The Best ‘Better Call Saul’ Scams, Ranked (2022)

Throughout the entirety of Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), aka Saul Goodman, has been conning almost everyone he comes across. These scams are not only entertaining, but necessary for understanding how Jimmy McGill turned into the smarmy lawyer from Breaking Bad. These scams range from, “How and why would anyone think of this?” to, “Why would anyone waste their time on this?” The executions range from catastrophic to monumental.

As Better Call Saul returns July 11 on AMC and gets closer and closer to its inevitably dramatic and devastating finale, there’s no better time to revisit and rank the scams that created the Saul Goodman we know and love, based on how creative, successful, and impressively detailed they are.

9. Jimmy Gets Fired (Season 2, Episode 7)

When Jimmy is hired by Davis & Main, it’s obvious he doesn’t fit in, and after getting in trouble with the bosses, his time there is spent being babysat by first-year associates. Jimmy decides to quit, but after finding out that he loses his bonus if he quits within a year of employment, and can only keep it if he’s fired without cause, he hatches a new plan.

Jimmy realizes he needs to get fired quickly, so he decides to be as obnoxious as possible. In one of the show’s more iconic montages we see Jimmy trading out his boring suits for colorful, ill fitting ones, making loud and messy smoothies every day, “forgetting” to flush the toilets repeatedly, and playing the bagpipes (badly). Cliff Main (Ed Begley Jr.) finally gives in and fires Jimmy, allowing him to keep his bonus.

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8. The Fake Rolex (Season 1, Episode 4)

Back in Chicago, when he was still known as “Slippin’ Jimmy”, we see just how creative and skilled Jimmy has always been at scamming people. In this flashback, we see Jimmy and a man, Stevie (Kevin Weisman), drunkenly stumble into an alleyway and come across a passed out guy. It seems simple at first. Jimmy takes the man’s Rolex, Stevie steals the man’s money, and they both walk away richer.

What Stevie doesn’t know and we soon find out is that the passed out man is Marco (Mel Rodriguez), Jimmy’s accomplice. Jimmy convinces Stevie to trade the money for the Rolex, and they part ways. When Marco “wakes up” they count their earnings and celebrate Stevie falling for the fake Rolex. This scam isn’t the most complex, but it’s important in showing us that Jimmy has always had this in him.

7. The Construction Delay (Season 5, Episodes 5 & 6)

When Jimmy agrees to help Everett Acker (Barry Corbin) prevent Mesa Verde from bulldozing his house, it’s clear Jimmy’s best chance is to delay construction as long as he can. He convinces a sheriff that the address on Mesa Verde’s eviction notice is incorrect, plants fake pottery, and claims Acker’s home is on a Native American archeological site. He also creates a fake soil contamination, and fakes an image of Jesus on Acker’s fence, all causing delays to construction.

After hearing that they are still moving forward with the demolition, Jimmy decides to kick things up a notch. After seemingly agreeing on a settlement, Jimmy presents a fake video with people interested in a class-action lawsuit against Mesa Verde. He also shares insight on the fact that Mesa Verde’s logo is stolen. After hearing this, a settlement in Acker’s favor is made.

    6. The Xerox Switch (Season 2, Episode 8)

    One of the more meticulous scams that Jimmy pulled off, this one was to help Kim (Rhea Seehorn) and screw over Chuck (Michael McKean) and Howard (Patrick Fabian) in the process. After leaving the Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill law firm, it’s important that Kim keeps Mesa Verde as a client. When Chuck and Howard steal them away from her, Jimmy decides to take action.

    While spending the night at Chuck’s, helping him recover from his day of work, Jimmy steals all of the Mesa Verde files and brings them to a copy center. He spends the entire night carefully cutting out and swapping the last two digits of the Mesa Verde law firm address, and returns the files in the morning without Chuck noticing. When Chuck embarasses himself in court insisting that the address is correct, the trial is postponed and Kim gets her clients back.

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    5. The Fake Blueprints (Season 4, Episode 9)

    As Kim walks into the Lubbock City Hall on crutches, we soon realize she’s about to pull off a scam with Jimmy on behalf of Mesa Verde. Kim tells the clerk that she worries she submitted out-of-date plans for Mesa Verde’s new branch, and asks if they can compare the blueprints, only for them to discover they’re identical.

