Better Call Saul Season 6: What Made Gene Upset While In a Phone Call With Kim?

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Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 11’s title Breaking Bad seems to have two meanings. Aside from the much-awaited appearance of the original Breaking Bad characters Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), it also showed Gene (Bob Odenkirk) literally breaking bad.

He seemed to be back to his Slippin’ Jimmy ways after making the phone call to Kim (Rhea Seehorn). So, what was the mysterious phone call that upset Gene?

Warning: The following content will contain Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 11 spoilers. Read at your own risk.


Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 11 Recap

The latest episode featured both during and after the Breaking Bad timelines. Gene was laying low after Walt’s death, and Jesse fled to Alaska, leaving the criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Odenkirk) as the hottest and only suspect from the Heisenberg drug empire for the police to chase.

At exactly 3:01 p.m., he made a call to Francesca (Tina Parker) outside an abandoned gas stop in New Mexico.

Asking for some updates about the situation in Albuquerque, Francesca told him it was still hot months for Saul after he “hit the fan.”

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All of his assets, from the nail salons to the vending machines to Laser Tag, were gone and seized by the Feds.

She also gave him some updates about her associates, like Huell (Lavell Crawford) and Walt’s wife, Skyler White (Anna Gunn). She then told him a major bombshell when she said Kim called her and asked how she was after all the ordeals—and she even asked about him.


As he hung up, he made another call in a different phone booth, asking the operator to connect him to Palm Coast Sprinklers in Titusville, Florida, and looked for Kim.

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However, the phone call wasn’t heard as his voice was drowned by the noisy street and the passing trucks. He was also seen in a heated conversation from a distance.

So, what was the call about?

Better Call Saul Season 6, Gene’s Mysterious Phone Call with Kim

Episode writer and director Thomas Schnauz talked about Gene's mysterious phone call, though it remained to be seen if it were with Kim.

"I don't want to give anything away, but we don't hear the phone call," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

He continued,

"So we don't know exactly what Gene is told. It's something very upsetting. It's something that upsets him a lot. So I think we have to wait and see exactly what went down on that phone call, and we will hear the details of it in a future episode."

Surely, what angered Gene and made him broke bad, doing his Slippin’ Jimmy ways again, wasn’t about money. Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 11 confirmed Gene still had a lot of that.

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In fact, he still had diamonds and the money he got away with, according to Francesca. So, what incited him to do all those things again?

He explained,

"He's doing this because something about that phone call brought up a lot of pain and hurt. And as we know from the past — and all that went down with Howard Hamlin, and Kim hiding the truth about Lalo and the reasons why she did it, and the breakup that happened — it all caused a lot of pain that pushed him into going full Saul Goodman.”

He added,

"He's been Gene for a while now, but he had a little taste of Saul Goodman or Slippin' Jimmy or whatever you want to call it, in episode 610 [Nippy] with the mall scam. He was able to push that aside, but something on that phone call upset him so much that the pain welled up again and he had to go back to his drug of choice, which is Saul Goodman, to numb that pain.”

With only two episodes left, fans are about to see what will happen to Gene, aka Saul, aka Jimmy, in the nearing end of Better Call Saul Season 6.

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