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Better Call Saul Smoke (2015– ) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Crime / Drama
Original Title: Smoke
Director: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Vince Gilligan,Peter Gould
Released: 2015–
Duration: 49min
Video type: TV Episode
Jimmy struggles to cope with Chuck's tragic incidence. Mike ponders his role at Madrigal. Howard makes a startling confession.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Odenkirk Bob Odenkirk - Jimmy McGill
Jonathan Banks Jonathan Banks - Mike Ehrmantraut
Rhea Seehorn Rhea Seehorn - Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian Patrick Fabian - Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando Michael Mando - Nacho Varga
Giancarlo Esposito Giancarlo Esposito - Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Ed Begley Jr. Ed Begley Jr. - Clifford Main
Javier Grajeda Javier Grajeda - Juan Bolsa
Kerry Condon Kerry Condon - Stacey Ehrmantraut
Ann Cusack Ann Cusack - Rebecca Bois
Dennis Boutsikaris Dennis Boutsikaris - Rick Schweikart
Jordan Lage Jordan Lage - Barry Hedberg
Jeremiah Bitsui Jeremiah Bitsui - Victor
Vincent Fuentes Vincent Fuentes - Arturo
Ericka Kreutz Ericka Kreutz - Nurse

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).



Reviews: [23]

  • avatar

    Giamah

    The first 10 minutes of this episode are so incredibly suspenseful it's as if Breaking Bad lives on. Gene feels as if there's somebody around every turn and this time, he may be right. Jimmy in the past steals the show with his depressive state over Chuck's death, which turns cruel & uneasy at episodes end toward Howard. Don't look now but Saul is emerging. Mike is starting to envelop everything we've learned to love about his BB character, attention to every detail. And Gus, is just smarter than everybody else. Fantastic episode. Sets up what could be the funniest BCS season yet.
  • avatar

    Golden freddi

    There is no doubt anymore, we are witnessing the best spinoff series of all time. This is just getting better and better with each season, taking it's time to build the characters, and slowly but steady leading us towards the events of Breaking Bad.

    There is so many ways this show could have gone wrong, just that they try and make a spinoff to maybe the best tv series of all time, is brave or stupid enough, but that it is turning out to become maybe on par with Breaking Bad, totally unprecedented, it has never before happened in Tv series, ever.

    This first episode of Season 4 just nails it to the core, it is perfect, i could not take my eyes off the screen for one second, every scene is orchestrated with surgical precision, the suspense is immense. And now finally we start to see the transition from BCS to BB, it is what we have all been eagerly waiting for.

    I can't really go into specifics without spoiling anything. But holy cow, now it begins folks, this is IT!

    I will go as far as to say that this might be the best episode of the series yet, It set's up all the play for weeks to come, it's just masterfully done, what brilliant brilliant writers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are.

    And a big big shout to Minkie Spiro which directed this masterpiece.
  • avatar

    shustrik

    AMC owed some of us big time after what they did to their Walking Dead franchise this past year, and I am glad to say they came through in the fourth season opener of BETTER CALL SAUL, the great sequel to the now legendary BREAKING BAD. This fine show, which has been off the air for more than a year has returned in fine form, picking up pretty much where the third season ended, focusing on the aftermath of fateful decisions made by Chuck McGill, Mike Ehrmantraut and Nacho Vega in that season's finale.

    As we all saw, an utterly defeated Chuck McGill took his own life be setting his house on fire after having been pushed over the edge by the loss of his position at his law firm. The catalyst for this had been brother Jimmy's call that resulted in a substantial hike in the firm's malpractice insurance due to Chuck erratic behavior brought on by his intense phobia to electricity. This episode, titled "Smoke," picks up with Jimmy learning of Chuck's fate, and for the next hour, he appears to be a genuinely grief stricken man, clearly in turmoil over what he knows is his role in Chuck's downfall. This is anything but the sly and confident Saul Goodman that we know he will become, and it looks like Jimmy might have finally seen the error of his ways. That is until the final scene, when an agonized Howard Hamlin confesses to Jimmy and Kim Wexler that he blames himself for what happened to Chuck. Jimmy's response tells us this is a man who has made a final turn to dark place.

