The Bear Season 1 premiere is set to air in December, with major spoilers for you. Christopher Storers The Bear is easily one of the most watched series of the year. It was renewed for a second season less than a month after it was first launched on Rotten Tomatoes in June 2022. The story follows chef Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto, who returns to Chicago to take over the rundown Original Beef of Chicagoland restaurant after his brother Michael died by suicide.
Carmy is confronted with a wide variety of issues throughout Season 1. The restaurant is $300,000 in debt to their Uncle Jimmy, and a health inspector gives it a C for poor sanitation. The menu is also outdated, and the kitchen is no stranger to gang violence. Carmy discovers that Richie, his brother's best friend, has been selling medications at the back of the restaurant to keep the business afloat during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Carmy apologizes for his abusive leadership, and baker Marcus returns to the restaurant, concealing wads of cash in small cans of tomato sauce. And most shockingly, at the end, Carmy gets a suicide note and discovers he hid wads of cash.
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Storer said in an Indiewire interview that Carmy's $300,000 loan from Uncle Jimmy was in fact the proceeds of a $300,000 loan from Jimmy. In this instance, Michael said he wanted to start a restaurant with Carmy, since he believed he could break the familial pattern and begin something new, which might have been a way of coping with his own addiction.
Storer said the restaurant has a semi-automatic electric can-seamer that is simple to use. In [Michaels] scattered state, the processing of the tomato cans felt more like a project to him, and it felt more like a real plan of action. He acknowledged the twist sounds absurd, but while researching for The Bear, he encountered numerous stories of money or drugs being hidden in tomato cans.
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Carmy may have found this money right off the bat if he had not prepared the spaghetti in the pilot, but then perhaps he would have burnt out like Michael did, according to Storer. Instead, Carmy had to look to Sydney and learn how to work as a team with his chefs.
Storer keeps open about Carmy's future. We have no idea how Carmy will transform the restaurant into The Bear, particularly since it's pretty much all owed to Uncle Jimmy. [That] is the question we wanted to end with and hopefully get to explore in a second season, according to Storer.