Walter White (Bryan Cranston) might have brought the science know-how to his business partnership with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) on Breaking Bad, but Jesse had the street smarts on how the drug game functioned. Unfortunately for him, Walt’s science skills were way too proficient, and it wasn’t long before Jesse found himself literally bound in chains after getting in too deep. While we’re sure you won’t be in the same kind of trouble, we urge you to think back to these Breaking Bad moments next time you feel a little over your head.
“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 sh*t. And I can be a bush pilot.”
It was evident from the beginning that Jane and Jesse never had a chance, but you couldn’t help but root for them to somehow make it. When Jane’s father suspected that she was using and shacking up with Jesse, Jesse had his own dilemma with the money he was owed by Walt. They both wanted to leave their problems behind and start anew, and when Jane eventually got Jesse’s money from Walt the two devised an escape plan that was never going to get off the ground.
Just about everyone has fantasized at one time or another about running off to some new place where nobody knows your name to start a fresh life. Running away from your problems rarely works out, but even still, that doesn’t mean you can’t at least fantasize about the bush pilot life.
In season four’s “Cornered,” Gus praises Jesse for his work in scouting out a meth house and decides to keep him around. When Jesse asks “Why me?” Gus responds “I like to think I see things in people.” Considering Gus’ reputation for cutting people’s throats with box cutters, there’s a good chance Jesse thought to himself again “Why me?” as in, “Why is it me who is so unlucky to be in business with this maniac?”
It’s a line that’s bound to come to mind whenever you find yourself in a most unfortunate situation and questioning your current place in the universe. Hopefully, whatever unfortunate predicament you’re in pales in comparison to Jesse’s.