Nostalgic and well-curated, episode 11 is a highlight of the series.
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It will be sad when this series finally ends in a few weeks. Better call Saul was a worthwhile investment that we should never take for granted. Nostalgic and well-curated, episode 11 is a highlight of the series.
Better call Saul Season 6 Episode 11 Recap
Episode 11 begins with Jimmy (as Saul) being kidnapped and taken outside a ditch in town breaking Bad timeline. Panicking, Saul says, “It wasn’t me. It was Ignacio (aka Nacho).”
We then return to Gene’s timeline. Francesca (who used to work for Saul) berates her tenants for blocking the hole in a sink. She leaves it up to the boisterous tenants to take care of it themselves. As she drives away, she seems scared and paranoid, sensing that she is being followed. The clock strikes three as she parks at an abandoned gas station – she looks at the pay phone, waiting for something to happen, and then one of the phones rings. It’s Saul.
Saul gives Francesca some instructions to pick up cash hidden nearby. Saul asks for a general update; she explains how she is still being followed; She then points to Skyler White, who got a deal, but then explains that authorities are still looking for Jesse Pinkman. Saul is frustrated that everything is gone, including all of his shell companies.
Saul asks for more updates, with the conversation turning to a discussion about Kim. Francesca confirms that Kim asked about him, which seems to affect Saul emotionally. The call then ends abruptly.
Saul tries to get in touch with Kim by calling her place of work – the camera pans up and Saul is frustrated as he yells into the phone. We never hear this conversation.
Saul then returns to Cinnabon, back to his new life as Gene. It’s a dull, unfulfilling life for a man who used to be an aspiring lawyer and worked with high-profile criminals. And so Saul goes back to Marion’s house. Saul talks to Jeff. He wants him on barbituates. You’re back in business. It’s almost as if Saul couldn’t help it. He longs for the criminal lifestyle he once had.
Episode 11 then leads to a night where Saul is enjoying karaoke and a man at a bar named Al laughs at him – he did the karaoke as part of a bet with this man. Al is dying to make another bet between them. Saul loses the bets on purpose because he sucks the alcohol in his glass from a tube in his sleeve; he is not drunk.
As they leave the bar, Al wants to place a bet on who will get the next cab. Saul “loses,” so the friend gets the cab. The taxi driver is Jeff, who offers the drunk man water and drops him off at his house. Another acquaintance (buddy) as part of Saul’s crew breaks into Al’s house and finds Al passed out on the sofa.
Buddy grabs Al’s wallet and takes photos of all the items inside; cards and ID cards. He then snaps photos of Al’s office, including tax returns, bills, and bank statements, before ripping one of his checks out of his checkbook. Al is a wealthy man.
We then return to breaking Bad timeline; Saul is with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman; they try to hire him in their RV (which is also their meth lab). Saul is impressed with their small facility that produces trendy blue meth, but Walter wants to get down to business. As they wait for the fuel pump to cool down so the RV’s engine can start, Jesse asks Saul who Lalo is because he mentioned that name when he was startled. Saul wipes it off.
Back in the Gene timeline, Saul continues to hit the bars, befriending wealthy people and getting his team to infiltrate their homes and take pictures of financial evidence, including ID cards. The water they are given in the taxi is laced with barbituates to help them fall asleep by attacking their nervous system. They sell these wealthy men’s information and make money from it – it’s a get-rich-quick scheme: a scam. Saul seems to be enjoying the money in his miserable new life and gets strippers on the side. But the work at Cinnabon is still there. It’s not the life he had.
As we near the end of Episode 11, Saul meets another wealthy man at a bar. The man appears sane and morally balanced – he reveals that he has cancer, which upsets Saul; However, as part of the plan, he still leads the man to the cab.
Episode 11 then returns to the breaking Bad Timeline – Saul enjoys his legal life and Mike visits him for a meeting. Mike dislikes Saul’s nonchalance and asks him to take the meeting seriously. He breaks up all of Saul’s clients, including Walter White. He reveals that Walter has lung cancer. Mike tells Saul to stay away from him because he’s “an amateur.” Saul has an inkling about Walter, but Mike dismisses his idea of him and reveals how much they underestimated the chemistry teacher. But for some reason Saul can’t stop thinking about him. Here again we see Saul’s weakness; he can’t help himself.
Back in the Gene timeline, Saul gets a call and is alarmed. Something went wrong. He meets his men; They retired to cheat on the wealthy man with cancer. Buddy isn’t comfortable with that. Saul fires Buddy for not going along with the plan. Interestingly, Marion is eyeing the garage outside (will it be Saul’s downfall?). Saul tells Jeff they need to finish the plan, so they go back to the rich man’s house.
Jeff is concerned about returning, as he thinks the man may be awake by now, but Saul assures him it will be okay. Saul offers to go inside and finish the work.
When the episode ends, it returns to the breaking Bad Timeline as the chapter begins mirroring Saul from past and present. Saul goes to the school where Walter teaches. There is a science fair. Episode 11 then jumps back to the Gene timeline and Saul breaks into the rich man’s house. Saul can’t help but be overwhelmed by his greedy ambition and curiosity.
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