- "I got a power inside me. A power that rivals God's. I can command anyone in the universe to do my biddin'. I can call upon the angels. I can send a man to Hell if I want."
- —Jesse explains his power to the Saint of Killers[src]
Reverend Jesse Custer is a former Texas preacher who merged with a mysterious creature known as Genesis, developing the ability to make anyone do anything he says.
When Jesse summoned God in front of Annville, Jesse realized the figure was an impostor. After learning that God had abandoned Heaven, Jesse began a crusade with Tulip and Cassidy, in search of God. After learning God enjoys jazz, Jesse and his friends left for New Orleans.
Jesse often helped his father prepare the church for Sunday service.
When he was caught with his friends who were smoking, his father made an example of him by whipping him in front of them.
Jesse was woken up one night by his father. His father brought him to QM&P and had him wait outside while his father tried to help Odin cope with the loss of his family. While waiting, Jesse stole an ashtray. As Jesse and John left, Jesse peeked in and looked at the horror in Odin's office. On the drive home, Jesse was told that some men can't be saved.
Jesse and Tulip got into an altercation with Donnie Schenck and his friends. The two were sent to wait out the principal's office. Jesse's father then yelled at him. When Jesse's father told him to go home, Jesse insisted they bring Tulip as her mother was in jail and her uncle was too drunk. After his father agreed, Jesse prayed to God, thanking him for his father making the right choice.
Jesse and Tulip horse played at the church, with Tulip getting the upper hand. The two were then caught by Jesse's father. John asked if they did their homework and Jesse told him he finished it on the bus. Jesse and Tulip were then told to clean the dishes.
That night, Jesse was woken up by Tulip who asked him "Till the end of the world, right?", which Jesse confirmed. The following day, Jesse begged his father as Tulip was taken away by child services. Jesse ran after the car but failed to catch up. Jesse told his father that Tulip did nothing wrong but his father told him that she's an O'Hare and there's bound to be trouble. At night, Jesse prayed to God, asking him to take care of Tulip, kill his father and condemn him to Hell.
- John Custer: "Much bigger things are comin' for you. Much bigger things than this here. So you got to be one of the good guys. 'Cause why?"
- Jesse Custer: "'Cause there's way too many of the bad."
- —Jesse's promise to his father.[src]
Jesse was woken up one night. Jesse was told to hide under the bed. Once he hid, he watched his father get knocked out. Jesse and his father were then dragged outside. Jesse then watched his father killed in front of him by a man with a tattoo of a skull and a star and horseshoe in a single tattoo on his right arm. Before his father was killed, he promised him to grow up to be one of the good guys, before apologizing to his dad, telling him he asked for him to be killed.
In 2010, Jesse and Tulip were on the run from the Rodriguez brothers. Once, the two ate at a diner outside Kansas City.
In 2014, during a bank robbery with Carlos, Jesse and Tulip were betrayed. While fooling and flirting on the job, Carlos was upset and jealous of the two. Carlos set a security guard free, who Jesse would ultimately kill. The shock of Carlos' betrayal caused Tulip to miscarry.
In the following months, Jesse got a job as a bartender. During which, Jesse and Tulip continuously tried for another baby but to no success. Eventually, Jesse discovered Tulip was working with Dany again, discovering she lied about her real-estate job. Jesse confronted her, expressing his disappointment in her. Shortly after, Jesse decided to leave Tulip and return to Annville to follow his fathers footsteps as a preacher.
Following his father's footstepsEdit
In his early days as a preacher, Jesse often lacked confidence in his sermons, though his congregation followed him. One day after a sermon, a congregant spoke to him on his mother who criticized him far too often. Jesse told him he should open his heart to his mother. Shortly after, Chris Schenck spoke to him about his father abusing his mother. Chris asked Jesse if he could hurt him, though Jesse told him violence wasn't the answer, despite his sinful past. Jesse told Chris he may not harm Donnie but he would do something about it.
That night, Hugo Root asked Jesse if he could swing by his house one night to visit his son. Jesse agreed to stop by the following night. Jesse reported Donnie for domestic violence, though Hugo told him he wouldn't take action unless Betsy reported him herself.
Jesse confronted Betsy on Donnie. Betsy confirmed her son's allegations but admitted she enjoyed the beatings.
