Alpine Shepherd Boy
Better Call Saul Season 1



Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

With "Alpine Shepherd Boy," Better Call Saul continues to forge its own identity, while establishing its characters and their journeys in surprising ways.

Episode Info

When his efforts to drum up new business are interrupted by alarming news, Jimmy is pressured to make a difficult choice.


Bob Odenkirk
as Jimmy McGill
Michael McKean
as Chuck McGill
Clea DuVall
as Dr. Cruz
Jonathan Banks
as Mike Ehrmantraut
T.C. Warner
as Hospital Nurse
Joe Berryman
as Big Ricky Sipes
Jacob Browne
as Veteran Cop
Ryan Jason Cook
as Younger Cop
Carol Herman
as Mrs. Strauss
Tim Baltz
as Roland Jaycocks
Rose Liotta
as Housewife
Francy Ivener
as Senior #1
John Liberatore
as Senior #2
Vincent E. McDaniel
as Hospital Guard
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Critic Reviews for Alpine Shepherd Boy

It was a portent of the more callous man likeable Jimmy will become, and a reminder that we should enjoy Better Call Saul's carefree deportment while it lasts.

Mar 2, 2015 | Full Review…

This is also the episode which made it clear what kind of show "Better Call Saul" is, at least for its first season: A profound search for identity. And that search is getting increasingly fascinating.

Mar 2, 2015 | Full Review…

"Jello" upped the humor quotient with some of the show's funniest dialogue to date - though, thanks to a parallel storyline, it was also Better Call Saul's most emotional episode.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

There's nothing explosive about this episode, but there are three elements to it and all of them work really well.

Mar 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Director Nicole Kassell excels in building up expectations and then letting them collapse under the enormity of their ridiculousness.

Mar 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Better Call Saul delivers another powerful episode, as Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould effortlessly shift between moments of the outrageous, profane, mundane, theatrical, and gut-wrenching humanity.

Mar 3, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

After the first four installments, it's a welcome gear shift; we've got a sense of the rhythm of the show, the lie of the land, now it's satisfying to take a tour around - and to set up the next chapter.

Mar 3, 2015 | Full Review…

The episode's conclusion made me the most hopeful I've been about the series since the black-and-white cold open.

Mar 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Compared to the masterful construction of "Hero," this week's episode is held back by some of its technical choices. But it does make two important contributions to our understanding of Jimmy's journey.

Mar 3, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

All told, the hour really helped to solidify the series as a companion to Breaking Bad, as opposed to a second coming of it.

Mar 3, 2015 | Full Review…