Better Call Saul S5E1 Script

Magic Man (2020)

Black Ford Mustang on sidewalk... juveniles with spray cans, uh, took off on foot.

Asian male, no visual...

10-4.

Noise complaint, 6165...


French toast didn't work out, huh?

Oh, yeah.

It's fine.

I can warm it up for you.

It's... It's okay.

I can get you something else.

We're serving lunch now.

I'm good. Really.

Can I at least freshen that for you?

Yeah. Um...

Thanks.

Hi, Molly. It's, uh, me... Gene.

Is this your cell number? I'm sorry about that.

Yeah, I... I'm fine. It was a false alarm.

You know, um, turns out I was just dehydrated, so...

Can you believe it?

Yeah, I definitely will.

Um, hey, uh...

I won't be back for... Uh, well, till Thursday.

Can you and Frederica open?

Oh. Good. And, um...

Also, I think you're gonna have to sign for a delivery this afternoon.

Oh, you did already? Great. Thank you.

Um, oh, and...

Has anybody been asking about me?

You know, I mean, like any customers come to the store looking for me, somebody hanging around?

No, no, nothing wrong. I just...

I got some calls from an insurance salesman, you know, the pushy type, so...

So, nobody at all?

Ah.

Well, that's it then. Um...

Yeah. Sure. I will.

And, uh, I will see you in a few days.

Thanks, Molly. Yeah.

953 down at the warehouse on Bonner and 4th, report of a civilian two blocks...

District is 1094 Aurora Drive.

10-23.


Vehicle blocking... van blocking driveway.

10-23.

There's a juvenile white male, about 4'8", 70 pounds...

10-28 on hold.

That'd be 0700.

10-23.

At restaurant on 6th and 5th at 70th.


♪ Welcome to my world

♪ Won't you come on in?

♪ Miracles, I guess

♪ Still happen now and then

♪ Step into my heart

♪ Leave your cares behind

♪ Welcome to my world

♪ Welcome to my world ♪

Hey.

Hey!

It is you. I thought it was you.

I wasn't all the way sure, but now that I'm seeing you up close...

Sure. It's you.

Come on, man.

I just want to say hi. I'm a big fan. Y'know, back in the day, when I lived in Albuquerque with my ex, I used to see you everywhere.

You were on the billboards, on the TV.

I used to have one of your matchbox.

You got me mixed up with someone. Uh, my name is Takavic.

Gene Takavic.

Sorry. I'm... I'm gonna... I got to get back to work.

Come on, man.

That's not cool.

I know who you are. You know who you are.

Let's just get past that.

Don't worry about him. He's cool.

He just wanted to come along.

Hey, you know who I had in my cab once?

Sammy Hagar!

He's even more famous than you.

What do you... What do you want?

I just want you to admit it.

I... I don't know what you're...

Sure you do.

Just say it.

I... I really don't know what...

Come on.

Come on.

Come on, man.

Say... It.

"Better call Saul."

What?

I... I can't even hear that.

"Better call Saul."

Once again. And... And do the point.

"Better call Saul."

There we go.

A little rusty, but you'll do better next time.

You didn't ask, but the name's Jeff.

Anytime you need me, you just call up Omaha United Cabs.

You ask for me. They'll find me, no matter where I'm at.

Never more than five minutes away.

Oh, man. It's great to meet you.

It's an honor.

I... I'll see ya.

Gene.


Please deposit an additional 50 cents.

Best Quality Vacuum. How may I help you?

Yeah. I need an adapter for a Hoover Max Extract Pressure-Pro, model 60.

Aha.

We've delivered to you before, haven't we?

Yeah. I'm in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mr. Takavic.

That will be a very difficult part to obtain.

And I want to warn you it's gonna be more expensive than the original.

How expensive?

Double the price.

And we are still in a cash-on-delivery situation.

Uh, will that be a problem?

No. No. It's fine.

How hot are you?

I got made.

You got made. All right.

Any official involvement?

No. Not yet.

Pick-up is going to be in the same place you were dropped off.

Do you remember where that is?

Yeah, I do.

All right, Mr. Takavic.

Thursday.

7:00 a.m. Same spot.

You know the rest. Am I right?

Mr. Takavic?

Still there?

I've changed my mind.

Changed your mind?

Yeah.

To be clear, you are not going forward with this?

I'm gonna fix it myself.


Jimmy, what... Kim.

What are you... Listen.

I know this seems fast.

It is fast, but I can see it.

You're changing your name?

No! I... Well, yes, but it's for my clients.