That night, Jesse and Tulip caught up. Tulip asked Jesse to do one last job together, but Jesse turned her down. Later, Jesse went to visit Eugene. Jesse reassured Eugene that God doesn't hold grudges, even for what he had done. At a bar, Jesse briefly conversed with Cassidy, though Jesse told him he couldn't understand him. Shortly after, Donnie arrived and attacked Jesse for speaking to his wife. After Donnie told Jesse he was going to hurt Chris, Jesse took out Donnie and his friends. Before being arrested by Hugo Root, Jesse broke Donnie's wrist.
While under custody with Cassidy, Jesse claimed he was a lousy preacher, claiming he never should've returned. When Jesse's bail was up, Jesse thanked Cassidy for helping him at the bar. Jesse was then driven back to his church by Emily. Jesse told Emily he planned on quitting, announcing it during his sermon on the coming Sunday. When Jesse returned to his church, he was struck by a mysterious entity. The following day, Jesse woke up to the company of Emily. Later, when he was nagged by Ted about his mother, Jesse told him for the last time to open his heart to his mother. During his sermon, Jesse announced leaving but halfway through, Jesse decided it wasn't time to leave and realized the purpose of his return.
Jesse baptized his parishioners, washing away their sins. That day, Linus confessed to Jesse of being attracted to a child he drives on his school bus. Jesse told him to repent and urged him not to take any action on the little girl.
Days later, Jesse and Emily Woodrow requested suggestions outside a local grocery store. When he returned to his truck, he found his steering wheel was missing and Tulip drove by and mocked Jesse's dull life.
Jesse returned to his church where he was greeted by Cassidy. The two briefly argue and when Cassidy revealed he's a vampire, Jesse believed him to be joking. Cassidy took a flask out and urged Jesse not to drink it was it was too potent for a human. Jesse snatched the flash and took a drink and immediately collapsed. Later, Fiore and DeBlanc stood over an unconscious Jesse in an attempt to extract Genesis. Before they could chainsaw him, Cassidy came by and rescued him.
While driving back to his church, Jesse stopped as he spotted a car seat in the middle of the road. When Jesse investigated, he was tasered and brought to the Toadvine. His captor quickly revealed herself to be Tulip, who told him that she would keep asking him to do the job. Jesse was told that he would likely revert to his old ways but Jesse remained uninterested. Tulip left, revealing Jesse was never locked up.
Discovering his new-found powersEdit
At his church, while cutting up the chains, Eugene came and told Jesse he still felt guilty and his sins weren't fully washed away. When Eugene told Jesse he couldn't change no matter how hard he tried, Jesse went to Linus' house. Jesse attacked Linus and dunked his head in hot water over and over, telling him to forgot the little girl he spoke of. Eventually, Linus asked which girl he was talking about. Confused, Jesse quickly left Linus' house. The following day, realizing his words may have power over others, he told Tracy to open her eyes. Once Tracy opened her eyes, Jesse ran off.
Jesse showed his powers to Cassidy, making him do embarrassing acts. Once he had enough, he made Cassidy "fly" into a wall. Cassidy asked him how long he had the powers and Jesse believed he had it since the night before. While Jesse believed what he had was a curse, Cassidy told him to imagine the possibilities.
While driving down a highway, Jesse stopped for Tulip. During which, Jesse learned that Tulip found the last known address for Carlos. Despite trying to fight his past, Jesse was convinced to follow Tulip. At a gas station, Jesse planned on telling Tulip something important, though instead withheld her from said information. Jesse then went to the restroom, where he was confronted by Donnie. Donnie pointed a gun to his head, asking him to squeal like he made him do. Jesse however made Donnie turn the gun on himself. Before making him kill himself, Jesse spared Donnie. Jesse then told Tulip he changed his mind and he couldn't go after Carlos.
The following day, Jesse held a funeral for Ted, though only Emily showed up.
Jesse was told by Cassidy about DeBlanc and Fiore, though Jesse didn't pay much attention. Cassidy advised him to leave town and go on a road trip, though Jesse evaded the advice. Jesse then told Cassidy to fix the air conditioning. When Cassidy told him that people would want the entity inside him, Jesse told Cassidy he would give it to them before driving off.
Jesse arrived at Emily's house, where the latter asked about Linus. Jesse asked if Emily could pick the TV they planned to raffle but Emily told him she had a double shift and her kids to take care of. Jesse said he would get Cassidy to pick the TV but Emily told Jesse she would and just call a babysitter. Jesse then told Emily he would be sure after what he does, the church would be full every Sunday.