    The segments with Nacho picks up as Hector Salemanca is taken away in an ambulance after he suffers a stroke brought on after Nacho switched out Hector's medication; at first it appears that he has gotten away with it after carefully planning the whole scheme, and right under the noses of the cartel bigwigs and Gus Fring, but it is reveled that Nacho may well have fooled nobody and is in more trouble than he thinks.

    By far and away, the part of the episode with Mike Ehrmantrout and his new job with Madrigal was the highlight of the show, and his infiltration of the Madrigal facility might just be best TV I have seen this year. Mike is truly one of TV's all time great bad asses, and it is all due to the great acting of Jonathan Banks, an actor who got good long before he ever got famous. Love to catch him in reruns from WISE GUY, a great series from the late 80's, and he was a tough guy then as well. I do smile every time they mention the name of Lydia, just because we know her ultimate fate.

    Then there is the opening scene, set in the present day (I think), where Gene passes out at Cinnebon, and has to go to the hospital. It turns out to be a false alarm, but then this show wrings amazing suspense out of a sequence where Gene has to give his fraudulent identification to admissions at the hospital and it looks as if his fake identity might just get blown right there. This is followed by one of the most ominous cab rides ever, and we are left to wonder if the driver is someone from Jimmy/Saul's past, or just a manifestation of his justifiable paranoia. Or is it just a red herring.

    Again, all praise to Vince Gilligan and his crew for doing the impossible, and giving us a BREAKING BAD sequel/prequel that rapidly becoming the equal of the original.
  • avatar

    Contancia

    This episode is great. The passing the saddss the Subtleties. The camera work is excellent. The acting was fantastic of course and I love the choice of using very little dialogue. I'm also very glad that we are starting to see the transformation from Jimmy to Saul. I also really loved you they did with Howard in this episode. I thought the way they handle nocho Was brilliant because they didn't rush anything. Also all of the parts with Mike were entertaining. I'm about to say is it really a critique but what I found is when I watched it with commercial I just didn't feel the same emotion. The commercial ruin the flow. I still love it with the commercials but when I watched it without the commercials it was 100 times better.
  • avatar

    Yayrel

    Amazing way to start the season , can't wait until next week.
  • avatar

    Agagamand

    Very suspenseful episode and this episode is telling us that this season is going to be dark and I've been scared that this episode is going to be bad after watching the walking dead season 8 and the season 9 trailer but they've really surprised me with this episode.
  • avatar

    Shakataxe

    Great episode! Slow pacing yes but you can sense how its all building up to the presentation of Saul Goodman. We get a glimpse of the seemingly heartless Saul at the end of the episode as Jimmy is handling his feelings towards his brothers death by distancing himself from it. Every plotline is so interesting and remarkably layerd as each and every season continues to improve. Looking foward for whats to come!
  • avatar

    Lamranilv

    The writing continues to Excell. The character development keeps you engaged.
  • avatar

    Uttegirazu

    Remember "Expenses" (an episode late in season 3)? The grimace on Jimmy's face as he walks out of Doreen Valco's office? Had Slippin' Jimmy just let slip to his brother Chuck's malpractice insurance company (Santa Rosa Insurance) that his brother was mentally ill? No slip, rather, an intentional sabotaging of an otherwise brilliant career. Slippin' Jimmy confirms his wicked deed at the end of "Smoke" when he subtly presses the insurance issue during Howard's confession: Santa Rosa's hike for Chuck's malpractice insurance was the last straw for Howard. It became the last straw for Chuck too.

    Chuck is dead. Saul is born.

    Gilligan/Gould retell Steinbeck's East of Eden, which retells Genesis 4: rivalry between brothers, one blessed and the other neerdowell. It's a modern parable told with soap opera suspense, accompanied by music from the Ink Spots to Gabriel Fauré.

