|“||Don't tell me not to dance, Dad!||”|
— Jimmy Pesto Jr.
|Bob's Burgers character|
|Jimmy Pesto, Jr.|
|Occupation|| Busboy at Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria|
|Relatives|| Jimmy Pesto (father)|
Andy and Ollie Pesto (brothers)
|Behind the scenes|
|First||"Sheesh! Cab, Bob?"|
|Voiced by||H. Jon Benjamin|
James "Jimmy Pesto" Poplopovich, Jr. also known as Jimmy Pesto, Jr. or J-Ju is the son of Jimmy Pesto and the older brother of Andy and Ollie Pesto. Jimmy works as a busboy at Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria.
He is Tina's love interest although he doesn't always realize that she loves him. His passion is "dancing his feelings." He first appeared in the episode "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" when Tina was turning 13, and she invited everyone in her class to her party, including Jimmy Jr. In the episode, Tina plans to kiss Jimmy Jr. under a disco ball at her party, but the rivalry between Bob and Jimmy Pesto Sr. the Bad Man prevents Jimmy Jr. from attending, unless Bob gives Jimmy Pesto his mustache. At the party, while Tina is dancing with Glitter, Marbles, and Cha-Cha, Bob shows her that he was able to get permission for Jimmy, Jr. come to her party. She then kisses Bob on the cheek and says, "Thanks, Dad, you're the best pimp I'll ever have." Tina and Jimmy Jr. then kiss under the disco ball.
It is occasionally unclear how Jimmy, Jr. feels toward Tina. He approved of her erotic friend fiction, starring himself, in "Bad Tina", but tends to forget they are dating in favor for time spent with best friend and wrestling buddy, Zeke and dancing by himself.
In "The Belchies", Jimmy Jr. is invited by Tina to a treasure hunt at an abandoned Taffy Factory. Jimmy decides to invite his wrestling buddy, Zeke and his little brothers, Andy and Ollie. In the end, Tina rejects him, but goes back after seeing his butt.
In My Fuzzy Valentine, Tina does not want to go to school to risk getting a "from" on his Valentine, opposed to a "love" on the end. She ends up not going to school. At the end of the day, Jimmy Jr. brings her the homework and a valentine. It says "♡ Jimmy Junior".
In "Can't Buy Me Math" Jimmy shows interests in Tina after she begins fake dating Darryl. He seems happy Tina is single again after she and Darryl break up and invites her to go bowling. When he finds out about the fake dating, he leaves bowling but seems excited to later see Tina in remedial math.
In "Two for Tina", He shows jealousy towards Josh and tries to win back Tina; first with the help of Zeke, then with Gene and Louise. He later shows up at the performing arts school dance that Josh and Tina are attending and challenges Josh to a dance off. Tina then breaks the fight because it was getting too dangerous and recommended that they "share" Tina in what would be a triangular relationship. Both Jimmy Jr. and Josh don't really feel like it's right, so they tell her that if she is a one-man girl again, they wouldn't mind asking her out again.
In "The Unnatural", Jimmy agrees to go on a date with an overly-caffeinated Tina, although he seems confused by the speed at which she asks him, and it's unclear if the date ever happens, since she set the time for 5 AM. After Linda and Louise sell the espresso machine, Tina's caffeine withdrawals cause her to snap at him.
In "Gene It On", Jimmy, Jr. goes on a date with Tina who is unable to properly speak due to biting her tongue while cheer leading. Louise attends the date along with them playing as Tina's "translator". Upset with how Louise is making the date go, Tina tells Jimmy she would have rather the date been "walking along the beach, watching 27 dresses, and kiss and stuff." Jimmy agrees and they share a kiss.
In "The Land Ship", after Tina and Jordan split due to her painting over the graffiti on the ship, Jimmy turns to Tina and asks her about her relationship with Jordan. Tina says they went out for a few days and they kissed but she couldn't breathe. Jimmy Jr. responds with "I don't need the details." but then asks her to watch the parade together.
In "The Gene and Courtney Show", Jimmy Junior buys Tina a rose for Valentine's day and they kiss at the end of the episode.
In "The Quirkducers", Tina (dressed as the Quirky Turkey) and Jimmy (dressed as a pig) kiss at the end of the play.
In "Ex MachTina", Jimmy Junior Tina talk for hours while Tina is a robot. Because Tina is a robot, Jimmy Junior is able to open up to her about his life and even reads her his songs (musoeums). He eventually ask Tina to be his date to the 8th grade bonfire, but as a robot. Tina realizes this is unhealthy and goes in person to the bonfire and they kiss.
