I love episodes like Jupiter Jazz (parts 1 and 2) because we get to see how Cowboy Bebop can transform from an action-oriented and laid back experience to a great drama driven by magnificent character development. My problem comes when Keiko Nobumoto and Shinichiro Watanabe decide to return to action and relaxation right after intense drama episodes. I can understand why this is used as a resource to not over burn the viewer, but it can be bothersome to suddenly interrup the drama.
I frequently compare Cowboy Bebop with another Sunrise space opera, Outlaw Star. By no means Outaw Star's story is better than Cowboy Bebop, but the creators of the former do a better job with pacing and the order in which the episodes are presented.
I hope this excercise was interesting and might have sparked some constructive debate. For me Cowboy Bebop is one of the ten best anime series of all time. It is an awesome experience, but a change in the order in which the episodes were presented might have placed Cowboy Bebop among the 3 greatest anime series ever made.