Better Call Saul S3E2 Script

Witness (2017)

[Teakettle whistling]

[Sniffles]

[Insects chirping]

[Dog barking in distance]

[Whistling]

[Rattling]

[Sighs]

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[Floorboard creaks]

[Dog barking in distance]

Chuck: You can move the red five up.

Man: Oh, yeah.

Thank you, sir.

Why do the cards have holes in them?

Oh.

They're, uh... these are used cards from the casino.

Once the casino pulls a deck of cards out of action, they drill a hole through them and sell 'em to the public.

Just a buck or 2.

[Chuckles]

Look at that.

[Inhales sharply]

I suppose that's to prevent people from cheating with them.

Yeah.

Makes for a good souvenir.

These are from caesars.

Mm. I've never been.

Hmmm.

Getting dark.

I hate to say it, but I think it might be time to kill the lights.

Oh, yes, sir. Of course.

You sure I can't make you a cup of tea?

I'm fine, sir. Thank you.

All right, then.

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[insects chirping]

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[Brakes squeal]

[Engine rumbling]

[Car beeping]

[Yawns] Ohh.

Just what I needed.

Drink up, guys. Don't need you fallin' asleep.

Hey, you take care of that battery?

Oh, yeah. It finally shit the bed, but we swapped it out a couple hours ago.

Okay. How'd it go?

No problem.

Anyone see you? Nah. Dead over there.

A'ight.

Stay awake.

[Insects chirping]

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Hello?

Jimmy: Oh, hey. Come on in.

[Door creaks] Hi. I'm Francesca liddy.

I'm here for the interview.

Oh. Jimmy mcgill.

Hey, are you, uh, running early, or am I running late?

No, sorry. I'm a little early.

It's not a problem.

Never bad to be early...

Except in death and taxes and... Some other things.

[Laughs]

Hey, can I ask you a question?

Sure.

Does that look straight to you?

Uh...

I think there... That... that side...

I think you're a little crooked...

The bottom of the "m" there.

Yeah. A little crooked.

So, you're coming off of seven years at the mvd?

I am, yeah.

Here's a question... How come new Mexico doesn't call it the dmv like every other state?

Well, that's a great question.

Uh, just like in Arizona, the motor vehicles division is part of the dot, a division, whereas, in most other states, the dmv, or department of motor vehicles is its own entity, so...

I don't know if that answers the question, except to say that's the government for you.

You got that right. [Chuckles]

Well, I, for one, am not calling it the mvd...

Dmv all the way.

[Chair creaking]

What do you think you learned the most working there?

Patience, diplomacy.

Uh, you meet a-all sorts of people down there, a-and most are really great, really friendly, but you encounter some who are upset, belligerent.

What about old folks?

Uh, you get your fair share of them?

Oh, lots of elderly drivers.

After 75, they need to take their test again, so if they don't pass, you have to explain to them why their license isn't being renewed, which is hard for them.

What do you say then?

Do you ever... Yell at them?

I mean, geezers, right?

How can you not?

No, I would never.

[Chuckling] No.

Nor should you. That was a trick question.

You passed with flying colors... very good. [Chuckles]

[Chuckles] Okay.

Well, then, so, Jimmy and I have very different needs.

His practice is mostly wills for senior citizens, while I'm focused on a single client at the moment, mesa verde, with banking regulations that generate a ton of paperwork, so I'm looking for someone with an eye for organization and detail.

Jimmy: Well, dmv's great for that...

Tons of detail in those driver's licenses.

We did see hundreds of people every day, and you'd never want to let a mistake slip through on their forms.

You'd just have a horrible cascade of problems.

Sounds challenging.

So, why the law?

I mean, why leave the dmv... Or mvd?

I have to imagine you'll be giving up a good benefits package.

Good healthcare and retirement plans, but...

There's a bureaucracy to government work that ultimately became too frustrating.

I guess what you'd call it... Too much red tape.

[Chuckles]

I just want to be somewhere I can make a difference.

Well, that's us. We're all about making a difference.

And I see here both word and excel...

You're comfortable with? Absolutely.

Excel and word? [Chuckling] Wow.

Well, you had me at old people.

Hey, here's a question... Can you start today?

I, uh... Can...

Yes?

Fantastic. Now, can you... [Sighs]

Can you just give us a second, Francesca?

Absolutely. I...

Of course.

Um... Thank you.

Uh-huh.

What are you doing?

What? I like her.

"Can you start today?"

Don't you think we should see some more résumés...

Like, a lot more?

She is our first interview.

We haven't even checked her references.