    Jimmy walks in, posing as Kim’s brother watching her baby in the car. Kim “panics,” yelling at Jimmy for leaving her kid in the car and they run out. In the action, Jimmy leaves a bag of milk on the real blueprint, instantly destroying it. When Kim returns, the clerk explains what happened and suggests they swap the official blueprint with Kim’s copy. The clerk stamps both copies, and Kim smiles, as she’s successfully gotten her new plans approved.

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    4. The Tequila (Season 2, Episode 1)

    Kim and Jimmy are ordering drinks at a hotel bar, and while deciding what to get, come across Zafiro Añejo, a tequila priced at $50 a shot. Unable to afford this, they move on, and Jimmy soon clocks a stockbroker as an easy target. Kim is hesitant, but agrees to go over to talk to him. Pretending to be siblings, Viktor and Giselle, they ask him to settle a bet.

    Of course this bet is completely phony, but they engage him in conversation and convince him they have tons of money to invest and that they need his advice. After signing his contract with their fake names, Kim suggests they celebrate with some tequila. Zafiro Añejo perhaps? After sticking him with the bill, they run out of the bar laughing at their successful scam.

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    3. The Phone Battery (Season 3, Episode 5)

    Jimmy and Chuck’s relationship, to put it simply, was complicated. Chuck believed he suffered from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, and while everyone in his life knew this was a psychosomatic condition, it was debilitating to Chuck in his personal and legal life. In court for Jimmy’s bar hearing, it’s up to Chuck to prove that he is not mentally ill, and is of sound mind in his testimony against Jimmy.

    After making everyone present leave anything carrying electrical currents outside of the courtroom and shutting off the power, Jimmy hires Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford) to slip a fully charged phone battery into Chuck’s suit pocket. Throughout the entire trial, Chuck appears healthy, as he believes there is no electricity nearby. When Jimmy reveals the battery in his pocket, Chuck flies off the handle, losing all of his credibility. It’s a simple plan, but the ramifications make this scam all the more impressive.

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      2. The Howard Scam (Season 6, Episode 7)

      There’s no one Kim and Jimmy hated more than Howard Hamlin. At the end of the previous season they decide to fully commit and take down Howard at whatever cost. Step 1 of the scam begins with Jimmy planting drugs on Howard for Cliff to find. Jimmy know’s Howard’s reputation is almost as important as his legal skill, and convincing people Howard is a drug addict is damaging.

      The Kettlemans (Julie Ann Emery & Jeremy Shamos), returning from Season 1, are used as bait in this scam. They are tricked into going to Howard’s co-counsel and saying they think Howard was high for most of their representation. Jimmy takes things further, dressing up as Howard and stealing his car, and making sure Cliff sees “Howard” kick a prostitute out of his car. All of this is for one thing, to sabotage the Sandpiper settlement and case.

      With Howard’s reputation ruined, Jimmy can strike. Jimmy hires an actor who looks like the Sandpiper judge, and takes photos of him getting suspicious envelopes from him. On the day of the hearing, Howard is shown these photos (which have been covered in drugs meant to make Howard look high), and freaks out. When he goes to show proof of the judge’s interactions with Jimmy, he finds the photos gone. The scam goes great, and Jimmy and Kim celebrate their success.

      But when Howard comes over to ream them out, he ends up interrupting Lalo (Tony Dalton), who also stopped by Kim and Jimmy’s, and gets fatally shot. A scam that detailed deserves a spot high up, but the consequences prevent it from reaching Number 1.

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      1. The Huell Scam (Season 4, Episode 8)

      In what is by far the most creative and successful scam from all of Better Call Saul, Jimmy takes great care in helping out Huell Babineaux. After Huell accidentally assaults a man who turns out to be a cop, Jimmy and Kim work to make Huell seem like an upstanding citizen to keep him from going to jail. Jimmy travels to Huell’s hometown Coushatta, Louisiana, and writes a bunch of fake letters all claiming Huell is a great man, which he mails to the judge in Albuquerque.

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      The cards have all been planted with phone numbers that match up to burner phones. Jimmy and the film students spend hours answering the phones with a plethora of improvised fake accents and characters, pretending to be Coushatta citizens all vouching for Huell. Between this and the fake website Jimmy makes for the Coushatta church asking for donations for Huell’s defense, Kim gets the charge down to a misdemeanor.

      FAQs

      Is a Chicago sunroof a real thing? ›

      So, there you have it. A Chicago Sunroof is not a real thing.

      Is Better call Saulover? ›

      But as it did, time and again over the course of its six-season run, the “Better Call Saul” finale opted for a road of its own choosing.

