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There’s nothing that makes Barry’s skin crawl quite like his girlfriend Sally’s abusive, slimy ex showing up uninvited and unwanted.

Barry looked upon Sam with visceral disgust as his girlfriend’s former shame descended upon them in a civilized ambush. Imagine Sam as a Face Hugger from the Aliens films ready to pounce on Sally and extinguish the flame of her muse irreparably. Needless to say, Barry being caught in the middle of Sally’s past is now the position he reluctantly finds himself in. Whether during class where he embodies a man he despises to the core or out of it at the acting studio parking lot. Two asteroids ready to collide.

In the preview trailer above, Barry loads up his pistol after comforting Sally, presumably on his way to put Sam down. Sam appears to have slipped into the class to view Sally’s scene and is less than pleased with what he saw. Will Sam’s iron grasp upon Sally’s emotions return or will she be able to break the cycle? Might this potentially be the first time Barry allows someone from the class to see him take someone out?

What about the line of evidence that begins to stack with Detective Janice Moss at the forefront? Every civilian causality or collateral damage to Barry’s dream of reintegrating into society is another puzzle piece for a through investigation.

Major Plot Points for tonight’s Barry episode:
  • Sally’s ex Sam is back in the picture, will her old feelings follow?
  • Will Barry be able contain his anger under the surface towards Sam or will he be forced to take action? Combining his secret life into his new one…
  • Detective Loach is growing impatient with Fuches’ lackadaisical attempts at entrapment
  • Gene to receive a whirlwind truth grenade from his student that changes the way he looks at him?
  • NoHo Hank is teeming with positivity over his ‘best friend’ building him an army but are his forces capable enough even with the world’s greatest training?

Barry to have heart-to-heart discussion with Gene Cousineau

Co-star Henry Winkler posted an ominous tweet insinuating Gene’s secret hitman acting student reveals a truth on tonight’s episode. “Excuse me, you did what?!” certainly speaks for itself but what is the content of the truth? Surely, Barry wouldn’t reveal what happened to Gene’s love Janice at the cabin that night.

Is it the guilty, positive feeling of camaraderie after his first confirmed hit? As was visualized on-screen when he typed it before hitting the delete button. What really happened after his friend was shot and he gave the stone cold gaze of death to a perpetuator off-camera?

Monroe Fuches appears to be having second thoughts

Fuches doesn’t seem to be lock and step with betraying his protégé despite pressure from Detective Loach hovering over him, a dark cloud ready to rain down handcuffs at any second. His “Really?” when Barry told him he was happy to see him said everything, as if a weight had been lifted off a heavy heart.

The question is how long will Detective Loach allow Fuches to have therapeutic talk that doesn’t lead to Barry incriminating himself? His patience already seems to be wearing thin on Fuches inability to deliver the verbal goods on tape.

Will NoHo Hank’s legion ever be ready?

NoHo Hank is a man who plans ahead, way, way into the future. His goal in this case is to eliminate competition vying for Cristobal Sifuentes’ attention, a neutral rival in Esther. Although Barry was unable to complete the hit due seemingly to PTSD, he agreed to train NoHo Hank an army to pay his debt.

However, it appears the ‘Air Jordan’ of hitmen is not quite satisfied with the talent on the squad. How much training will it take on his part to get them ready for action? Will they ever be the legion that NoHo Hank pictures in his rise to the throne of a 50% split with Cristobal? Then there’s the matter of suspicion on Esther’s part that the monastery infiltration was no accident, particularly with NoHo Hank’s surprise she’s still around.

Anthony Carrigan getting Emmy level praise across Twitter

Speaking of NoHo Hank, actor Anthony Carrigan has been receiving a treasure trove of praise across Twitter for his portrayal. Just take a look at the replies to that tweet above or write #Barry to see acting compliment after compliment. Carrigan’s talent has not gone unnoticed, receiving The modern day resounding thumbs up across the Twitter sphere. Barry fans cannot get enough of NoHo Hank’s impeccable comedic timing.

From the opening scene last episode, NoHo brought the comedy gold in spades. His dreamed up televised debate a highlight that’ll live on in Barry lore for seasons to come.

Catch up on the events of last week’s episode with The Natural Aristocrat’s Barry recap for “Past = Present x Future Over Yesterday” (season 2, episode 3).

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Barry star Bill Hader is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight, May 14

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Bill Hader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers during an episode airing on March 19, 2018 - Screenshot Photo Credit: NBC
Screenshot Photo Credit: NBC

HBO’s Barry Berkman ‘Block’ himself, Bill Hader, will be a featured guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight (May 14, 2019).

