Chuck’s past to secure his future; Jimmy loses an ally and gains another.
– John Deere tractors have been used on Breaking Bad before, mainly to bury the water tanks in Season 5 Episode 5, “Dead Freight.”
– Chuck’s electric company lie has to do with transposed addresses, just like the Mesa Verde scandal.
– Jimmy suggests that he, Rebecca and Chuck should go to “Seasons” for dinner since the power is out. Seasons Rotisserie & Grill is a real restaurant in Albuquerque. You can add two jjumbo pan-seared scallops to any entree for $12!
– The Best Friends Animal Society publishes the Best Friends Magazine seen in Dr. Caldera’s waiting room. The organization is focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. For a criminal, Dr. Caldera is wildly passionate about animals.
– Before Kim cross-examines Howard she stands up straight and buttons her blazer just like Howard always does. Granted, buttoning a suit upon standing is not an uncommon behavior but rewatch the scene and tell us it doesn’t look exactly like Howard’s mannerisms.
– “Charlie Hustle” is the nickname of American former professional baseball player Pete Rose, an all-time great who has been held out of the Hall of Fame due to being guilty of betting on baseball games that he played in and managed.
– We finally meet Mr. Huell Babineaux, who was introduced in Breaking Bad Season 4 Episode 1, “Box Cutter.” Huell was hired for protection by Saul Goodman after Mike threatened to break his legs. Since his time on Breaking Bad, actor Lavell Crawford has lost over 100 pounds.
– Once again, Jimmy is compared to classic television character Perry Mason, who he famously emulated in his Sandpiper Crossing commercials.
– Chuck lists Jimmy’s past misdeeds, bringing up Jimmy laying down a “Chicago Sunroof” and the billboard incident from Season 1, Episode 4, “Hero.”
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 4: Sabrosito
Official Synopsis: Jimmy asks a favor of Mike; new complications disrupt Salamancas’ business; Chuck and Jimmy struggle with a compromise.
– Don Eladio reappears in a flashback, marking his first Better Call Saul appearance. Gus Fring’s main adversary and boss of the Ciudad Juárez Cartel first appeared via flashback in the Breaking Bad episode “Hermanos.”
– Point of view shots from pools have always been a popular convention in Breaking Bad as well. An underwater shot facing upward opened up season 2 of Breaking Bad in “Down” for instance.
– We also see Juan Bolsa, the cartel’s liaison between Eladio and Gus. Bolsa first appeared in the Breaking Bad episode “I.F.T.” ordering the hit on Tortuga.
– The Spanish word Sabroso means “delicious.”
– Hector refers to Los Pollos Hermanos as “The Butt Brothers,” further asserting his theory that Gus and his former partner Max were lovers.
– Ximenez is the truck driver that will later be robbed by Mike and killed by Hector in Season 2.
– Michael Mando makes his first appearance of the season as Nacho.
– The fire station that Gus is visiting is the same place where Walt will leave baby Holly in the Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias.”
– Martin’s Handyman and Repair doesn’t seem to be a real business in Albuquerque.
– This is the first time Mike Ehrmantraut and Chuck McGill have met onscreen. 24 episodes into the series.
– Francesca is overheard on the phone discussing a problem with a Pomeranian. In The Big Lebowski, Walter looks over his ex-wife’s pomeranian, which also causes problems.
– Jimmy critiques Mike’s photos, telling him he should take into account the rule of thirds. Wikipedia defines the photo technique as “aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section.”
– Jimmy compares Mike to Ansel Adams, a famous American nature photographer.
– Mike can be seen reading Handyman magazine after fixing Chuck’s door.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 3: Sunk Costs
Official Synospsis: Jimmy decides to represent a new client, much to Kim’s dismay. Meanwhile, Mike meets a formidable ally who presents an enticing offer.
– Shoe flinging, or shoes hanging on telephone lines, has a variety of meanings in North America. Reference.com says, “To see a pair of shoes dangling on a power line is generally meant to promote a street gang, pinpoint a drug-dealing zone or to commemorate a life or death event. The precise meaning of a pair of shoes hanging in a particular location depends in every case. In some instances, students throw shoes on nearby power lines to celebrate a graduation or to grieve someone’s loss.”
– Gus is flanked by his two right hand men Victor and Tyrus, played by Jeremiah Bitsui and Ray Campbell, respectively (Victor actually debuted in BCS in last week’s episode “Witness”). Victor first appeared in the Breaking Bad episode “Mandala,” the same episode where Gus debuted, and Tyrus in “Thirty-Eight Snub.”