      What was Saul's name changed to Breaking Bad? ›

      By the time of Saul's introduction in Breaking Bad, he has fully adopted the identity of "Saul Goodman", and rarely mentions the name McGill.

      Why did Jimmy quit Davis and Main? ›

      Feeling more confident on his own as opposed to being attached to a firm, Jimmy decides to quit his prestigious job at the conservative Davis & Main law firm, intending to take his recently accrued bonus with him.

      How old is Jimmy McGill? ›

      As revealed by his driver's license in Better Call Saul season 5 episode "JMM", when Jimmy and Kim are getting married, he was born on November 12, 1960. That means that in Better Call Saul season 1, Jimmy McGill is 41 years old, with the events of those episodes covering May-July 2002.

      Is Saul Goodman Irish? ›

      In Breaking Bad, Saul reveals to Walter White that he's actually Irish-American and only pretends to be Jewish “for the homeboys who want a member of the tribe.”

      Is Better Call Saul ending good? ›

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      Is Better Call Saul season 7 coming? ›

      The answer as to why the series won't be continuing beyond its recently concluded sixth run is fairly straightforward – the prequel has already caught up to the events of Breaking Bad, with Jimmy's transformation into Saul now complete.

      Is BCS season 6 GOOD? ›

      Season six, had, like all the other seasons of the show, exemplary acting performances on display. Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks led the charge. The former two, especially, should deservedly take it all in the upcoming awards season.

      Does Walter White appear in Better Call Saul? ›

      Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould already confirmed America's favorite meth lab coworkers, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), would be reprising their Breaking Bad roles this season.

      What happened Kim Wexler? ›

      Others wondered if Wexler was secretly fine and just working at the same mall as Gene (aka Saul Goodman), living her own secret life. Neither was true. Monday's episode revealed that after breaking things off with Jimmy/Saul (Bob Odenkirk), Kim shockingly moved down to Florida to live out the rest of her days.

      What is Saul short for? ›

      Saul is a boy's name of Hebrew origin that means "prayed for." In the Hebrew Bible, Saul was the first king of Israel. The apostle Paul was also known as Saul in early religious texts.

      Why did Jimmy flip the switch? ›

      Another, completely separate, purpose of the light switch scene is to demonstrate Jimmy's self-destructive behavior - a defining characteristic of his from the very beginning. Most folks on their first day at the plush new job would be on their best behavior, but Jimmy deliberately defies a clear warning notice.

      Did Jimmy take his dads money? ›

      All the while he remains oblivious that the customer used his money to buy cigarettes, and convinces Jimmy to start stealing from the till to avoid growing up to be like his father, which he does, proving that he did indeed steal from his father ("Inflatable").

      How much money did Jimmy make at Davis and Main? ›

      She shows Jimmy a settlement offer presented to her by Erin Brill, his former co-worker at Davis & Main. Taken aback by the figure, Jimmy calculates that he stands to make $1.16 million from his 20% share of the settlement.

      How did Saul get rich? ›

      Before he met Walt and Jesse, Saul had dealt with many other drug lords. For example, in Better Call Saul, he charged Lalo $100,000 just to pick up a stack of cash. By combining his legal income with the cuts he gets by making the wishes of gangsters come true, his net worth could easily sum up to the tens of millions.

      Is Saul Goodman a villain? ›

      Saul Goodman

      Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) was a good person at one time, but he isn't in the Breaking Bad series. He is a man who loves the con, and the excitement of living a conman's life.

      How old is Walter White? ›

      At the start of the series, the day after his 50th birthday, Walt is diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer.
      ...
      Walter White (Breaking Bad)
      Walter White
      Date of birthSeptember 7, 1958
      Date of deathSeptember 7, 2010 (aged 52)
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      Why is Cinnabon Better Call Saul? ›

      In earlier seasons, real-life Cinnabon employees played extras in the bakery scenes, but that's no longer the case. These days, Saul Goodman's co-workers — sorry, Gene Takavic's co-workers — are merely actors portraying Cinnabon employees.

      What Is Better Call Saul phone number? ›

      The phone number seen in the "Saul Goodman Productions" commercial, 505-842-5662, is a working number.

      Why did Jimmy destroy Howard's car? ›

      As Howard explained his position, Jimmy noticed his Jaguar and its ironic license plate. Realizing that Howard was only offering him a job for his own selfish benefit is just one of the reasons Jimmy decided to destroy Howard's car.

      Did Saul get 7 years or 86 years? ›

      Technically, Saul Goodman did not get an 86-year prison sentence when he was initially sentenced, but he negotiated a seven-year sentence.

