Jesse PinkmanPlayed by Aaron Paul
Jesse Pinkman is Walt's former student and partner in the meth business. He was never the brightest student, but has grown to be a skilled meth cook in his own right under Walt’s guidance. Jesse initially handled the "street" part of the operation, though his blunders often required Walt's intervention.
When Walt briefly retires from the meth business, Jesse angers him by cooking solo in their RV. Walt undermines Jesse’s operation by striking a deal with Gus, a high-level distributor. Relations between the partners deteriorate further after Walt and Jesse trick Hank into leaving the junkyard where he tracked the RV to -- especially when Hank comes after Jesse later and nearly beats him to a pulp. Walt eventually mollifies Jesse by offering him a job in Gus’ superlab.
Jesse is unaware that Walt stood by and did nothing while Jesse’s girlfriend Jane died, a death for which he blames himself. Relapsing addict Jane had been blackmailing Walt, who was witholding Jesse’s half of the profits because he didn’t approve of Jesse and Jane’s drug use. After Walt delivered Jesse’s money, the couple promised they’d get clean and start a new life somewhere else -- but first, they’d spend one final night using up the rest of their stash. Jane overdosed as Jesse was sleeping, and visiting Walt looked on.
When Jesse learns Gus’ dealers are responsible for the deaths of his friend Combo and his girlfriend’s brother, he tries to take revenge. Walt kills the dealers to protect Jesse, and later asks him to kill Walt’s former lab assistant, Gale, so that Walt will remain Gus’ sole cook. It’s the only way to stop Gus from killing both Jesse and Walt.
To numb his guilt over murdering Gale, Jesse begins using drugs again. Gus attempts to rehabilitate Jesse -- and undercut his loyalty Walt -- by elevating him in the meth operation.
Gus brings Jesse to Mexico so that he could teach Walt's formula to Cartel chemists in order to quell a war. After successfully cooking a batch, Jesse assists Gus and Mike in assassinating Cartel kingpin Don Eladio and his capos.
When his new girlfriend’s son Brock is hospitalized with signs of ricin poisoning, Jesse comes after Walt in a fury. Walt falsely accuses Gus of poisoning Brock, since Gus’ associates have a history of hurting children. Jesse believes him, and provides information that enables Walt to ambush and kill Gus.
Jesse becomes an emotional wreck when he can’t find the missing ricin cigarette -- even after it’s revealed that Brock was poisoned with Lily of the Valley. While pretending to help search for it, Walt plants a fake ricin cigarette in Jesse’s house. Jesse finds it and breaks down, apologizing for suspecting Walt of poisoning Brock.
Walt and Jesse restart the meth operation, convincing Mike to be their third partner. Jesse acts as a buffer between Walt and Mike, who rarely see eye to eye. Together, Walt and Jesse build an ingenious mobile laboratory, and Jesse is able to maintain a stable, sober life with Andrea and Brock. That is, until controlling Walt convinces him to break up with Andrea, in order to protect her from a life of lies.
When the train robbery results in the death of an innocent child, Jesse decides to pull out of the meth business permanently. Mike convinces a local distributor to buy out their shares of the stolen methylamine, and -- after some compromises on Walt’s behalf -- Jesse is free to leave the business.
His decision to leave angers Walt, and the two part on bad terms. Jesse asks Walt for his cut of the methylamine buyout, but Walt refuses to give it to him. He claims that Jesse shouldn’t accept dirty blood money. When Walt decides to pull out of the business himself several months later, he pays Jesse a visit and gives him his share of the cash.
Jesse Pinkman Quotes
“Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, age what, 60? He’s just gonna break bad?”Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
“Like I came to you, begging to cook meth. ‘Oh, hey, nerdiest old dude I know, you wanna come cook crystal?’ Please. I’d ask my diaper-wearing granny, but her wheelchair wouldn’t fit in the RV.”Season 1, Episode 2: “Cat’s in the Bag…”
“Oh well, heil Hitler, bitch. And let me tell you something else. We flipped a coin, okay? You and me. You and me! Coin flip is sacred! Your job is waiting for you in that basement, as per the coin!”Season 1, Episode 3: “…And the Bag’s in the River”
“This place is falling apart, yo. The tub fell through the ceiling and gave me this black eye. Shit’s bananas.”Season 1, Episode 4: “Cancer Man”
“I got two dudes that turned into raspberry slushie then flushed down my toilet. I can’t even take a proper dump in there. I mean, the whole damn house has got to be haunted by now.”Season 1, Episode 7: “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”
“Without even talking to me, you told this insane-ass clown, dead-eyed killer, that we’d give him two pounds a week. No don’t talk to me about hours, what about sudo man? How are we gonna get that? You think the meth fairy is just gonna bring it to us?”Season 1, Episode 7: “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”
“Yeah Mr. White! You really do have a plan! Yeah science!”Season 1, Episode 7: “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”
“We do things my way this time. Or I walk. You need me more than I need you… Walt“Season 2, Episode 6: “Peekaboo”
“Spooge? Not Mad Dog? Not Diesel? So let me get this straight, you got jacked by a guy named Spooge?”Season 2, Episode 6: “Peekaboo”
“You don’t need a criminal lawyer. You need a criminal lawyer.”Season 2, Episode 8: “Better Call Saul”
“We got an entire lab right here, alright. How about you take some of these chemicals and mix up some rocket fuel that way you can send up a signal flare, or you make some kind of robot to get us out, or a homing device, or build a new battery. Why don’t we just take some stuff off the RV and build something completely different, like a dune buggy, that way we can just dune-buggy our… what, what is it?”Season 2, Episode 9: “4 Days Out”
“Right on. New Zealand. That’s where they made Lord of the Rings. I say we just move there, yo. I mean, you can do your art, right? Like, you can paint the local castles and shit. And I can be a bush pilot.”Season 2, Episode 12: “Phoenix”
“Jesse: You either run from things, or you face them, Mr. White.Season 3, Episode 1: “No Mas”
Walt: And what exactly does that mean?
