Instead, Eladio had Hector Salamanca kill Max for selling meth in cartel territory without permission. 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. When Walt is supervising the exam in his classroom, a note on the blackboard, "Test today", is seen behind him. The character Gustavo Fring is named after the former German international footballer Torsten Frings. Rumors of the "stepped on" product reach Nacho and Domingo, who report them to Lalo. Walt's phone should have recorded the number that the text came from. Name: Gustavo Fring Portrayed by: Giancarlo Esposit0 Age - 50's at time of death Gender: Male Ethnicity: Afro-Chilean, Latino American Aliases: Gus, The Chicken Man, Chicken Wings Occupation: Los Pollos Hermanos - Co founder, Drug Kingpin Status: Deceased First Appearance: Mandala Last Appearance… Gustavo "Gus" Fring: 1st Appearance: "Mandela" and Death: "Face Off" Hector "Tio" Salamanca: 1st Appearance: "Grilled" and Death: "Face Off" Gustavo “Gus” Fring was a mild-mannered businessman. Naturally, I have to … When Gus returns home, he and Nacho preserve Nacho's role as the mole in the Salamanca organization by destroying Gus's restaurant. Lalo says he intends to return to Mexico in order to avoid the scrutiny of police and prosecutors. [17] To achieve Gus's trademark calmness, Esposito used yoga techniques, which allowed him to convey the character as "being a good listener". In honor of Gus’ upcoming appearance in Better Call Saul, here are Paste’s 10 best Gus Fring moments in Breaking Bad. However, Walt stays, hoping the businessman will show. I suppose it's inevitable that we'd have a merely good episode at some point. "Mandala" is the eleventh episode of the second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad. Gus wants Lalo released, so he has Mike provide Jimmy the details of his investigation into Lalo. Jesse mumbles that the meth is under his kitchen sink before going under again. He falls to the floor and dies. The manager feigns ignorance when Walt reveals his suspicions, but Walt persists. Remove this message when finished. "Mandala" The arrival of Gus Fring marks an important turning point for Breaking Bad, when Walt and Jesse go from street-level guys to the corporate-level. There is no Exit 13 on I-25 in New Mexico, but if it existed it would be a bit north of Las Cruces, over 200 miles south. The building is located at, The street corner where Combo is shot is located at the triangle of. Before Jesse can kill them himself, Walt runs them over with his car and tells Jesse to flee. A Chilean-American, Fring is a major methamphetamine distributor in the Southwestern United States who uses several legitimate businesses, including a chain of successful fast food fried chicken restaurants called Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Brothers) and an industrial laundry facility called Lavanderia Brillante, as fronts for a vast drug operation. 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. This episode introduces Gus Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Mike tells Gus that Nacho wants to end his work as an informant on the Salamancas, but Gus refuses to part with a valuable asset. 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. Also, Jesse looks for Todd's cash underneath the kitchen sink … Gus takes the first drink to alleviate suspicion, but forces himself to vomit afterwards. Jesse is apprehensive, but the offer is a ruse. Nacho Varga pays Mike to help remove Tuco Salamanca, Hector's nephew, from the day-to-day activities of the Salamanca family drug business. Gus provides him Gale Boetticher, the talented chemist who set up the superlab, to help cook, but Walt needs to placate Jesse after Hank assaults him, so he convinces Gus to bring Jesse back as his assistant. Eladio spares Gus but forces him to cooperate with the cartel on Eladio's terms. [29], Fictional character in the television drama series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. 3:11. At the high school, Walt's second cell phone vibrates in his classroom's ceiling while his students are taking an exam. Victor tells Walt to bring the meth to a truck stop "two miles south of Exit 13 on the 25." 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: In anticipation of the Season 3 premiere of “Better Call Saul” on April 10, AMC will air a pair of marathons from parent series “Breaking Bad” in the two weeks prior. Gus offers to continue paying Mike during the delay, but Mike declines out of frustration over Gus's seeming lack of compassion for Werner. There's no way Walt could make this in an hour (even if he already had the Chrysler). The gunmen are suddenly attacked by an unknown shooter. When Gus's subordinate Tyrus Kitt calls Gus for guidance, Gus recognizes an opportunity to infiltrate the Salamanca organization and tells Tyrus to give Nacho the extra kilo. Nacho gains Lalo's trust, and after Domingo is arrested, Nacho and Lalo use Jimmy/Saul to secure Domingo's release from jail in exchange for the location of several of Gus's dead drops. [3] As mentioned in the Better Call Saul episode "JMM", Gus and Peter, the CEO of Madrigal Electromotive, had a shared experience in Santiago that Gus reminds Peter of to calm him when Peter panics over Lalo's attacks on Gus' business. As the day draws on, he begins to realize that the mild-mannered manager, Gustavo Fring, may be the man he is looking for. [11] In jail under an assumed name, Lalo contacts Nacho and says he wants Nacho to burn down Gus's flagship Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant. 