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...
Tickets for the experience, called As If!, go on sale Friday.
As if it would be named anything else — a Clueless pop-up restaurant called As If! is headed to West Hollywood.
The 1995 film is the latest nostalgic IP to get its own pop-up café. Paramount Pictures has partnered with the creators of television eateries Saved by the Max Saved by the Bell, Good Burger All That, The Peach Pit Beverly Hills, 90210 and The Breaking Bad Experience to celebrate Clueless' 25th anniversary.
As If! will be open March 31 through May 8 excluding Mondays at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. near Formosa Cafe. Tickets go on sale Friday for $35 each, and include a main and side dish and 90-minute entry window. "Cher-able" snacks by Secret Lasagna founder and chef Royce Burke will be on hand, plus Los Angeles-inspired cocktails, desserts and other dishes will be available for purchase. Guests can shop Clueless merchandise and roll with the homies in picture-perfect set re-creations hopefully with plenty of plaid.
“We are like 'totally butt crazy in love' with the chance to bring the world of Clueless to life,” said Derek Berry, one of the concept's partners, in a statement. “It's truly one of those films that has stood the test of time and cult fandom. With the anniversary quickly approaching there was no better team than ours to honor this beloved teen classic and bring Cher's world to life. To miss out would have just been way harsh.”
The restaurant comes after CBS Television Studios announced in October its plans to reboot Clueless with a mystery TV show, following the release of Clueless, The Musical in New York.
Last month, Paramount revealed it's hosting a Mean Girls pop-up, called Fetch, as the Mean Girls Broadway musical is getting adapted into a film. Fetch will take place in Santa Monica from April 18 to May 31; tickets are $45 and include a three-course meal. Other recent fan experiences in L.A. have feted Stranger Things, Friends, Schitt's Creek, Fleabag and more.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Though “The Plot Against America” took its time to get going, it’s full steam ahead for David Simon’s Philip Roth adaptation by Episode 4 — but to what end? With just two episodes to go, the drama has certainly flared up: The Levin familial bonds are being pushed to the brink as Sandy falls increasingly under Lindbergh’s spell, with the help of Aunt Evelyn and her new boyfriend Rabbi Bengelsdorf. The lines have been drawn, and it’s not looking good for either side. While this was by far the most exciting episode so far, it still feels as though Simon is obligingly following Roth’s outline rather than forging his own path.
In both the novel and the series “The Plot Against America,” there’s an unmentioned but implicit rhetorical question reaching out from beyond the page and screen. To borrow from the musical “Cabaret,” one of the only pieces of pop culture to artfully grapple with this unthinkable dilemma: What would you do? If a fascist were elected president of your country, if your sister started dating one of his shills, if your son was secretly sketching his visage by flashlight — how would you behave? Would you flee to Canada, organize the resistance, or stick your head in the sand and hope for the best?
The fourth episode hones in on these questions with laser-like precision, enjoying the fruits of the preceding three episodes that felt, both in retrospect and in real time, mostly like set-up. Having returned from his “Just Folks” adventure in Kentucky, a Hitler Youth-esque recruiting tool of Rabbi Bengelsdorf’s John Turturro design, Sandy has quite literally become the poster child for assimilationist Jews. Evelyn Winona Ryder proudly features him in a brochure for the program, against Bess’ Zoe Kazan wishes.
Sandy’s transformation has been building since the pilot episode, which ended with him surreptitiously sketching Charles Lindbergh from of a newspaper clipping. Having planted the seeds deliberately, the show earns its most uncomfortable moment so far when Sandy spits at his parents, calling them “ghetto Jews — narrow-minded ghetto Jews.” His transformation is complete. When Bess slaps him across the face, it’s hard not to let out a silent cheer. Your Jewish firstborn becoming a Nazi sympathizer may be the rare instance when a kid deserves a good wallop.
Less effective is a Shabbas dinner argument between Herman Morgan Spector and Bengelsdorf, where Herman puts aside any last shred of civility to tell the Rabbi what he really thinks of his man Lindbergh. Maybe it’s the fact that only the men are talking while the women make sidelong glances of...