Fans of HBO’s Barry have a reason to stay up late tonight, as series star Bill Hader will be the first guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Hader was last a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers back on March 19, 2018. Joining Hader will be actress Kathryn Newton [Big Little Lies] to promote Pokémon Detective Pikachu. The show will air on NBC at 12:35 a.m. ET (11:35 p.m. Central) and you can catch it online via NBC’s live stream or with a free seven-day trial at Fubo TV.

Bill Hader is making the late night rounds this week ahead of the season 2 finale in true Barry fashion. He was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday where did some celebrity impressions mid-interview. Fans who watched this week’s Barry episode still have that rendition of “You want some piiiieeeeee?” stuck in their heads!

Hader also appeared earlier that morning on Live with Kelly and Ryan and joked that ‘his daughter wasn’t a fan of his voice in Finding Dory.’ She literally stood up and left the theater according to Hader! “You didn’t tell me you were in this!”

The Barry lead star will also be a featured guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen this Thursday, May 16 along with Rachel Ray. Barry’s season 2 finale episode, aptly titled, “berkman/block” airs this Sunday, May 19 on HBO at 10 p.m. EST. The show has already been renewed for a season 3 by HBO.

Late Night with Seth Meyers featuring Bill Hader : Live Stream Details

Date: Friday, May 14
Start Time: 12:35 a.m. ET / 11:35 p.m. Central
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on FOX’s official live stream

Bill Hader’s breakout HBO series was recently invited by Yoshinoya America CEO Dar Vasseghi to shoot an episode of Barry at their establishment. The invite, arriving in letter form, came as a response to a mention of ‘going for a Yoshinoya Beef Bowl’ by NoHo Hank during an early April episode.

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HBO’s Barry invited to shoot episode at Yoshinoya by CEO Dar Vasseghi

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Barry Berkman and NoHo Hank in Season 2, Episode 3: “Past = Present x Future Over Yesterday” - Pictured from left to right: Bill Hader and Anthony Carrigan - Photo Credit: Isabella Vosmikova / HBO
Photo Credit: Isabella Vosmikova / HBO

Barry director Hiro Murai posted an Instagram story of a thank you letter he received from Yoshinoya America CEO Dar Vasseghi inviting them to shoot there.

HBO Barry Director Hiro Murai received an intriguing offer from Yoshinoya America CEO Dar Vasseghi, after the Japanese fast-food chain’s beef bowl was mentioned during an episode. Murai, who’s directed four episodes of the series, was thanked for the ‘stunning’ inclusion and invited to shoot an episode on-location at Yoshinoya.

The letter, dated April 10, 2019, also thanked Barry executive story editor / writer Taofik Kolade (6 episodes). Credit to Reddit user BROWN-52 for first spotting it and taking a screenshot of Hiro Murai’s Instagram story for fans at Barry’s official Reddit page.

Between the unintentional ‘Starbucks’ product placement on Game of Thrones and now Yoshinoya on Barry, franchises might not need to pay an advertising fee anymore! Joking aside, utilizing Yoshinoya in the series could be mutually beneficial to both parties ala Better Call Saul’s fictional Los Pollos Hermanos. Plus, the ‘set’ for Yoshinoya is already ready made, no need to even rent the place.

Yoshioya responding to getting mentioned in Barry from r/Barry

Letter to Barry’s Hiro Murai and Taofik Kolade Text:

Dear Misters Murai and Kolade,

We were recently stunned to hear that your most recent episode of Barry began with the suggestion of a trip to Yoshinoya for a Beef Bowl. While we don’t know which of you is directly responsible for this line, we’d nevertheless like to thank you both.

We’re not sure whether the show is what it is because of Bill Hader’s unique comedic talent, or the fact that the concept of an “emotionally conflicted assassin taking an acting class” is inherently funny, or both, but we want you to know that we are big fans of the show.

Please accept some gift certificates for free bowls at Yoshinoya and feel free to share them if you are so inclined. We would like to further offer up one of our stores as a location for a shoot for one of your upcoming episodes. I think shooting at Yoshinoya would be a hit.

With gratitude,

Dar Vasseghi
Chief Executive Officer
Yoshinoya America

Be sure to read about Better Call Saul’s Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin) making his first-ever Barry cameo recently on Sally Reed’s TV/Film reel!

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Barry Season 2 Episode 7 review: Outstanding, from satire to tense drama

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Barry Berkman Block in Season 2 Episode 7 "The Audition" Pictured: Bill Hader - Screenshot Photo Credit: HBO
Screenshot Photo Credit: HBO

HBO’s Barry pulled the rug on viewers twice in “The Audition” and brought a classic first half of satire into brutally tense, edge of your seat drama.

The following review contains spoilers for Barry Season 2 Episode 7.