You're gonna call yourself "Saul Goodman"?

I'm already calling myself Saul Goodman.

We've talked about this.

The skells who've been buying my phones...

Sure as shooting, sooner or later, every last one of them is gonna find themselves in the back of a squad car.

How do I get them to call Jimmy McGill?

I don't! I stay Saul Goodman.

They call the guy they already know.

I thought I was wasting a year of my life.

It wasn't a waste!

It was for this! This is it!

When did you decide to...

Just now, just back there! It just... Poom! It just hit me! This is the way.

Kim, it's gonna work.

I...

I know. I know.

All of a sudden, I've got it all figured out, but I... I do.

This is right.

So, let me just... I'll get this done, and then we can talk about it, okay?

I mean...

Uh... Unless there's...

Is there some angle that I'm not seeing here?

Uh, if you want me to slow my roll, I can come back and do this another day.

If this is how you're really feeling...

It is. I say sure.

Great. Five minutes, max.

Okay, where were we?

Just that you need to sign documents with your legal name. You got it.

Then all that's left is the Notice of Entry.

Jimmy "Saul Goodman" McGill.

Thank you, honey. Mmm-hmm.

Werner Ziegler.

Werner Ziegler.

Werner Ziegler. Ziegler.

You know how many Werner Zieglers there are in Germany?

27.

26 now, according to Mrs. Ziegler.

I told you I never heard of the guy.

What about "Michael"?

Like I said, I only know the names of two guys over there.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Victor and Tyrus.

You.

Yeah? Werner Ziegler. You ever heard of that guy?

Werner Ziegler.

Uh... No.

What about Michael?

He's a bald gringo. He's in the game.

Okay.

You're good.

Okay.

South wall, pouring concrete.

What's he up to, man? What's he doing?

So, there's nothing new going on, huh, nothing different?

Like what?

Like anything.

Mmm-mmm.

What?

It's nothing.

It's nothing, man.

A couple of skells on 4th been complaining that the stuff is stepped on.

Stepped on? Mmm-hmm.

You hear that, too?

They say it's different.

Different how? Skells complain.

It's what they do.

Okay. Show me.

Arlo!

My man!

Three.

Let's see what you got.


Hey!

Wait! Whoa, whoa!

Yo! Vato! Yo! Yo! Vato!

Where you going?

You're not going in there.

Yo!

Mouse, it's okay.


So, where's the stuff?

It's in the chair.

What, this chair?


This about the count?

'Cause the count is good.

You holding cash?

Yeah. Got it all right here.

If you're holding my cash...

What're you doing up here with my stuff?

No one's stepping on it, man.

We pick the stuff from the chicken farm.

We cut it, split it, and it lands here.

I'm with it all the way.

At his chicken farm.

You pick it up how?

He puts out ten keys. I pick six.

How do you pick 'em?

I just pick different ones each time.

They're all the same.

Okay, so, these...

These are okay.

But these...

This shit's not ours, man.

Whoa.

This is old-school beautiful.

Yeah. You deserve it.

But, uh...

Yeah.

Sorry about that. I didn't know.

I got it for Jimmy McGill.

Yeah, well, Jimmy loves it.

And don't worry. I'm using it.

If, uh, anybody says anything, I'll just say JMM is my motto.

Your motto? Yeah.

"Justice...

Matters Most."

Mm, nice.

There's also this.

Oh.

Oh, yeah.

"World's 2nd Best Lawyer. Again."

Oh, that's the real mistake, world's second best lawyer, because Saul Goodman is gonna give you a run for your money.

I bet he will.

Thank you.

For everything.

Really.

You know what?

The real trick is gonna be to get my clients to know that the cellphone guy is now a lawyer, their lawyer. Yep.

That'll be a trick.

What I'm thinking is, see, I've still got almost a full pallet of cellphones left, so why not run a promotion?

I... I'll make a real event out of it.

I'll... I'll give 'em away, okay?

And, uh, for added sweetener, limited time only, um, non-violent felonies, 50% off.

You know, it's like, uh, commit four felonies, you get the fifth one free.

And there'll be friends and family, too, so you can share 'em around.

Really? Yeah.

I mean, it's just, get people in the door.

Once they're hooked, I will up-sell them.

Doesn't that sound like you're encouraging these people to commit crimes?

They don't need encouragement.

Believe me. One scoop or two?

One.

Kim, you don't know these assholes like I do.

Rain or shine, these morons will be out there doing stupid shit and getting arrested for it.

Little discount won't make a bit of difference.

Do you want sprinkles? 'Cause I'm having sprinkles.

