RICO
Better Call Saul Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 23
Critics Consensus

"RICO" introduces an intriguing fraud case while providing insightful backstory to Jimmy's unlikely beginnings as a lawyer.

Episode Info

Jimmy shows Chuck that he's willing to do almost anything to win a case, even if it means getting his hands dirty.

Cast

Kerry Condon
as Stacey
Bob Odenkirk
as Jimmy McGill
Michael McKean
as Chuck McGill
Jonathan Banks
as Mike Ehrmantraut
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Rich Schweikart
Jean Effron
as Mrs. Landry
Gene Chavez
as HHM Employee #2
Wendy Miner-Ashby
as Water Aerobics Instructor
Erin Moots
as Sandpiper Crossing Employee
Camela Morales
as Vet's Clerk
Janelle Santillanes
as HHM Employee #1
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Critic Reviews for RICO

["RICO" is] easily one of the driest Better Call Saul episodes yet, digging far more into the complexities of the legal system than its characters.

Mar 24, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A facet of this budding show that I have come to love is Jimmy's fixation with popular culture: when manhandled by a pair of burly security guards... he blurts out, "Seriously? What are you, making 'Soylent Green' over there?"

Mar 24, 2015 | Full Review…

We've seen Jimmy team up with Mike, and this week we get to see the McGill brothers in action.

Mar 24, 2015 | Full Review…

This feels like such a richer, more nuanced show than the one that started eight weeks ago.

Mar 24, 2015 | Full Review…

So, what is this: inconsistency or range? I'd go with the latter, in part because the changes in style seem purposeful.

Mar 24, 2015 | Full Review…

It's such a commanding performance by the former ace lawyer (and by Michael McKean, here called upon to play yet another side of this strange character) that it leaves Jimmy speechless. Now there's a first.

Mar 24, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm amazed this seemingly-boring story has kept my attention so long, but that's what the show does best. Taking a little thing like one ply toilet paper, and making it as big as a fraud charge.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

"Rico", the latest episode of Better Call Saul, was surprisingly optimistic, but heartbreaking all the same.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Better Call Saul has turned out to be several different shows in one: a character-driven drama, a high-concept comedy, a Breaking Bad prequel, a crime show, and more.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

What has become increasingly obvious about the series is how episodes like "RICO" succeed in their ability to demonstrate why Jimmy had to become Saul Goodman and why Mike turned to criminal work.

Mar 24, 2015 | Full Review…

With "RICO", Better Call Saul lays the foundation for the circumstances that will likely transform sweet(ish) Jimmy McGill into the hardened Saul Goodman.

Mar 24, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

I like to think that its production, writing, and acting are so good that its famous cousin don't matter. The show [is] telling such a strong story about the day-to-day existence of Jimmy McGill that it doesn't necessarily need to do anything else.

Mar 24, 2015 | Full Review…