      Why did Jimmy confess? ›

      As Bob Odenkirk said after the finale aired, this was Jimmy finally being himself and finally being truthful with himself for once. He is not trying to save Kim, but to show that he isn't fully lost.

      How many years did Saul get in jail? ›

      We learn he's been sentenced to 86 years, just a tiny bit higher than the seven years he first negotiated.

      Why Better Call Saul black and white? ›

      Vince Gilligan's Better Call Saul makes use of black and white's stylishness with aplomb, using stark light lines and visual references to film noir to underscore the creeping dread felt by the show's main character as the metaphorical walls close in around him.

      Who is Gene BCS? ›

      Gene Takovic is Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman's alias throughout his life after Breaking Bad. At the end of Breaking Bad, when Walter White was unmasked as Heisenberg, and Jimmy's involvement with the drug lord became known, he went on the run.

      Is Better Call Saul a prequel? ›

      2002 - 2003 – Better Call Saul

      While "Better Call Saul" is a mix of both a prequel and sequel series, most of it takes place before the events of "Breaking Bad." The series is meant to fill in the gaps of the six years before Saul Goodman's first appearance in the series that started it all.

      What comes after Better Call Saul? ›

      The Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul universe is coming to end, according to co-showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Gilligan and Gould, speaking on the show's final virtual TCA panel, said that they have no plans to add another show to the AMC shared universe, although cautioned “never say never”.

      How many people watched the Better Call Saul finale? ›

      NEW YORK, NY, August 22, 2022 – Last week's series finale of Better Call Saul was the most-watched episode of the season with an audience of 2.7 million on AMC in Nielsen live+3 ratings, including 1.1 million adults 25-54 and many more watching on AMC+, where the final season remains the #1 acquisition driver in the ...

      Is Saul gone the last episode? ›

      Development. "Saul Gone" is the series finale for Better Call Saul, and was written and directed by series co-creator and showrunner Peter Gould. Gould wrote the Breaking Bad episode "Better Call Saul", which introduced the character Saul Goodman, and co-created the spin-off with Vince Gilligan.

      Does Jesse Pinkman appear in Better Call Saul? ›

      Yes, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman returned—but the episode was more than just an excuse for a cool cameo. It took six and a half seasons, but in last night's episode Better Call Saul finally… broke bad.

      Is Walt a sociopath? ›

      He believes in pride in his work, and there's no show of remorse in any of his acts of cruelty to get what he wants. The portrayal so far is that he's not a particularly intelligent sociopath, but he uses the tools he has — which means violence, for the most part.

      Did Jesse Pinkman appear in Better Call Saul? ›

      After 64 episodes of television, a feature film and a statue dedication, Aaron Paul has closed the book on Jesse Pinkman. The Breaking Bad and El Camino star has decided that his two recent appearances on Better Call Saul are the perfect way to bid adieu to the character he's played since Bad's pilot shoot in 2007.

      Did Kim still love Jimmy? ›

      Yes, Kim still loves Jimmy in the 'Better Call Saul' series finale. Jimmy calls Kim after six years in the Better Call Saul timeline. She tells him he should turn himself in which upsets him. But don't mistake that for a lack of love.

      What did Jimmy say to Kim on the phone? ›

      Why Saul Smashes The Phone? What Happened When Gene Called Kim?

      Who is the Cinnabon guy in Better Call Saul? ›

      Cinnabon appears in the first episode of every season of Better Call Saul, except for season 6. It is located inside a large Omaha, Nebraska shopping mall. Jimmy McGill, living under the false identity "Gene Takavic" is the store manager, depressed with his situation and longing to unearth his true passion as a lawyer.

      What's the name Karen mean? ›

      Karen is a pejorative term for a white woman perceived as entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is normal. The term is often portrayed in memes depicting white women who use their white privilege to demand their own way.

      Is Saul a Russian name? ›

      Saule (Kazakh: Сауле) is a traditional Lithuanian and Kazakh female name. The meaning of the name is interpreted as a sunlight or sun. The history of the name goes back to the history of Zoroastrianism.

      Why is Saul called Paul? ›

      After six or seven years Barnabas traveled to Tarsus, found Saul, and took him to Antioch, where for a year they taught the people of that city about Jesus. Barnabas and Saul then traveled to Jerusalem and back to Antioch, where they preached the gospel. About this time Saul began to be called by his Latin name, Paul.