While helping Odin build a model of Alamo, Jesse asked Odin to attend his church on the coming Sunday. Being an atheist, Jesse was turned down by Odin. Jesse told Odin he could force him but Odin reminded him that wouldn't be a Christian thing to do. Jesse then told Odin he would hand over his father's land if he didn't come out being a believer on Sunday.
That Sunday, Jesse performed a sermon in front of a full crowd at his church, including Odin. Jesse called the congregants all sinners, but it wasn't too late. Jesse told them he would bring each one of them back to God one by one. Jesse asked Odin if he would serve God, though Odin shut him down and walked off. Upset, Jesse used his divine commandment on Odin. When he asked for a final time, Odin told Jesse that he would serve God.
Jesse was asked by Emily what was up with Odin. Jesse explained his bet with Odin. Jesse and Tulip were then interrupted by a nearby table. Jesse was complimented for his sermon the previous Sunday as well as being asked which Gospel he preferred. Jesse joined the table, telling Emily he would discuss with her later.
Jesse continued giving others advice. Jesse was then interrupted by Tulip, who revealed to the crowd on their past. Jesse explained to Tulip that he changed and she could do. Jesse was then told by a waiter that someone was waiting outside. Jesse went outside and found Eugene. Jesse was asked for help on his situation which left Sheriff Root upset. Jesse agreed to help Eugene.
Jesse drove to the Loach residence. Jesse was asked to pray with Tracy. When Terri swung her bat at his truck, calling Eugene a murderer, Jesse used his powers to make Terri stop. Jesse then used his powers to make Terri forgive Eugene. While driving Eugene home, Jesse told Eugene that his father didn't need to worry anymore.
After returning to Flavour Station and giving another couple advice, Jesse was interrupted by Fiore and DeBlanc. The two explained who they were and told them they need to put what was inside him back inside a tin can. Jesse laughed at the idea, believing he had God inside him. Jesse was told that what was inside him wasn't God. Jesse asked what was inside of him but Fiore and DeBlanc refused to answer. Jesse used his powers to force DeBlanc. Jesse then learned that he had the product of an angel and demon inside him. DeBlanc and Fiore then left him as they dealt with Susan, a woman who was eavesdropping their conversation. When Jesse saw the two beat the woman down, Jesse came to her aid. Jesse, however, was strangled by Susan. DeBlanc came to his aid but he was strangled as well. The two were saved by Fiore, who shot Susan in the head. The three fled into Jesse's car as Fiore realized he left his key in Flavour Station, as well as seeing Susan reinvigorating in the diner.
While driving to Sundowner Motel, Jesse asked if he could call Heaven. Jesse was told he needed angel hands to use their phone contraption. At the motel, Jesse learned that the two angels were being hunted for being on Earth without permission. The three were interrupted by Susan, who followed them to the motel. Jesse was left confused as he saw Fiore, DeBlanc and Susan reinvigorate as they each kept getting killed. After hours of fighting, they were joined by Cassidy. By morning, they managed to subdue Susan before Fiore dismembered her. Jesse denied DeBlanc and Fiore when they asked for Genesis. Jesse was warned about the consequences.
While waiting for the blood-soaked clothes be laundered, Jesse shared a drink with Cassidy. The two discuss their tattoo's, one of which was of a Tulip, symbolizing his ex-girlfriend, Tulip. When Cassidy asked him about the Genesis situation, Jesse told Cassidy he doesn't listen to anyone but God.
Later, Jesse set a speaker up on the roof of his church. He continued to set up his church for an upcoming service. During which, he was joined by Miles. Miles explained if he should so something instead of the truth, as the truth would hurt more people. Jesse asked Miles to give him more details, though Miles refused. Jesse was then distracted as he saw Tulip running errands, rather than Emily. Jesse followed Emily to the supply closet. Jesse asked Tulip what she was doing. Jesse was told that she was helping Emily run errands all day. Tulip brought up Jesse keeping an old pitch and put club, though Jesse told Tulip he thought he threw it out.
