26 Facts About Gene Takavic


James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, better known by his business name Saul Goodman and later by the assumed identity of Gene Takavic, is the titular protagonist of the series Better Call Saul, a spinoff of Breaking Bad in which he is a main character.

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Gene Takavic is primarily portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, and was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

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Gene Takavic's father died six months later; Jimmy cried inconsolably at the funeral.

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Gene Takavic ran petty scams including the "fake Rolex" with the help of his partner-in-crime Marco Pasternak.

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Gene Takavic initially uses it as a fake name when performing his scams with Marco.

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Gene Takavic passed the bar exam hoping to be hired at HHM, but without Jimmy's knowledge, Chuck compelled senior partner Howard Hamlin to deny Jimmy the opportunity.

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Gene Takavic then shocks Kim by revealing that the speech was an insincere con.

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Gene Takavic obtains a DBA application and announces he intends to resume practicing law as Saul Goodman.

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Gene Takavic offers to help Kim trick a reluctant client to accept a favorable plea bargain; she refuses, but later runs the con alone, which leaves her angry at herself.

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Gene Takavic then suggests they marry so their conversations will be protected by spousal privilege.

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Gene Takavic identifies a vacancy in a strip mall, which he decides to rent because of its proximity to the courthouse, the county jail, and the city's bail bonds offices.

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Gene Takavic's business starts to grow, and Jimmy succeeds in persuading Francesca Liddy to work as his administrative assistant.

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Gene Takavic angrily accuses the mediator of accepting a bribe, and when he attempts to retrieve the photos as proof, he discovers they have been switched for innocuous pictures of Jimmy.

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Gene Takavic is then gagged by Lalo, who leaves the house in Jimmy's car and is later killed by Gus during a gunfight with him.

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Gene Takavic warns them never to reveal the truth of what happened that night.

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Gene Takavic begins work upon waking, regularly employs prostitutes, and mentions his alprazolam dealer to Francesca on a preparatory phone call.

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Gene Takavic's office has been renovated, and includes an inflatable Statue of Liberty on the roof and wallpaper resembling the United States Constitution.

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Premieres of seasons one through five of Better Call Saul open with black-and-white flashforwards that take place after Breaking Bad, showing that after leaving Albuquerque, Saul relocates to Omaha, Nebraska under the alias Gene Takavic, keeping a low profile as the manager of a Cinnabon store in a shopping mall.

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Gene Takavic befriends Jeff's mother, Marion, through which he talks to Jeff about being part of "the game".

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Gene Takavic helps Jeff and his friend Buddy plan a robbery of a department store at the mall.

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Gene Takavic distracts the mall guards from watching the security cameras, while Jeff steals a number of items, using a shipping container to transport them out of the store.

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Gene Takavic ends their partnership and warns Jeff to not approach him again.

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The following day Gene Takavic looks at a Saul Goodman-esque suit in the mall before walking away.

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Gene Takavic then enlists Jeff and Buddy in a series of identity-theft scams.

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Gene Takavic later calls Marion asking her to accompany him in paying Jeff's bail, but a suspicious Marion discovers Gene Takavic's true identity as Saul Goodman on her new computer.

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Gene Takavic is able to retrieve his shoebox and important materials from his house, and prepares to call Ed while hiding in a dumpster, but is subsequently arrested by the police, having finally cornered him.

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