One of the most impressive things about The Bear is the direction. Creator Christoper Stoler and Joanna Calo split directing duties for the show's eight-episode run, and their vision is on display in practically every scene.
Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the show's seventh episode, "Review." A technical and emotional masterpiece, it is made to look like the entire episode was one long tracking shot, in the same vein as Sam Mendes' 1917. If the series was designed to increase anxiety, this episode is what causes you to have a full-on attack.
To set the scene: On the same day that a great review for the restaurant is published, Sydney's initiative to allow for online ordering begins. However, she accidentally left the pre-order option for the system on, causing hundreds of orders to pile in in just a matter of minutes. As you might expect, the reactions from the staff are less than enthusiastic, and tensions fly immediately. Stoler's direction here is tight, claustrophobic, and deeply personal.
By the time this episode has aired, we have become invested in these characters and their attempts to fix this restaurant and their own lives, so watching them go through this disaster is excruciating to watch. It's a thrilling watch but also a painful one too.