He is Tina's love interest although he doesn't always realize that she likes him. In "Burger War", Tina attempts to get him to notice her by slow dancing. They have kissed 6 times and have gone on a date, but he sometimes rejects Tina's advances. In "Ex MachTina", Jimmy Junior and Tina truly connect while Tina is a robot. They talk for hours and kiss at the end of the episode.
Zeke is on the school's wrestling team with Jimmy Jr., and are shown to be very good friends, otherwise best friends. In a few episodes it’s shown that Jimmy Jr. really needs Zeke’s approval, especially in “Stand by Gene” when Jimmy Jr. feels the need to compete with Gene for Zeke’s attention (unbeknownst to Gene).
The two haven't spoken much during the series. Pesto, Sr. seems to hate his dancing and in "The Belchies" when he starts dancing he yells "Don't tell me not to dance, dad!". He is not shown to be very sympathetic towards him even when he got Saturday detention in "The Runway Club".
Jimmy has ginger hair and has a similar chin to his father's. He wears a yellow shirt under a blue vest, black pants, and white shoes. He is sometimes seen wearing red headphones. When he was in fifth grade, he wore dental headgear, which possibly contributed to his lisp.
- "Dad, I used your cologne. 'Cause you won't buy me my own."
- "Cars. All the different cars."
- "My mom's new friend Allen. He's okay."
- "What if God's name was Todd?"
- "Pants are pretty great."
- "How am I supposed to learn about life. When you won't let me watch The Good Wife?"
- "Why don't you eat the mushrooms. If they are so good, Mom?"
- "If you want me to catch. Then don't throw so hard."
- "Animal Planet, what if it was real? I mean an actual planet for animals."
- "My left shoe smells, but my right one's okay."
- Can often be seen wearing headphones and dancing by himself.
- Has a severe sometimes unintelligible, lisp, either due to braces (he previously wore headgear), a natural speech impediment (as he mentions in "The Unnatural"), or both. In "Ex MachTina", it is revealed that his father is taking him to speech therapy.
- Parodied Kevin Bacon's famous warehouse dance scene from Footloose (1984) for the end credits scene of "The Belchies" to the tune of "Taffy Butt".
- In Courtney Wheeler's Working Girl musical he plays Jack Trainer, he reprises the role in the hybrid Work Hard or Die Tryin' Girl.
- Tina keeps a drawer full of his gym socks, old retainers, an old toothbrush and discarded marshmallows.
- Tina has logged over 3,000 fantasy hours in her relationship with Jimmy Jr. (Two for Tina).
- In "Burger War," his father calls him "Pepper," a nickname that has not been repeated.
- Sheesh! Cab, Bob? (first appearance in broadcast order)
- Spaghetti Western & Meatballs
- Burger War (first appearance in production order)
- Lobsterfest (non speaking cameo)
- Nude Beach
- Broadcast Wagstaff School News
- My Fuzzy Valentine
- O.T. The Outside Toilet
- Two for Tina
- Family Fracas
- Carpe Museum
- The Unnatural
- Bob and Deliver
- Presto Tina-O
- Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial
- The Frond Files
- Mazel Tina
- Gene It On
- World Wharf II: The Wharfening (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town - Part II)
- Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl
- Tina and the Real Ghost
- Friends with Burger-fits
- Midday Run
- Can't Buy Me Math
- The Millie-Churian Candidate
- The Gayle Tales
- Li'l Hard Dad (non speaking cameo)
- The Runway Club
- The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee
- The Oeder Games
- The Land Ship
- The Gene and Courtney Show
- Lice Things Are Lice
- Stand by Gene
- The Hormone-iums
- Bye Bye Boo Boo (non speaking cameo)
- Secret Admiral-irer
- Glued, Where's My Bob?
- Teen-a Witch
- They Serve Horses, Don't They?
- The Quirkducers
- Ex MachTina
- Bob Actually
- A Few 'Gurt Men
- Ain't Miss Debatin'
- Thelma & Louise Except Thelma is Linda
- Mom, Lies, and Videotape
- Paraders of the Lost Float
- The Silence of the Louise
- Sit Me Baby One More Time
- V for Valentine-detta
- Y Tu Ga-Ga Tambien
- The Secret Ceramics Room of Secrets
- Sleeping with the Frenemy
- The Trouble with Doubles
- Go Tina on the Mountain
- As I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of Ramps
- Mission Impos-slug-ble
- ↑ The Secret Ceramics Room of Secrets, "Check out this burnt tater tot, J-Ju. I like it cooked. Not cooked in a kiln."