After his blind date with superfan Shaina (Riki Lindhome) leaves him with a better understanding of the impact Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time has had – and continues to have – on people’s lives, Jeff (Jim Carrey) begins to take a more cautious (???) approach to the show. In the following preview for Showtime‘s Kidding s01e04 ‘Bye, Mom,’ Jeff addresses one of those concerns with an understandably skeptical Seb (Frank Langella) – whose attention quickly shifts from copycat waterfall-divers to Jeff’s news of another woman…
Kidding s01e04 ‘Bye, Mom’: Jeff deals with a one-night stand. Jill learns that Jeff has been sending money to someone behind her back and confronts him.
Here’s a look back at our review of last week’s episode, ‘Every Pain Needs a Name’:
Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality’s family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope.
The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. Jeff begins to push back against the limits of the well-oiled machine that is Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time, and of his executive producer, Seb (Frank Langella). Seb fears Jeff’s mental state could ruin the branding empire they’ve built, and thus begins preparing the show for a life after Jeff, while Deirdre (Catherine Keener), the head puppet maker, grapples with her own personal and professional life issues. Judy Greer stars as Jeff’s estranged wife, and Cole Allen plays their son.
Directed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘s Michel Gondry, Kidding also stars Judy Greer (I’m Sorry), Catherine Keener (Get Out, Death to Smoochy), Frank Langella (The Americans, Frost/Nixon), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here), and Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Carrey, Gondry, Dave Holstein, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark), Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan, and Michael Aguilar will serve as executive producers.