So we'll check 'em.

Kim, you've been takin' forever searching for a paralegal.

We need help here.

I haven't found the right fit.

Yeah, 'cause you're searching for perfection, and perfection is the enemy of perfectly adequate.

Oh, so that's the bar here... Adequate?

She's more than adequate! She worked at the dmv.

That's like the fifth circle of hell.

Look, she's overqualified.

I-if it doesn't work out, we can fire her.

It's no big deal.

Don't you think someone with some actual legal experience would be better?

Look, I've got a commercial airing in...

11 minutes, so the phones are gonna be ringin' off the hook and I need help.

Can we give her a test run, please?

I got a good feeling about this.

Come on, Kim.

[Sighs]

Now, getting these oldsters to call...

That's half the battle, so they need to hear a friendly voice.

Friendly? Absolutely.

Speak loudly and clearly, but, uh, be careful with the loud and clear, 'cause it can come off as angry.

Be folksy.

Put a little sunshine in your voice.

Got it. Okay.

You need coffee or water?

You need to hit the head before things...

[telephone ringing] Oh, there it goes.

[Chuckles] [Chuckles]

[Telephone beeps]

Offices of Jimmy mcgill. How may I help you?

[Telephone ringing]

I'm sorry.

May I put you on hold? Thank you.

[Telephone beeps] Offices of Jimmy mcgill.

Please hold. [Telephone beeps]

Sorry about that.

What can I do for you?

Uh, that's right.

Jimmy mcgill from the commercial.

Would you look to come in for a consultation?

[Whispering] Folksy... be folksy.

Say, is that a dog I'm hearing?

It is?

Aww, what's her name?

Yeah, cracker barrel.

It always helps to mention cracker barrel.

Well, I think it's great you let Margaret play inside.

It's a hot one out there.

I was thinking of going over to cracker barrel because they've got such great air-conditioning.

[Chuckles] Well, yes, I love their biscuits, too.

Well, that's wonderful.

Mm-hmm.

Yes, I think a will is really important.

When would you like to come in and meet Mr. mcgill?

[Whispering] "Jimmy"! Jimmy.

Always Jimmy.

Uh, this Friday is open.

Yes.

Jimmy has a 9:00 free. Will that work?

Fantastic.

Can you spell your name for me?

And a number we can reach you at?

Okay, Dorothy.

Look forward to seein' ya.

You betcha. Bye, now.

[Telephone beeps]

I am so sorry. Thank you for holding.

How may I help you?

Well, I can set you up with an appointment.

Jimmy is busy at the moment, but if you'd like...

Uh, you sound like you're outdoors.

Are you staying out of the sun?

It's a hot one today.

I'm sorry, but Jimmy is unavailable at the moment.

If you'd like to leave a message, Mr...

Ehrmantraut?

"Trout," like the fish?

Uh, I hear cracker barrel has excellent air...

This one really don't want to talk about cracker barrel.

Yeah, patch that one through.

Mr. mcgill will take your call.

[Telephone beeps]

[Telephone rings]

[Telephone beeps] Hey.

Mike: Your new assistant's a real pip.

Yeah, thanks for crushing her spirit on the first day.

Thank you, sir. You drive safe.

You the only one on this line?

Jimmy: Yeah, only me. What's up?

You free for breakfast tomorrow?

Mike: All right, this is what you're gonna do.

You're gonna go inside, buy a cup of coffee, a meal...

Whatever... And sit in a booth.

Sometime in the next 10 to 15 minutes, a guy in an old green Chevy blazer is gonna pull into that parking lot.

He'll take a knapsack, and he'll go inside.

I need you to keep an eye on the knapsack.

Let me know what he does with it.

Does he take anything out of it?

Does he switch the bag with someone?

Does he leave something from the bag inside?

Jimmy: Right, right, right. I got it.

Green Chevy blazer, black top.

Yeah. What's in the bag?

Is it money?

It's got to be money.

Drugs? Is it drugs?

Something else?

Well, um, I'm [Chuckling] Guessing money.

Tell me I'm right.

He is gonna be here any minute.

Now, I need you inside.

You gonna do the job or not?

Fine. I'll do the job.

[Cash register printing receipt]

You charmed me into it.

[Indistinct conversations]

[Cash register beeping]

Welcome to los pollos hermanos. May I take your order?

Uh, I'll have a pollos classic and a coffee, black.

Would you like the pollos bonus size for 50 cents more?

No. Normal.

Dining in or to go? Dining in.

Will that be all today?

Uh, yeah. Your total's $3.19.

