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Barry Berkman 'Block' and Gene Cousineau in season 2, episode 4 "What?!" - Pictured from left to right (L-R): Bill Hader and Henry Winkler - Photo Credit: Isabella Vosmikova / HBO Barry Berkman 'Block' and Gene Cousineau in season 2, episode 4 "What?!" - Pictured from left to right (L-R): Bill Hader and Henry Winkler - Photo Credit: Isabella Vosmikova / HBO

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Barry season 2, episode 4 review: New series high point hits you hard

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HBO’s Barry shed light on PTSD awareness for veterans on tonight’s episode with brutal, lasting imagery that’ll stay with you long past the credit roll.

The following review contains spoilers for Barry season 2, episode 4 (“What?!”).

You could feel the permanent trauma dripping from the screen tonight when Barry revealed that he shot the wrong guy while on tour. “Barry stop! That’s not the guy! Are you insane, what is wrong with you? You psycho!” In one moment, his life and confident perception of himself as a ‘good person’ changed irreparably. There was no going back to fix what he’d done, no retake. Barry had taken the life of an innocent man with the intention to avenge his friend who’d been shot in the face.

Only the perceived assailant had not been the assailant at all… Rather, a civilian caught in the chaos of a war zone. In seconds, his positive intentions spelled the end of his entire military career. All over one mistake. A colossal mistake. One that nobody outside of the field would ever be able to look at him the same way again. Even the camaraderie between his mates had broken and they’d been there.

The entire scene of Barry recounting the tale to acting teacher/mentor Gene Cousineau was chilling, infinitely sobering. A reminder that some things in life, you can’t take back. No apology would ever be worthy. It’s no wonder Barry asked NoHo Hank earlier this season ‘if he thinks he’s evil,’ every part of Barry’s life is shaped by that moment. A series of dominos falling into a dark spiral, a black hole from which there is no return.

While military veterans recently lost The Punisher on Netflix, Barry’s depiction of post traumatic stress disorder is equally influential in society. A commendable job on a story viewers usually never hear, and can’t even begin to understand the strain of their emotional baggage in reality. Barry’s scenario of shooting the wrong guy is likely way more common than imaginable in the tense heat of battle.

A Twist for the record books

Not content to leave out the dark comedy ingredient that makes up the recipe of a Barry episode, the show brought on a massive twist. The show’s leading protagonist appeared to finally be in over his head tonight, incriminating himself in the process by spilling the truth about Detective Janice Moss to Monroe Fuches. Despite Fuches urging Barry never to contact him again for his own good, his protégé couldn’t resist and was soon apprehended by Detective Loach. It appeared it was all over for Barry, the entire double life was over.

His arrest was imminent, relationship soon to be left destitute, acting career never began and never will… When Detective Loach had a different idea. He simply wanted Barry to do a hit on his wife’s new boyfriend. “And all this goes away!” Bringing the hitman turned actor to utter the episode’s title, “What?!” Fade to black, and now no viewer can wait until the next episode! Grade A stuff.

Barry almost makes a civilian hit at the hotel

The tension felt in every scene between Sally, Sam, and Barry on tonight’s chapter kept the audience on the edge of their seat. First the nightmare trio dinner where it appeared Sally’s old feelings for Sam were resurfacing. After all the relationship never truly ended in words, just hit a lull. Then Sam and Barry exchanging words after he had witnessed their upcoming scene. Fury and confusion as Sally was invited to a hotel room by her ex, only to see why she escaped the relationship in the first place. Her vulnerability and attachment toward Sam still lingering but she left. In fear but she left.

During the whole exchange Block almost turned Berkman when another civilian hit almost took place on Sam. A non-job, no money involved, no boss. A personal decision that only didn’t take place because Sally was unexpectedly there. But what if she wasn’t? What if Gene wasn’t there to listen or Fuches? What then?

Barry season 2, episode 4 - 'What?!' Review:
9.1 Score
Lasting Visual9.5
Universal Appeal (No Prior Watching Required)9
Impact on Subconscious9
Societal Influence Potential (Outreach beyond series viewers)9

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
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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.

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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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