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. 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. Gus and Max's relationship is implied to be more than business. He employs a number of enforcers and has personally killed rivals and associates.[1]. The marathons will take fans back in time to see the best of Saul Goodman and Gus Fring. The couple decide to go on an impromptu trip to Santa Fe. "Mandala" is the eleventh episode of the second season of Breaking Bad and the eighteenth episode altogether. The first marathon, on Monday, March 27 th, will include select episodes featuring the character of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) followed by a second marathon on Monday, April 3 rd featuring episodes with the villainous Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), who is set to make his first appearance in the new season of “Saul.” Later, Skyler watches her unborn baby on an ultrasound monitor at her OB/GYN's office. Too late, Gus sees that the bell is attached to the detonator of Walt's pipe bomb, which Walt had installed on the underside of Hector's wheelchair. Gus Fring, fast food franchise owner, is a character that Gus performs on the stages that are his Los Pollos Hermanos restaurants. He brings them to Dr. Goodman's makeshift hospital Gus had previously arranged at his villa, where both receive treatment. Nervous, Combo calls Skinny Pete and asks for backup. Walt hoists the garbage bag over his shoulder and rushes out the door. Gus goes on to claim that in an effort to hide the loss, he replaced the stolen cocaine with locally produced methamphetamine. Hector refuses to acknowledge Gus as Gus prepares to kill him with a lethal injection. "[27], AMC released a series of ten short videos on YouTube and their social media accounts during season three as Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training with Gus Fring, combining live-action shots featuring Esposito as Gus along with animated segments, presented as employee training videos for Gus's Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant workers. Gus dies in Breaking Bad: Face Off (2011), and Lydia Rodarte Quales first appears 2 episodes later. Walt rushes to the Los Pollos Hermanos and is surprised to discover a different person running the restaurant. Jesse cooks a superior batch of meth and Gus offers to have him stay in Mexico and work for the cartel. George Mastras Images (57) 'Mandala' is an important episode, if for no other reason, because we meet Gustavo Fring for the first time. According to the commentary there was a real, former heroin addict on set to consult the actors. The first image of the episode is a bicycle wheel of a child (foreshadows Drew Sharpe) at the triangle where Combo gets capped and where Walt first kills as Heisenberg in 312 Half Measures. The first marathon, on Monday, March 27 th, will include select episodes featuring the character of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) followed by a second marathon on Monday, April 3 rd featuring episodes with the villainous Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), who is set to make his first appearance … He was … Also considering after partnering with WW and JP his wealth must've … 1. In anticipation of the Season 3 premiere of “Better Call Saul” on April 10, AMC will air a pair of marathons from parent series “Breaking Bad” in the two weeks prior. Gus finally dispenses with the masquerade and corrects Walt, stating that he is not cautious for associating with a drug addict in his business. [7] Gus agrees and on the night of the transfer he tensely waits as Victor and Diego make sure that the DEA and local police seize nearly a million dollars but find no leads to Gus. He appeared to be a good community leader who was trying to give back. Gus Fring Delivers a Message to The Cousins ... Gus A Bullet to the Head would have been far too Humane - Duration: 3:11. Walt and Skyler meet with Dr. Delcavoli and Dr. Victor Bravenec, a thoracic surgeon. [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. Gus offers to send men to do it, but Mike accepts responsibility because Werner escaped on his watch, so he shoots and kills Werner himself. Shortly afterward, Gus is given a tour of the DEA's Albuquerque field office, along with other local boosters. Mike tracks Werner to a money wire store and then to a nearby resort. Walt maintains that he can trust Jesse and assures him that he can move the thirty-right pounds of meth at a moment's notice. He secretly swaps Hector's angina medication for a placebo, hoping to induce a fatal heart attack. Walt