Season 1, episode 7: “Bingo”
Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) is one of the most beloved characters on the breaking bad universe. This witty shot of him sitting under a wanted list might go unnoticed by some fans, but those who enjoy irony should enjoy it. Mike has probably done more illegal things than everyone above him, but he always finds a way to make a life of crime something he considers mundane. He eventually catches up with him, but here he stands out brilliantly and blends in with all the other convicts.
Season 2 Episode 5: “Rebekah”
This stunning overview of the HHM banner rising over Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) after she lands Mesa Verda as a client is a stark reminder of how she needs to get out of Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) and grow her own wings. It’s amazing to see how much he’s done just that in subsequent seasons of the show, for better and worse.
Season 2, episode 9: “Nailed”
This clever reference to the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover is a great way to make an analogy for how Jimmy sees his plucky band of misfit film students. Jimmy loves a little (or a lot) of theater, becoming the rock star in every room he walks into. He’s still not Saul Goodman right now, but he’s always had the face and attitude to take over the streets he walks.
Season 3, Episode 3: “Sunk Costs”
Jimmy and Kim love to smoke together. For the audience, this is their unique way of being intimate. Replaces scenes in other shows where sex might occur. This iconic shot is from the pair’s biggest cigarette session on the show, in which Kim attributes her connection to Jimmy to the sunk cost fallacy after brainstorming how to get him out of Chuck’s shadow in the movie. court.
Season 3, Episode 5: “Chicanery”
“Chicanery” might be the best episode of the show, ending with Chuck looking up at the electrical outlet sign on the wall. After embarrassing himself in front of the judges who are supposed to end Jimmy’s legal career, McGill’s older brother is confronted with the fact that there is no way out of the law-practicing methods of his younger relatives. At the same time, it serves as a symbol that there is no escaping his EDS, and the audience understands that these two issues may be the same thing for Chuck.
Season 3, Episode 8: “Slip”
Mike is omnipresent. He feels like there isn’t a problem he can’t solve except the one inside his own head. Mike is often trying to figure out why he gets involved with the criminals and delinquents he mixes with and, unfortunately, sometimes feels deep sorrow for the innocent deaths he indirectly causes. In this frame we see Mike frantically trying to find the body of a man who died in the desert as collateral for one of Mike’s plans to screw over the Salamancas in the previous season. His immense guilt is sprinkled throughout the New Mexico wasteland.