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Jesse's Best Scene In Breaking Bad According To Fans

Aaron Paul's role as Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad" was a career breakthrough for the actor. Throughout the show's progression, Jesse got roped into his former chemistry teacher Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) drug kingpin aspirations and become a point of sympathy for fans, who rallied around him as he was subjected time and again to Walt's manipulation and abuse. The character was also a common source of comic relief amid the bleak, violent New Mexico landscape of drug cartel bosses.

Jesse got put through the wringer countless times, from the death of his girlfriend Jane (Krysten Ritter) to being forced to shoot the kindly chemist, Gale Boetticher (David Costabile). He had loved ones killed in front of him and was imprisoned by a gang of white supremacist thugs who forced him to cook meth for their operation in Season 5, not to mention his numerous relapses into drug addiction. With so much darkness eating away at him, fans always loved to see Jesse win for a change. In a scene many consider to be his best moment, Jesse finally came out on top.

Jesse buying his parents' house is a fan-favorite Breaking Bad moment

The B-plot of the Season 3 episode "Caballo sin Nombre" follows Jesse Pinkman as he discovers that his parents have renovated the home he grew up in and put it up for sale. Jesse's dad Adam (Michael Bofshever) refuses to let him inside, so Jesse recruits Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), for a job.

Saul meets with Jesse's parents and their lawyer, telling them he represents a client who wants to buy their house in cash. The Pinkmans want over $800,000 for the property, but Saul counters with $400,000. When they refuse, Saul reveals his ace: he knows there used to be a meth lab in the basement, which the Pinkmans are covering up to avoid tanking the home's value. Back at the house, the Pinkmans wait for their buyer to show up. Jesse arrives and they tell him to leave, but he ignores them and walks toward the door. "Where do you think you're going?" his mom Diane (Tess Harper) asks, to which Jesse responds by holding up the keys. "Inside," he says. "I bought the place."

Fans rank the scene highly, and in a highly upvoted post on Reddit, u/More-Expression called it a favorite from the show. Others concurred, with u/AtheistComic writing, "This is why Breaking Bad was such a good show... they set up these amazing payoff moments." Some fans pointed out how satisfying it was to see Jesse triumph for once, with u/endlessunshine833 summing things up. "Serious retribution in this scene. loved it," they wrote. "im so glad people react viscerally to the same moments i do. it just shows you how good the writing is."