“S’all good, man.” It has been almost a year and a half since Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) uttered those three fateful words to Kim (Rhea Seehorn) at the Season 4 finale of Better Call Saul, signaling his transformation to’offender’ lawyer Saul Goodman. Since the prequel series creeps nearer to the Breaking Bad timeline, and it’s very own impending conclusion, an increasing number of familiar characters are showing up. Sunday night’s Season 5 premiere watched the return of Ed (the late Robert Forster), a vacuum cleaner salesman with a lucrative side-hustle relocating wanted offenders.
Like every season, the premiere of tonight started out with an elongated black-and-white segment of Jimmy/Saul living out his days in hiding as Gene, a diminished Cinnabon director in Omaha, NE. From the Season 4 premiere, Gene was recognized by a cab driver (General Hospital alum Don Harvey). Tonight, the motorist spotted Gene back, this time pressuring him to recite his old”Better call Saul” tagline — complete with the signature fingertip.
Knowing his identity has been jeopardized, Gene calls Ed and another new identity. However, at the last moment, something awakens in him, and he tells Ed he’d prefer to”fix itself.” No one knows what Gene has intended, however, fans were delighted to watch Ed back.
“Aww, RIP Robert Forster,” wrote one viewer, adding that he was still”holding down that Hoover Max Extract Stress Pro Model 60.”
“Robert Forster on [Better Phone Saul], make it older footage CGI, it brought a lump to this old throat,” added another.
“I’m jealous of those guys who will call a vacuum cleaner guy for a stealthy pickup and relocation” tweeted a third party. “That is such a cool installment!! Not that I need it, but I like the thought! What a way to get outta town!!”
Ed was last seen in 2019’s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, an epilogue that offered close to Jesse Pinkman’s (Aaron Paul) story in the aftermath of the show’ meth-fueled 2013 finale. Regrettably, Forster died on Oct. 11, the same day El Camino premiered on Netflix. His final role will be in an upcoming installment of the most recent iteration of Beautiful Stories on Apple TV+.
Better Phone Saul will last its two-night premiere Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC.