Better Call Saul

10 Best Episodes of Better Call Saul - Season 5

Better Call Saul is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It first aired on AMC in 2015 and has since gone on to become a beloved show with seven seasons. It follows the life of Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, as he transitions into the criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. It has been highly praised for its writing, performances, and cinematography. Here we take a look at the best episodes of this critically acclaimed show as ranked by viewers.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 20, 2024.

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Better Call Saul - S5E4

#10 - Namaste (Season 5 - Episode 4)

As Jimmy doubles down on Saul Goodman, a deeply conflicted Kim brings him an interesting proposition, Gus makes a sacrifice in order to play the long game, and Mike attempts to smooth things over with his family.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 2258 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E1

#9 - Magic Man (Season 5 - Episode 1)


Now doing business as Saul Goodman, Jimmy unveils an unorthodox strategy for client development that tests Kim's tolerance of his new legal persona. Lalo searches for the mysterious Michael, only to discover a problem within his own operation.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 2672 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E2

#8 - 50% Off (Season 5 - Episode 2)

Jimmy's promotional stunt has unintended consequences. Nacho takes extreme measures to earn Lalo's trust. Saul is a success at the courthouse but still has yet to win Kim over. Simmering with rage and self-loathing, Mike loses his temper.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 2570 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E5

#7 - Dedicado a Max (Season 5 - Episode 5)


Mike takes an impromptu trip out of town. As she and Jimmy grow closer over their campaign to help a client, Kim makes a surprising call.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 2426 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E3

#6 - The Guy for This (Season 5 - Episode 3)

Jimmy's business enters uncharted territory. Kim's confidence is tested when she's faced with a legal problem only she can solve. Nacho navigates increased pressure from Gus. Mike continues to spiral.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 2434 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E7

#5 - JMM (Season 5 - Episode 7)


In the episode “JMM” of the show Better Call Saul, Jimmy and Kim build a legal firewall with help from Huell. Kim sets things straight with her clients as Jimmy is compromised by his. Meanwhile, Gus calms troubled waters in service of his plot to build an empire, and Mike does damage control.

The episode features a heartwarming moment between Jimmy and Kim, who exchange vows in a dingy courthouse, and their moment of romantic transcendence amidst their practical reasons for marriage. In contrast, Kim’s interactions with her client Kevin Wachtell are frank and direct, and Gus uses a shared history to persuade his benefactor to stay in the fight. Nacho’s mission to burn down one of Gus’s restaurant is cool but cathartic, and he does it for the protection of his father. Mike’s interludes with his granddaughter and daughter-in-law are sweet and he finds peace by accepting his professional situation and enjoying the private, personal things.

Jimmy’s conflicted about Mike’s request to help a cold blooded killer evade justice, and he peers at the victim’s family from around a corner with a reflection of his duality in the moment. Despite his impulsive mercenary craftiness, he still has a genuine care for people and can feel their pain. However, Howard Hamlin intervenes, revokes his job offer, and Jimmy lashes out in response, promoting himself as a god. His personal motivations have changed, and now he wants revenge to show the people and institutions that have made him feel “less than” that he’s better than them.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 2409 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E6

#4 - Wexler v. Goodman (Season 5 - Episode 6)

In the episode "Wexler v. Goodman" of the show Better Call Saul, Kim tries to pump the brakes on Jimmy's latest scheme, but it may be too late to stop Saul. Mike turns the heat up on Lalo and Nacho attempts to enlist support from above. Kim's plan reflects who she is, as she wants to reach a settlement with Mr. Acker and pay for any surplus above what Mesa Verde's willing to cover out of her own pocket. Jimmy, however, enjoys the hunt as much as the prize and wants to do things his way, regardless of the consequences. Mike springs his trap on Lalo through his knowledge of what strings to pull to bring law enforcement into his adversary's business. When it comes time to agree to the settlement that Kim and Jimmy pre-arranged, Jimmy calls an audible and demands four million dollars. This infuriates Kim and Kevin Wachtell, but it gets Kevin to deal. Kim knows Jimmy well enough to know that he didn't do it for any of the benefits, but because he likes to win. This leads Kim to suggest that she and Jimmy should either break up or get married.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 2456 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E8

#3 - Bagman (Season 5 - Episode 8)


In the episode "Bagman" of Better Call Saul, Jimmy is forced to the brink when an errand for a client goes wrong, and he and Mike must venture into the New Mexico desert to make things right. Jimmy is ill-equipped to handle the situation and finds himself tested by the harsh environment, losing mementos that used to define him and being humbled by his lack of control. Mike, on the other hand, is experienced and determined, and is able to draw on his background in special forces to get himself and Jimmy out of danger. As the two struggle to survive, they draw on memories of the past and what has led them to this moment. In the end, Jimmy is willing to debase himself and become bait to ensure they both make it out alive, and the episode culminates in a thrilling climax.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 2607 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E10

#2 - Something Unforgivable (Season 5 - Episode 10)

The season finale of Better Call Saul, titled "Something Unforgivable", was a thrilling conclusion to the season. Jimmy and Kim make a risky, yet calculated move that quickly turns sour. Nacho gets closer to the cartel than he would have liked and it leads to a tense situation. The episode is full of unexpected twists and reveals that set the stage for future episodes.

The episode was met with mixed critical reception. Some viewers were disappointed with the turn of events, feeling like Jimmy and Kim had failed. Others were surprised by Nacho's decisions and the depth of his involvement with the cartel. There were also those who thought the episode was truly remarkable, with its exciting plot and unexpected surprises. All in all, the episode was a fitting end to the season and set up some intriguing possibilities for the next season.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 2522 votes.

Better Call Saul - S5E9

#1 - Bad Choice Road (Season 5 - Episode 9)


In the episode “Bad Choice Road” of Better Call Saul, Jimmy is trying to return to business as usual after a traumatic misadventure, but it proves to be more difficult than anticipated. Meanwhile, Gus and Mike set a plan in motion. This episode left viewers on the edge of their seats, particularly during the last 10 to 15 minutes which many described as “gut wrenching” and “heart stopping”. It was one of the most suspenseful moments in television history and viewers were particularly concerned about the fate of Kim Wexler, who many considered to be the best character on television in 2020. In the end, the episode received a 10/10 rating from viewers and is a must-see for any fan of the show.

The episode was rated 8.57 from 2561 votes.

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