Created by Vince Gilligan
In the second episode of season five of AMCâ€™s hit television series Breaking Bad, Walter White, the showâ€™s protagonist (played by Bryan Cranston), engineers a complicated ruse to convince Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), his partner in crimeâ€”they cook and sell methamphetamine togetherâ€”that he was not responsible for poisoning the son of Jesseâ€™s girlfriend. But Walt did poison the boy in a calculated move to trick Jesse into turning against the area drug lord and their boss in an underground meth super lab. When Jesse is fully convinced of Waltâ€™s innocence (the ruse is too complicated to explain here, but it involves a ricin-laden cigarette hidden in a robotic vacuum), he breaks down in sobs, horrified that he had previously threatened to shoot Walt. Walt strokes Jesseâ€™s shoulders in a comforting, paternal way and tells him all is forgiven.
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