I'm struggling to understand the ending of Breaking Bad S05E11.

At the end of the episode Jesse realizes that Huell stole the cigarettes and confronts Saul about it.
At one point, Jesse flat out says:

The ricin cigarette! You had him steal off of me! And all for that asshole Mr. White! He poisoned Brock! He poisoned Brock and you... you helped him!

I get that Jesse realizes that Huell stole his cigarettes the first and second time. I also get that Jesse realizes that Walt manipulated him into eliminating Gus. That makes sense. But how exactly does Jesse leap from thinking that Walt orchestrated the cigarettes being stolen to Walt poisoning Brock? Just because Walt manipulated him into helping him with the Gus situation doesn't necessarily mean that Walt was behind Brock's poisoning...

Something doesn't add up.


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This is because Jesse is a lot smarter than the viewers give him credit for.

Initially, Jesse only helped Walt because of Walt's speech about Gus poisoning Brock with the ricin in order to manipulate him into not only giving permission to kill Walt, but to do it himself.

Jesse, realizing these pieces fit believes him and helps Walt get the information he needs to finish Gus off. However at the end of Face Off it is revealed that Brock was actually poisoned by a flower called Lily of the Valley, later revealed to be in Walt's backyard, thus implicating Walt in the poisoning.

It has yet to be revealed how exactly Brock was poisoned, but nevertheless the facts remain that Walt orchestrated the ricin cigarette to be lifted from Jesse in order to help prove this idea, along with planting the fake in the Roomba to convince him that he had nothing to do with the poisoning in the first place.

Skip ahead to Confessions Jesse pieces together that Huell must have lifted the ricin cigarette from him just like his weed this time. From here he connects that Saul must have had something to do with the poisoning considering this is his perceived second time having something lifted by Huell.

He then goes to Saul's office, literally beats the truth out of him that it was all orchestrated by Walt. This sends Jesse into a fit of rage, ready to burn down the White residence at the end of the episode.

The whole connection goes back to Jesse realizing that the only person that wanted Gus dead at that point, was Walt. There is only one person he knew of that was that vindictive and manipulative enough to accomplish this task and instead of just asking for Jesse's help in eliminating him, he went to the trouble of not only poisoning a child, something very against Jesse's ideals, but a child that Jesse was close to to begin with.

While Walt may not be the one directly responsible for Brock's poisoning, Jesse believes that no one else could have orchestrated such an act whether or not it was actually Kuby, or Huell, or Saul, or a random meth head that did it, it all points back to Walt's planning and idea.

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    But wouldn't Jessie still believe that the cigarette with the Ricin WAS found in his home by Walt. So, how could Huell have lifted that cigarette? Also, Jessie knows that Brock was not poisoned with Ricin! Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 14:23
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    @richieaj He suspected to begin with that Huell had lifted the cigarette. Walt had to convince him of otherwise with the fiction he spun combined with the fake cigarette.
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 14:51
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    I'm still missing the leap here... because BEFORE he beats the truth out of Saul, he accuses Walt of having poisoned Brock. So even before Saul said anything Jesse had a strong suspicion that Walt poisoned Brock. I guess Jesse assumes that since Walt was manipulating him about the cigarettes Walt may have had grander plans this whole time?
    – Mike B
    Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 15:06
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    @MikeB Yes. He assumes this based on two things: Jesse realizes that it was more likely that Huell lifted the ricin cigarette than he had lost it, and the most likely reason for Huell to do this would be at Walt's request. This means Walt KNEW Gus hadn't used the ricin to poison Brock, leading Jesse to believe it was Walt.
    – colti
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 15:16
  • @colti Thanks. That's the missing piece I was confused about.
    – Mike B
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 17:15
  • Walt wants to kill Gus because he knows Gus wants him dead. He talks Jesse into doing it.
  • Walt gives Jesse the cigarette with the ricin to kill Gus but it doesn't happen as Jesse is becoming loyal to Gus and Mike.
  • Walt is cornered now and decides to turn Jesse against Gus by making Jesse believe that Gus has poisoned Brock. [off camera]
  • He tells Saul to remove the ricin in Jesse's cigarette pack [off camera]
  • Saul's bodyguard Huell removes the ricin by patting Jesse down.
  • At the same time Walt poisons Brock somehow with Lily of the Valley knowing it will make him sick but won't kill him. [off camera]
  • Jesse finds out Brock is very ill and when he sees the ricin missing he's convinced that Walt is responsible. Jesse thinks that Walt used Saul's bodyguard Huell to remove the ricin so that he could use it to poison Brock. Jesse thinks Walt did that to get back at him for helping Gus.
  • Walt convinces Jesse that Gus is responsible: he says that Gus had probably figured out about their ricin plan through all the cameras in the lab, and Tyrus probably took the ricin. Walt says Gus poisoned Brock so that Jesse would blame Walt. He also tells Jesse that Gus has used kids before.
  • Jesse believes Walt and helps him get the information he needs to finish Gus. Walt's plan has worked.
  • Walt kills Gus using Tio. Jesse finds out that Brock wasn't poisoned by ricin and he freaks out because he thinks he has lost the ricin somewhere and he also realizes that Gus didn't poison Brock.
  • Walt convinces Jesse that Gus deserved to die anyway and that he probably lost the ricin somewhere.
  • Walt hides the ricin that Saul had given him back previously.
  • Walt puts a fake vial of ricin into Jesse's Roomba and then helps Jesse searching around the house until they find it.
  • Later in the series Huell pickpockets Jesse again this time to replace some weed Jesse had with a pack of cigarettes.
  • Jesse finds out and at this point he realizes that it was indeed Huell who took the ricin that first time. Although he probably doesn't understands the whole plot that Walt has orchestrated he knows he was manipulated big time and he's very angry.
  • Jesse goes to Saul and tells him at gun point that Walt used Saul to poison Brock. Saul confesses.
  • This really clears it up, thanks. Although it still feels like quite a leap of logic from "Huell stole my weed" to "Huell must have taken the ricin"
    – komodosp
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 7:31

Not really. Jesse probably thought he was just being paranoid when he first thought that Huell pickpocketed him for the ricin, especially after he ended up believing Walt that Gus was the one behind the posioning and then, subsequently, finding out that it was the Lily of the Valley berries that actually poisoned Brock.

But, when Huell ACTUALLY pickpocketed him of his weed, he realized that he might not have just been being paranoid afterall.


It was Huell who switched out his ricin cigarette which actually hadnt been switched out but rather lost by himself in his house and later found in the roomba, but said ricin had been used to poison Brock who wasnt actually poisoned by ricin but rather a random poisonous flower that a child like himself might just pick up and eat. This, is what Jesse realised when he saw that Huell had pickpocketed his weed from him. Its a bigass stretch but hey, its the best serie ever made so i'll look the other way.

  • Hi, welcome to Movies & TV. Do you have any evidence that Huell didn't take the cigarette and that Jesse actually lost it?
    – DavidW
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 0:30

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