Uh, sure.

I'm just worried about how this reflects on you.

You know what? When you're right, you're right.

What am I doing cutting prices?

Discount is a desperation move.

See?

This is why this works.

I go too far.

And you pull me back.

Don't you think you're selling yourself short?

You worked...

So hard to get your license back. We worked.

We worked. So, why be...

Why... Why this?

It's perfect.

They already know me. I know them.

What's not to love?

Kim, I can't go back to being Jimmy McGill.

Jimmy McGill the lawyer is always gonna be Chuck McGill's loser brother.

I'm done with that.

That name is burned.

This is a fresh start.

This is how I move forward.

And I like it.

Sorry.

It's... I just can't see it.

It's okay. You will.


It'll be most discreet.

That I can guarantee.

Did I keep you waiting?

I was admiring Gustavo's establishment.

It's tremendous.

So many trucks.

Uh...

Are all those buildings really full of chickens?

Please sit.

There's a serious matter to discuss.

Of course, Don Juan.

You may have noticed that some of the product is...

Altered.

Gustavo will explain.

I have a confession to make.

A man was working for me.

On the legitimate side of my business.

He was supervising a construction project.

A German engineer.

I think you know his name.

Werner Ziegler.

Through an oversight, Ziegler became aware of our other activities.

The temptation was too great for him to resist, and he stole two keys of product.

I believe you know the rest of the story.

You know of Ziegler's escape.

You know that my man tracked him down.

My shame...

Is not simply that I allowed this to happen.

It's that I hid the truth.

When I discovered what Ziegler had done, I replaced the stolen product with methamphetamine I purchased locally.

Some of this inferior product went to your organization.

And for that...

I must apologize.

Sincerely.

What construction project?

I mean, you said the German was building something.

What?

Ah.

It would be simpler for me to show you.

When finished, this will be the most advanced in-line chilling system in the Southwest.

A chicken freezer? Chiller.

Our product is never frozen.

These are Ziegler's men, working from his plans.

As far as they're concerned, their leader has gone home.

Nothing was keeping you from sharing all this.

A lot of trouble could have been avoided.

Yes. There were any number of misunderstandings.

My man didn't know who was following him.

And as a result, he went to great lengths to conceal his activities.

Your man... Michael, is that right?

Yes.

That's not him, is it?

It is.

Well, I'd love to say hello, if that's permitted.

Well, certainly.

Michael.

Michael, please meet my associate, Eduardo.

What a pleasure.

I've heard so much about you.

That right?

Oh, yes.

I'm gonna get back to it.

Thank you, Michael.

Well...

That explains everything.

I am glad you are satisfied.

Listen to me.

There must be no more trouble.

You two must co-exist.

This is non-negotiable.

Gustavo, there can be no more secrets.

Yes.

Don Eladio is not happy.

Do you understand what I'm telling you?

I do.

Then we are done.

You know, it's gonna be a very nice chiller.

The south wall's gonna look beautiful.


♪ Or if I'm looking maybe... ♪

♪ Hair pulled up ♪

Come on, let's just go.


♪ Let's take it easy ♪

Let's do it right here!

Whoa. Whoa.

Back off.

There are plenty of phones. Plenty of phones.

Sorry. Can't help you, ladies.

Everybody got to wait their turn.

Here you go, buddy.

Next!

Welcome, welcome. Take a load off.

Before we talk phones, let's talk you.

I'm guessing, from our brief acquaintance, that you're a fellow who occasionally, through no fault of your own, uh, finds yourself in a donnybrook or two.

Yeah, a, um, knuckle duster.

A fistfight.

I'm thinking you might be someone who partakes of the herb of the Earth.

I'm guessing that you ladies are popular with the fellas.

And this could lead to a misunderstanding with the boys in blue.

Say hello to my little friend.

See right there, circled in red?

It's preprogrammed, ready to go.

Number 1 on the speed dial goes directly to me.

You press that, and, poof! I'm there.

Next!

Why call the cellphone guy?

'Cause I'm not just a cellphone guy.

I'm the lawyer who's gonna fight for you.

You might find yourself in possession of a few pieces of military ordinance, you know, RPGs, maybe couple claymore mines in the trunk.

Before you know it, the other guy is bleeding out on the pavement and the cops are giving you the evil eye.

It's just that people are always looking over each other's shoulder.

And you're not hurting anyone.

You know, who doesn't want to be...

Next!

Big fella outside? His name's Huell Babineaux.

Go ask Huell about me.

He was facing three years.

He was facing six years.