Corruption to Genesis and redemptionEdit
That Sunday, Jesse was told by Emily that Eugene needed to speak to him about something urgent. Jesse told Emily he would speak to him later. Jesse thanked Emily and Tulip for helping out with everything. Jesse then talked to Eugene. Jesse was told by Eugene that he felt guilty and believed he shouldn't be forgiven. Jesse was told people shouldn't be forced to see the light and that it's a sin to do so. Jesse told Eugene he shouldn't be lecturing people about sinning. After Eugene continued to argue, Jesse told Eugene to go to Hell. After hearing a noise, Jesse turned and Eugene was gone. Jesse approached the spot Eugene was before and examined it. Though regretting what he said to Eugene, Jesse opened the doors to his church and began the service. Jesse and his congregation sung hymns before he delivered a sermon. After the service, Jesse was complimented as his congregants exited. Jesse then returned to his church and froze for a moment before proceeding.
Jesse went over the itinerary of the day with Emily. Later, in the kitchen, Cassidy approached him about Eugene. Jesse brushed him off and joined Emily and a few congregants for church activities.
After a few congregants performed a play, Jesse criticized them, telling them they shouldn't be smiling. Jesse was then pulled aside by Odin. Jesse was told by Odin that the Alamo model was completed. Jesse was then told of a meat plant in Brasil which had been far more successful than Odin's. Odin then told Jesse that he had been the least successful out of him and his predecessors. Jesse told Odin he could still make things right. Odin agreed and present Jesse with papers. Jesse was reminded of their bet but Jesse told him he agreed to serve God and left a Christian. Jesse was then told that he should've known better as he was no Christian. Jesse still refused to sign the deed. Jesse was then told by Odin that he wouldn't surrender and will be back.
While eating dinner with Cassidy, Emily, and Tulip, the four were interrupted by Hugo. Hugo asked if any of them knew where Eugene was. Jesse kept silent as the potatoes in the oven caught fire. Jesse was then told that Eugene said he planned on seeing him before the service. Jesse then lied, claiming he didn't see Eugene. Emily reminded him he did but Jesse acted confused. Jesse then walked Hugo out to his car.
Once Hugo drove off, Jesse was hit with a fire extinguisher by Cassidy. Cassidy asked Jesse what he is planning to do on the Eugene situation. When Cassidy brought up Eugene being an innocent boy, Jesse told him Eugene tried to commit murder on a girl who rejected him before turning the gun on himself. Despite that, Cassidy told Jesse that Eugene doesn't deserve to be condemned to Hell. Cassidy then told Jesse that Genesis was playing with his head. The two then got into a heated argument. Jesse was told that Tulip was right that he is still the same person he once was. Jesse was tossed the fire extinguisher. Jesse then finally learned Cassidy was a vampire as he burst into flames shirtless in the sun.
Jesse stormed back into the kitchen and slammed the extinguisher on the table. Jesse slammed Tulip for being an O'Hare, having low standards. After Tulip left, Jesse called Emily stupid when she told him that she believed in him the moment she saw him. Jesse then told Emily to go home. That night, Jesse ripped the floor panels off as he yelled out "come back". Shortly after, Jesse was attacked by Odin's "Meat Men". Jesse however, held them off and disarmed them, forcing the men to retreat. Jesse then downed some Ratwater whiskey. Jesse then told God he'd would stop using his power if he brought Eugene back. Jesse suddenly heard scratching noises. Jesse went to investigate. Jesse dug up the sand and pulled "Eugene" out. Jesse embraced Eugene then sat him down. Jesse offered Eugene water and to call his father, though Eugene insisted Jesse to call him later.
The following day, Jesse called Eugene's father. Jesse then apologized to "Eugene", telling him that he was right. Jesse admitted he was told there were consequences and that he should give Genesis back. Eugene clarified Jesse if he was talking about the ones at Sundowner Motel. Jesse suddenly realized that he never told Eugene of the encounter with the angels, realizing he was hallucinating Eugene. Jesse was told by his hallucination of Eugene that they'd figure something out. Jesse filled his whiskey bottle with anointing oil. Jesse then went to the roof of his church, firing warning shots at Odin's meat men, forcing them to retreat yet again. Jesse then hurled the anointing oil filled whiskey bottle at the bulldozer, setting it in flames. Clive, who refused to retreat continued to charge, forcing Jesse to shoot his penis off.
