Barry Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Forgiving Jeff

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When we catch up with Barry, we find that he lives with Sally, but is nothing more than a prop in their home. Sally expects Barry to show up and do what she needs when she asks, and her solemn tone and autopilot demeanor do nothing to phase the now working actress. It seems Sally leveraged her successful acting showcase, in which she lied about her real life experience, in a TV series and having Barry visit her on set to project the image of the perfect boyfriend, even if she ordered every facet of her “spontaneous visit.

The show never leans too heavily on Hollywood satire, but still packs a punch whenever it decides to put Tinseltown in its sights. Sally projects a scene from her series to a clueless executive who asks nonsensical questions, barely understands the concept of the scene she’s watching, and uses meaningless jargon to appear intelligent and insightful. Later, Sally uses similar nonsense when giving notes to a young actress. With Sally, it seems that her worst behaviors are learned behaviors that she adopts elsewhere. Still, the visit to Sally’s show is a fun thing, and Hader throws in a showy tracking shot to remind us of her serious chops behind the camera.

What’s disturbing is that when Barry listens to Sally’s repeated “greetings”, he can’t help but imagine her with the same gunshot wound he inflicted on his former client and Jeff. Barry never seemed to struggle to keep the violence of his day job compartmentalized before, but now it seems to seep into his personal life in ways he can’t avoid. It’s a scary development for Barry, who already seems so fragile.

Meanwhile, No-Ho Hank is forced to answer for Barry’s massacre at the monastery last season and the Chechen pin found near Moss’ body that Barry planted. Since he’s the always upbeat and cheerful Hank, he seems thrilled to finally be questioned by the police and happily pins everything on Fuches, who he believes is a Chechen hitman known as The Raven. The cops buy his story and Hank returns home where it is revealed that he is now in an official relationship with Cristobal.

Barry shows up unannounced at their house to ask Hank for a job, working almost to tears explaining how he feels lost and aimless. It’s fine to act once again from Hader, but with Cristobal nearby and still angry over the loss of his men, Hank is unable to help. I have to say, it’s pure joy to reunite with Hank, one of the funniest supporting characters in recent memory. Almost every line Carrigan delivers gets a chuckle.

Finally, the show returns to Cousineau, who is led to identify Fuches as the man who led him to Janice’s body in the woods. The police inform him that the man is a Chechen known as The Raven, but Cousineau remains firm on Barry’s involvement. The police reassure Gene that Barry has been cleared as a suspect, but the old man won’t let go. He arranges for Barry to meet him at the acting class theater, which has apparently closed due to Gene’s mental state, and tells his former student that he knows he was responsible for Gene’s death. Janice. Unfortunately, Gene fumbles with the gun he is pulling on Barry (given to Cousineau by Rip Torn, in a funny twist) and Barry is forced to take Cousineau to the remote site where he killed the two men in the open episodes.

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