It’s not exactly front page news to say that Showtime Kidding‘s Jeff “Mr. Pickles” Piccirillo’s (Jim Carrey) has some serious issues to work through: a year after his son Phil’s tragic death, Jeff finds his personal and Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time lives playing not-so-nicely with each other and everyone – especially dad/producer Seb (Frank Langella) – is getting concerned. But for Jeff to reclaim his life, it might be time for Jeff Piccirillo and “Mr. Pickles” to work together.
While all of that is going on, the show receives a visit from “Mr. Pickles-san,” the Mr. Pickles of Japan who’s arrived stateside to shadow Jeff on the set of Mr Pickle’s Puppet Time for a few weeks. With Jeff’s living situation being slightly “complicated” right now, it’s up to Deirdre (Catherine Keener) and Scott (Bernard White) to play host to Mr. Pickles-san – and as we can see from this preview for the next episode of Showtime‘s Kidding (‘Kintsugi’) he’s already making a good impression on Maddy (Juliet Morris):
Kidding s01e07 ‘Kintsugi’: Jeff goes off script and starts to speak more honestly to children on Puppet Time as Seb panics that Jeff will soon have to appear on live television for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony. Deirdre and Scott get a new visitor from Japan – Mr. Pickles-San. The Pickles have Thanksgiving as a family.
Get caught up on Bleeding Cool‘s Kidding review season with a look at last week’s episode, followed by a scene from that same episode that explains why the series received a second season order from Showtime:
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 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.