Better Call Saul Smoke (2015– ) HD online
|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|
|Giancarlo Esposito||-||Gustavo 'Gus' Fring|
|Ed Begley Jr.||-||Clifford Main|
|Javier Grajeda||-||Juan Bolsa|
|Kerry Condon||-||Stacey Ehrmantraut|
|Ann Cusack||-||Rebecca Bois|
|Dennis Boutsikaris||-||Rick Schweikart|
|Jordan Lage||-||Barry Hedberg|
The Albuquerque Isotopes are a real minor leagues team, however, the name is based on a fake one. In The Simpsons, the Isotopes were Springfield's local team and property of Duff Breweries who was going to move the team to Albuquerque, much to the town's dismay. The year after the episode came out the city voted to make the Isotopes their new team's new name.
The laser tag place that Saul tries to get Walter to use as a money laundering business in Во все тяжкие: Abiquiu (2010) - Hinkle Lazer Base - is one of the job adverts in the newspaper Jimmy is reading through in the beginning of the episode.
The plaster cast Kim (Rhea Seehorn) wears on her right arm was no prop, but an authentic cast applied each morning by paramedics. At the end of each day's shoot it had to be removed with a special saw. Rhea has said that it helped her flesh out her character a little better because of being unable to remove the cast between takes.
Jimmy (in his Gene persona) is unnerved by the Omaha cab driver's Albuquerque Isotopes air freshener. Later in the episode, Mike watches an Isotopes game on TV. In real life, the Isotopes are a minor league baseball team and the AAA affiliate of the MLB's Colorado Rockies. Exactly two years prior to "Smoke"'s original airing, the team hosted "Better Call Saul Night" at Isotopes Park. Bob Odenkirk threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team wore special jerseys bearing Jimmy's face.
The song playing at Chuck's funeral, Sicilienne, is what he was playing on his piano in a previous episode.
The minor league baseball game Mike is watching would have been played during the 2004 season with the Isotopes facing the Nashville Sounds, the Pacific Coast League AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Though Nashville is not mentioned by name, two other PCL AAA teams are: the Chicago Cubs affiliate Iowa Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals affiliate Memphis Redbirds. The announcer states that "right-hand batting" Keith McDonald "last year played for Iowa" and that he was a "long-time member of Memphis." McDonald played for Nashville in 2004 and for Iowa in 2003, and he was on the Memphis roster from 1998-2002 with appearances on the St. Louis roster in 2000 and 2001 (baseball-reference.com).
Baseball catcher Keith McDonald is mentioned by the announcer during the minor league game Mike is watching. At the time the game was played, McDonald would have been a former St. Louis Cardinal, having played for the team in 2000 and 2001. McDonald has the distinction of being the sole National League player--and the second in baseball history (the first was Bob Nieman for the 1951 St. Louis Browns)--to hit a home run in his first two major league at-bats (baseball-almanac.com, baseball-reference.com, Wikipedia). McDonald is the only major league player to have three home runs--all three in the 2000 season with St. Louis--but no other hits for his entire MLB career (baseball-reference.com).
The minor league baseball game announcer also mentions "home plate umpire Tichenor." This would be MLB umpire Todd Tichenor, who made his major league debut in 2007 (Wikipedia). He also later mentions Chris Truby, who was Keith McDonald's Nashville Sounds teammate in 2004 (baseball-reference.com).