realizes this later, and arranges a second meeting with only himself and Gus. In the Better Call Saul episode "Sabrosito", Hector suggests that Gus and Max, "The Chicken Brothers", might be better referred to as "The Butt Brothers", insinuating that they are homosexual. When his phone chirps, Walt stops to read a text message: "BABY COMING!!!" Tyrus and Victor make Arturo's death and a violent attack on Nacho look like the work of the Espinosas, while Victor sells the drugs from Nacho's car to them. With the DEA beginning to connect Gale's death to Gus, Gus fires Walt and threatens to kill Walt's family if he retaliates or informs. Mike acts preemptively by preparing to assassinate Hector, but is interrupted at the last moment. Before Gus administers the shot, Hector suddenly turns to face him, stares at him intently and repeatedly rings the bell on his wheelchair. 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. Vince Gilligan's iconic drug-dealing duo originally tried to meet Gus in season two's "Mandala," hoping to strike a deal to sell the remainder of their crystal meth supply. Combo tries to flee, but only makes it to the middle of the street before the boy finishes him off. The ma… Realizing his own life was at stake, Walt agrees to continue cooking in the superlab for an extended period for $15 million with Jesse aiding him, but Gus is still concerned about Jesse's loyalties. Walt's phone should have recorded the number that the text came from. The first image of the episode is a bicycle wheel of a child (foreshadows Drew Sharpe) at the triangle where Combo gets capped and where Walt first kills as Heisenberg in 312 Half Measures. Gus arranges for Nacho to take cocaine of inferior quality when picking up the Salamanca's drugs at Los Pollos Hermanos. He appeared to be a good community leader who was trying to give back. Gus calmly tells Walt and Jesse to get back to work, and increases oversight in the lab by installing security cameras and having Mike and Tyrus watch them while they work. N/A Walt and Jesse's little empire begins to crumble. "Baddies to the Bone: The 60 nastiest villains of all time". After recovering, Gus returns to Albuquerque and taunts Hector, telling him the cartel leaders are all dead, and that because of Joaquin's death, the Salamanca family line ends with Hector. “I don’t think we’re alike at all, Mr. White.” Dr. Bravenec tells Walt he is a candidate for an aggressive, risky surgery to remove his lung tumor. In the Better Call Saul episode "Magic Man", Lalo Salamanca discusses Gus with Juan Bolsa and refers to Max as Gus's boyfriend. In honor of Gus’ upcoming appearance in Better Call Saul, here are Paste’s 10 best Gus Fring moments in Breaking Bad. Mysterious person in Jesse's apartment on the left-hand side. Gustavo Fring is a fictional character in the television series Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Gus visits and asks Mike to join his organization, saying that he wants Mike with him because Mike understands his need for revenge. Hector is rushed to the hospital, while Gus, Nacho and Arturo are summoned to a meeting with Bolsa at the Los Pollos distribution plant, where Bolsa declares that until further notice, the Salamanca operation will continue with Nacho and Arturo in charge. Though Gus doesn't appear, his death has numerous consequences. 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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 … Afterwards, Gus briefs Peter and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle on the status of the meth lab and Gus assures Peter he will get the plan back on track. [6], Gus coerces Nacho into providing inside information on the Salamancas. This is especially important because of what happens in the third season and the season finale. 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. share. Casually sipping a fountain drink, Combo is standing on a street corner, selling Walt's meth in new territory. Mike dies in Breaking Bad: Say My Name (2012), and Jack Welker first appears in the next episode. Werner inadvertently provides details of underground concrete construction to patrons during an outing at a bar and Mike ends the conversation. This episode introduces Gus Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito. The complete second season was released on Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray on March 16, 2010. [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. Gus Fring leaves Walter White (Bryan Cranston) with those cautionary words after their first informal sit down at the local Los Pollos Hermanos Fring presides over. Little is known about Gus' past, except that he was supposed to have originally come from Chile. Gus and other subsidiary owners provide status reports to Peter Schuler, Madrigal's CEO. [18], The humanity of Gus's personality played an integral role in his development. [19] The loss of Max contributed to Gus's evolution into a ruthless criminal; he stops at nothing to avenge Max's death, including the gradual killing of Hector's entire family. With the new