all the sauces
A flashback shows the other side of the mobile phone from Barry’s first-ever episode. Just to recap, it opened with a dead man lying on a bed, and Barry using the washroom. On the other side, the man’s wife waits for him to come back home. Several years later, she still waits. Until someone shows up, promising to deliver her husband’s killer. No second guesses are needed here – Fuches.
Under the alias Kenneth, he also visits Ryan Madison’s father. To both the victim’s families, he gives a card with Barry’s home address.
Gene is back at his son Leo’s house. In his panicky state, he asks Leo to pack their bags and leave the town for a while. He fears Barry will come after them. Gene’s agent Tod shows up at the house. He explains – as I had foreseen – that the producers loved Gene’s improvisation. They want him back with more lines in the show.
In the supermarket, ash Gene shops for new luggage, and he spots Joe Mantegna (‘Baby’s Day Out’ fame). Instead of fighting him, he offers to break bread at his house with Gene, to his shock. He also shows him a Variety article about how he reinvented a soldier’s (Barry) life.
The beginning is an uncomfortable moment for Barry. After agreeing to deliver the bomb to the Bolivians, he is at Hank’s to pick it up.
In a hilarious sequence, he trudges along as the only person within hundred yards of the box in an empty parking lot. With it, Barry also has to download – and make an account to sign up – the “Detonate” app to blow up the bomb. He reaches the house and places the bomb under it. But he encounters a problem: the app won’t work. He calls the Detonate helpline for customer services.
Sally’s Joplin is finally set for its premiere. She prepares an honest speech for the night. It turns out to be a dream-like event for her. Not only does her show get glowing reviews from the most prestigious critics, but people also go out of their way to praise her work.
Faye, from customer service, guides Barry in his bid to detonate the bomb. The detonation is successful as she asks Barry to turn off the wi-fi and try again. Cristobal, who was supposed to be at Pilates when Barry originally was supposed to blow up the house, is caught in the house with the bomb.
Fernando had discovered his affair with Hank and was about to murder him. Barry spots him and drops him off at Hank’s house.
Sally’s awkward – and hilarious – speech lights up the room. Amidst the applause, Katie, backstage, finally speaks her mind. Her mention that Barry is a violent man overcomes Sally’s mind.
When the night ends, Barry shows up apologetically for missing the premiere. Sally, without too much thought, breaks up with him and leaves. Barry arrives at Gene’s house to reassure him that he will not hurt his family and that they are all safe.
In the final sequence, the man’s -from the first scene – widow and her son plan to kill Barry and buy a gun.
The Episode Review
Episode four is by far the best of the lot this season. Probably because it is the lightest in terms of tone and has Barry at his self-pitying best.
The episode finds Berg and Hader at their funniest. The balance that was missing to some extent in the previous episodes has suddenly been rediscovered. There is an element of absurdity as well that was so flavorfully brought out in the last season.
Its return augments well for the viewer to divert their attention from the existential pulse that was so in focus this season. If you’d noticed, the visual language changed this season.
Backgrounds became bleaker; colors became dull; characters looked weary and older than before. But this chapter in ‘Barry’s story provides some respite. “All the Sauces” tries to bring Barry’s chain of sins a full circle. It is funny – and tragic – how despite going through fierce traumas that are enough for an entire street of people, Barry is still at square one. The torment he has suffered in order to change and reinvent himself has been rendered just that and nothing more.
In fact, the tables seem to have turned on him seeing what Gish and her son are up to. Meanwhile, Fuches is back in town. He distinguishes himself from men like Barry but in fact, he is very much like them.
There are hints in Barry’s interactions with Gene about Fuches’ role in pushing Barry into this line of work. And this certainly is the case with him. Fuches is the apotheosis of how the poison of vengeance can corrupt a man. Although it is not a given that forgiveness can cure one – as Barry is an example – it certainly can make things easier.
Probably the only thing that annoyed me was how quickly Sally ended things with Barry. I am with the latter: can’t people be allowed to just have a bad day?
Should the pretence be so strong and delusional as to mask how one truly feels on a given day? A bit more nuance could have worked better. The tacit way of representing how the two drifted apart would have made more sense than the forced tangent of Barry being a violent man.