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Ten Best Episodes of FX’s The Bear

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A Guide to the Greatest Episodes From Seasons 1 & 2

Over the summer of 2022, FX and Hulu released an immediate hit starring Jeremy Allen White in The Bear as a world-renowned chef who comes home to save his late brother’s failing Chicago restaurant. What makes The Bear is fast-paced with overall fun storytelling, blended with tremendous acting from its cast and hard-hitting story lines surrounding family, life and love. So without further ado, here are the ten best episodes of The Bear

10. System (Season 1, Episode 1)

How can we not include the one that started it all? The pilot episode, “System,” introduces us to the young and promising Chef Carmy Berzatto, a troubled but talented young chef who just wants to do some good in his hometown in the name of his late brother. 

This episode kicks off the wild ride that is The Bear and it leaves no room to get comfortable. What makes the pilot a top 10 episode is how the show is able to let us into the world in no time. We are thrust right into the action and stress that we will see for the rest of the episodes in seasons 1 and 2, and it pulls no punches. With Carmy, we immediately see problems — he’s fallen asleep at the restaurant and he’s gotten 100 pounds less meat than he has ordered. It’s all gas, no breaks, and we are immediately shown what the ride is going to be like. Unlike a lot of pilots, this episode proves that this show knew exactly what it wanted to do from minute one, and it certainly achieved it.

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9. Pasta (Season 2, Episode 2)

“Pasta” is a bit of a Tina episode that sees her and Ebra enrolled in culinary school by Sydney. Sydney even offers Tina to be her sous once she completes the course, which is huge for the growing relationship between the pair. 

“Pasta” gives the audience something that a lot of the episodes have: a gleam of hope. Carmy is not pushing the hair out of his eyes in anger or frustration and the cooks seem to be thriving. Carmy even seems to have found a hint of romance in his life, with newcomer to the show Molly Gordon who plays his high school crush, Claire.

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8. The Bear (Season 2, Episode 10)

In the final episode of season 2, we finally reach opening night (or kind of). It’s friends and family night at the restaurant for the pre-grand opening, and if you were anticipating something to go wrong, it definitely does. 

This episode does not let us down easy, as Carmy gets trapped in the walk-in fridge for almost the entire episode. Richie steps up and saves the day amidst tons of chaos, but Carmy seems to have lost a lot while having a mini meltdown in the fridge. He tells Claire that she makes him unfocused while stuck in there, and he seemingly severs his relationship with Richie during one of their classic screaming matches. While stuck in the walk-in, Carmy seems to come to a realization that his relationship with Claire might not have the best timing, but unfortunately, Claire is standing right outside of the walk-in unbeknownst to Carmy.  It certainly leaves us with a lot to look forward to. 

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7. Ceres (Season 1, Episode 6)

In this episode, the show finally puts a face to the name of Mikey Berzatto. Played by John Berenthal, Mikey Berzatto is as infectious as anticipated, but we start to see some of the cracks that may lead to his eventual death and the fractures in the restaurant. 

Berenthal’s Mikey is an enigmatic leader. He seems to have it all figured out, but you it’s all roughly thrown together. Berenthal’s first inclusion in this show is absolutely electric and, like the many other cameos, only serves to add more to this already fantastic cast. The history of not only the Beef but also Chicago is told in this episode through the eyes of Mikey and Richie. We get to see the Beef before Carmy, and all that was wrong, so we can appreciate the good and bad of an ever-changing world. 

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6. Bolognese (Season 2, Episode 8)

“Bolognese” ramps up the incredibly high levels of stress in the kitchen for everyone, excluding Carmy for a change. With a fire suppression test coming just days before they open, everyone is trying to prepare for this and the grand opening of the restaurant. But Carmy is focused on his newfound relationship with Claire, putting him and Sydney at odds. 

In this episode, we have what we all kind of wanted — for Carmy to have something outside of the restaurant that makes him happy, that gives him meaning other than just the restaurant. But it really could not have come at a worse time. With everything coming to a head just before the grand opening, everyone is there except Carmy. This leads to a very stressful and tense episode.

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5. Forks (Season 2, Episode 7)

The Season 2 episode “Forks” is about Richie’s front-of-house training that Carmy sets up for him before the opening of The Bear. Richie works at one of the best 5-star restaurants in Chicago and learns to take pride in the work that he does. 

Richie needed an episode, and fans needed a Richie episode. Thankfully, we got just that. In the short time of The Bear, Richie Jereomovich has taken a lot of punches and a lot of losses. It was nice to see Richie find something to take pride in after feeling unwanted at the hands of Carmy and Sydney. This episode gives Richie a newfound confidence and self-worth, and everyone was better off for it.

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4. Omelete  (Season 2, Episode 9)

In this season 2 episode, Sydney and Carmy are still at odds over Carmy’s inconsistent presence at the soon-to-open restaurant, and Sydney is frantically trying to pull the menu together as Carmy figures out his relationship with Claire. 

What makes this episode special are the slices of peace it offers in its moments of dire stress. While Sugar is pregnant, and trying so desperately to finance everything that the Bear needs, she tells Sydney that she is hungry. So, Sydney proceeds to quietly chef up one of the tastiest looking omelets out there. At the very end of the episode, we see Carmy and Sydney get underneath a table and confess their fears to each other just before the opening of the restaurant. It puts all of us (slightly) at ease before great tension.

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3. Honeydew (Season 2, Episode 4)

Season 2’s “Honeydew” follows Marcus as he trains under Copenhagen based pastry chef Luca (Will Poulter) on Carmy’s orders. Luca learns about pastries and himself in this episode that serves as a bit of a half-time break. 

“Honeydew” is a remarkable feat pulled off by Drew Storer and the rest of the cast and crew of The Bear. In a show that is defined by its pace and power, its energy and freneticism, this episode flips it all on its head and doesn’t miss a beat. Poulter’s Luca is the opposite of Carmy. He is calm, quiet, and collected; his kitchen is quiet, and dimly lit as opposed to the frantic and bright nature of the Beef and the Bear’s kitchens. It’s an episode that reminds us about the art of food, and the art of finding oneself.

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2.  Review (Season 1, Episode 7)

In one of the most stressful episodes in television history, Sydney leaves the to-go orders an hour before the The Beef opens, causing the staff to fall behind and face an insurmountable number of orders that they are prepped for. Everyone single character in this episode is absolutely reeling, none more than Carmy, who has the freakout of a lifetime. “Review” is the shortest episode of season 1, but due to the 18-minute-long one-shot take that largely consumes this episode, it feels like a lifetime. It’s TV at its most excruciating best.

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1. Fishes (Season 2, Episode 6)

The Bear’s season 2 episode “Fishes” is a flashback to the past during a family gathering at the Berzatto’s for Christmas. Here we meet the Berzatto’s in all of their chaotic glory, and we see our favorite characters before we were formerly introduced. A young(er) Carmy and Sugar attempt to help their unhinged mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) cook Christmas dinner amongst a sea of fast-talking and discombobulated Berzattos. 

A series-defining episode with a star-studded cast, “Fishes” takes everything the bear has thrown at you for the past two seasons and wraps it into one episode. Why is Carmy the way that he is? “Fishes” tells us and more. We learn about the Berzatto family dynamic from some of the best actors in the game right now, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Bob Odenkirk, and Sarah Paulson amongst others. Even in the face of this huge cast, the show manages to make its points and land its heavy, heavy blows. Come for the beautiful storytelling and acting, but come back again for the painful remembrance of family — at its best and worst.

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Official Hulu Trailer for The Bear, Season 1

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