Eight years down in Guadalupe.

He was facing 25 years.

Didn't do a single day.

That's why he calls me the "magic man."

I asked him not to call me that, but he insists.

Next!

Number 1 on the speed dial, that's your lifeline.

Cops pick you up. They threaten you. They look at you sideways.

You press that button, and I'm there.

It's not just... Press number 1.

Press number 1.

Zip your lip and press the button.

And keep your mouth shut. Press number 1.

Keep it charged. Poof!

Poof! Poof! I'm there.

At number 1 on the speed dial...

It is your lifeline. It's your panic button. Just press number 1.

Press 1 on the speed dial. Goes straight to me. Ask him about the "magic man."

Press the button... Speedy justice.

And, boom, your friend Saul is there.

I got your back 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Press number 1.

Speedy justice for you. Just press 1.

If and when that happens... Here's your lifeline.

Press number 1.

Use it in good health.

Number 1 on the speed dial... Goes straight to me... trouble with the law... Number 1...

Ask him about the "magic man." Press number 1.

And, poof! Saul Goodman is there.

Folks, folks, ladies and gents, boys and girls, uh, due to popular demand, I'm very sorry to say We've given out our last phone.

However, I'm still here for legal consultations, free legal consultations.

You know what? At least take a card.

You meet the law, you want the law to meet me.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Whoa, you know what?

Uh, since none of you are getting phones tonight, how about a special discount?

Yeah, um, for the next, uh, two weeks, um, non-violent felonies, 50% off.

Yeah.

Okay.

Yeah? That's for you.

I'll take one. 50% off.

Yeah. All right. Now we got some takers.

There you are.

50% off.

Remember, 50% off.

All right. For real?

Very good.

Oh, yeah, yeah.

Very good.

Well-done, magic man.

We're just getting started.


If you were gonna die, you'd be dead already.

Now step out of the truck. We got things to do.

All right.

The job may only be half done, but you're being paid in full.

Does it need to be said that your cooperation is expected to continue...

Permanently?

Not a word, not today, not tomorrow, not next week, not ever.

You let your end down, there will be consequences.

Is that understood by all?

All right.

Udo and Renke, you're in the Cherokee.

Keys are inside.

You're driving to Denver.

Flight for Zurich leaves at midnight.

You hang a right, you'll hit the main highway in four miles.

Passport and some tickets.

Kai, you're traveling solo in the red Pontiac.

You're flying out of Dallas.

It is a long drive.

Flight leaves at 9:40, direct to Berlin.

I will never say anything.

Ever.

It had to be done.

He was a good man, but...

In truth, he was soft.


Casper, Toyota.

You're headed to Phoenix.

10:15 to Vancouver and then Vancouver to Budapest.

Yeah?

He was worth 50 of you.

Sebastian, Adrian.

The Civic.

You're driving to El Paso.

You're on the 7:25 to Chicago, then Chicago to Vienna.


Well?

Last of them got on a plane for Zurich an hour ago.

No problem.

Will do they as they've been told?

You're asking my opinion?

I am.

They know the consequences.

And the laundry?

Entrances to the site have been sealed.

Nobody's gonna stumble on it.

As long as Lalo Salamanca is on this side of the border, we cannot continue as we were.

So this is it.

No. This is not it.

Once Salamanca is dealt with, and he will be dealt with, construction will resume.

Until then, you will continue to be paid.

Mm.

So, you're gonna pay me to do nothing.

Call it a retainer.

Even after Ziegler? Yes.

What happened in Frankfurt?

The attorneys spent a full day with his wife.

She accepted the facts as presented.

As per your suggestion, a construction accident.

The funeral was yesterday.

And, of course, she has been compensated.

"Compensated."

I would choose my next words very carefully if I were you.

Mm.

You keep your God damn retainer.


Mr. Oakley! Mr. Oakley!

Would you care to comment on the Carl Gravenhorst case?

Oh, I'm... I... As you know, the D.A.'s office has been accused of misconduct in the Gravenhorst case.

Would you comment on the latest development?

Uh, the Graven what?

People are saying you're prosecuting an innocent man.

Does the D.A.'s office have something to hide?

Well, what, um... Excuse me. Excuse me.

Please let me through.

Uh, that's my client you're talking about.

And you are? I'm Saul Goodman, and Carl Gravenhorst is 100% innocent.

The Albuquerque D.A.'s office is perpetrating an outrageous miscarriage of justice.

You're who?

I'm Saul Goodman.

And we are countersuing you and the entire Albuquerque D.A.'s office for malicious persecution, unlawful detention, and abuse of process.

