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One of the most remarkable things about Better Call Saul over five seasons now is how Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, and the writers have managed to take throwaway lines from Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and build entire story arcs and characters around it on Better Call Saul. For instance, in season two, when Walt and Jesse kidnapped Saul and dragged him out into the desert, Saul assumed he was being abducted by someone named Lalo, and Saul tried to blame his predicament it on Ignacio. Better Call Saul turned Ignacio into Nacho and made him a series regular, while Lalo entered in season four and became the main villain in season 5. So much of Better Call Saul has been built around that one line. It's remarkable.
Likewise, Hank and Gomez spoke about someone “croaking” their snitch in the opening season of Breaking Bad, and three episodes ago, that snitch was revealed to be Krazy 8. Or remember in season three of Breaking Bad how Saul told Walt a throwaway story about convincing a woman he was Kevin Costner and sleeping with her? That became an episode in Better Call Saul.
By the end of six seasons, Better Call Saul will probably be able to provide an explanation for every single thing that Saul Goodman does in Breaking Bad, except for maybe one scene.AMC AMC
What was that?!
I am sure at the time — long before anyone though to spin the character off into a prequel — that the statement seemed consistent with the character, but that is not something that Jimmy McGill who is practically sexless would ever say.
Why would a guy who barely shows intimacy with the woman he loves so lewdly harass his assistant, an assistant for whom he has a lot of affection, as we have seen in Better Call Saul. Was Saul having an affair with Francesca Liddy? Does this one statement completely throw doubt into the theory that Kim and Saul are actually married in Breaking Bad, but we just never see her? Because not only is it hard to imagine Saul ever saying that to Francisco, it's twice as hard to imagine it if Saul and Kim are married, following Kim's pseudo-proposal in this week's episode.
It doesn't square, and we're not the only ones who think that. Bob Odenkirk, who plays the character, can't quite square it, either. “The one thing that doesn't fit yet,” Bob Odenkirk told Variety this week, “is when his assistant is walking away in the first scene, and he makes some wisecrack about wanting to grab her ass. Why would he do that? I don't understand.”
Peter Gould and company don't have much longer to explain it, but I assume that they will eventually. They spend at least six months in the writers' room before they start shooting, and they may need to spend a few weeks on that moment alone. Maybe it's part of an inside joke? Or maybe Saul really did sleep with her after a...
As if you needed one more reason to love Lulu Wang, the Independent Spirit Award-winning filmmaker behind last year’s hit tragi-comedy “The Farewell” can now add one more title to her growing list of accolades: Grassroots organizer. After hearing about the dangerous shortage of personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks, the Los Angeles-based director took to Twitter to crowd-source any extra supplies non-essential personnel may have laying around.
Over the weekend, Wang tweeted: “If you live in LA and have any unopened boxes of these masks please DM me. I will make you a cocktail in person when this is all over...!” The response from her 67,000 followers was far greater than she had expected. Much to her surprise, Wang and her friends have been able to collect over 1,000 masks and gloves so far, with three more donation drop-offs scheduled.
Speaking to Slate, Wang said she heard about the PPE shortage from a friend’s sister, an ER doctor who worked at a hospital that was telling doctors to find their own protective gear. They were given only a small stipend, and the limited supply of masks on sale are being marked up enormously.
“These doctors were not able to get enough masks, and a lot of them [were] using masks that were not a surgical grade, not using N95 masks, and sometimes having to just reuse the same mask over and over again. I think they were scared,” Wang told Slate. “All I really did was to help amplify that message by putting it on my social media and was really pleased by how many people came through.”
Wang was shocked at the response, but clearly tapped into communities that may not have realized just how much critical gear they had lying around. “People out there, whether they're people that work in construction or special effects, probably have them in storage without realizing it. As of this weekend, we got like a thousand masks and a thousand pairs of gloves.”
Even more disheartening is that a lot of ER doctors and nurses are independent contractors, meaning they don’t even get paid sick leave. According to Wang, the donations made these people putting themselves at risk feel cared about.
“I think that it was just this feeling of being on the front lines and putting their lives in danger, but nobody actually cares about them staying safe,” said Wang. “And then on top of that, not having masks or any kind of supplies to stay safe and to keep their patients safe just makes it that much more stressful. The thing that I heard the most was that psychologically, emotionally, it was meaningful that so many people do care about them. It made them feel like they weren't alone, and that people care about their safety.”
As for that personal cocktail she promised on Twitter, Wang...