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  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: While maybe not known as "Hoboken Squat Cobbler," pie-sitting is a real thing.
  • Blatant Lies: In regards to the hiding place where Daniel stashed his cash, Jimmy "explains" to the detectives that Daniel used it to hide special videos that he wants to keep private, of himself rubbing his ass on a pie while crying.
  • Butt-Monkey: Oh, poor Daniel. His Hummer's now in Nacho's hands and on its way to the chop shop, and in order to get himself off the hook with the cops, he has to fabricate a video of himself rubbing his ass on a pie while crying.
  • Call-Forward:
    Saul: There's just one little hair in the soup... the price.
    • Another phrase that will appear in Breaking Bad is Jimmy says "I'm gonna get down to brass tacks here," to the detectives, which he also says on his first meeting with Badger.
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    • Kim gives Jimmy a new "World's Second Best Lawyer" thermos, which looks remarkably like his "World's Greatest Lawyer" mug in Breaking Bad.
    • While in the first HHM meeting, Jimmy is shown discreetly fingering Kim underneath the table, just like Walt does to Skyler under similar circumstances in "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal".
  • Cool Car: Jimmy ditches his old Suzuki Esteem and trades it in for a company Mercedes sedan.
  • The Cast Showoff: Ed Begley Jr. and Michael McKean were both Spinal Tap alum and both play musical pieces in their scenes: Chuck plays the piano in the opening and is temporarily interrupted by Howard dropping by, while Clifford plays guitar as a stress reliever.
  • Cup Holders: Jimmy's new Mercedes has them. Problem is, the thermos he just received from Kim doesn't fit in them.
  • Dramatic Irony: "Yeah, like I would make ["squat cobbler"] up..."
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  • The Dreaded: When strong-arming Nacho into returning Daniel's baseball cards, Mike reminds him that it's either that or crossing his fingers and hoping Tuco doesn't find out.
  • Embarrassing Ringtone: Daniel's cell phone has a chiptune version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for its ringtone.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Mike considers the situation with Daniel to be extremely serious and if Nacho does not fix it, Mike is prepared to call Tuco as a final resort.
  • Humiliation Conga: As a result of not listening to Mike, Daniel has his house broken into. He's robbed of all the money he's made, his drug supply, and his prized baseball card collection. All he has left is his new Hummer, which he loves, and he has to trade that to Nacho in order to get his baseball cards back. To add insult to injury, Nacho mentions his plans to break up the Hummer for parts, because "it looks like a school bus for six-year-old pimps". Then, to avoid trouble with the cops, he has to make a fetish video of himself sitting in pie while crying.
  • Mid-Life Crisis Car: Mike describes Daniel's Hummer as one when he confronts Nacho at his father's upholstery store.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Inverted: if you thought in the previous episode that Daniel made up the baseball card theft to cover for his drugs being stolen, you'd be wrong.
  • Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: Mike explains to Daniel why he shouldn't go in for police questioning.
    Daniel Wormald: Well, if you must know, I was robbed. Somebody broke into my house and stole my property.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: Your drugs.
    Daniel Wormald: Yeah, but obviously I didn't tell the cops that. I'm not stupid.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: You've already spoken to them?
    Daniel Wormald: A couple of them came by my house. But it's not the drugs that I care about. I mean, I care. It's my baseball cards I need back.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: Your baseball cards?
    Daniel Wormald:Yes. I have a very valuable collection of baseball cards, and someone stole them.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: I guess I shouldn't be surprised I have to tell you this. But it's probably a bad idea that you willingly talk to the police, being a criminal and all.
    Daniel Wormald: I'm not here as a criminal. I'm here as a crime victim. Just because I occasionally sell some pharmaceuticals, I no longer have a right to protection from crime? And I was very careful when I talked to them. I... they have no idea about my other business.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: If you already made your report, why are you here?
    Daniel Wormald: They called me. They have a few more questions. They are very dedicated to finding this thief.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: Since you're new to this, let me explain it to you. They've invited you on a fishing trip.
    Daniel Wormald: What's that? A fishing trip?
    Mike Ehrmantraut: Those cops have no interest in helping you get your cards back. You're obviously under suspicion.
    Daniel Wormald: There was nothing there for them to see.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: I refer you to our previous conversation and this BLINKING NEON SIGN of a vehicle that says "drug dealer." They suspect you. They will get you in there, pretend to be your friend, lull you into a false sense of security, and then they will sweat you. And you will break.
    Daniel Wormald: I don't... I... [chuckles] I disagree.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: Not open for debate. You go home now.
    Daniel Wormald: But I have an appointment.
    Mike Ehrmantraut: Break it. And if they call you, do not answer the phone.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Daniel shows up for police questioning, Mike can't resist the urge to chew him out for all the stupid mistakes he did, like buying the Hummer or even calling the cops in the first place.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The "squat cobbler" story. See, if you're going to tell a lie, you tell a big one, one so weird that while the cops don't believe it, they are too shocked by the news to keep going with the drugs accusation, then Jimmy made a video with Daniel.
  • Shout-Out: Mike first notices Daniel's arrival when his coffee cup starts trembling.
  • Stupid Crooks:
    • Daniel still does not understand how stupid his actions were and how close he came to being arrested or killed.
    • Jimmy is proud of himself getting the two detectives to believe his ridiculous story about the Squat Cobbler, and he seems not to understand how reckless he actually was. His actions could get him disbarred and sent to jail. He then brags to Kim about what he did, seemingly ignoring the fact that lawyers are ethically, morally, and legally obligated to report what he did. By keeping quiet she becomes complicit in his actions. We're starting to see Jimmy transform into Saul, but at this point, he does not yet fully have a grasp of how the Amoral Attorney thing is supposed to work.
  • Suspicious Spending: Even after Mike, Nacho and Jimmy work their asses off to avoid getting Daniel in hot water, he's still indignant when Nacho voices his intention to sell and destroy the Hummer for parts, since he's smart enough not to drive around in a school bus for six-year old pimps.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kim rips into Jimmy for fabricating the Squat Cobbler videotapes to back up the lies he told the police. What he did was highly unethical and could end his career as a lawyer. In addition, by telling her what he did, he made her ethically complicit in his actions. If the truth comes out, she could be disbarred as well.
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