HBO’s Barry solidified itself tonight as a show that’s going to be around for a long, long time. Despite being just into a second season, eight episodes a piece, half an hour each, they’ve already mastered the art of the cliffhanger. Nobody that watched Fuches pull a gun on Gene Cousineau tonight did not want to immediately see the next episode.

This episode simply had it all when it comes to Barry’s one of a kind, dark humor/drama formula. From the shallowness of Hollywood featuring spot-on parodies and lip service… To NoHo Hank getting the ‘mulligan’ he desperately wanted but losing the respect of his men. Barry receiving an audition for a major feature film off just by being at the right place while being 6’2 said it all. ‘I did’t know this is how it all worked!’

Famed Austin Powers director Jay Roach’s casting associate being more in-tune with Barry’s 6’2 height than his acting was reality personified. Even though Roach noticed Barry didn’t care whatsoever during his audition performance, it didn’t disqualify him at all. Instead, it seemingly intriguing Roach.

Sally even comments on Barry getting this opportunity despite just starting out and not working his way up for it prior. The truth of the unfairness of La La Land strikes deeply at her heart, the wool unraveled from her eyes. This is how things really work, not by fist and brick but by chance. Sometimes you’re just born into that chance.

‘Payback Ladies’ is another Sally Reed Comedy Goldmine

“It’s that time of the month… For Revenge!” ‘Payback Ladies’ a faux, modern show for the times, by TV Producer Aaron Ryan was the ultimate form of paying lip-service to an issue. It was also absolutely hilarious! Just to hear Ryan describe the whole plot of the show with the accompanying artwork to Sally was genuine lighthearted fun like there hasn’t been on TV in ages.

Instead of going for clapping, ‘agreeable humor’, HBO’s Barry goes for old-school TV satire more akin to Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s That’s My Bush! and TV Funhouse. Considering how watered down humor is these days to not offend anyone, it’s great to see a show willing to take risks.

‘Payback Ladies’ was another classic in the form of ‘Future Space’ parody episode prior, which featured Better Call Saul’s Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin). Too bad there won’t be a full featured scene for Sally’s reel for this one, as she turned it down. An excellent move for Sally’s character arch but it would have definitely been a fun watch! The whole concept of ‘Payback Ladies’ really drove home the struggle of an artist between staying true to your art and paying the bills. “Do you not want to be a lead in a tv show?” Sometimes the only one you have who believes in you… Is you.

In times of stress, the true you is revealed… Like NoHo Hank, Hotel Manager

When times are tough, the shields come down. The real NoHo Hank was revealed tonight, less a gangster and in his own words, more a polite Hotel Manager type. Cristobal Sifuentes and Esther had sent NoHo Hank and his men to a bus, hands in makeshift plastic cuffs to be doused in flames. One member of Hank’s group rose above the call of duty and managed to free himself… And everyone else, including Hank! NoHo Hank had been apologizing to his men while the escape was happening silently, saying he wasn’t what he portrayed.

When it was all over NoHo Hank’s men stood victorious but he’d lost their respect as leader entirely. The group’s new leader did not hesitate to shoot dead the accordion musician who had betrayed them, while Hank spoke to him. In this case, lip-service rather than action is why NoHo Hank has lost his spot in the hierarchy.

Fuches playing private detective to Gene turns volume to 20, off the dial

The anticipation to Barry’s audition had made for grand comedy. Acting teacher Gene Cousineau splitting the trajectory of Barry’s character in the film going #2 in a pie for revenge on his enemy was just pure fun. Sometimes not everything is Shakespeare but we like to believe it is because it’s ours. Thus Gene too, tried to explain Barry’s character breakdown in the heigh of seriousness. Naturally, Gene would want to accompany Barry to his big day, an ego boost for himself to see a student audition for a lead role.

However, it would not come to pass. The show turned on a dime from light hearted humor to the pinnacle of stress as Gene made a call to Barry to say he couldn’t make it. A private detective had contacted him claiming to be investigating the death of Janice Moss at his cabin and requiring assistance. That private detective was none other than Monroe Fuches! The disgruntled Fuches would make his presence known to Barry on the phone, citing he was not out of plays. Barry would try to reason with Fuches but it had no effect, his mind was up.

It appeared Fuches momentarily had doubts when Gene was telling him about how Barry’s life was changing but it only threw the viewers off. Fuches would lead Gene to Janice’s car, claim to be calling the police but actually calling as ‘Gene’ to ‘admit responsibility’ for her death. Then to end the episode, as Barry was rushing to find the two… Fuches would point a gun at Gene’s head as he looked at Janice’s body in the car trunk. Cut to credits. You can only think, “It’s already over?!” in the best of ways.

Barry Season 2 Episode 7 Review Score:
9.2 Score

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