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Who does Molly Ringwald play in The Bear? Episode 3 cameo ‘rules’

Bruno Cooke June 24, 2022
Who does Molly Ringwald play in The Bear? Episode 3 cameo ‘rules’
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Hulu’s new eight-part series has picked up some glowing reviews since its release yesterday – and with a cameo from Molly Ringwald among its cast, episode 3 of The Bear has proved especially popular.

You’ll remember Ringwald from her frequent collaborations with filmmakers John Hughes. 

Most notably, she starred as Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club, which premiered in 1985.

Molly Ringwald has been busy since her days as a teen icon, most recently putting in a much-praised turn in Hulu’s The Bear. Who does she play, and which episode is she in?

WARNING: THE BEAR SPOILERS AHEAD

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Which episode of The Bear is Molly Ringwald in?

If you’re watching it from start to finish, it won’t be long before you come across Molly Ringwald’s Al-Anon meeting moderator in episode 3 of The Bear.

She joins Jeremy Allen White, Lionel Boyce, Ayo Edebiri, Richard Esteras, Edwin Lee Gibson, Matty Matheson and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

Vulture gives the episode five stars out of five. Reviewer Marah Eakin says among other things, “The Bear really knows how to land a guest star”. 

FX was adamant, she continues, when reviews first started emerging for The Bear, that Molly Ringwald’s involvement – along with the other various cameos – remain undisclosed. This is why Molly Ringwald doesn’t appear on the IMDB cast list for episode 3 of The Bear.

Thankfully, it’s now “fair game” to talk about her role.

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Who does Molly Ringwald play in The Bear?

Ringwald plays the meeting moderator of Al-Anon, a real-life group for recovering alcoholics. Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto is in attendance.

While her part may be small, Vulture’s review is full of praise for Ringwald’s performance.

Since the episodes are now available to watch, and people are going to find out who’s in the show by watching it, the outlet’s reviewer opines, “I feel confident sharing that I think Molly Ringwald f***ing rules”.

She monologues about what it means to love someone suffering from addiction. The way she manages her own addiction, she says, is by avoiding bad situations.

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Are there any other cameos to watch out for?

In its review, Game Rant notes a “myriad” of cameos. However, in line with FX’s request aforementioned, it doesn’t mention any names.

The Chicago Tribune, however, names Jon Bernthal, Joel McHale, Amy Morton and Oliver Platt among The Bear’s cameos.

Jon Bernthal plays Mikey in one episode (Ceres) and Amy Morton plays Nancy Chore in one episode (Hands), but Oliver Platt and Joel McHale do not appear on IMDB’s list of The Bear’s cast members.

If you can stomach a spoiler, watch the video below, from Jon Bernthal Updates’ Twitter account.

Is there any indication yet regarding a second season?

Hot off the press, fans are already demanding a followup to The Bear’s first outing.

HITC has a rundown of some of the comments made by those who have watched the show. But there doesn’t appear to be any sign of a season 2 yet.

So, for now at least, you’ll have to sit tight and rewatch The Bear’s eight 30-minute episodes on repeat.

However, for what it’s worth, co-showrunner Joanna Calo told Entertainment Weekly that Jeremy Allen White (who plays Carmy) had to work “extremely hard” to play the highly talented chef.

“Jeremy is very good with his knife now.”

You might say, therefore, that the hard part is behind him. This means, at least in theory, there’d be less work to do to pull off a second season. It also might not. Watch this space.

If you’ve been affected by this story you can contact American Addiction Centers on (877) 686-7688 or Talk To Frank on 0300 123 6600 in the UK.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.