Gus offers the job to Werner Ziegler after being impressed by Werner's forthright description of the difficulty and risk. The complete second season was released on Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray on March 16, 2010. At his apartment, Jesse sits in his recliner listening as Skinny Pete leaves a voicemail recap of Combo's funeral. Aaron Paul recalls that his hands were shaking and nervous because he hadn't prepared heroin in a long time, On the set they had Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" playing in the background, however it was changed to "Enchanted" by The Platters in the final cut, Walt's act of breaking down Jesse's back door with a flower pot was similar to his later failed attempt to break. Paste ranked Fring number 3 in its list of the 20 Best Characters of 2011. The continuing investigation into Gus' death reaches his restaurant business and the destroyed superlab, which Walt and Jesse burned after Gus died. Mike acts preemptively by preparing to assassinate Hector, but is interrupted at the last moment. Gus Fring is one of the largest meth suppliers in the South West United States. The gunmen are suddenly attacked by an unknown shooter. The ma… When his phone chirps, Walt stops to read a text message: "BABY COMING!!!" He was originally Dr. Bravenec tells Walt he is a candidate for an aggressive, risky surgery to remove his lung tumor. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Gus' popularity, as well as his importance to the series' development, made room for possible "flashback" type appearances in future episodes,[4][22] but that idea did not come to fruition until 2017 when Gus was brought back for season 3 of Better Call Saul. " Mandala " is the eleventh episode of the second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad. [4] He also left it ambiguous as to whether Gus and Max were lovers, but stated "I personally think Max was more than just a friend to Gus. When Gus returns home, he and Nacho preserve Nacho's role as the mole in the Salamanca organization by destroying Gus's restaurant. Jimmy tells Lalo he was alone and walked after his car broke down so that he would not put the money at risk. Gus denies that he is Saul's contact at first, but Walt presses on, stating that he understands Gus… The unseen shooter was Mike, who was tracking Jimmy for Gus. Walt's phone should have recorded the number that the text came from. Victor rushes to Gale's apartment, but Jesse arrives first and fatally shoots Gale. ("Hermanos") According to Gus himself, he spent his childhood living in extreme poverty and hunger, living in a shack with his siblings in the hills near a village. Gus immigrated to Mexico in the 1980s during the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet,[2] and in a flashback during the Breaking Bad episode "One Minute", Hector mockingly refers to him as "Grand Generalissimo", implying that Gus had a connection to the Pinochet regime. Esposito, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2012 for playing "Gus", first made his appearance on Breaking Bad in 2009 in the episode "Mandala". share. The gunmen enter, kill Lalo's family, and wound Lalo. Gus says he has sent gunmen to kill Lalo, and that Nacho may be able to help. Meanings of the title names of every episode, https://breakingbad.fandom.com/wiki/Mandala?oldid=109727, This episode marks the first appearance of drug kingpin. Jane arrives and introduces Jesse to heroin, handing him one of two two hypodermic needles. Walt calls Saul, complaining that the businessman never showed up for their meeting. Catch Up on ‘Better Call Saul’ and Revisit the Best of ‘Breaking Bad’ Featuring Saul Goodman and Gus Fring Mar 21, 2017 • Post A Comment Press release from AMC, March 21, 2017: The next day, Mike makes a veiled warning to Werner that Gus will have him killed if he makes the same mistake again, and Werner acknowledges that he understands. Meanwhile, Jesse returns to his messy apartment, where Jane has relapsed. Walt and Jesse's little empire begins to crumble. Gus provides long-term housing and amenities for Werner's crew, while Mike provides security and transportation designed to keep their presence a secret. The first marathon, on Monday, March 27th, will include select episodes featuring the character of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) followed by a second marathon on Monday, April 3rd featuring episodes with the villainous Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), who is set to make his first appearance … "Mandala," despite an ending as gripping as as the show has ever produced, seemed to be mostly concerned with moving the pieces into place for the finale. When Lalo goes to investigate, Nacho opens the gate and flees. Without knowing what that secret was, Esposito understood the potential Gus had as a growing character, therefore rejecting offers for guest appearances and insisting on becoming a series regular. First appearance: Breaking Bad: "Mandala" (2009) Better Call Saul: "Witness" (2017) Last appearance: Breaking Bad: "Face Off" (2011) Better Call Saul: "Something Unforgivable" (2020) Created by: Vince Gilligan George Mastras: Information; Type: Restaurant: Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States: In-universe history. Mike takes Jesse out of the lab to help pick up dead drops and carry out other tasks, and arranges for Jesse to foil a pre-planned attack on him, which boosts Jesse's confidence and increases his sense of loyalty to Mike and Gus. While stuffing the