Season 6 of Better Call Saul brings back two characters from the first season, turning a basic season 1 episode into a brilliant running humour. In the last season of the Breaking Bad spinoff, Saul (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) try to frame Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) for “something terrible” in exchange for a large payment. This leads them to criminal couple Betsy (Julie Ann Emery) and Craig Kettleman (Jeremy Shamos), who had a tense reunion with of allusions to the previous season.
In the first season of Better Call Saul, Jimmy encountered Craig Kettleman, a former Bernalillo County treasurer who had embezzled $1.6 million. Even after she and Jimmy played tug-of-war over their bag of stolen cash, his domineering wife, Betsy, remained convinced about their innocence. Kim eventually gets them a plea offer that allows Craig to serve just 16 months in jail, and Jimmy compels them to accept it (via one of his earliest sophisticated schemes). As Saul and Kim plot Howard’s demise in Better Call Saul season 6, they seek someone to persuade Clifford Main (Ed Begley Jr.) that Howard is a cocaine addict. But it can’t be someone Cliff takes too seriously, or he’ll become wrapped up in the case and find out it’s all Jimmy and Kim’s con. Craig and Betsy are introduced.
In the first season of Better Call Saul, Craig and Betsy (mainly Betsy) discuss their defence with Jimmy over coffee. In season 1, episode 7, the three reunite inside the same restaurant for one final time, and Jimmy firmly pushes them to accept Kim’s plea agreement. The waitress comes over to their table and offers them coffee during their bizarre conversation (during which Besty swears there is no money and there should be no prison term). Jimmy and Betsy reassure her that they’re OK, but Craig raises his cup, hoping for a refill. The waitress, on the other hand, is already going away. This scenario is repeated in Better Call Saul season 6, episode 2, where Besty and Craig seek Cliff’s advice inside his office. Craig is about to take a drink of hot coffee when Besty, dissatisfied with Cliff’s unwillingness to assist them, walks away from the coffee cup and tugs Craig away. Craig’s two unsuccessful efforts to drink coffee in under a minute are a great tribute to the season 1 sequence, displaying Better Call Saul’s expertise at crafting running jokes and paying attention to little aspects from previous seasons.
The reunion of Kim and Saul with Besty and Craig is more than simply a terrific pretext for a brilliant running joke. It’s a litmus test for Kim and Jimmy’s transformation: they’ve gone dark, shaming and manipulating others into doing their (illegal) bidding. Kim illustrates what she meant by her finger guns motion at the conclusion of season 5 when she screams “enough carrots” and threatens to reveal the Kettlemans’ brand-new scam (a tax firm that misreports customers’ money and keeps the difference). She is hell-bent on bringing Howard down and donating the proceeds to a worthy cause, such as providing impoverished people with the legal assistance that only wealthy have.
Season 6 of Better Call Saul is doing an excellent job of extending Jimmy’s journey into Saul Goodman, so it’s only right that Jimmy’s first customers, the Kettlemans, return in the last season. Better Call Saul season 6 will also include Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), so the list of recognisable appearances is far from complete. Better Call Saul advises viewers to remember every detail in every scene since it might one day become critical evidence, or at the very least a good running humour.