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As the prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul inevitably has Call Forwards to the original show.

Season 1

  • During the desert scene in "Mijo," when Jimmy and two skateboarders are kidnapped by Tuco and taken out to the desert, Tuco warns No-Doze about overstepping his bounds. He will beat him to death for exactly that reason in Breaking Bad's first season finale several years later.
  • In "Nacho":
    • There's a scene where Jimmy is desperately trying to get through to the Kettlemans by calling from a payphone. It is similar to a scene in "Box Cutter" where Jimmy returns a call to Skyler, trying to reassure her that Walt is fine when even he doesn’t know where he is.
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    • A later scene sees Jimmy argue over a plea bargain with Oakley. Oakley refuses due to the severity of the defendant's charges, but then realizes that he confused one case with another. Jimmy criticizes him for being nonchalant about getting details wrong. This contrasts with how he acts as Saul Goodman in his debut Breaking Bad episode, where he confuses Badger's situation with another client's indecent exposure, barely acknowledges his mistake when called out on it, and is rather care-free about the whole thing.
  • In "Hero":
    • Jimmy is looking over shirts to wear and sees an orange dress shirt, mirroring the various colorful dress shirts he will later wear as Saul Goodman. He later buys a bunch of them in "Inflatable" as part of his gambit to get himself fired from Davis & Main.
    • There's a nod to Jimmy's future persona during the Cold Open flashback, with Jimmy using "Saul" as a pseudonym during a grift and complimenting it with the pun, "Saul good, man!".
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    • Like in Saul's debut episode, Jimmy is offered a large bribe to protect a criminal's interests. Except here, he decides to accept the money, showing that he hasn't realized the dangers of accepting cash from strangers.
  • We learn in "Five-O" about the "dramatic circumstances" that led to Mike quitting the Philadelphia police, which Hank brings up during the DEA's interrogation of him. Specifically, he killed the sergeant and partner of his son in revenge for them killing Matty, then fled the scene and quit shortly after it all happened.
  • At the end of the "RICO" episode, when Schweikart asks Jimmy what amount he has in mind for a cash settlement, Chuck speaks up and says, "$20 million ... or we'll see you in court." In the "Thirty-Eight Snub" episode of Breaking Bad when Skyler tries to buy the car wash from Bogdan, $20 million is the exact same amount Bogdan spitefully quotes her.
  • In "Pimento":
    • Mike shows up to the initial meeting with Daniel Wormald with nothing more than a Pimento cheese sandwich. In "Cornered," this is the very type of sandwich that he offers to Jesse to pass the time while staking out a junkie's house.
    • In "Better Call Saul" (the Breaking Bad episode), while Saul is freaking out during Walt and Jesse's plan to scare him into representing Badger (without getting him to reveal anything about Heisenberg or their operation), he says "No, it wasn't me! It was Ignacio! He's the one!" As we learn in "Pimento", that is Nacho's real name (in Spanish, "Nacho" is a common diminutive for "Ignacio"). It compliments subtext created by "Mijo" and "Hero" that implies how Jimmy wasn't just afraid for his life, but also the idea that Tuco's organization had decided to kill him thanks to an incident involving Nacho.
  • In "Marco":
    • Jimmy wakes up from a one-night stand and the woman he was sleeping with says, "Hey! You are not Kevin Costner." This calls-ahead an offhanded line Jimmy says to Walt in "Abiquiu" where he explains that he convinced a woman once that he was Kevin Costner, "and it worked because I believed it."
    • As Jimmy is calling bingo numbers, he draws a "B." He begins listing several words that begin with a B, including "Belize", referencing how his euphemism for what he suggested Walt do to Hank was to "send him to Belize."

Season 2

  • In "Switch":
    • One of the police officers at Daniel Wormald's house is the same one that responds to Skyler's domestic violence call in "IFT".
    • Ken Wins reappears and gets conned by Kim and Jimmy, years before his car meets its end at Walt's hands. Kim and Jimmy also trick Ken Wins into paying for an entire bottle of Zafiro Añejo, the same brand of tequila that Gus will poison Don Eladio with.
    • Some of the various occasions where the cinematography is deliberately echoing scenes from Breaking Bad includes an overhead shot of Jimmy in the pool, filmed to resemble the aftermath of Gus's poisoning of Don Eladio's crew in "Salud", and a teaser shot of Gene hauling trash bags to the dumpster, made similar to the shot of Gus taking out the trash from "Shotgun".
  • In "Amarillo":
    • Mike gets Kaylee the toy pig that he'll use in "Madrigal" to distract Chris Mara while he breaks into Duane Chow's house.
    • Jimmy at one point is shown in an all-white suit and ten-gallon hat, resembling the getup that Hank is shown wearing in his wedding photos.
    • Kim's favorite movie is shown to be Ice Station Zebra, which provides an explanation for why Jimmy chose that name for his shell company when he became Saul.
  • In "Gloves Off":
    • Mike goes to buy a gun from Lawson, the arms dealer that Walt bought the M60 and a .38 snubnose revolver from.
    • Krazy-8 is seen working for Tuco. His van and shirt is branded Tampico Furniture, the same company he mentioned to Walt in "...and the Bag's in the River".
    • Nacho mentions how Tuco killed a guy named Dog Paulsen back in the late 1990s when involved with the Southern California biker gangs, reflecting how Breaking Bad was originally planned to be set in Riverside, California before the setting was changed to Albuquerque, and also referencing an offhand remark when Hank is debriefing his men in "Grilled" on the search for Tuco.
  • In "Rebecca":
    • During the dinner flashback, one of the places Jimmy says he's considering finding an apartment at is the Beachcomber, where Walt temporarily stays after Skyler evicts him.
    • The entire dinner scene itself seems very similar to the scene in "Buyout" where Jesse has dinner with Walt and Skyler.
    • During the scene where Mike gets an unexpected visit from Hector at Loyola's. Fran, the waitress serving him, is the same one who serves him and Lydia in Madrigal.
    • While Hector hasn't yet had his stroke, his entrance is foreshadowed by the diner bell using the sound effect used for Hector's bell.
    • Mesa Verde Bank has a similar name to the Mesa Credit Union, where Walt withdrew his life savings to pay for the RV in Breaking Bad.
    • Upon seeing Mike's injuries (from the fight with Tuco), Jimmy makes a Rocky joke and hums the theme song. He does something similar in response to seeing Jesse's injuries (from being beaten up by Hank) in "One Minute".
    • Chuck uses the phrase "dribs and drabs" to describe Jimmy's embezzlement. In "Mandala," Skyler uses the same phrase to describe the accounting discrepancies in Ted's books.
  • In "Bali H'ai":
    • The check Kim chooses not to cash is from Craddock Marine Bank, which in Breaking Bad is the bank where the crooked lawyer deposits the hazard funds for Gus Fring's employees. The guy also made it out to "Ice Station Zebra Associates," the name of the shell company Jimmy uses to dodge income taxes.
    • Hector's praising Mike for having "big balls" echoes the first interaction between Walt and Tuco, where Walt manages to make a bold request of $50,000 from Tuco and Tuco replies, "You got balls, Heisenberg. I'll give you that." The circumstances of their first Salamanca encounters are also pretty similar: Walt was pissed after seeing Jesse beaten to a pulp, while Mike was pissed with Hector threatening his family.
  • "Nailed": Mike's one-man attack on an ice cream truck carrying drug cash for Hector Salamanca seems very reminiscent of the cartel's attacks on Gus's refrigerator trucks in season 4 of Breaking Bad. Mike even thwarted one of the cartel's attempts.