bundles of meth into a garbage bag, Walt ignores another call from Skyler. Walt goes to a local fast food restaurant, Los Pollos Hermanos, where he and Jesse are scheduled to meet Saul's businessman. During the fight that ensues after cartel leaders begin dying from the poison's effects, Jesse helps the ill Gus and wounded Mike escape, killing Hector's last living grandson, Joaquin Salamanca, in the process. [26], Although the character of Gus Fring and Esposito's performance have generally been well received by critics, some native Spanish speakers have criticized the actor's stilted and unnatural accent when speaking Spanish. Combo returns back to the corner as the two men circle the block, watching him from an intersection. Gus Fring is the owner of a chain of fast-food chicken restaurants, Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Brothers) located across the southwest United States with his flagship restaurant in Albuquerque and the firm's chicken farm and distribution center at the outskirts of the city. Gus arranges to meet with Don Eladio and the other cartel leaders to work out the differences that have caused the cartel to disrupt Gus' business and he brings Mike and Jesse with him. Under stress, Jesse tells Jane what he does. [12], Jimmy drives to a remote desert location to pick up the bail money from The Cousins. Instead of killing Tuco, Mike arranges for Tuco to assault him in view of the police, leading to Tuco's arrest. While Los Pollos Hermanos is a legitimate business, it serves as a front for Gus to distribute cocaine for a Mexican cartel, with Madrigal executives Peter Schuler and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle his co-conspirators in the drug business. Walt hoists the garbage bag over his shoulder and rushes out the door. He distributes his meth through his Pollos Hermanos chicken franchise. [17] To achieve Gus's trademark calmness, Esposito used yoga techniques, which allowed him to convey the character as "being a good listener". This article or section needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of article quality. Lalo accepts Gus's cover story and apology, but remains suspicious. Jesse arrives late, high, and agitated. Saul bluntly tells them that they "suck at peddling meth," but offers to put them in touch with a cautious, low profile businessman who will buy their thirty-eight pounds of product in bulk. Later, Skyler watches her unborn baby on an ultrasound monitor at her OB/GYN's office. There is an additional person, presumably a film crew member, who can be seen through Jesse's doorway while Walt is carrying the bag of meth after collecting it from the sink. Walt rushes to Jesse's backyard and breaks down his back door with a flower pot. Gus takes the first drink to alleviate suspicion, but forces himself to vomit afterwards. Mike suggests to Gus that they may be able to drive a wedge between Walt and Jesse. Hector's angry outburst leads to a stroke, and Gus calls for an ambulance while administering first aid that saves Hector's life, though he is comatose. Gus wants Lalo released, so he has Mike provide Jimmy the details of his investigation into Lalo. Nacho follows Mike's previous advice to switch the placebos for Hector's real medication so that foul play will not be suspected. Changing his demeanor, Gus replies that Walt is "not a cautious man at all," criticizing Jesse for being late and high. The resulting explosion kills Hector and Tyrus immediately. The steps never change, and I know every step. Directed by Adam Bernstein. Gus walks away, warning Walt, "You can never trust a drug addict.". Instead, he asks for assistance laundering the $250,000 he stole from one of Hector's trucks, which Gus provides by arranging for Madrigal Electromotive to hire Mike as a contracted security expert and pay him monthly consulting fees. The manager on duty tells Walt that the man he mistook for the manager is actually the owner, Gustavo Fring. In "Hermanos", Eladio says that when he ordered Max killed, he spared Gus because of his unstated but apparently powerful connection to Chile. Knowing he was recognized at Gale's apartment, Victor fears for his life and attempts to show his continued usefulness to Gus by beginning to cook meth, which he learned how to do while guarding Walt and Jesse. Meanwhile, Skyler makes a disturbing discovery at work and confronts Ted. Gus finally dispenses with the masquerade and corrects Walt, stating that he is not cautious for associating with a drug addict in his business. Walt begs for Gus to spare them, but they are shocked when Gus slices open Victor's neck and lets him bleed to death in front of them. Mike dies in Breaking Bad: Say My Name (2012), and Jack Welker first appears in the next episode. However, while she is sitting at her desk lamenting her decision, she goes into labor. Gustavo Fring is a fictional character from the television series Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul, portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito. Lalo is surrounded by police and arrested. "Baddies to the Bone: The 60 nastiest villains of all time". The building is located at, The street corner where Combo is shot is located at the triangle of. 26 comments. Werner inadvertently provides details of underground concrete construction to patrons during an outing at a bar and Mike ends the conversation. He then forces the survivor to call the middleman who arranged the killing and report that Lalo is dead.[15]. 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