A while after, Jesse demanded they bring the "agents". Fiore and DeBlanc arrive, though they couldn't step inside due to Jesse's command to stay away from him. Jesse used the word to make them come in. Jesse asked the two if it was possible to bring back someone from Hell. Jesse got mixed answers. Jesse was then told that it was difficult and no one would come back from Hell until they got Genesis. Jesse asked questions on Genesis, including why Genesis didn't make him explode. Jesse told Fiore and DeBlanc that God may have wanted him to have Genesis to do good. Jesse was then asked what good he has done and to lie down. Jesse was told to stop resisting as DeBlanc sang Wynken, Blynken, and Nod but Jesse denied he was. Jesse was then told he needs to give it up as he was only a speck of dust through the glory of all creation. Eventually, Genesis left Jesse and returned to its domicile. When DeBlanc and Fiore packed up, Jesse reminded the two of their agreement. Jesse argued but was told Genesis wasn't his in the first place. Jesse asked what kind of angels they are. Jesse continued to argue, as Genesis escaped its domicile once more and returned to Jesse. DeBlanc and Fiore decided to leave and go for the other option, causing Jesse to plead, telling them he didn't know why that happened.
Jesse sat against his church as Odin's men began their siege. Jesse eventually fired back to defend his church. Once he chased the men away, Donnie snuck up on him. Jesse used the word on Donnie to make him lower his gun. Donnie however, revealed he blew out his ear drums. Jesse told Donnie to get it over with as he deserved it. Donnie failed to hear Jesse and knocked him out. When Jesse woke up, he found himself in front of Odin and his men. Odin metaphorically compared Jesse's situation to Alamo, where men defended the Alamo and considered heroes, despite losing in the end. Jesse was then handed the deed to Jesse. Jesse told Odin he didn't understand what happened as he told him to serve God. Jesse was told he did, which left Jesse to question what God wants to tear a church down. Jesse was told by Odin he serves the God of Meat, which Jesse laughed off. Jesse then called Odin following a God crazy. Jesse howev.er, was told that following a silent God is crazy. Jesse began signing the deed but stopped. Jesse pleaded for one more Sunday. Jesse explained to Odin that he would bring God to Annville and have him answer the congregation. If they don't like their answers, Jesse told Odin he would denounce God in front of his congregation. Jesse was then driven away by Hugo Root as the townsfolk begged him to save them, for they are all sinners.
While being driven to the sheriff station by Hugo, Jesse told Hugo he sent Eugene to Hell. Hugo told Jesse he was likely headed to a penitentiary which didn't welcome child-killers. Hugo cited that once a child killer was so unwelcome, he jumped off the top bunk over and over until he killed himself. Jesse told Hugo he would see him on Sunday, jumping out of Hugo's car, as he had jammed a pen in the door.
Jesse made his way to a bridge, where he joined two individuals. The two offered him pancakes and Merlot for breakfast. Jesse was told by the two that they heard that Jesse planned to bring God to Annville. When asked how he would do that, Jesse told them "you'll see".
Jesse made his way to Walter's house. Jesse inquired on Tulip's whereabouts. Jesse was told by Emily that Tulip was in Albuquerque to kill a man, and that Cassidy was inside. Jesse joined Cassidy but was told to leave. Jesse noted that Cassidy killed the mayor, but was told he'd kill him also. The two told spoke that they saw the worst in each other. Jesse apologized for letting him burn. Cassidy told him all that mattered was that he extinguished him. Jesse then agreed to help get rid of Miles' body.
When Cassidy played around with the Heaven phone, Jesse told him they needed angel hands. Jesse then left a voice mail for Tulip, reminiscing of the two on the run from the Rodriguez brothers back in 2010. Jesse noted Tulip's persistence of getting her M&M pancakes, despite it not being on the menu. Jesse ended the call with "It's just you, till the end of the world,".
Jesse and Cassidy dug up a grave of DeBlanc and Fiore's past bodies. Cassidy retrieved a hand of one of Fiore and DeBlanc's hands. The two then dragged Miles into the grave.
Jesse continued to be on the run from the police. He eventually was invited into Donnie's house, who chose to be merciful after he showed him mercy weeks back. After taking a shower, he found Tulip in their house, confused to why she was there. Later, Jesse apologized to Tulip and agreed to do anything for her. Tulip then asked Jesse to kill Carlos, which Jesse disagreed to.
Jesse explained that killing Carlos won't bring their baby back, and that he should be left in God's hand. After an argument, Jesse realized he was going to Hell anyways and grabbed a gun, an oven mitten and a garbage bag. Jesse wrapped Carlos' head around the garbage bag and held his gun underneath the oven mitten. Jesse was stopped by Tulip, who told him that was the most beautiful thing anyone has done for her. Jesse proceeded but was stopped once again, told that it was the thought that mattered. The two set Carlos free and handed him a tire iron and a gun. The two then beat him senseless.