    Pay attention TV viewers. This is getting real good. Take notes.
  • avatar

    Xangeo

    Gene- 9/10 Saul-Kim-Howard-Chuck- 4/10 Mike- 7/10 Gus- 8/10

    Unfortunately, Saul-Kim-Howard-Chuck still occupy the most screen time minutes so that results in another deduction...If there was more time with Gus, Mike, and Gene, I'd probably give it an 8, but the way it is:

    Total= 6.5/10
  • avatar

    Alsardin

    A filler episode! A character development episode. The story of a funeral and wake of some one no one likes! I've been to a few funerals like this dark, somber, uptight, and the director, actors portray Smoke episode theme perfectly. Why was this episode made? Empathy for Sal? Maybe! Slow and cumbersome episode. Back ground, character development for the character development of Sal and his brother Chuck! I felt like um,,, ugh...... well okay with the Smoke episode. Skip this one, unless a big fan of the series. 6 out of 10 stars.
  • avatar

    Bludworm

    Great way to start season 4, which might become the darkest one in the series. The episode opens with one of the most tense scenes in BCS. Man that kept me on the edge of my seat! And it makes me wonder how long will Saul be able to remain hidden.

    Now back to the past, we see a very depressed Saul that feels a lot of guilt because of Chuck's death. That scene of the Howard phone call that then concludes with Jimmy and Kim drinking was the most depressing scene in the series yet. However, as soon as Howard confesses his own actions against Chuck and mentions that the insurance situation was the reason behind his conflict with Chuck, something snaps in his mind, his guilt turns to satisfaction, he finally slayed his annoying brother that was always in his way and... we see him... for the first time... Saul Goodman is here, the heartless lawyer that has no problem in letting other people die as long as he is safe. But the transformation is not permanent, we are still far from Jimmy's fully turn into Saul. But we are seeing the beginning of Jimmy's road to darkness.
  • avatar

    Conjulhala

    I don't know why many people found this episode a great one.It was still the same slow and boring BCS episode that i usually hate. BCS is not even comparable to BB as BCS contains a lot of filler episodes with nothing happening.Only scene i liked and enjoyed was of Mike's security investigation , other than that whole episode was a snoozfest.
  • avatar

    Avarm

    This is the kind of episode that keeps you focused the entire episode, even though there isn't much action. The cinematography and style were both superb as well as the realistic acting of the major characters. I really liked Jimmy's anguish the entire episode, it really made me feel like he lost his real brother. When a character such as Jimmy stops talking and is reflective, you know he is disturbed by his brother's passing.

    Looking forward to the rest of the season!
  • avatar

    Cozius

    This was a great season premiere. The show has drifted away from it's original comedic and comical style to a more dark, realistic and tragic story. Jimmy has begun his transformation into Saul, something in him just snaps at the end of the episode. There is also this overarching feeling of danger and dread throughout the entire episode, especially for Jimmy and Nacho while Mike confronts Madrigal. Overall this was a great storybuilding episode with some of the best cinematography I have ever seen for a television series. Welcome back Vince and Peter.
  • avatar

    Ttyr

    Don't believe these warped or paid individuals praising this dreck of an episode. Great hour to look at your phone or take of chores. Literally nothing of consequence happened. Even the usually enthralling Kim could barely maintain a pulse. Tedious tedious tedious. Every season starts like this; with as listless an episode as possible. I had to laugh at the viewer stating the first ten minutes as being incredibly suspenseful. He get dizzy with excitement watching traffic lights change. Pure unadulterated crap.
  • avatar

    Forey

    Better Call Saul is one of the greatest binge shows ever, and yet it doesn't try to be. Which is the problem on certain episodes, like this kickstart of Season 4 in which basically, nothing happens. And it happens slowly.

    Unlike Breaking Bad, which ignites a blast of suspense every couple of minutes, Saul is like reading a book, a combination of pulp and... think Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason converged into...

    Well you know the character, and Bob Odenkirk plays him brilliantly. This review, though, isn't a positive one. The episode basks literally in the ashes of the final episode of the previous season. Smoke as the title says it all. There is simply no heat here, but...

    When Season 4 becomes full-binge on Netflix, then these slower, building episodes are a lot better since they flow into a complete story that takes its time as a whole but can be frustrating via piecemeal... and this meal has no dessert. At least... not yet.
  • avatar

    Gldasiy

    Glad to have Better Call Saul back, but don't turn this into Mad Men. We expect action or at least big developments to happen and we didn't get any here. We got Kim, Jimmy and the cartel sitting around and complaining, but nothing to set the stage for the future of the season.

