Barry keeps paying off in significant ways by hitting on several satisfying plot developments and the writers making unsafe choices. “crazytimesh*tshow” is a standout episode by Anthony Carrigan and Sarah Goldberg.
This recap of HBO’s Barry season 3, episode 5, contains spoilers.
Barry season 3, episode 5 recap
Bill Hader and Alec Berg are such good writers. They constantly keep the viewer on their toes with bold choices and exciting returns of characters. Take the first scene where we see the flashback of Barry calling for a medic as he tries to stop the bleeding of his fellow soldier, Albert (James Hiroyuki Liao). In the present day, we see Albert walking down the hallway of a Los Angeles president. He introduces himself. He is now a special agent and looking into the murder of Janice Moss. Albert is told that whoever did it is known as The Raven, and Barry was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Albert tells the Big Cat that whoever came up with that Raven nonsense is full of crap.
Speaking of full of you know what, Sally’s show premieres on a Netflix-like streaming channel. Her show, Joplin, is all over the home screen. Sally and Natalie sit in a local LA coffee shop to celebrate, hoping to meet fans. No one bats an eyelash, however. They find out that the show was no longer on the homepage, and you can only locate the show if you type out Sally’s complete name and Joplin in one word. They are then given the bad news. The algorithm shows that Joplin doesn’t have the right taste clusters and is canceled after 12 hours.
Gene is on the set of Law of Humanity. Gene has a new scene where his character says goodbye to his dying wife. His career is taking off, so he takes the money Barry gave him from his resurging career and bought his son a house. His next scene shows him visiting Joe Mantegna’s home for that dinner party. He runs into an old flame (played by Laura San Giacomo). Gene uses this as a way to make amends, apologizing to everyone. Joe accepts the apology, but she will not.
Barry has a heart-to-heart with No-Ho Hank and Cristobal after finding his old room is now overtaken by his former roommates Nick and Jermaine. Hank informs him that he must work on his major rage issues and give Sally something from the heart. So, hilariously, Barry leaves her a note with her key to the apartment. It also includes, “P.S. this is what I’m all about.” It points to a collage, a map of Ohio, Willie Nelson, a Wheaties box with Michael Jordan, a Budweiser label, a picture of a donut, a Twix wrapper, a Call of Duty cover, and just the word “Good” cut out on the top. Barry looks down upon it as if he says, “Nailed it.”
While Barry has his problem, Hank has his own. His garden center full of heroin is hit by the Bolivians (poor Akhmal says, “Don’t shoot!” and gets a bullet planted in his shoulder) and the police. Hank receives a call from one of his crew and a woman named Elena comes to his home. As he asks who Elena is, Cristobal stands and tells Hank, “I’m sorry.” She is Hank’s lover’s wife, and she has come to take her man home and kill the little hussy that is sleeping with him. However, she finds a picture of her husband and Hank together, and she clearly had no idea. It was the only thing that saved NoHo’s life because it was distracting her from the closet he was hiding in.
Sally comes home to find Barry leaving a note and the collage for her. She is crying because of Joplin‘s cancellation. Barry is there to comfort her. As she is crying on the couch and he wipes away a tear, Sally mentions the woman who axed the show, and Barry asks where she lives. Sally wondering if Barry will write her a strongly worded letter, tells her no. It is nothing like that. Nothing terrible, he says. He sweetly then tells her that he will terrorize her without knowing it. Like, take pictures of her sleeping and send them to her. Replace her pet with one that is just like it but not the same. The whole point is to make her feel isolated and paranoid until her brain eats itself. Sally then tells Barry to leave. He has no idea what he did wrong.
Finally, the mother and son death squad combo sits outside Sally’s home, waiting for Barry to come out to avenge their husband/father, who Barry killed in the pilot. As they go over the plan and the mother is holding the gun, it goes off, shooting her son in the stomach. The car speeds away, and we can only assume she is driving her son to the hospital, passing Barry on the way.
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