Seriously? Yeah.

We'll take this all the way to the Supreme Court.

By the time we're through, Carl Gravenhorst's name will be cleared, and we'll receive a settlement, a cash settlement.

All right. Enough. I've got to be in court.

You...

Go if you must, but know this, we will meet again!

I'm sorry. What'd you say your name was?

I'm Saul Goodman, and I make it my business to defend the citizens of Albuquerque against injustices of every kind.

Wow, you must be really expensive, though.

Not at all. I believe every man, woman, and child deserves speedy justice at a price they can afford.

Do you have a card?

Not for me, for a friend. Yes.

Uh, and please tell your friend that, uh, I make no judgments and I'm available 24 hours a day.

Uh, can I get one of those?

Oh, yeah.

What about me? Oh, sure.

Okay. Wow.

Yeah, uh...

I just... I just don't know.

Five months.

With overcrowding, you'll probably do less than two.

Yeah. Yeah.

Considering your priors, sentencing guidelines would have you looking at two to four years in custody.

So...

Five months is really good, Bobby.

Are you worried about being there when Lois delivers?

Delivers?

Oh, right. Yeah, yeah, so, um...

So, if I go to trial, you'll be my lawyer, right?

Bobby, you do not want to go to trial.

But you'll be my lawyer.

Yes, but going to trial would be a mistake.

Trials are always unpredictable.

At trial, the D.A. will throw everything at us.

You'd just be rolling the dice. Yeah. Roll the dice.

Yeah. I mean, I don't mean to tell you your business, Miss Wexler, but you put me up there, I give the people the big eyes, they see Lois here and the kid, y'know, they gonna believe me. I'd believe you.

Bobby, there are a million reasons not to go to trial.

But it's up to me, right?

Yes, it is, but I'm advising you not to.

Odds are you would end up going away for more time, not less.

And I am talking about years of your life.

But I might not, right?

You don't want to take that risk.

Maybe I do. Lois...

Whatever Bobby says.

Excuse me a moment.

Please...

Think this over carefully.

Both of you.

You ready for lunch?

There's a new sandwich vending machine down by family court. I've heard good things.

Sorry, I'm stuck here.

Really? What's up?

He's not taking the deal.

Who? That guy?

Isn't he the punk who tried to sell a flatbed of hot mini-fridges to an undercover cop?

What'd you get him?

Five months. Five months?

With his priors?

Well, he should be on his knees thanking you.

I'm trying to talk him out of going to trial.

No! Seriously?

Seriously.

You know what?

No.

No. We can fix this.

I'm from the D.A.'s office, okay?

I'm giving you what for. You're giving me what for.

We'll be loud. We will go over there.

We will make a scene, okay?

Uh...

New evidence has come to light, and I'm pulling his deal with extreme prejudice.

I... I'm pissed.

I wanna put him away permanently.

Third-degree felony...

But you fight me, I will push back hard.

We'll have that punk on his knees begging for the five months.

I don't think so. Yeah, come on, Kim.

We can do this. Lead-pipe cinch.

He's the client. It's his decision.

What good is it gonna do to put that dweeb away in Los Lunas, huh?

You think he's a jackass now?

Wait till he gets back from that clown college.

Jimmy, it... No. Yeah, but what about his wife and kid?

That's them, right? What about them?

If this isn't using our powers for good, I don't know what is.

We're not doing that. But, Kim, we can do it.

It'll work. I am not scamming my client.

But it worked for Mesa Verde...

Jimmy, back off.

Well, y...

Okay.

Um...

Yeah, I'll see you at home.

So, who was that?

Is everything all right?

He's from the district attorney's office.

They're taking the deal off the table.

Uh, so what?

I mean, we weren't gonna take it anyway, so...

Miss Wexler, why are they taking it off the table?

I... don't know for sure.

It's possible they have new evidence.

Like... Like... Like.. Like what?

Like cameras or... Or witnesses or...

I really couldn't say.

We'll find out soon enough.

Bobby, I'm sorry.

It looks like they want to make an example out of you.

Uh...

All right, well, we better go tell the judge that we're taking this to trial.

Yeah, yeah, you know what? Um...

Are you sure we still can't get the five months?

The D.A. took that off the table.

You mean if you... Even if you asked real nice?

I could try.

Are you sure that's what you want?

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

I thought about it, just like you said, and...

I could do the five months.

Miss Wexler, please?

Wait here.

I can't promise anything, but...

I'll look into it.

Sure, sure. You do that.

We'll... We'll be right here.