– Jimmy lights his cigarette using matches from LBI Bail Bonds, likely explaining how he later gets out of jail.
– During Jimmy’s booking montage, Little Richard’s “Hurry Sundown” plays. The song was released in 1967 as a B-side to Richard’s “I Don’t Want to Discuss It.”
– Peter Diseth resurfaces as DDA Bill Oakley, his first appearance since season two’s “Rebecca.”
– Oakley refers to Jimmy as one of the “hoi polloi.” In Greek, hoi polloi means “the many,” originally from the famous Funeral Oration by Pericles, where it was used with a positive, democratic connotation.
– Alfonso Muskedunder” by Todd Terje plays during Kim’s morning montage. It’s from Norwegian DJ Todd Terje’s debut studio album, It’s Album Time (2014).
– That’s longtime character actress Molly Hagan as Judge Lindsay Arch, who for me will always be the mom from the Disney Channel Original Movie Miracle in Lane 2, starring Frankie Muniz, who at the time starred with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston on Malcolm in the Middle.
– “I fucked up,” Jimmy tells Kim. That’s our first F-word in season 3.
– The shot of the bell and then the wheelchair at the Mexican free clinic has to be a nod to Hector Salamanca’s future.
– The doctor at the free clinic is Dr. Barry Goodman, who was introduced in the Breaking Bad episode “Crawl Space,” and is Gus’ personal physician. He is played once again by J.B. Blanc.
– The prosecutor for Jimmy’s case is being brought in from Belen, New Mexico. Over 21 movies have been filmed in Belen.
– Prosecutor Kyra Hay is played by Kimberly Hebert Gregory, one of the stars of HBO’s Vice Principals and a recent guest star on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
– The fallacy of sunk costs is “reasoning that further investment is warranted on the fact that the resources already invested will be lost otherwise, not taking into consideration the overall losses involved in the further investment.”
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 2: Witness
Official Synopsis: Jimmy and Kim hire an assistant. Mike seeks out a mysterious acquaintance. Chuck uses the law to gain an advantage over Jimmy.
– Chuck’s private investigator explains why casinos punch holes in decks of cards after they are done using them. Whether shuffled by hand or by machine, decks used in Las Vegas typically remain in circulation for up to 12 hours. However, during periods of heavy play, decks can last as little as one hour before being switched out.
– The deck the investigator is playing with is from Caesars Palace. Located on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace was established in 1966 by Jay Sarno. The casino is a popular shooting location for films, appearing in Rain Man, Ocean’s Eleven, Iron Man, The Hangover, and many others.
– The answers in the word search Gus’s goon is doing: “ USA” “ROCKS” “TRAJECTORY” “COLUMBIA” “ROCKET”
– Los Pollos Hermanos makes its first Better Call Saul appearance. The restaurant debuted in Season 3 of Breaking Bad, with a commercial for the restaurant airing in the episode “Kafkaesque.” In that commercial, a copyright says “Los Pollos Hermanos Inc. is a registered trademark of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH.” Madrigal of course is the employer of Lydia Rodarte-Quayle.
– This is the first appearance of the future Saul Goodman’s faithful secretary Francesca, who first appeared in the Breaking Bad episode, “Better Call Saul.” She tells Jimmy that she worked at the MVD, not the DMV, but Jimmy says he refuses to refer to the motor vehicle department by anything other than the DMV. It’s a distinction he sticks to; during Breaking Bad, Saul explains that Francesca’s previous job was at the DMV. Actress Tina Parker recently appeared as Mary Todd Lincoln in Adam Sandler’s Netflix “comedy”, The Ridiculous 6.
– The logo that Jimmy is painting on the wall is the same that he developed in the season two episode, “Inflatable.”
“You look a little crooked” she tells Jimmy referring to the painting. OR IS SHE?
– Jimmy tells Francesca, “You had me at elderly,” a play on the Jerry Maguire line, “You had me at hello.”
– Jimmy tells Francesca to mention Cracker Barrel, the Southern Country themed restaurant, to his elderly clients. Established in 1969, Cracker Barrel’s comfort food and rocking chairs have led the restaurant to be associated with old people. Recently, the company became an internet joke after Indiana resident Bradley Reid Byrd posted on the company’s official Facebook page about the firing of his wife, Nanette, from Cracker Barrel after 11 years. Bradley’s post went viral, inspiring memes and trolling of Cracker Barrel’s social media accounts with hashtags like #JusticeForBradsWife. “Brad’s Wife” has spawned a Change.org petition, which so far has over 24,000 signatures.
– The henchman that Mike follow’s drives a Chevy Blazer. Interestingly enough, GMC introduced its own model of the K5 Blazer, which was called the Jimmy.