      Why is it called a Chicago sunroof? ›

      "In the writers' room we were talking about Jimmy and his ups and downs. We talked about what he would get arrested for and we had this image of him getting drunk and taking revenge on some enemy by defecating through his sunroof. Because we knew he was living in Cicero, we dubbed it the Chicago sunroof."

      What is a Chicago Sunrise Better Call Saul? ›

      UPDATE, April 6: In the season finale, it is revealed that a Chicago Sunroof is defecating through the open sunroof of a parked car. With just three episodes, AMC's Better Call Saul has become the best show on television.

      Is it possible to get a sunroof installed? ›

      Almost any vehicle, new or old, can be fitted for a sunroof. Do your research to find a qualified technician who has training and certification. It may cost a little extra, but it will be worth it to have an expert installer work on your car. Once your sunroof is installed, you will need to maintain it regularly.

      Why did Jimmy McGill go to jail? ›

      Jimmy McGill is arrested for breaking into Chuck McGill's house. Jimmy goes against Kim Wexler's advice and represents himself, pleads not guilty, and posts bail. He later tells her she should work on Mesa Verde business while he takes care of his own legal battle, to which she flatly agrees.

      What year is Better Call Saul set in? ›

      The series takes place in 2002, six years before the beginning of Breaking Bad (2008) and seven years before Saul's first appearance. Better Call Saul scored the second highest debut ratings in cable history, with an overall 6.9 million viewers for its pilot episode on AMC.

      How is Saul related to Breaking Bad? ›

      Better Call Saul is an American crime and legal drama television series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Part of the Breaking Bad franchise, it is a spin-off, prequel and sequel to Gilligan's previous series, Breaking Bad.

      How far back is Better Call Saul? ›

      2002 - 2003 – Better Call Saul

      While "Better Call Saul" is a mix of both a prequel and sequel series, most of it takes place before the events of "Breaking Bad." The series is meant to fill in the gaps of the six years before Saul Goodman's first appearance in the series that started it all.

      Where is Jimmy McGill from? ›

      James McGill
      BornOctober 6, 1744 Glasgow, Scotland
      DiedDecember 19, 1813 (aged 69) Montreal, Lower Canada
      Resting placeIn front of the Arts Building 45°30′18″N 73°34′38″W
      Other namesJames McGill III
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      Did Jimmy McGill have a wife? ›

      Kim is primarily portrayed by Rhea Seehorn, and was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. An intelligent and proficient lawyer, she is the confidant and love interest of Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman, whom she later marries.
      ...
      Kim Wexler
      SpouseJimmy McGill / Saul Goodman (divorced)
      Significant otherGlen (boyfriend)
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      How did the season finale of Better Call Saul end? ›

      But in the end, after making sure that Kim was there to see him, Saul admitted to all of his crimes during his sentencing, practically demanding his full punishment, essentially fulfilling Kim's wish that he “turn himself in.” Saul knows Walt is right that he was always “that way.” But he wants to prove that he doesn't ...

      What is the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof? ›

      A sunroof is a glass or metal panel that's installed in the roof of a car, truck, or SUV that slides open or pops up to allow light and air into the interior cabin. A moonroof is typically a clear or tinted glass panel that slides between the roof and the headliner and is often tilted open to let in the fresh air.

      How much weight can a sunroof hold? ›

      A sunroof can hold around 120 and 200 pounds, and that is even for those insane panoramic sunroofs. A normal sedan's glass panel sunroof should hold a weight between 50 and 80 pounds.

      Can you add a moon roof to a car? ›

      A moonroof or a sunroof can be added to some models of cars after the car is built. In the automotive world, this is known as an aftermarket item. It is an add-on that doesn't come from the auto dealer. Taking a look online at the website of any local auto glass repair shop is a good place to start.

      Did Saul get 86 years? ›

      Instead of the seven-year plea bargain that would have been spent at the prison which had a golfing programme, Saul was sentenced to 86 years at ADX Montrose. Though he initially feared his reception, Saul enjoyed a warm welcome upon arrival as his notoriety as Saul Goodman preceded him in prison.

      Why did Jimmy tell the truth? ›

      After spending years denying he had any love left for the man, the finale's biggest reveal was that Jimmy genuinely loved his brother and regretted how things ended up, and his moment of truth was towards himself in order to save his soul rather than someone else's.

      How long would Walter White's sentence be? ›

      — A real-life meth dealer called Walter White - the name of the protagonist in Breaking Bad - has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for selling the drug in Montana.

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