    Chuck dying wasn't exactly unexpected, but the show is missing a key theme it had in the brotherly rivalry without him.
  • avatar

    Doath

    ***SPOILERS*** so far, the most interesting characters in the show are Kim Wexler, And Mike Ehrmantraut. I've said so all along, and I'll say again that what ever Jimmy does, I just hope he doesn't hurt Kim. Naturally, it's because I like her, and so far, I like Jimmy. I didn't like Chuck, and I said so several times in other reviews. I still say that we only have Chuck's words telling how bad Jimmy was. Nonetheless, everyone keeps saying just how bad Jimmy was and is going to be. We'll see, won't we? I wonder about Howard, and whether he'll finger out that it was Jimmy who tipped off the insurance company about Chuck, thereby starting the trouble that drove chuck off the cliff (so to speak). I actually knew it wasn't nice, but the way they were screwing around with Kim, I don't have any problem with it. Howard? He helped try and sink Jimmy, so, he gets to swim in the same water. I don't know exactly what to make of Mike's covert excursion into money launderingland, but I know it's gonna be interesting. He's still by far the best character in both series, and his end in BB was not only uncalled for, but outright stupid - - whew! I'm giving this one a 9.
  • avatar

    lubov

    This season, like the previous one, is in no rush to get going and that's fine. It allows room to breathe, to absorb the intent of each scene. The B&W cold open is an atmospheric feast. When Jimmy finds out his brother is dead, his realistic reaction is an example of what makes this show great. He doesn't cry, he doesn't cheer. In fact, he must be wondering how to react to the death of someone who made things so difficult for him. There is sadness there though, as Jimmy clearly did care for Chuck and wouldn't have wanted him to go down this route.

    We check in with Gus, Nacho and Mike, though nothing terribly important happens, not even character-wise. Clearly, development is being left for future episodes, and I wouldn't complain of being bored when BCS can make even the dullest scenes fascinating to watch. Seeing Mike get away with pretending to be someone else in the company that employs him is entertaining.

    A solid, mostly stationary start to the new season.

    8.3/10
  • avatar

    Kaghma

    I can just imagine the writer's room for this episode. So Chuck has just died and of course instead of having the eulogy scene which is one of the most clichéd scenes ever they tell his eulogy over a phone call. What a creative and clever way of getting around the cliché. The Coen brothers would be proud. The brilliance of that scene is that it serves a second purpose. It shows us that Jimmy is uninterested in hearing about his brothers successful legal life as was highlighted by Howard, the fact that he puts down the phone once Howard starts talking about Chuck's charitable contributions shows us that Jimmy really does not want to hear anything good about his brother. He knows it's all fake and that Chuck was never truly a good person. The main thing we learn from this episode or at least are reminded of is how Jimmy has lost any feelings of love towards his older brother. He flat out did not care at all that he had burned to death in a house fire. We see this during the funeral. Jimmy just looks bored more than anything else as he shakes the hands of people offering their condolences. Perhaps the most disturbing part of this episode that cements the feeling of indifference towards his brother's death comes at the end. Jimmy gets the idea from Howard that his death was probably a suicide rather than an accident and it was triggered by the insurance debacle which was in fact a revenge act by Jimmy. Creative directing by Vince Gilligan shows us to our shock that Jimmy is happy with himself for having been responsible for Chuck's suicide. What's more, he's happy with letting Howard feel responsible for it. To conclude, all I can say is that despite the unlikableness of Chuck, for Jimmy to be proud of himself for getting one over on Chuck so to speak and having his revenge ploy lead to his suicide leaves a lot to be desired about Jimmy's character. His actions at the end of the last season were honourable and made me really like Jimmy but now after this, his character took a massive turn for the worse. Part of what makes this such a good show is that Jimmy is an imperfect character and his actions make us unsure how to feel about him. Perhaps as the season goes on the essence of his character will take a more concrete shape one way or the other.
  • avatar

    Ger

    Everything from the first scene of Gene on the floor, to Jimmy rushing to Chuck's house, Gus appearing suspicious of the Salamanca sudden heart attack, Mike wanting to test how secure the security at Madrigal, and Saul appearing after hearing Hamlin pushed Chuck to the edge, was done in a way that left me jawdropped at the end. Mike David, if you read this, know that a Kindergartener has a better grasp of the English language than you. You're done.
  • avatar

    MisTereO

    Old thrill comes back all of a sudden. Such adrenaline rush can't be obtained without the touch of Vince Gilligan.