‘The Bears’ Season 2: These Supporting Casts Can’t Be Ignored

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers Bear Season 2Popular Hulu Series Bear With some of the best writing and storytelling in television. The show follows the day-to-day work of a restaurant eager to improve its recipes, efficiency, and overall quality and performance. But the restaurant isn’t the only thing that needs improvement.what captivates viewers Bear The characters in the show are diverse, and they all face their own challenges in life in and out of the kitchen. Season 1 explored how these characters work together successfully, while season 2 delves into how each character works individually and individually.

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For example, Kami (Jeremy Allen White) with Claire (molly gordon). Cousin Ricky (Ebony Moss-Bakrach) also undergoes a transformational journey this season, as he goes from rowdy store worker to sophisticated, well-dressed restaurant floor manager. But two other key members of The Bear’s crew have had their own personal journeys this season, and they shouldn’t be overlooked: Tina (Lisa Colon-Zayas) and Ebla’s (Edwin Lee Gibson)’s respective reactions to going to culinary school are integral to season two’s theme of change.

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‘The Bears’ season 2: Tina and Ebla enter culinary school

Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina – Line Cook in The Bear
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Cami and part of Sydney (Ayo Edbiri)’s plan to transform The Original Beef of Chicagoland into The Bear is to transform a traditional family-owned sandwich shop into a sophisticated Michelin-starred restaurant. While the restaurant’s physical space is being beautifully redesigned, Sidney tells Tina and Ebla that they’ll be honing their skills in cooking classes, paid for tuition in addition to their hourly wages. Tina is enthusiastic about it, while Ebla is hesitant. “But I already know how to (cook),” he says, “and I don’t want to wear a uniform.” Since Ebra is one of the oldest members of The Original Beef’s staff, his hesitation about adapting to all these changes at The Bear is understandable. Tina was also one of the long queued chefs at the restaurant, but she was totally open to the opportunity, asking immediately, “When do we start?”

The pair immediately set off for culinary school, wearing white chef uniforms that Eblah was reluctant to put on. But Ebla was clearly anxious. Even as he and Tina slowly chopped the celery, sweat dripped from his brow, and he cut carefully, not confident in himself. “You got this baby, you got this,” Tina assured him. But while Tina met the coach’s expectations, Ebra was unable to meet her at her pace. And so Ebla disappeared. He’s given up on Tina and the show entirely, and spends most of the midseason wandering around the city by himself — without any of the purpose or drive he’s used to at restaurants.

Tina and Ebla’s reactions to change reveal their personalities

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While we don’t have dedicated episodes for Tina or Ebla, like how we spend time with Marcus (Lionel Boyce) and his creative exploration of desserts in Copenhagen, or Rich and his tremendous growth in fulfilling his true purpose of making people feel good about food, we can piece together a few things about their personalities that explain their respective culinary school approaches .

Tina understood the saying “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Of course, she learned this in season one. While Tina initially rejected Sydney’s new vision for the restaurant as sous chef, she later accepted. Sydney believes in Tina and gives her the recognition she needs to do better. Not surprisingly, when her son was suspended, Tina took him to the restaurant to learn a thing or two from Sydney. In season two, when Sidney puts her in a leadership role, Tina rises to the challenge. Tina, according to Sydney’s record, gave Ebra the same support, recognition and drive to improve himself, even if he resisted it. Ultimately, Tina hopes that she and Ebra share the same desire – for them to be the best versions of themselves. When some other culinary students invite Tina to go out for drinks and karaoke, Tina accepts. Even though she may be older than them, she can still keep up and feel like she belongs. Her character is a testament to the notion that it’s never too late for anyone to change, improve and chase their dreams.

Ebra, on the other hand, seems to think it’s too late for him, or rather, he doesn’t want to change at all. He’s gotten so used to the way he cooks at The Original Beef that he still sticks to his old ways. But that comfort can also come from a more personal and painful context. We never explicitly know what Ebla’s life was like before becoming a front-line cook, but the show suggests that Ebla may have been a soldier who became a Somali refugee. When Sydney first floated the culinary team idea in season one, Ebra had reservations. “I was in a brigade once,” Ebla said. When Tina asked what happened, Ebra explained, “A lot of people died.” Later, when Sydney accidentally stabbed Rich, Ebra helped to stitch Richie’s wound.Along the way, Ebla retells to Rich the story of Somalia’s civil war — part of which was adapted into the 2002 film black hawk down. It makes sense for Ebra to hate wearing a uniform, as it might remind him of war. How he came to Chicago from Somalia is unclear, but it’s easy to see how The Original Beef gave Ebra a sense of comfort and purpose that made him not want to give up.

Tina and Ebla capture ‘The Bear’ season 2 theme of self-improvement

Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim - Lane Cook in
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But Ebla eventually changed his mind. After Tina finishes her cooking class and returns to the Bear restaurant, Ebra visits her and apologizes, admitting that he is afraid of change. Of course Tina understands, but she also wants Ebra to know the best “old bitches…surrounded by bad bastards who look after them and fuck their asses”. As sous chef, Tina recruits Ebla back to the restaurant and manages the drive-thru window. At the end of season two, we see Ebra watching a video tutorial on his phone about keeping his kitchen clean and organized, a lesson he may have learned in culinary school. Now, however, Ebla is willing to learn and improve as a modern restaurant chef, this time at his own pace. “I accept it,” he said, and was open to change.

There may be louder, more prominent characters stealing the show Bear, like Cousin Ricky, but Tina and Ebra shouldn’t be overlooked. While their character journeys may be understated, their stories play a major role in enriching the show’s drama. Because season two is devoted to each character’s willingness to accept change to varying degrees, Tina and Ebla’s divergent experiences at culinary school and their eventual return to the restaurant perfectly capture the season’s theme of transition and self-improvement. theme. Both Tina and Ebla show that it’s never too late to change and reinvent yourself, and it’s even better if you have someone by your side who pushes you to be the best version of yourself.

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