– At last, we get our first appearance from Gus Fring, who debuted in the Breaking Bad Season 2 episode “Mandala.”
– Jimmy makes a reference to the daytime game show The Price is Right. Pre-fame, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul was a contestant on The Price is Right.
– Kim is pointed to the case of United States v. McKeever. The particulars of the case are a little complicated, but like Jimmy’s situation, it deals with whether a secretly recorded conversation can be admissible in court and how that tape would need to be authenticated.
– Jimmy rolls the tape off his wall just as Chuck taught him in the last episode, “Mabel.”
– Giancarlo Esposito gets the first credit under “Starring” in the ending credits. Fitting for his first episode back in the Breaking Bad universe.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 1: Mabel
Official Synopsis: Jimmy and Chuck’s relationship deteriorates. Kim feels the pressure of running her own firm. Mike investigates the note left on his car.
– The amplifier used at the Cinnabon is a McGohan. Just like Jimmy McGill, these vintage amplifiers hail from Chicago and have seen better days.
– Nancy Sinatra’s “Sugar Town” soundtracks the cold open. The song was released in 1966 and was written by Lee Hazlewood, who also penned Sinatra’s hits “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “Summer Wine,” and many others. Lee said the song was supposedly about LSD. Zooey Deschanel performed a karaoke version of the song in (500) Days of Summer.
– White Satin Sugar is produced by the Amalgamated Sugar Company, based out of Idaho. Amalgamated Sugar erected a large illuminated sign in Portland, Oregon in 1940 in the shape of the state of Oregon and featuring the words “White Satin Sugar.” Though the sign still stands today, it no longer displays White Satin Sugar. It became a registered historic landmark in 1977 and now promotes the city of Portland.
– “Gene” is reading The Moon’s a Balloon, the best-selling memoir by British actor David Niven, famous for playing Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, and Sir Charles Lytton, (“the Phantom”) in The Pink Panther. Niven also played James Bond 007 in Casino Royale (1967). It is said that Bond creator Ian Fleming had Niven in mind when creating Bond and that Niven was Fleming’s first choice to play Bond in Dr. No.
– “Gene” uses a Kansas City Royals lunchbox. Omaha hosts the Triple-A baseball team for the Royals. We also know that Kim Wexler, who is from a small-town near the Kansas/Nebraska border, is a fan of the team, wearing a Royals t-shirt in the episode “Inflatable.”
– Dylan Riley Snyder, from the Disney series Kickin’ It, plays the young shoplifter.
– After the cold open, we witness the final scene from “Klick” outside of the space blanket barricade.
– A shot lingers on Jimmy still wearing Marco’s ring.
– Jimmy references “wax on, wax off” and Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid.
– The Adventures of Mabel by Harry Thurston Peck was published in 1896-97. The story is about Mabel, a five-year-old girl, who helps the King of all the lizards and is rewarded with the ability to converse with animals. Peck was fired from a long-term position at Columbia College due to an infidelity scandal.
– Chuck says that their grandmother was reading The Adventures of Mabel “the year the Titanic sunk.” The Titanic sunk in 1912.
– Five J’s Auto Parts is a real auto salvage yard located on Broadway in Albuquerque.
– The office for the auto parts salvage yard is filled with banners and posters for the NFL teams the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. The Eagles should make Mike feel at home since he’s from Philadelphia. We can’t really see him being a big Andy Reid fan though.
– Mike’s dismantled car is an ‘87 Caprice Wagon. Ludacris drives an ‘87 Caprice in Furious 7.
– That’s Captain Bauer, the gullible air force captain from “Fifi.”
– As Jimmy ushers some client out of his office, one elderly woman starts telling him about her flowers and mentions lily of the valley. You may remember lily of the valley as the plant that Walt used to poison Brock in Breaking Bad, framing Gus and getting Jesse back on his side in the process.
– Kim, perhaps freaking out from the responsibility in running the Mesa Verde account, struggles mightily whether to include a comma or semicolon in her legal briefing. Here is is The Oatmeal’s helpful primer on semicolons. Honestly, you’d be surprised at how loosey-goosey semicolon rules are. Just use it to connect to main clauses when you feel a comma isn’t “strong” enough.
– We also get an appearance from Caldera, the veterinarian from “Five-O,” “RICO,” and “Amarillo.” He’s played by comedian Joe DeRosa, who voiced Rufus Bellows for the video game Grand Theft Auto V.
– The episode is dedicated to Eric Justen, the re-recording mixer for Breaking Bad, who died of a heart attack last August.