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file review Atlanta The season 3 finale, “Tarrare” comes as soon as I ask my friend’s cousin to pee on you…

And here we come to the end of this long-awaited, ambitious, confusing, and often unbelievable TV season. During the past two and a half months, Atlanta He’s given us four different anthology episodes exploring black life in America (your mileage will vary depending on whether that’s too many, the perfect amount, or not enough), the locked room mystery, or an introspective drug journey with a bonus Liam Neeson cameo, Corporate satire of black celebrities, and more.

The only thing Season 3 didn’t give us before this week was Atlanta Going into a crazy comedy space just the way we know it’s possible. Other episodes had funny moments for sure, especially when Al’s patience was running out, but Atlanta Able to be the funniest show in the world when he wants to, he has yet to try to remind us of that this year.

Enter writer Stephanie Robinson, who ended the season on a funny and absurd note with the song “Tarrare.” She divided her time in the past few years between this series and What do we do in the shade?Robinson has the distinction of having written the undoubtedly funny part of each: “Barbershop” (where Al’s search for a good haircut led to a series of insults) here, and “On the Run” (which introduced the world to ordinary human bartender Jackie Daytona) on shadows. Robinson can do introspection and objective ambition, too—she co-wrote the first season of Van Spotlight “Value” and wrote the harrowing saga of The Woods last season—but even more than Donald Glover himself, Robinson seems to understand the ways these characters use and can design This show’s very specific, dream-like tone serves up gut-wrenching humor.

“Tarrare” isn’t just a hilarious finale note for Season 3, but it’s the epilogue to the closest we’ve had to an ongoing story. Yes, the tour was happening all the time, but it was basically an excuse for the group to take on other adventures around Europe. Al’s bout with writer bans, his constant questions about Earn’s management, stockings randomly joining the retinue (and seemingly randomly disappearing from them, apparently) – none of which lasted the entirety of Van’s mysterious arrival on the tour and more so the mysterious disappearance of him.

“Tarrare” explains it all, although it does take a while to get there. The episode begins, in fact, as if it were going to be another anthology story, as with three women – Candice (Adrien Ray), Ksousha (Ksoosha Rockymore), and Shanice (Shanis Castro) – a trip to Paris paid for by a man who goes down on Candice pissing on him . But Candice is working Atlanta Before, where a friend with Van went to the party at Drake’s house in “Champagne Papi” for season two. (She’s the one who got Van and the others into the house, but she’s also the one who abandoned them to go check out the T-Pain party.) And after Candice mentions how useful it is to know someone who lives in Paris. Who should walk other than her old friend Vanessa? This isn’t the truck we or Candice thought we knew. She’s wearing a new hairstyle – modeled, she’ll explain later, on Audrey Tautou as the title character emily Speak with an influenced French accent, and act as if she was a Parisian, born and raised.

There was something very much about Van from the moment I got off the shuttle in Amsterdam to spend the day with Darius, the death doula, and the man who may or may not have been Tupac. Nobody understands why she’s coming, nor what’s going on with Van and little Lottie’s parents. At Fernando’s bizarre party in London, Phan began shoving her kicks from the service staff and other guests into the pool, then slipped completely and began to ignore Eren’s increasingly frantic calls and texts. When she and Erin crossed paths again in “White Fashion,” she seemed interested in adopting a new character, modeled on Grace Jones in the ’80s, meaning she really stole the wig that aggressive Karen accused of stealing. So I turned into a very spiteful and violent Amelie – a woman brandishing a very old baguette like a samurai sword.

