'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul surprises on 'Saturday Night Live' premiere
Tina who? Comedian Fey may have been the host of the 39th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," but it was "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul who stole the show.
The actor, who plays Jesse Pinkman on the Emmy-winning AMC drama, surprised viewers with appearances in three skits, each one giving mention to "Breaking Bad," which airs its highly anticipated series finale Sunday.
In the show's cold open, Paul as Jesse appeared at President Obama's (Jay Pharoah) press conference about how Obamacare will help many Americans, and regaled the audience with the tale of his pal and mentor, Walter White.
"Yeah, I had this friend, you know, and he got sick. Like, cancer sick. But because there wasn’t Obamacare, he couldn’t afford treatments, so he was, like, backed into a corner. You know what I mean? So, he did what any of us would have done — he started cooking meth," Jesse told a flustered Obama. "And soon, it wasn't just meth ... it was murder, you know? And not regular murder. Like, he blew half a guy's face off."
As Obama rushed to get him off the stage, Jesse asked, "Wait wait wait wait wait! You don't want to know what happened to my friend?!"
The resounding answer to that? "NO!"
Paul later appeared in a parody commercial for electronic cigarettes, shilling "e meth" instead. After various "SNL" cast members praised the merits of being able to "ride the ice pony" anywhere, Paul as entrepreneur Pinkman delivered the closing line, "Emeth, you know it's good because it's blue, b----!"
In his final appearance, Paul played Meth Nephew opposite Bobby Moynihan's Drunk Uncle during the "Weekend Update" segment with anchor Seth Meyers. After a long and not entirely funny rant about "back to school" and not winning an Emmy, Drunk Uncle asked, "Hey man, what day is it? Is it Sunday yet? Is it the Sabbath? I'm supposed to watch 'Breaking Bad' with my dumb sister's stupid kid."
Out rolled a clearly tweaked out Jesse Pinkman, who teased, "Hey, Seth, I got a knock-knock joke for you!"
"NO! I am the one who knock knocks," declared Drunk Uncle in a nod to one of "Breaking Bad's" most chilling lines by Walter.
Though some of the best moments of the night were clearly thanks to Paul, Fey's spoof on HBO's "Girls" was pretty good. In a parody teaser, the comedian plays Hannah's new Albanian refugee roommate, Blerta, who puts the other girls' first-world problems to shame.
Miley Cyrus is set to host next week's "Saturday Night Live." The "Breaking Bad" finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.