Barry Recap, Season 3 Episode 4: “All the Sauces”


all sauces

season 3

Episode 4

Editor’s Rating

4 stars

Photo: HBO

Is redemption possible for a killer? Is there a way out for someone who only feels true purpose when hurting another person? And even if you, the killer, to do Find another way out – something that can fill in the prominent role that violence has always played in your life – is there a way to forget all those dead bodies? Is there a way to make peace with the pain you caused while fully aware that all of those bodies belonged to real people, people who had families? How do you forgive yourself when you know there are so many people in the world who will never forgive you?

The woman whose story we see in the first scene of All the Sauces (played by Annabeth Gish) is one of those people who, even if she didn’t know his name until now, will never forgive Barry Berkman. She’s never had any clarity as to who killed the husband she loved, and that lack of closure has aged her decades in the short time since it happened. Enter Fuches, fresh from his revelation that the best recruits for a revenge army are other people looking for revenge on the same guy. It’s not just the widow; It’s her son Kyle that Fuches tells simply, “I know who killed your father.” By the end of the episode, Kyle and his mother have bought a Glock, apparently willing to seek justice outside of the legal system.

You’re not the only ones Fuchs manipulates. He seems to go on a recruiting spree as his PI alter-ego Kenneth Goulet, starting with the family of the man Barry killed at the very beginning of the series, followed by the father of Ryan, whom Barry was originally hired to kill, according to the pilot.

The story reminds me of a BoJack Horseman Episode calculated: the final season, A Quick One, While He’s Away, which eschews the main cast entirely to focus on people traumatized by their encounters with BoJack or struggling in their professional lives. By this point in the show, BoJack had become, to some degree, a better person – still imperfect, but undoubtedly less selfish and clueless. But focusing on the victims of his past self was a necessary reminder that growth doesn’t undo all damage. It may be easy to support a reformed antihero, a violent man who works over time towards a place where he can grow and feel remorse and eventually forgive himself. But what about the people who remain, the forgotten people who still suffer?

Sally hurts. She may not have realized it at first, but it becomes apparent as she experiences the best night of her life and the man who was meant to be with her is not there. With all of Sally’s awkward qualities, it’s really nice to see her at joplin Premiere; Sarah Goldberg is great in the red carpet scene, every twitch on her face shows how surreal it all is for Sally. As the score swells, she nervously but relaxed jokes with the journalists and snaps mental photos when she has a moment to herself. Tomorrow will be a different day but right now life is the best it ever was.

There’s a lot for Sally to process – and it’s not over yet. The night (episode?) reaches its climax during Sally’s big speech when she interrupts the monologue she was preparing to share the news joplin got a 98 on Rotten Tomatoes. The passionate applause in response to a Rotten Tomatoes score is cynically funny (“98? Wow! 90-fucking-8!”), but it’s easy to see why someone like Sally would be overwhelmed. The array of emotions that cross her face as she breaks down crying on stage is something to behold: panic, gratitude, delirium, fear, and most importantly, joy. It’s a little bit embarrassing and a little bit funny and a little bit emotional. This is Goldberg at her best.

But minutes later, Sally is snapped back to reality. In the end, of course, it’s Katie who finally gets through to her about her abusive boyfriend. A premiere doesn’t seem like the best time to broach such a serious subject, especially when Sally is so high, but it is might It’s the most effective time. Katie is so moved by Sally’s speech, so full of love for her boss and boyfriend, and disturbed by her Barry blinders, that she can’t bear the thought of going home to someone who might hurt her.

It’s the last nudge Sally needed to realize how badly Barry treated her in the office the other day, to realize how much this confrontation had affected her. She breaks up with him when he finally shows up after the night and tells him to move out. I’m sure this relationship isn’t over for good, but Sally undoubtedly ends the episode in a better place than she started it.