That Sunday, Jesse hid in Betsy Schenck's car as she lead the cops to her house. Jesse, Tulip, Donnie and Betsy then prepared the church for the service. Jesse was then guided by Betsy, who directed him how to use the Heaven phone. While the congregation gathered in the church, Jesse ad Tulip awaited in the common room. Jesse was asked what would happen, which Jesse told Tulip he had no idea. Jesse was then told no matter what, they should get french fries after.
Jesse took his place on the pulpit, though Odin interrupted him. Odin told the congregation that he was full of sh*t and that they should all praise the God of meat. After Odin sat back down, Jesse used the Heaven phone. After moments of silence, the room went dark and a white bearded man projected himself. Jesse told God they had questions to ask, but the bearded man asked how dare they question their God. After Tulip told God that they should be the ones yelling at him, Jesse pulled her aside. Later, Jesse asked God what his plan for him was, where Jesse was told to be a Sheppard for his congregation. Jesse revealed he had failed at that but told he saved his congregation by bringing them to God. Jesse however, revealed he didn't as he sent Eugene to Hell. Jesse then realized he wasn't God and used the word to reveal where God was. Jesse then learned that God had left Heaven. Jesse then left the church with Cassidy and Tulip as Odin demanded him to denounce God.
Search for GodEdit
- Tulip O'Hare: "So what's the plan Jesse?"
- Jesse Custer: "Well, the plan is simple...find God."
- —Jesse proposes his plan to Cassidy and Tulip[src]
At Five Aces Diner outside Annville, Jesse proposed that they should find God. Jesse told the two that if God needed their help, they'll help him, and if he doesn't, they would kick his a**. They all agree and leave the diner. Jesse paid the cashier, hallucinating the cashier as Eugene. Jesse swore to Eugene that he'll get him out of Hell one way or another. In the parking lot, Tulip asked how Genesis worked. Jesse finally used it on her, telling her to kiss him. The two affectionately kiss. Tulip then punched Jesse, telling him never to do that again. The three then drive off to embark on their journey to find God.
While driving down the highway, Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy are tailed by state troopers for speeding. Jesse insisted they race away which Tulip reluctantly does. The three sing "Come on Eileen" as they try to escape the cops but soon run out of gas. The three are pulled out of their car. Jesse uses Genesis to make one of the cops gas up Tulip's car while making the rest do silly acts. As a cop is shot dead, Jesse and Tulip take cover. Jesse and Tulip then created smoke as cover by burning tire from one of the cop cars. Jesse tried to use a speaker from a cop car and use Genesis to make the shooter stop but the speaker is blown off. Jesse told Tulip to siphon gas using intestines from a dead cop while he looks for Cassidy, who he found crawling under a cop car for shade. The three then barely escaped the wrath of the Saint of Killers.
The three make a quick stop at a gas station. There, Jesse insisted they continue regardless if they are being followed. Tulip and Cassidy reluctantly agreed, believing they just had an unlucky start. They then went to seek Mike, an old family friend of Jesse. They told him of God's disappearance from Heaven, which doesn't surprise Mike. Unfortunately, Mike claimed he doesn't have any advice on his whereabouts. However, later in the night, Mike told Jesse a parishioner of his claimed God had visited her strip club.
The following day, the three left Mike's and headed for the strip club. They asked Tammy about her alleged encounter with God. Tammy told Jesse and Tulip that they would be intimidated by God if they met him. When Jesse and Tulip argue if they should use Genesis, Tammy called for Doug, a bouncer. Jesse reassured her she wouldn't be harmed. Tammy is shot soon after when Cassidy and Doug struggled for a gun which goes off. Jesse uses Genesis before Tammy dies and is told God only came to her club for the jazz.
At a motel, Jesse was coyly invited into a motel bathroom by Tulip. Jesse broke the door down and the two made love. Later that night, Jesse woke up and went out for a smoke. He noticed the shooter from before and commanded him to stop, which the Saint was able to resist. Jesse was fortunately saved when a truck got in the way from the bullet, which killed the driver and swerved toward the Saint. Jesse watched as gun-toting aficionados arrived on the scene. As he watched the Saint escape the wreckage, Jesse ordered the aficionados to stop the Saint. When he realized the bullets were harmless on the Saint, he commanded them to run as he ran back to the motel to get Tulip. There, he learned Annville was destroyed and the three barely slip away soon after.
