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.

Cast & Crew

Bob Odenkirk
Saul Goodman
Jonathan Banks
Mike Ehrmantraut
Michael McKean
Chuck McGill
Rhea Seehorn
Kim Wexler
Patrick Fabian
Howard Hamlin
Michael Mando
Nacho Varga
Clea Duvall
Dr. Lara Cruz
Kerry Condon
Stacey Ehrmantraut
Carol Herman
Mrs. Strauss
Barry Shabaka Henley
Detective Sanders
Omid Abtahi
Detective Abbasi
Joe Berryman
Big Ricky Sipes
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Critic Reviews for Alpine Shepherd Boy

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…

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

If nothing else, we are going to learn more about Mike's history. This alone is worth the price of admission.

Mar 3, 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…

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…

If you had stopped the episode halfway through and told me I wasn't allowed to finish it-EVER!-that would have been okay.

Mar 3, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Ep 5 finally, thankfully took us into a dark storm cloud, with fixer Mike (who loves his granddaughter -- and considers killing everyone else) finally seeing his story arc creak open.

Mar 3, 2015 | Full Review…