He doesn’t feel out of step with what we’ve already seen, even if that exact kind of madness is impossible to predict. Xosha Roquemore and Shanice Castro made crackling commentary the entire time, but oh my God, the joy in Roquemore’s voice when—after his cousins ​​had spent many previous scenes speculating about the baguette—Xosha exclaimed, “The bread was worth the wait!” It’s at the same time a great part of the character and something that sounds like it might be a descriptive joke about the discussion between


Writers like Robinson outlined the episode. Due to the series’ primary interest in men and due to Zazie Beetz’s film career, Van-heavy episodes tend to be few and far between. But Beetz makes a full meal out of this, inclined to the overwhelming self-illusion of her character and the sheer force of will that seemingly allowed her to build this entirely fake life for herself in Paris – including work, many underworld contacts, and Sado’s relationship Masochism with Alexander Skarsgård himself – In such a short time. Just when you thought Liam Neeson’s cameo couldn’t top it off, Skarsgård came along and prepared to totally deceive himself, including a sequence in which he responds to Van spitting in his face by running to masturbate in the bathroom. Skarsgård has always featured an actor who, like Jon Hamm, likes to be funny but is too handsome – and too good at playing intense guys – on terrifying frontiers – for these opportunities. (Although it is in both Zoolander Movies .)

I hope this opens the same comedy doors that Hamm does 30 rocksWhat once did for him.

As with many things


, it’s an exaggerated level of reality to suggest that Van did all this – leaving Lottie behind with her folks, joining the tour and then dropping her off, taking a walk around London, now connecting to many corners of Paris – in the space of a few weeks. But despite the silliness of it all – including inviting Xosha and Shanice to dinner over fried human hands With several super-rich members of Paris society – “Tarrare” is able to gracefully transform into something more serious in its closing minutes. Where the Cousins, who do not know the real Van, have taken great pleasure in her adventures, Candice is increasingly troubled by her friend’s out-of-character behavior. In the kitchen where the hands are being prepared, Candice keeps pushing and shoving, especially on the subject of Lottie, until any spell Van has cast on herself is broken and she starts screaming and smashing the boards, no longer able to hide from the pain that led to it. for its temporary separation from reality. On a bench by the river, Van explains the level of depression she was feeling at home – so bad that she found herself closing her eyes while driving – which led her to this short and strange journey. In the first season of the show, Van represented the stability that Eren could not find for himself. But ever since she lost her teaching job, she’s been lost and confused, struggling to define herself beyond her role as Lottie’s mom. This is an extreme – and for our purposes, very funny – way of responding to this, but the conversation scene manages to take the more relevant Van problem seriously without in any way undermining the jokes that came before…

The episode took its name from a notorious figure of French history, who had a seemingly endless appetite to the point that he was accused on more than one occasion of eating on human flesh. …or, for that matter, the punch line that comes next. While Candice focuses on helping Van, she outsources the job of the Golden Shower to Shanice, who proves to be the opposite of a shy bladder. As she stares sadly at the Eiffel Tower, she lets out a stream of urine that rivals Jimmy Duggan or Frank Drebin in duration, until Candice’s sugary dad is forced to scream, “Stop!” That’s a comedy over there. Interestingly enough, the episode and season don’t conclude on this note. Instead, after the credits were up, we lowered Kasab into another hotel lobby on the tour, where an airline employee brought him a lost bag that Kasab claimed was not his. For a moment, this seemed to be a long overdue reward for Van for telling Darius in Amsterdam that the airline had lost her luggage. (Most likely, it seems, you just jumped on board without packing anything.) Instead, the answer proved more complex, and evocative of the scene in which Season 3 began. The bag in question belongs to Earnest Marks, but it isn’t

This is Earnest Marks — it belongs to E, the gossip guy who told the ghost story at the top of the season premiere, and who blew his mind late in the day on “The Big Payback.” While Earn walks away with his other Earn’s Deftones shirt, the camera stays over for a picture of E with his family as dissonant horror movie-style music plays. Is this just a whole moment of the season? Summing up the larger themes of how ubiquitous racism and racial identity questions are, even when our heroes are far from the proud city of the show? A teaser for the upcoming fourth and final season, which was largely conducted in conjunction with this season? We’ll have to wait until at least later this year, if not earlier, to be sure. But the rest of “Tarrare” is a welcome reminder of the comedic places Atlanta can go to those precious few other chains to follow. Also, everything Stephanie Robinson writes these days is a must.