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Bob Odenkirk Admits The One Thing About Breaking Bad That Makes No Sense

The evolution of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, is a tragic tale to behold, as we have learned over the five-season runs of both "Breaking Bad" and its prequel, "Better Call Saul." The latter show is expected to air a sixth and final season in 2022, finally bringing the story to what co-star Rhea Seehorn calls a "devastating" conclusion.

Over the years, Jimmy has done some downright awful things. He has committed fraud, driven his older brother to desperation and then death, and even ruined a sweet old lady's life for a quick payout. Next season promises to be the darkest yet, as he and Kim Wexler (Seehorn) could potentially be joining forces to destroy their former colleague, Howard (Patrick Fabian), and the threat of Lalo (Tony Dalton) and the cartel grows.

But even for someone with as low of moral standards as Jimmy, there's one thing actor Bob Odenkirk thinks was out of character for the "criminal" attorney, and it happened during the original run of "Breaking Bad."

Saul Goodman may be a criminal, says Odenkirk, but he's no creep

Saul Goodman is introduced to audiences in Season 2, Episode 8 of "Breaking Bad," with the episode appropriately titled "Better Call Saul." Desperate to get Badger (Matt Jones) out of police custody, where he's been offered a sweetheart deal in exchange for snitching on Walt (Bryan Cranston), Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Walt kidnap Saul and force him to play dirty.

Right before he's kidnapped, we see Saul closing up his office for the night. As his secretary, Francesca (Tina Parker) leaves to her car, Saul makes some uncomfortable comments, asking her, "How about I follow you home?" She rebuffs him, and after she's out of earshot, Saul mutters, "God, you are killing me with that booty." It's a textbook case of sexual harassment. But while there's no doubt the man formerly known as Slippin' Jimmy is a scumbag, he's never seemed like a misogynist.

In an Instagram Live interview with Variety from 2020, when discussing how the show feeds into the "Breaking Bad" story, Bob Odenkirk said, "The one thing that doesn't fit yet 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."

The moment certainly seems out of step with the character. Jimmy has always been nothing but respectful of sexual boundaries when it comes to the women in his life. If he weren't, it would be a lot easier to root for his downfall. Furthermore, Francesca is even his secretary in the "Better Call Saul" timeline, where their relationship is strictly professional. Perhaps the "Breaking Bad" writers hadn't fully fleshed out the personality of Goodman when they first introduced him. That, or the Jimmy of "Better Call Saul" is about to rapidly change for the worse in the sixth and final season of the show.