July 18, 2024

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Barry “limonada”

Season Three, Episode Two

I think the thing I like best about season three is, while still offering some good laughs, is it shows just how bad Barry is at being a decent human being without realizing it.

Barry, see, is in a bind.  Gene knows who and what Barry is, mostly, and Barry believes the only way to make amends is to find Gene some acting work.  Because, you know, acting work totally makes up for the murder of the love of someone’s life.  Gene even seems to be playing along, out of fear I’m sure, but the fact remains:  Barry still has this idea that he can just become a “normal” or “good” person without once stopping to actually do anything to really make amends.  Barry is a murderer.  Giving someone an acting job does not make up for the pain and grief he’s caused.

It’s made worse by the fact that Sally, working on a TV show about an abusive family, sees Barry’s rage when she can’t or won’t give Gene work, and then stories from around Hollywood where it seems Gene made few friends.

I am greatly tickled to learn Gene took a gun to a Full House audition.

This episode, more than any other, made Barry looks pretty damn scary.  His temper is well-known, but to actually see it deployed against Sally, all without telling her why it is so important that Gene get some acting work, is scary on a level never seen before, and considering Sally’s show is about an abusive relationship, well, shouldn’t that be a whole lot of red flags?  Meanwhile, the final seconds where Gene, finally free and home, finds Barry waiting for him, sitting next to Gene’s grandson and asking to hear Gene tell Barry that he, Gene, loves Barry, and twice no less, may be the most chilling moment in the entire series thus far.

You know things are bad when the subplot that may offer relief is Hank and Cristobal’s probably break-up.

I’ve been greatly impressed with how Barry as a show examines how messed-up and bad Barry Berkman is.  The fact that he doesn’t recognize how evil he is and lets people tell him otherwise is something, but I don’t suppose most people see themselves as evil, and that would be an oversimplification of what’s going on anyone’s head, let alone Barry’s.  I don’t think the series has said anything at all about what Barry’s childhood was like.  Did anyone ever teach Barry what it actually means to be good?  I get that he’s probably lonely on some level, and his attachment to Gene is, in his own words, like that of a child to a beloved parent.  But at the same time, what he’s doing is not normal, and when the threat of force is behind his actions, even if he isn’t trying to use it, then that is going to affect how people are and what they do.  Barry right now doesn’t even seem to understand that just because someone tells them that they love you, that doesn’t mean it’s true.  Gene might be a better actor than anyone realizes.

It’s probably worse that, even if Gene could get away from Barry, the police wouldn’t believe him anyway.