In Hulu’s ‘The Bear,’ a little Catholic imagery goes a long way

Jul 25, 2023 473

BY: Brigid McCabe

In the pilot episode of the FX series “The Bear,” Carmen Berzatto, known as Carmy, slumps at the desk that belonged to his recently deceased brother, Michael, which is cluttered with an ashtray, a bottle of Pepto Bismol and a statue of the Virgin Mary.

In a montage later in the episode, a prayer card commemorating Michael’s death is included along with bills, notes and receipts on the same desk. The card quotes the Book of Daniel: “My God hath sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me…” (6:22).

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