At a gas station, Jesse wondered how they would continue their search with the Saint on their trail. Cassidy revealed he saw one of the angels on TV, who could help their situation. They arrive at the Mumbai Sky Tower and speak to Fiore. They learn Fiore was the one who hired the Saint. Jesse threatened to use the word to make him call the Saint off but Fiore revealed the word helps the Saint track him. Jesse revealed that God is missing, though Fiore didn't care. Jesse then was told by Cassidy he'd use his "skill set" to change Fiore's mind.
Jesse joined Tulip, who was pondering over Annville. The two then get a room and make love. Jesse proposed to Tulip, offering her a chance to have family again. Tulip reluctantly agreed and they headed for the chapel. Before their wedding, Tulip left to "change her shirt" as Jesse waited. Jesse conversed with Frank Patel, who is disgusted with people obsessed with the killing acts. Jesse then learned Cassidy had changed Fiore's mind. Jesse then asked Fiore if it was alright to use Genesis once the contract is off but was reminded Genesis isn't a toy. Tulip then returned but called off the wedding. The three then leave, with Jesse setting a course to New Orleans, believing God may be there due to his love for the jazz.
Stop at New OrleansEdit
At New Orleans, Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip searched at a bar, telling the bartenders they are looking for God. They are lead down to the basement, where they realize the bartenders misunderstood them for wanting to take part in a sex act with a man in a dalmatian suit. Once they leave the bar, Jesse noticed Tulip to be uneasy, though she claimed she was just feeling sick.
Jesse continued his search through the night, with everyone laughing at him. Eventually, a bartender directed him to Lara Featherstone, a singer at a nearby club. Jesse made his way to speak to Lara. After listening to her performance, Jesse explained to her a bartender claimed she may be of assistance. Jesse was told to meet her outside before being splashed with Lara's drink. After Jesse cleaned himself up, he followed her outside, only to find her getting away. Jesse followed her trail, but quickly finding a van crashing into her taxi and kidnapping her. Jesse used the word to make the men stop and proceeded to best all the men in combat, rescuing Featherstone.
Jesse followed Featherstone back to her apartment, where Featherstone explained how she heard of God leaving heaven. Jesse was then asked how he made the men stop, and demonstrated his ability by stopping Featherstone from kissing him. Shortly after, Jesse saw Lara out, who planned to leave New Orleans. Jesse then had a call from Tulip, but is annoyed when Tulip didn't explain what was wrong. Jesse then went to another bar, where his requested a band to play "A Walk to the Peak". A patron then taught Jesse how to dig deeper into the music.
Later, Cassidy continued to express his concerns but Jesse told Cassidy it's normal behavior for Tulip when they get into arguments. Jesse then told Cassidy about his encounter with Lara Featherstone. After Cassidy caught a commercial recognizing the fake god from the church, Jesse and Cassidy deduced he was a local actor. Jesse and Cassidy went to meet up with Teddy Gunth, Harelik's agent. However, Teddy hadn't heard from Harelik since his latest audition, though they manage to leave with a tape of Harelik's audition. Jesse and Cassidy review the tape numerous times for hints, though Jesse was eventually told by Cassidy that Tulip may be in danger.
Jesse quickly found his way to Viktor Kruglov's mansion and waltzed his way past his henchman, using the word to make them immobilized. Jesse was then knocked out by Pat. Once Jesse woke up, he tried to use the word on Pat but the latter had blasted music to defend himself. Jesse and Pat engaged in a fight which ended with Jesse impaling Pat through a hanged man. He then removed Pat's earphones and commanded him to reveal Tulip's whereabouts. Jesse stormed into Viktor's room and began strangling him. However, Tulip plead him not to kill Viktor as he is her husband.
Jesse dragged Viktor into his torture chamber and harnessed him. As Tulip begged Jesse not to kill him, Jesse commanded Tulip to leave. Jesse pondered over what he was going to do to Viktor in the latter's bedroom. Cassidy joined him soon after but Jesse asked why he should trust him after keeping Tulip's secret past from him. Regardless, Cassidy told Jesse he would stand with him regardless of what he did to Viktor. After Cassidy left, Jesse released Viktor. He returned to Denis' house and revealed he spared Viktor and had him sign the divorce papers.
