Mike EhrmantrautPlayed by Jonathan Banks
Mike is Saul Goodman's fixer, his go-to guy for sticky situations such as Jesse's girlfriend Jane's death. Mike removes evidence and prepares the shell-shocked Jesse for his interview with the police. Mike sums up his M.O. as he prepares to leave Jesse's duplex: "Do I need to state the obvious?" he says. "I was not here."
Although he works for Saul, Mike's chief loyalty is to another employer, Gus Fring. Mike bugs the White home for Saul, but when the Cousins arrive intending to murder Walt, Mike calls Gus's subordinate Victor. "I'm assuming Saul Goodman doesn't need to know," says Mike after the Cousins withdraw from Walt's house.
On behalf of Gus, Mike murders one of the Cousins and single-handedly outmaneuvers four cartel gunmen sent to Albuquerque to probe for weaknesses. When Walt angers Gus by killing two of his dealers, the responsibility for murdering Walt also falls to Mike, who makes a rare slip-up allowing Walt to call Jesse, ostensibly to get a line on his whereabouts. Walt uses the opportunity to instruct Jesse to kill Gale -- Walt's former lab assistant, and the only other person who knows Walt's meth formula.
After Gus kills Victor in cold blood, Walt urges Mike to help him kill Gus, lest they receive the same treatment someday. Mike responds by punching Walt in the face, and later participates in Gus's ploy to drive a wedge between the partners by elevating Jesse within the meth operation.
Mike accompanies Gus and Jesse on a high-stakes trip to Mexico that ends in the death of the cartel boss Don Eladio and several capos. Mike is shot as the three flee Eladio's compound. Afterwards, Mike is too injured to return to the U.S. with Gus and Jesse. Gus tells Jesse that he'll send for Mike after he's healed.
“Saul Goodman sent me.”Season 2, Episode 13: “ABQ”
“I woke up, I found her, that’s all I know.”Season 2, Episode 13: “ABQ”
“Do I need to state the obvious? I wasn’t here.”Season 2, Episode 13: “ABQ”
Walt: “Are [the police] here now?”Season 2, Episode 13: “ABQ”
Mike: “I don’t see any sign, but that’s the point. Police could be the least of it: You could just get mugged or shot.”
“You know Walter, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have someone watching your back.”Season 3, Episode 4: “Green Light”
“Gus: He will live for the foreseeable future, yes?Season 3, Episode 4: “Green Light”
Mike: Mm, foreseeable. Couple of years at least, barring acts of God or men with axes.”
“The moral of the story is, I chose a half measure, when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures, Walter.”Season 3, Episode 12: “Half Measures”
“Walt: I want assurances.Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
Mike: I assure you I can kill you from way over here.”
“Walt: You said no half measures.Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
Mike: Yeah, it’s funny how words can be so open to interpretation.”
“Saul: Where’s the trust?Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
Mike: I trust the hole in the desert I’ll leave you in.”
“Saul, don’t make me beat you until your legs don’t work.”Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
“Walt: Mike, you don’t have to do this.Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
Mike: Yeah, unfortunately we do. Downstairs, Walter.”
“Give it a second weigh if you would, please. New policy.”Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-Eight Snub
“Go home, Walter.”Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-Eight Snub
“Do yourself a favor and learn to take yes for an answer.”Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-Eight Snub
“You want to know what’s next for Miss Pissed-in-His-Pants?”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“You’re on thin ice, you little sh–head.”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“You are not the guy. You’re not capable of being the guy. I had a guy, but now I don’t. You are not the guy.”Season 4, Episode 5: Shotgun
“Sit here, shut up, and stay in the car.”Season 4, Episode 5: Shotgun
“Just like you wanted. The kid’s a hero.”Season 4, Episode 5: Shotgun
“Let me hire ten, fifteen more good operators, and we hit ‘em back, hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em where they live.”Season 4, Episode 6: Cornered
“The order of the day is eyes open, mouth shut.”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“If I had to put it in a word, I’d guess ‘loyalty.’ Yeah. Only maybe you got it for the wrong guy.”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“Guy’s gone totally maverick. He’s Miss Daisy with binoculars.”Season 4, Episode 8: Hermanos
“Dealing with both Schrader and the Mexicans at the same time? If he happens to be watching when they make a move, it could be the perfect storm.”Season 4, Episode 8: Hermanos
“The Cartel needs Gus. His distribution network. They’re not looking to kill him.”Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“I promise you this: Either we’re all going home, or none of us are.”Season 4, Episode 10: Salud
“Make yourself useful. Find a gun.”Season 4, Episode 10: Salud