Season 3

  • In "Mabel":
    • All the business with the trackers calls forward to the similar events when Hank tried to use a tracker to dig into Gus's operations.
    • Jimmy's behind-closed-doors rant at the Air Force Captain is reminiscent of the similar way Saul Goodman drops character in his private office, going from flashy Ambulance Chaser to conniving consigliere.
    • Mike leaving his temp car behind at the junkyard calls forward to Walt and Jesse eventually giving up their mobile meth lab (the RV).
  • In "Witness":
    • Kim asks Jimmy for a dollar. When he gives her one (or a $20, as the case was), she tells him she's now his lawyer and he can give her all the details of the Mesa Verde fraud, protected by confidentiality rules. Jimmy will later use the exact same approach with Walt and Jesse when they're threatening him in the desert.
    • Gus first meets Jimmy in his capacity as the manager of Los Pollos Hermanos, with Jimmy oblivious to Gus's true nature. Gus will meet Walt under similar circumstances.
  • In "Sabrosito":
  • In "Chicanery":
    • Jimmy asks if Chuck would have been more forthcoming about his disease to Rebecca if it had been something more "normal" like lung cancer.
    • Huell slipping the cell phone battery into Chuck's jacket recalls when he took the ricin cigarette out of Jesse's pants.
  • In "Off Brand":
    • Gus is seen touring an industrial laundromat for sale and considers buying it. It's the same laundromat that eventually houses the superlab that Walter will work at.
    • Jimmy using his "Saul Goodman" alias in a commercial for the first time.
  • In "Expenses":
    • Jimmy's alleged car fails to start, eliciting suggestions that the problem is the engine being flooded or the battery being drained. These maladies afflicted Walt and Jesse's RV.
  • In "Slip":
    • Jimmy helping a drug dealer get out of community service to go make a deal by using the threat of a lawsuit is essentially the kind of law Saul Goodman will practice: promoting shady lawsuits and lawyering for drug criminals.
    • The shot of Jimmy on his back counting his money after this, the first time he's pulled a con-artist trick as a lawyer, echoes the end of "Crawl Space" when Walt goes Laughing Mad, arguably the moment Walter White dies and Heisenberg is born.
  • In "Fall":
    • Jimmy showing up at Sandpiper with a plate of cookies for Irene is reminiscent of Saul showing up at Jesse's house with a cactus.
    • The buildup of Kim driving is similar to the scene in ABQ of Don Margolis at his job as an air-traffic controller. Both feature one character talking, second guessing themselves, and making a mistake indicating their mind isn't as much as it needs to be on the job, followed by the scene continuing with building tension and fading audio, and a cut to an awful but inevitable crash.

Season 4

  • In "Smoke":
    • When Jimmy is looking through the classifieds for job listings, some of the listings include ones for Beneke Fabricators and for the future laser tag.
    • The way Jimmy starts behaving after hearing how Howard blames himself for Chuck's suicide, whistling and acting as if nothing happened, mirrors Walt's behavior after the death of Drew Sharp, where he continued working while whistling to himself despite claiming to be torn up about it.
  • "Breathe":
    • Gus kills Arturo in the same way that Hector killed Max, and he does it for the same reasons he will later kill Victor; intimidation and domination.
    • Mike is at the park with Kaylee while she swings on the swings. This will later be Mike's last moment with her due to the DEA coming for him and he's forced to abandon her.
  • "Coushatta":
    • Jimmy's fake church website as part of Kim's scheme to get Huell off with probation, along with its donation tab, will be much like the site he'll set up to launder Walt's money.
    • This is the audience's first exposure to Don Lalo, and if Krazy 8 and the cook's apprehension is any indicator, there may have been merit in Saul's assumption that Walter and Jesse were sent by him to kill him.

Season 5

  • "JMM":
    • We learn that Jimmy's marriage to Kim is his third, just as he told Walt that he had two marriages before in Breaking Bad.
    • Lalo offers Jimmy the chance to become "a friend of the cartel" if he can get him out of jail without a trial or deal. Jimmy will eventually use this to try to avoid (what he thinks is) the Cartel's wrath by the time of Breaking Bad. He even initially makes the offer in Spanish.
    • We meet Peter Schuler, this time learning more about him and his relationship with Gus. Before the summit, he's seen dipping and eating a spice curl with much enthusiasm compared to how he'll be somberly testing Franch in Breaking Bad.
    • Lydia shows off more of her paranoia, this time suggesting Lalo get shanked in prison to avoid further trouble. Walter will follow this advice himself when dealing with Mike's "legacy."
  • "Bagman":
    • Jimmy desperately stammers in Spanish that he's a friend of the cartel when he's robbed of the Cousins' money, just like he'll do when he thinks Walt and Jesse are going to kill him for Lalo.
  • "Something Unforgivable":
    • We finally learn just what Saul was so afraid Lalo would kill him for, as his whole family is killed in an attempt to take him out facilitated by Nacho, hence why he tried to pin the blame there.
    • Kim argues that doing a bad thing is justified because it will get her a bunch of money she can put to a good cause, just like Walt.