Jesse: I learned it in rehab. It’s all about accepting who you really are. I accept who I am.
Walt: And who are you?
Jesse: I’m the bad guy.”
“Hey, you girls want to meet my fat stack?”Season 3, Episode 5: “Mas”
“This is my own private domicile, and I will not be harassed… Bitch!”Season 3, Episode 6: “Sunset”
“So, roll me further bitch!”Season 3, Episode 8: “I See You”
“We should have ditched that RV months ago, its all like, shiny up in here.”Season 3, Episode 8: “I See You”
“What good is being an outlaw when you have responsibilities?”Season 3, Episode 9: “Kafkaesque”
“Gatorade me bitch!”Season 3, Episode 10: “Fly”
“Is that your fly-saber?”Season 3, Episode 10: “Fly”
“Look, I like making cherry product, but let’s keep it real, alright? We make poison for people who don’t care. We probably have the most unpicky customers in the world.”Season 3, Episode 10: “Fly”
“Not like any vagina I ever saw. This chick have medical issues?”Season 3, Episode 11: “Abiquiu”
“Hearts and minds, right? Get them young and they’ll be yours forever.”Season 3, Episode 12: “Half Measures”
“We had a good run, Mr. White. But it’s over.”Season 3, Episode 13: “Full Measure”
“We’re all on the same page. The one that says, if I can’t kill you, you’ll sure as sh– wish you were dead.”Season 4, Episode 1: Box Cutter
“Keep this party going. I mean it, yo. I want this place kicking harder than a sensei when I get back.”Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-eight Snub
“Use it to get you and Brock out of that sh–hole of a neighborhood. Or could go out and spend it on glass, and I’d have no way of stopping you. But I gotta believe you won’t do that.”Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-eight Snub
“You stickin’, or do I gotta flip you over and check you for a sliz?”Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-eight Snub
“Money!”Season 4, Episode 3: Open House
“Your brother-in-law’s got such a hard-on for me… If the cops would have found my prints within five blocks of that place, they would have picked me up by now.”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“I’m supposed to promise, cross my heart, to like straighten up and fly right, or toe the line, or some other crap I’m not going to say?”Season 4, Episode 4: Bullet Points
“You got me riding shotgun to every dark anal recess of this state. It’d be nice if you clued me in a little.”Season 4, Episode 5: Shotgun
“I see this thing probably started as Gus getting Mike to babysit me. But you know what? I saved Mike from getting robbed. Even killed, maybe. So maybe I’m not such a loser after all.”Season 4, Episode 6: Cornered
“Drop the sales pitch. I’ll do it. I’ll kill him first chance I get.”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“I put him down. I watched him go. I was looking at him straight in the eye. And he didn’t know what was happening. He didn’t know why. He was just scared. And then, he was gone.”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“So no matter what I do, hooray for me because I’m a great guy? It’s all good? No matter how many dogs I kill, I just do an inventory and accept?”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“You know what? Why I’m here in the first place? Is to sell you meth. You’re nothing to me but customers! I made you my bitch. You okay with that?”Season 4, Episode 7: Problem Dog
“What if this is like math, or algebra? And you add a plus douchebag to a minus douchebag, and you get, like, zero douchebags?”Season 4, Episode 8: Hermanos
“That Terminator sh–. Walking right into the bullets. What the hell was he doin’?”Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“You kill Mr. White, you’re gonna have to kill me too.”Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“Everything I’ve done for you. You put a bug on my car?”Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“Get the f–k out of here and never come back.”Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“Tell this asshole that if he wants to learn how to make my product, he’s gotta do it my way. The right way.”Season 4, Episode 10: Salud
“I suggest you stop whining like a little bitch, and do what I say.”Season 4, Episode 10: Salud
“I don’t get a vote? I’m supposed to just stay down here forever?”Season 4, Episode 10: Salud
“Let Mr. White go. Pay him off, or fire him. Don’t kill him.”Season 4, Episode 11: Crawl Space
“This is your way of ripping my heart out before you’re dead and gone. Just admit it. Admit what you did!”Season 4, Episode 12: End Times
“Did you just bring a bomb into a hospital?”Season 4, Episode 13: Face Off
“Sometimes your brain makes these connections.”Season 4, Episode 13: Face Off
“So Gus didn’t poison him after all. But still, he had to go, right?”Season 4, Episode 13: Face Off