Of course, the real reason Barry didn’t show it is because he was busy wiping out Fernando and his soldiers with a malfunctioning bomb. (Of course, the Detonate app sometimes has issues with the Bluetooth connection.) If the hit lasts too long, it results in Cristobal nearly getting killed as well – in an extremely tense scene, he comes home only to be confronted by Fernando too who sensed his disloyalty and sniffed out his relationship with NoHo Hank. He gives his son-in-law a simple ultimatum: kill his friend or die. Luckily, the bomb detonates just late enough for Cristobal to get out alive, and Barry decides to get him safely to Hank instead of eliminating all witnesses like he normally would. It’s this act of mercy and the grateful thanks he gets from Hank that contributes to Barry’s final shift in perspective of the episode.

Earlier this season, Hank said forgiveness had to be earned. With Barry saving the man Hank loves, he has secured that forgiveness; can he do the same for some of the other people he has hurt? Before he is released, Barry has the confidence to understand that when it comes to Gene Cousineau, he cannot force forgiveness. At this point, all he can really offer is an apology for the whole hostage thing and a promise to leave Gene and his family alone — along with a duffel bag full of money from Fernando’s job to ensure his silence more peacefully. For someone who spent the whole episode desperately preparing to leave Los Angeles, it’s the certainty that they have to stay.

Of course, all this is too little, too late. And I don’t really think Barry Berkman will be any different from now on just because “All the Sauces” culminates with two relatively merciful acts. Barry has repeatedly shown his inability to keep his hands clean and I don’t expect that to change. Still, it’s worth considering: If Barry does really want to atone for what he did, what does that look like? Too often in these stories, prison and death are the only answers, though barry always has more on his mind.

Barry as a character takes on a fundamentally different role in the narrative now than he did two seasons or even a few episodes ago. For most of Season 3, our antihero has become a villain: yelling at his girlfriend, kidnapping and threatening his mentor, and killing more than ever. But what’s interesting about that barry is that it never stops eroding our understanding of this man, someone we might by now actively loathe. (It reminds me of Youactually that way — both shows do it dexter better than dexter did after the first four seasons.) In season two, Barry completely abandoned his violent lifestyle and failed, acting on his impulses at his most vulnerable and angry. Now he’s been through hell again and seems ready for a more permanent form of change.

“All the Sauces” may not be the best episode of barry‘s third season; Much of this is used to shape future stories, such as when Gene is offered additional scenes laws of mankind and even gets a dinner invite from Joe Mantegna, who wants to bury the hatchet after reading what Gene did for a veteran. But I am fascinated by the continued deepening and complicated nature of our protagonist, and I now better understand how the show can be renewed after that one or two more seasons.

Which is critical to the continued success of barry is that the show remains painfully aware of how far Barry is from true redemption. That’s well summed up by this episode’s insight into the lives of his victims’ families, people we rarely think of who are still out there grieving. It’s clear that to the question, “What if Barry had really turned out to be a good person now?” the answer is that it still wouldn’t be enough. It’s never been enough.

• Can’t believe I didn’t have a place to talk about the great Fred Melamed’s guest appearance as Gene’s agent Tom. His lengthy recitation of the insults he’s heard about Gene is the comedic climax of an already hilarious episode. It finally ends when Gene has a problem with Rob Reiner calling him “fuck-fuck” after his Ghosts of Mississippi Audition in 1994. “I made it very clear that I didn’t want any feedback,” says Tom.

• Another great reading from the Melamed line: “This is the industry-wide amnesia we’ve been hoping for!”

• Sally: “Oh my god, they’re playing me. I didn’t think they would do that at premieres!”

• I can’t tell my screener who Faye is speaking in Detonate customer service, but she gives a great comedic performance just by speaking like a normal friendly customer service rep. I love the sequence where Barry turns off the wifi, the bomb goes off, and she goes, “Well, that sounds like we’ve succeeded. Is there anything else I can help you with today?”

Update: A previous version of this synopsis was that Barry killed Ryan in the pilot (he didn’t). It has been corrected. Barry Recap, Season 3 Episode 4: “All the Sauces”

Lindsay Lowe

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