[Velcro peeling]

[Cash register beeping]

Do you want any extra salsa?

Uh, no. Ketchup.

[Rapid beeping]

[Speaks indistinctly]

[Velcro peeling]

Oh, hi. What can I do for you?

[Indistinct conversations, cash register beeping]

Here you go, sir. Oh.

Have a great day.

Yep. You, too.

[Conversations continue]

[Cash register printing receipt]

[Paper rustling]

[Conversations continue]

[Cash register beeping]

Woman: Oh, sure, if there's one open.

Oh, yeah.

[Cash register printing receipt]

Woman: Hi. Welcome to los pollos hermanos.

Can I take your order?

[Conversations continue]

[Grill sizzling]

[Cash register printing receipt]

[Indistinct conversation]

Man: I'm gonna have the sausage.

[Conversations continue]

Man: Is that for here or to go?

Man ♪2: It's for here.

[Conversations continue]

Really? [Laughs] Yeah.

[Conversations continue]

Woman: Hi. Welcome to los pollos hermanos.

May I take your order?

Gimme a number three. Potatoes, coffee.

Would you like the pollos bonus size for 50 cents more? No.

Dining in or to go?

In. Will that be all today?

$4.89.

[Cash-register drawer opens, closes]

Yeah, no problem.

[Cash register beeping]

Woman: Do you need any extra salsa?

Yeah, gimme that.

[Sniffles, clears throat]

[Sighs]

Woman: Here you go.

Have a great day.

[Conversations continue]


[Sighs]

[Slurps]

[Conversations continue]

[Beeping]

[Slurps]

Woman: Thank you for coming to los pollos hermanos.

Have a great day. [Conversations continue]

[Chair scrapes]

[Cash register beeping]

[Cash register beeping]

[Scraping]


[Engine starts]

[Sighs]


Man: Can I help you?

Uh.

My watch, uh, clasp is loose.

It... Falls.

I tried to reach it. [Chuckles]

Oh. [Chuckles] Well, I'm sorry.

Allow me.

[Garbage can scrapes]

Y'know, they say a nice watch band is as important as the watch.

That's what I get for cheapin' out. [Both chuckle]

We'll find it for you.

Where the heck is it?

Oh, don't worry.

If it's in here, I'll... ah.

There it is. [Inhales deeply]

Oh.

May I clean this for you?

We have alcohol wipes.

Oh, nah, it's been in worse places.

Thank you.

That was very nice of you.

No problem. It's my pleasure.

[Inhales sharply]

Is there anything else I can do for you? Uh, no.

[Watch band clicks] Thanks.

You take care.

Mike: Tell me again.

Jesus.

How many different ways you want me to say it?

Just tell me what you saw.

He came in, like you said he would.

He ordered the number three with potatoes and coffee, went bold with the extra salsa, and he paid cash out of his left front pocket.

Uh, took his tray of food, sat in a booth on the east side of the restaurant, and put the knapsack on the floor.

Where on the floor?

Under his seat, between his legs.

Nobody touched it.

He didn't talk to anybody.

He didn't even look at anybody.

Finished his meal in five minutes, tops, and skedaddled... Didn't leave anything behind.

And you're sure of that?

[Chuckling] I literally checked the trash can.

There was nothing in there but trash.

[Sighs]

So... What's our next move, huh?

Are we gonna follow this guy?

'Cause you... you got some real James Bond stuff in here.

This car doesn't have an ejector seat, does it?

I think we're done for today.

That's it? That's it.

I mean, I cleared my morning.

What... We're not gonna do, like, uh, [Sighs] Tail him to a new location?

Or, I mean, we got to sit on him, at least. I...

Thanks for your time. [Car door opens]

[Sighs]

Hey, who's got your back, huh?

Me... that's who.

I'll keep that in mind.

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[Car squeaking]

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[Tires screech]

[Vehicle door closes]

[Engine starts]

[Hassahn phenomenon's "the go" plays]

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[Tires screech]

[Keys jingle]

[Engine starts]

[Engine revving]

[Engine shuts off]

Oh, Kim, the conference call with the Arizona regulator needs to be rescheduled.

Thursday okay?

Oh, yeah, that's fine.

Okay. [Door opens]

Francesca, have we got any more of those dietetic butter cookies?

I can check.

Thanks. Mm-hmm.

Welcome, folks!

[Man coughs]

[Cellphone vibrating]

[Cellphone beeps]

Hey, Ernie. What's up?

Can't you just come inside?

[Sighs]

Sorry.

[Sighs]

Thanks.

