If Breaking Bad changed TV forever, and Better Call Saul perfected it, then you'd think the common ingredient to make great television is Saul Goodman. You wouldn't be wrong, but of course, you'd be forgetting Mike Ehrmantraut. Sure, Walter White is the iconic OG, Saul Goodman is neutral good personified, but Mike Ehrmantraut is everyone's problematic fave.
Able to quickly solve a problem with deadly force while somehow still being the voice of reason, Mike is the kind of cold-blooded wetwork guy you somehow wouldn't mind having as a grandfather. Throughout his run on Breaking Bad and later Better Call Saul, we've seen Mike grow from a shadowy assassin to a conflicted man full of intense feelings. But no matter what Mike has been or will become, the one thing he's consistently remained is one of the best parts of both series he's appeared in. The best Mike Ehrmantraut episodes of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are masterpieces that show off the best of what each series can be when firing on all cylinders.
So let's skip all the build-up and get down to business in a way that Mike would approve of because it's time to get cooking and rank the best Mike episodes of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
Mike drives Jesse to numerous isolated drop-off spots all over New Mexico, where Gus's dealers leave the money from their sales for pickup.
Original Airing: Aug 14 2011
Season: Breaking Bad - Season 4
Episode Number: 5
Walt and Jesse offer Mike an equal, three-way partnership in a new meth operation. Mike refuses, explaining that Walt is a dangerous "time bomb."
Original Airing: Jul 22 2012
Season: Breaking Bad - Season 5
Episode Number: 2
Mike makes an unannounced visit to Walt at home, telling him that he is not going to follow Saul's plan to have Jesse sent to jail.
Original Airing: Jun 06 2010
Season: Breaking Bad - Season 3
Episode Number: 12