“Better Call Saul” is a prequel and a sequel flashforward to “Breaking Bad” Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is a seedy, shifty, and morally flexible lawyer in “Breaking Bad.” In “Better Call Saul,” we see the character’s origin story as he undergoes trials and tribulations involving several other characters we later meet in “Breaking Bad,” which sets up Walter White’s underworld connections and accomplices (Bryan Cranston).
Saul Goodman is an alias for Jimmy McGill in “Better Call Saul.” But he has others. In flashforwards, Jimmy/Saul works as a Cinnabon manager in a Nebraska mall as Gene Takavic. In these flashforwards, Gene interacts with cab driver Jeff (played initially by Don Harvey), who recognizes “Gene” as Saul Goodman.
Gene and Jeff decide to rob a store at the mall in the Season 6 episode “Nippy.” But fans of “Better Call Saul” who pay close attention might have noticed that the actor who plays Jeff has changed. This is why.
Due to a contract, Jeff had to be played by someone else.
In earlier episodes of “Better Call Saul,” Jeff was played by Don Harvey. However, in the Season 6 episode “Nippy,” Jeff is played by Pat Healy. Why did things change? The story has no explanation, like the character getting plastic surgery to hide from the police. It seems more likely that the reason for the recast is Harvey’s contractual obligations outside the show.
Entertainment Weekly, citing Instagram fan account @all about saul. Reported that the cast shakeup was due to Harvey’s appearance on HBO’s “We Own This City.” Due to his obligations on the other show, Harvey couldn’t play Jeff. It appears that whatever role Jeff plays in the series’ final episodes is essential. As the show recast him when Harvey was no longer available.
Even though some might be surprised “Better Call Saul” fans, it makes sense that Jeff has to stay around. The character is a link between the past and the future. And it will be interesting to see what happens in the show’s last few episodes.