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  • Actor Allusion: A cross-series case: "Quite a Ride" opens with a scene set during Breaking Bad where Saul calls his "Cleaner," who while he doesn't appear in this show was played by Robert Forster in the parent series. The episode later features the same cover of "Street Life" that was used in Forster's film Jackie Brown.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Jimmy is from the Chicago suburb of Cicero, Illinois. Bob Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, which is right next door, and raised in Naperville which is a bit further west, but still a Metra ride away from Chicago. For most purposes, Jimmy and Odenkirk share the exact same background, at least geographically. He actually stepped in to correct a reference to the specific neighborhood Jimmy would run his cons at in the first episode.
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  • Big Name Fan: Toward the end of Season 4 Guillermo del Toro heaped praise on the show, calling it an Even Better Sequel thanks to its more intimate scope that makes Jimmy's moral downfall much more poignant than Walt's.
  • California Doubling: Averted for the most part. Like Breaking Bad, the show is set and filmed in Albuquerque. However, Albuquerque doubles for other cities.
    • The black-and-white opening for "Uno": Saul's Omaha house is actually at the corner of Cutler Avenue and Vasar Drive in east Albuquerque, and the Cinnabon is one at Albuquerque's Cottonwood Mall.
    • The Philadelphia bar where Mike meets the corrupt cops who killed his son is actually the Two Fools Tavern on Central Avenue.
    • Scenes in Cicero, Illinois with Marco are also filmed around the Albuquerque area.
  • Colbert Bump: Several songs have seen their popularity go up due to being used on the show, like "Mi CuCu", "Waltz Across Texas," "Find Out What's Happening," "Address Unknown", and more.
  • Dawson Casting: Heavily used in the 2002 timeline and even more so in the flashbacks to before this.
    • Jimmy is in his late thirties/early forties at the start of the series. Bob Odenkirk was 52 when filming the first season. Flashbacks stretch as far back as to Jimmy in his late twenties, with Odenkirk wearing a wig for such scenes.
    • Chuck is in his late fifties (as the dialogue when he's admitted to the hospital in "Klick" makes clear), but Michael McKean was 66 when the first season was shot. It's suggested that Chuck's increased age is the result of the stress of the job. It also works to show why Jimmy had so much respect for Chuck: he worked hard until his hair turned grey, and didn't fall for the same pitfalls that affected their father.
    • The main cast all play their characters years younger in flashbacks.
    • Mike is in his late fifties. Jonathan Banks was 68 when the first season was filmed.
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    • Gus Fring is supposed to be in his late 40s/early 50s. Giancarlo Esposito was 57 at the time of season 3's filming.
    • Tuco looks significantly older than he did in Breaking Bad, despite it being 6 years earlier.
    • Downplayed with Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca; while Margolis was 76 during Season 2, despite Hector being in his mid-60s, he actually does look younger than he did in Breaking Bad, where Hector was made up to look much older and more decrepit than Margolis did in real-life.
  • Fake American:
    • Irish Kerry Condon as Stacey Ehrmantraut
    • Canadian Cara Pifko as Paige Novick
    • Scottish Brit Laura Fraser as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle
    • Michael Mando, a French Canadian of Mexican descent, plays Nacho Varga, an American of Mexican descent.
  • Fake Nationality: Some actors who play Cartel members on the show don't have Mexican ancestry:
    • Luis and Daniel Moncada (Honduran immigrants to the US) as Leonel and Marco Salamanca.
    • An American of Ashkenazi Jewish extraction, Mark Margolis plays Hector Salamanca
    • Cuban-American Steven Bauer as Eladio Vuerte
  • Fan Nickname: Omar and Ernesto are called "Bromar" and "Ernestbro" for their good-natured loyalty to Jimmy.
  • I Knew It!: Several fans managed to predict that, in the season 3 finale, Chuck would knock down his lantern and burn down his house.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Only one episode title in the first season does not end with an "o": "Alpine Shepherd Boy." It was originally going to be called "Jell-O," but Kraft Food has a copyright over the name.
  • Star-Making Role: Obviously not for Bob Odenkirk or Jonathan Banks, who already have Breaking Bad cred to their name. But it's this for Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, and Michael Mando. Seehorn was best known for her role on the short-lived and forgotten sitcom Whitney, and Mando for a voice acting part in Far Cry 3 that didn't exactly increase his profile and on Orphan Black, a show in which all the hype is going to Tatiana Maslany and none to the rest of its cast. Fabian had bit parts and minor roles in Xena: Warrior Princess, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Veronica Mars, and Desperate Housewives.
  • The Other Darrin: Kaylee Ehrmantraut and her mother were recast from Breaking Bad. Kaylee is a necessary use of Time-Shifted Actor due the character's age.
  • Throw It In!:
    • According to the insider podcast, in "Uno", the windshield of Abuelita's car wasn't supposed to shatter when Cal hit it. Vince Gilligan didn't want the stuntman to suffer having to do it again, so he kept the take.
    • Jimmy knocking over the lamp at the end of "Mijo" was unscripted.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An early version of the script for the first episode would have had Jimmy end up at Hamlin's house after the Flopsy scheme goes awry. But then the writers thought, "Who is the worst person that Jimmy can encounter who's hard to reason with?" and that's why they chose to have the victim be Tuco's grandma.
    • The Michigan Avenue reference in Jimmy's motivational speech where he's recruiting the skateboarders originally was going to be a reference to Lower Wacker Drive. But in the insider podcast, Bob Odenkirk, himself a Chicago native, notes that he told the writers to change the script, saying "I loved seeing Lower Wacker, but… no one would notice you down there besides a couple loading dock workers, and they’d kick you in the face."
    • The flashback in "Inflatable" of Jimmy working in his father's store was actually shot for season 1. However, it got shelved for time. However, placing it where it is in season 2 made it more effective, to show how much truth there was to Chuck's heart-to-heart with Kim.
    • Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould revealed in interviews that they considered having Marie Schrader be the X-ray technician who ran the scan on Chuck, but decided against it because it would be too distracting.
    • Bryan Cranston turned down an offer to direct an episode, since he was having so much fun getting to just be a regular unspoiled fan of this world like the rest of us.
    • Hamlin was actually supposed to be a primary antagonist early on, not just a decoy for Chuck.
    • "Fall" was going to end with a cliffhanger of whether Kim survived her car crash, a major concern with the fans from the beginning due to her complete absence from Breaking Bad. The crew ended up deciding this would be too cruel even for them.


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