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The Bear Season 3 Recaps: Ep 2 "Together" & Ep 3 "Doors"
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The Bear Season 3 Recaps: Ep 2 "Together" & Ep 3 "Doors"

The Bear returns to the kitchen. Kevin and Tom offer their review.
(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)

After a mesmerizing mood poem in the Season 3 premiere, The Bear gets back to the kitchen and lays down some tracks. What has changed? What has stayed the same?

A 302 and 303 watch has Kevin and Tom examining the moments when the show performs at its best: is it the introspective, brooding Carmine scenes at The Bear or when the show “goes home” with secondary characters? Kevin draws a spot-on parallel of Syd/Carmy as Peggy/Don in Mad Men while Tom campaigns for more Richie exploration.

The Bear can’t be discussed without a dive into the show’s musical choices. With the Gen X sounds of Eddie Vedder and R.E.M taking center stage, the topic of needle drops surfaces, and Tom and Kevin analyze whether the FX show becomes too navel-gazey (the PYK stance: it doesn’t). A central question of the show: what does joy for Carmy look like? For Tom and Kevin, joy looks a lot like Oliver Platt on the television screen. Say it with us now: God Bless Oliver Platt.

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Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh bring their die-hard fanaticism of the hit TV show Top Chef and combine it with their NBA analytical instincts to draft “fantasy” teams, interview contestants and talk about America’s food and restaurant trends. Follow along weekly as the top cooking competition meets top-shelf analysis.