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Better Call Saul And Breaking Bad Worlds Collide In This Epic Scene From The Penultimate Episode

Contains spoilers for "Better Call Saul" Season 6, Episode 12 ("Waterworks")

Albuquerque, New Mexico certainly has a lot going on for a desert climate. The events of "Breaking Bad" turn the arid corner of the United States into a major distribution hub for the drug operation of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Although White is definitely the brains (and muscle) of the operation, Jesse kind of acts as a plucky sidekick and comedic relief to the extent a television show about a seedy underworld can allow.

"Better Call Saul" is both a prequel and sequel of sorts to "Breaking Bad," and it follows the life of Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman) (Bob Odenkirk) as he establishes himself as a criminal lawyer in ABQ. Whether he's operating under the name of McGill, Goodman, or Takovic, the slimy character has a moral compass that just points toward himself, and he consistently does whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of his detractors and law enforcement agents. 

Of course, because "Better Call Saul" exists in the same timeline as "Breaking Bad," we also see a few glimpses of beloved characters from the start of the franchise. In the penultimate episode of the series, one moment puts two of the most unlikely-to-meet characters together to discuss the man of the hour: Saul Goodman, himself.

A moment shared between Kim and Jesse intersects both shows

The scene in question features both Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and Jesse Pinkman as they stand outside of Saul Goodman's office and smoke a cigarette. Jesse starts the conversation by commenting on the weather, and how pouring rain doesn't make sense in the climate of Albuquerque. The conversation then shifts gears as Jesse recognizes Kim as the former lawyer of one of his friends. He clumsily relays how she previously managed to defend him from the charge of stealing a Nativity scene. Jesse then asks if Kim knows Saul and if he is any good. Kim coldly replies that he used to be when she knew him.

In an interview with Variety, series co-creator Vince Gilligan was asked about this surprising scene in "Better Call Saul," and he replied, "I am so proud of our crew and cast for keeping that secret for as long as they did. We shot that sometime in like February or March of 2021, months and months before the rest of the episode. I don't know how necessary it is as a scene in terms of plot. I don't know that it really moves the plot forward any. But it just was too delightful to miss."

He continued, "I don't recall whose idea it was initially, but it made everybody smile. The idea of seeing these two worlds collide, seeing these two characters together. It was just a wonderful thing. And we realized, we've got to do this. 'We don't have to do this, but, we have to do this.' That's what it felt like." Of course, this interaction, as Gilligan clarifies, doesn't do much for the overall plot, but it is still an absolute delight to see these two different characters have a one-off meeting.