What are we doing out here?

I didn't want to call you because then it would leave a phone record.

I was gonna come in, but then I thought maybe Jimmy shouldn't see me.

So...

But you just called me.

Oh.

Guess I screwed up already.

Ernie, screwed what up?

Why don't you want to see Jimmy?

[Sighs] Well, it's just...

I'm not sure how to start.

You can start by just telling me.

Here's the thing.

I have some information, but I don't want to get in trouble.

Trouble with Jimmy?

No. With hhm.

I think I'm bound by confidentiality, maybe?

I'm a little hazy on the legal points, but if I tell you what I heard and not Jimmy directly, like... Like, we have a buffer, then legally, I'm safe?

Ernie.

What the hell are you talking about?

[Sighs]

I'm... I'm just worried about Jimmy.

But if I tell him...

I don't want to get in trouble, too.

Tell Jimmy what?

Lily, I want to thank you for bringing your mom down.

It was a delight to meet you, young lady.

[Chuckling] Oh. Thank you, Jimmy.

And you tell your friends, even if they already have a will, it's important to get it updated, just like you did. I'll tell them.

Now, you remember Francesca...

She'll take care of you the rest of the way.

All right, who's next? Mr. witchell.

Mr. witchell, come on down!

You're the next contestant on "the price is right"!

Jimmy, can I have a moment?

Excuse me, sir. Um, looks like everything is...

Apologies, Mr. witchell.

Uh, I'll just be a second, folks. Oh, my gosh.

Have you guys had the soup over at cracker barrel today?

[Door closes]

[Scoffs]

What?

What?! Hey, come on.

I got people out there.

Hello. I can't... gimme a dollar.

Give you a dollar? Yeah, just hand me a dollar.

Okay. C'mon.

[Sighs] [Velcro peeling]

All I got's a $20.

Fine. Whatever.

All right. I'm your lawyer now.

If anyone asks me what I know, we have confidentiality.

Why do we need confidentiality?

Jimmy, what did you say to Chuck?

Oh.

Here it comes.

Howard, right?

Did Howard call? R-relax.

No. Let me explain, please.

Please. [Sighs]

Kim, let me set the stage for you, okay?

When I went to Chuck's place last week, it was like the inside of a jiffy pop wrapper, all right?

There was mylar on the walls.

There was mylar on the ceiling... the ceiling.

He thought his brain wasn't working because of the mesa verde of it, and so I kinda told him that he was right about everything.

I had to.

He... he... Kim, he was broken.

He was a broken man!

I couldn't leave him in crazy town like that!

So I told him, you know, just to make him feel better, but it doesn't matter what he says...

It doesn't matter who he tells, because it's my word against his!

Jimmy, there's a tape.

What?

There is a tape recording of you talking to Chuck.

What do you mean? Who? Who?

He... he taped me? How?

I don't know how.

He just did, okay? Ernie told me.

Ernie told you? [Sighs]

He said Chuck has a tape recorder wrapped in a space blanket in his desk drawer.

Ernie was putting new batteries in it for Chuck, and the tape rolled for a few seconds, and he heard you... Your voice...

Saying something about switching 1261 to 1216.

So, clearly, it was this confession of yours.

[Inhales deeply]

He taped me?

[Telephone ringing in distance]

Yes, Jimmy.

But I'm not sure what he can do with it...

...legally, anyway.

I'm gonna have to do some research.

He made that tape for a reason, and we just have to figure out why.

[Sighing]

Jimmy?

I gotta get back to it.

The lobby's full of clients.

Okay.

We'll figure this out.

Yeah. I know.

[Man coughing]

Sorry for the delay, everyone!

Mr. witchell, thank you for your Patience.

I see you brought paperwork.

I got to say, I would never have thought to collect bottle caps.

Oh, it's a wonderful hobby.

What excites me is the hunt.

[Chuckles] I can imagine.

Pleasure doing business with you, Mr. tiller.

Why, thank you, Jimmy. [Chuckles]

All right, then. You drive safe.

Oh, I do. [Chuckles]

[Sighs]

Is that the last one, or we got any stragglers coming through?

Francesca: Last one.

Well, hey, thanks, Francesca.

You were great today.

You, too.

Those folks love you.

Who doesn't?

[Sighs]

And that's U.S. v. McKeever?

Right. No, it makes sense.

You were a tremendous help, professor.

Thanks for finding the time. [Chuckles]

You, too.

Thanks again.

[Receiver clicks]

[Pen clicking]

Francesca, could you do me a favor?

