Top 12 Saul Goodman Moments From 'Breaking Bad'

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Saul Goodman, Walter White’s scrupulous lawyer and consigliere, is arguably the most repugnant character on AMC’s Breaking Bad. He doesn’t shy away from the most shady tactics to protect his clients, even suggesting it is best if an adversary sleep with the fish. He's got the U.S. constitution hanging on his wall, and a drawer full of cellphones, each for a different contact in the underworld.

Introduced in the show’s second season, Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, provides Breaking Bad with much needed comic relief. Despite his name, he isn’t Jewish, and in fact, it isn’t his real name. In his debut in episode 8 of the second season, the crooked lawyer explains he took the name Goodman instead of his original last name McGill to appeal to his African-American clientele, who he says prefer “members of the tribe.”

In fact, he might not be a lawyer at all as the diplomas hanging beside the Constitution indicate he studied at the University of American Samoa, which doesn't exist. We still might get to the bottom of it, since AMC television channel announced a spin-off of show, depicting Saul Goodman before he met his best and worst client, Heisenberg.

In the meantime, here are 12 of Saul’s most memorable quotes:

1. Saul isn’t actually Jewish
Meeting Walt, who introduced himself as a Mr. Mayhew of Irish descent: “Faith and begorrah! A fellow potato eater! My real name's McGill. The Jew thing I just do for the homeboys. They all want a pipe-hitting member of the tribe, so to speak.” (Season 2, episode 8 “Better Call Saul”)

2. Saul doesn’t accept American Express
Explaining his payment policy to a client: “I'm gonna get you a second phone call, OK? You're gonna call your mommy or your daddy or your parish priest or your boy scout leader, and they're gonna deliver me a check for $4650.00. I'm gonna write that down on the back of my business card. Four, Six, Five, Zero, OK? And I need that in a cashiers check or a money order, doesn't matter. Actually, ah, I want it in a money order and ah, make it out to Ice Station Zebra Associates. That's my loan out. It's totally legit... it's done just for tax purposes. After that we can discuss Visa or Mastercard, but definitely not American Express, so don't even ask, alright? Any questions?” (Season 2, episode 8 “Better Call Saul”)

3. Saul knows the value of a dollar
Advising Walt on his finances: "Alright, $16,000 laundered at 75 cents on the dollar, minus my fee, which is 17%, comes out to $9,960. Congratulations, you've just left your family a second hand Subaru." (Season 2, episode 9 “4 Days Out”)

4. Saul knows an occupational hazard when he sees one
Consoling Jesse: “As to your dead guy - occupational hazard. Drug dealer getting shot? I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say it's been known to happen.” (Season 2, episode 11 “Mandala”)

5. Saul is smooth with the ladies
Upon being introduced to Walt's wife, Skyler for the first time: “Hello. Welcome. What a pleasure it is to have you. Just gonna call you Skyler if that's okay. It's a lovely name. It reminds me of the big, beautiful sky. Walter always told me how lucky he was, prior to recent unfortunate events. Clearly his taste in women is the same as his taste in lawyers: Only the very best with just the right amount of dirty.” (Season 3, episode 11 “Abiquiu”)

6. Saul knows the importance of a contingency plan
Lecturing Walt on his lack of preparedness: “Did you not plan for this contingency? I mean the Starship Enterprise had a self-destruct button. I'm just saying." (Season 3, episode 6 “Sunset”)

7. Saul is committed
Explaining to Walt that if you stick to a story, people will eventually believe it: “If you're committed enough, you can make any story work. I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it." (Season 3, episode 11 “Abiquiu”)

8. Saul can help - but it will cost you
Every problem has a solution: “Yeah, you do seem to have a little "shit creek" action going...You know, FYI, you can buy a paddle.” (Season 4, episode 4 “Bullet Points”)

9. Saul is smooth with the ladies, part 2
Saul reminiscing with six-year-old Brock: "I loved school when I was your age. Seesaws, story time, chasing girls with sticks." (Season 4, Episode 8 “Hermanos”)

10. Saul is a poet
Saying goodbye to Jesse: “You ever hear the expression a fart in the wind? Well, inside of an hour that’s going to be me, okay? I’m hittin’ the road. I’m gone. I’m out of here.” (Season 4, Episode 12 “End Times”)

11. Saul is an optimist
Saying goodbye to Walt: “Hey, I'm a civilian. I'm not your lawyer anymore. I'm nobody's lawyer. The fun's over. From here on out, I'm Mr. Low Profile, just another douchebag with a job and three pairs of Dockers. If I'm lucky, a month from now – best case scenario – I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.” (Season 5, Episode 15 “Granite State”)

12. Saul names his ailments
Convening with his clients Jesse and Walt: “Christ. You two. All I can say is if I ever get anal polyps I’ll know what to name them.” (Season 4, Episode 13 “Face Off”)  

Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman.Credit: AP