transport agreement in place, Nacho and Arturo Colon arrive at the Los Pollos Hermanos warehouse and farm to pick up a drug shipment, and Nacho attempts to strong-arm his way into taking six kilos instead of the agreed-upon five. However, Gus encourages Mike to continue to disrupt the trucks Hector uses to bring ice cream store supplies and drugs from Mexico and send cash back to the cartel. While reviewing Hector's medical records, Gus realizes there is no nitroglycerin in Hector's system, meaning Nacho tried to kill him. He's been dealing for a while and lives a modest life, drives an average car etc. Nacho reports the plan to Gus, who plans to cancel the drops, but Nacho advises that this will reveal a mole within the Salamanca organization. The shot of Gus before we are even sure who he is, with half his face covered by shadow, is a terrific one and it tells us a lot about the man. After he is injured by a local gang, Gus has him taken to a pueblo Gus owns just inside the Mexican border, which includes a fountain dedicated to Max. A wooden board was placed until Aaron Paul and lifted upwards with a crane which had the camera attached. Because Lalo remains suspicious, Gus shuts down construction of the underground meth lab and has Mike send Werner's workers home. Walt persuades Gus to reconsider his decision, promising that he will never have to deal with Jesse and that their product will earn him enormous returns. After Mike disrupts two shipments without revealing his identity, Hector demands that Gus temporarily use his Los Pollos Hermanos trucks to ship both Hector's and Gus's drugs. Walt calls Saul, complaining that the businessman never showed up for their meeting. Breaking Bad Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. Jane arrives and introduces Jesse to heroin, handing him one of two two hypodermic needles. Running time Upon retrieving it after class, Walt reads a single text message: "POLLOS." “I don’t think we’re alike at all, Mr. White.” Jimmy tells Lalo he was alone and walked after his car broke down so that he would not put the money at risk. 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. Jane starts to leave, but turns around and follows Jesse into his bedroom. share | improve this question | follow | edited Oct 16 '14 at 11:10. A 2014 NPR article focusing on representations of Spanish and Spanglish in American television singled out the character of Fring, with one fan saying he was "so painful to listen to" and that it made them angry that "such a pivotal and fantastic character would have such a giant, noticeable, nails-on-a-chalkboard flaw. At his apartment, Jesse sits in his recliner listening as Skinny Pete leaves a voicemail recap of Combo's funeral. Simple, complicated, it doesn't matter. Lalo Salamanca arrives to oversee the Salamanca drug business. Walt gets the "POLLOS" text from Gus, goes to Pollos Hermanos, doesn't find Gus, and asks the manager for Gus's phone number. [23], For his portrayal of Gus, Esposito won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards and was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The manager on duty tells Walt that the man he mistook for the manager is actually the owner, Gustavo Fring. First Last " Mandala " " Box Cutter" (killed) Appearances in Better Call Saul; First Last " Witness " —— Appearance in El Camino No: Images (47) “ All his bullshit aside, it's called a cook. He distributes his meth through his Pollos Hermanos chicken franchise. 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. ("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. Just finished the Mandala ep and was wondering what on earth Gus Fring does with all his money. Worried about their safety, Walt gives Jesse a cigarette with a capsule of ricin hidden inside and tells him to poison Gus when he gets the chance, but Jesse does not follow through. The company is a subsidiary of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, a multinational company based in Germany which has ownership stakes in multiple subsidiaries. "Mandala" Adam Bernstein: George Mastras: May 17, 2009 () N/A: After one of their dealers, Combo, is murdered by a rival gang, Saul proposes new distribution method for Walt and Jesse's product. 7 of their "40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time". Anyone have some insight? "Mandala" means "Circle" in Sanskrit, which is a reference to the Buddhist teaching of "wheel of life", as the episode starts with the death of Combo and ends with Skyler going into labor. Episode Knowing that the security camera recordings stored on Gus' laptop can incriminate them, Walt, Jesse, and Mike use an electromagnet outside the police station to destroy the computer and its hard drive while it is in the police evidence room. The continuing investigation into Gus' death reaches his restaurant business and the destroyed superlab, which Walt and Jesse burned after Gus died. Z. Ray Wakeman as Los Pollos Hermanos Patron, Sonogram Office - The episode shows Skylar leaving the sonogram office. 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