Can you go through the mesa verde files in my office and pull all the ones labeled "cra evaluations" and sort them by date?

I need to make sure I have the most recent.

Absolutely. Thank you.

I'll join you in a minute. Okay.

So... Just got off the phone with my old crim-pro professor.

Oh, yeah? What'd he say?

Well, as we know, new Mexico is one-party consent, so Chuck had a right to make the recording.

But you went to him worried for his mental health.

You said the things you did to make him feel better, which [Breathes sharply]

Mitigates the admission of guilt, at the very least.

We can poke holes in the custody, throw doubt the voice on the tape is even yours.

Even failing that, its probative value doesn't outweigh how prejudicial it is.

I think we can get the whole thing bounced under 403.

Probably get it excluded outright.

So, then...

Outside the courts, what can you do?

Play the tape for Kevin at mesa verde?

He hasn't up to now.

I'd have heard something, for sure.

And you know what? I don't think he's going to.

I don't think Howard will let him near mesa verde with that tape.

Howard knows it would make hhm look terrible.

[Sighs]

If Chuck has a plan for this tape, I don't know what it is.

At this point, all we can do is wait for his move, then act accordingly.

All right, then. [Sighs]

Thanks.

Sure.

Oh, hey, what do you think?

Um, it's "etude in blue" over "daydream harvest."

I wanted it to look like morning over the sandias.

I like it. It looks nice.

It doesn't look like a stock-market crash?

No.

It doesn't look like a stock-market crash.

It's nice.

Thanks.

[Sighs]

You okay?

[Sighs]

Kim, I'm good.

[Footsteps depart, door closes]

[Tape peeling]

[Sighs]

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[cellphone ringing]

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[cellphone beeps]

Yeah.

[Brakes squeal]

[Engine shuts off]

[Car door closes]

[Indistinct conversations in distance]

[Birds chirping]

[Grunts]

[Grunts]

[Grunts]

[Wind chimes clinking]

[Dog barking in distance]

[Panting]

[Knock on door]

[Door creaks] Howard, what are you doing here?

Chuck, do you have a second? Did you...

You parked over on the next block? Oh, yeah.

Mm. Way over.

Uh, phone. Keys.

Hey, you have to hide them.

[Birds chirping]

Everything okay, sir?

Yes, thank you, David. Give us a moment.

Yes, sir.

What's up? Chuck...

This has been going on for eight days now, and really, no indication that it's going to work.

It will work.

I think I've been very patient, but the cost of these

'round-the-clock private investigators is...

Really starting to add up.

Howard, this is our duty.

As officers of the court, we have an ethical obligation to...

Yes. My brother broke the law.

We can't just sit back and do nothing.

I'm not talking about doing nothing.

I just want to... Free up our minds and be open to alternate strategies, please.

[Sighs]

Meet me halfway here.

[Sighs]

I suppose... I suppose we could limit the investigators to just nighttime hours.

Nighttime. Yes.

Jimmy will most likely break in while he thinks I'm sleeping...

I mean, I wouldn't put anything past him.

It just makes the most sense he'll try to steal the tape under cover of darkness.

You really think he's going to do that?

[Tires screech] I do, indeed.

How can you be so sure?

Howard, [Scoffs] I know my brother.

[Pounding on door]

Jimmy: Chuck!

[Pounding on door] Chuck!

Open the damn door, Chuck!

Open the door, damn it!

Open it! Chuck! Chuck: Jimmy, go away!

Open the door!

Open it now! I'm not opening the door!

I swear to god, Chuck... I am not op... Jimmy!

Jimmy! You taped me?! You asshole!

Jimmy!

You pulled that heartstrings con job on me?!

You piece of shit!

[Grunts, breathing quickly]

"Ohh, my brain used to work.

I'm sick. I don't know what to do!"

Asshole!

No wonder Rebecca left you!

What took her so long?!

[Clattering]

There it is!

[Grunting]

Oh, here we go.

Here we go!

Here we go! [Grunting]

Oh!

[Chuckles]

Is this it?

Is this it?

Is this it?

Huh?

For this, you destroyed our family?

You happy now?!

For what?! For nothing!

[Grunting]

Is that all there is, Chuck?

[Grunts]

It's all the... All there is?

Or'd you make copies? Huh, Chuck?

Huh?

You tell me, or I'll burn this whole goddamn house to the ground!

Jimmy! Jimmy!

That's enough!

[Breathing heavily]

You need to step away.

Howard...

You were a witness to what happened here?

I was.

And you?

I'm a witness.

[Breathing heavily]

[Clock ticking]

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