‘Breaking Bad’: Jesse Having Dinner with Walt and Skyler Plus 3 Awkward Scenes Still Making Fans Cringe

Breaking Bad is one of the most heart-racing, blood-thumping dramas ever created with plenty of dark themes and violence. But even though most of the series includes drugs, corruption, murder, betrayal, and moral decay, there are quite a few awkward moments interspersed throughout.

From Walt hanging out in the desert in his tighty whities to that time he tossed a whole pizza on the roof, fans enjoy every moment of tense laughs and awkwardness on Breaking Bad. These are the most cringe-worthy scenes that fans will always remember from the series.

Jesse having dinner with Walt and Skyler

Walt and Skyler have Jesse over for dinner
Jesse having dinner at Walt and Skyler’s house | Ursula Coyote/AMC

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Walt and Jesse have a complicated relationship on Breaking Bad. But it’s nothing compared to the weird dynamic between Walt’s wife Skyler and his partner Jesse. The scene which exemplifies that perfectly is when Jesse comes over to the White’s house for dinner.

Walt invites Jesse to get revenge on both of the most prominent people in his life. “We wanted worlds to collide, characters who didn’t really belong together being forced to spend time with each other by the monstrous behavior of Walter White,” showrunner Vince Gilligan said in an interview with Vulture.

“You could see the gears turning in Walt’s head, couldn’t you? When he says, ‘Hey, why don’t we have dinner together?’, he clearly just wants to torture the two people who in his mind have betrayed him. It’s nasty, nasty stuff. Totally childish.”

As expected, the dinner is an extremely awkward affair, with Jesse making small talk and Walt and Skyler seething at each other.

Skyler singing ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ to Ted Beneke

In season 2 episode 11, Skyler sings the classic sultry song “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to her boss, Ted Beneke at his birthday celebration. There are several factors that make this moment awkward —first, Ted clearly has feelings for Skyler, who is married and pregnant at the time.

Also, Skyler sings it in front of all the employees they work with who are all cringing just as hard as the fans watching. It goes down in history as one of the uncomfortable Breaking Bad moments in history.

Walt forcing his underage son Walt Jr. to drink until he vomits

Walt, Hank, and Walt Jr.
Walt, Hank, and Walt Jr. | Lewis Jacob/AMC

Though it’s up for debate the exact moment Walt fully “breaks bad,” he shows small hints of what’s going to happen all along. One of those occurs during a party at his house.

Walt has a constant power struggle with Hank that’s exemplified during that party. In defiance, Walt gives his 16-year-old son Walt Jr. a drink of tequila. When he starts to pour him a second glass, Hank intervenes and tries to stop him, but Walt insists. Hank takes the bottle, and Walt becomes irate, saying, “My son! My bottle! My house!”

Their altercation ends with Skyler walking onto the scene and Walt Jr. throwing up from drinking way more than he can handle.

Walt forcing himself on Skyler

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One way Walt asserts power over the people in his life, unfortunately, is through sexual aggression. In one scene, Walt approaches Skyler in the kitchen and has sex with her seemingly against her will as her face presses up against the refrigerator.

The scene doesn’t get a lot of attention in the show, but many Breaking Bad fans remember how uncomfortable it was, especially when Walt Jr. sees the aftermath of his parents’ violent, upsetting sexual encounter.