While eating breakfast with Cassidy and Tulip, Jesse heard a gunfire. He tracked down the blast to the fridge, where he found a bullet from the Saint of Killers in a yogurt cup. Jesse quickly fled with Cassidy and Tulip. Jesse then contacted Mumbai Sky Tower to get a hold of Fiore, only to learn he had been permanently killed. The three then decided to read on his past at a local library, where they learn the Saint lost his soul once his family passed. After Denis was cornered by the Saint of Killers, Jesse got the Saints attention and told him he was coming.
Jesse told the Saint that God can't hold Fiore's end of the deal due to him being gone from Heaven. Jesse then showed the Saint of Killers a tape of Mark Harelik's audition before making a deal to send him back to Heaven if he spared his friends. Jesse headed to a local voodoo house, only to learn their business has been dying due to Soul Happy Go Go, a Japanese company which sells soul extracts. Fortunately, they were just outside the house and Jesse tries to get into contact, though they all ignore him. Jesse creates a homemade bomb with guidance from Tulip which ultimately fails. Jesse is apprehended but uses Genesis to have the police help him stop the Soul Happy Go Go truck. Jesse then orders a technician to extract his soul, which is a close match for the Saint.
Rushing to beat the clock, Jesse reaches back to Denis' apartment just before the Saint killed Tulip. After the Saint ingested an extract of his soul, Jesse lured him to believe he was going to send him to Heaven. Instead, Jesse commanded the Saint to fall to his knees and threatened to send him to Hell. The Saint warned him he'd be sending his own soul to Hell and Jesse settled on drowning the Saint in the swamps of Angelville instead. After which, Jesse hid the Saint of Killers weapons beneath Denis' flat.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
- Divine commandment/Absolute mind control: Jesse's merge with Genesis endows him with a power known only as the Word of God. A power both blasphemous and blessed, the Word of God allows Jesse to literally speak with God's direct personal authority; commanding anyone to do anything he says. Nobody can resist the Word and must do everything and anything he says to the letter. For example, in the pilot, he told to Ted Reyerson, who asked his advice concerning her mother, to "open her your heart". Ted then pay a visit to his mother and after explain his point of view, ripped out his heart and give it to her (literally). His power seem to make him able to erase memory, in See, Linus, a bus driver, is attracted to a young girl, and in an act of anger, Jesse tell him to forget her, which lead to Linus to completely forget the girl and the conversation he had on it with the Preacher. The power of Word of God is so potent even the angels can't resist it as DeBlanc quickly told the truth as soon as Jesse demands it with Word of God. Later when Deblanc pulled him, he told both DeBlanc and Fiore to stay away from him, and both of them immediately stop in their tracks. His power also seems to extend beyond what a person is capable of, as when he told Eugene to go to Hell, an order that while normally impossible was carried out. There do appear to be limitations based on who the Word is used on, as Cassidy was unable to answer questions he didn't already know the answer to when asked by Jesse and since it is a speech-based power, if the target can't hear the command, the power doesn't work.
- Theology: As a preacher, Jesse Custer is an expert in the concept of religious beliefs, particularly Christianity.
- Sermons: As a preacher, Jesse Custer frequently delivers sermons. At times he can deliver with great confidence. This was demonstrated when he delivered a successful sermon in front of his first large crowd. That sermon gave him many compliments from the town. Jesse however, wasn't always a perfect preacher. While performing a sermon on the the Parable of the Five Foolish Bridesmaids, Jesse was flustered looking through his notes.
- Expert fighter: As shown during a fight in a bar, Jesse is an extremely powerful opponent, able to overpower multiple opponents at once. He was also able to briefly utilize a knife in a fight.
- Expert marksman: Jesse is highly proficient in the use of various firearms. He has shown to be particularly skilled in sharpshooting.
- Occult knowledge: After meeting the angels, Jesse gained knowledge and insight of supernatural concepts, such as Heaven and Hell.
Jesse is a conflicted man. Despite trying his best to become a better person, he often falls to his old way, resorting to violence. For example, Jesse dunked Linus' face in scalding water to get him to "forget" a young girl he urges for, when he realized that Linus wasn't sincere in his repentance. Jesse also abuses his powers, nearly forcing Donnie to kill himself and making Odin become a believer of God against his free will. Tulip know's Jesse well enough to know that Jesse is still the same person she knew him as. When Jesse learned more about his powers, Jesse became arrogant. He believed what he does was considered a blessing, despite Eugene advising him what he was doing was sinful. Jesse also seems to be bitter with the promise he made to his father, and at one point exclaimed that he would be free without it.