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'You're the Worst' recap: See you in five days

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Insouciance” | Aired July 24, 2014

We open on our newly couple-y couple doing something cutesy-wutesy … or so we think. What we perceive as Gretchen admiringly watching Jimmy sleep is actually her examining his retreating hairline. When Jimmy playfully attempts to initiate sex with her, Gretchen declines, resulting in a staring contest/masturb-off. Ah, such is the romance of Jimmy and Gretchen. When she explains that, you know, she would really love to but it’s that time of the month, Jimmy responds earnestly in the least tactful way possible: “See you in five days, then?” Understandably, Gretchen heads for the door.

Ignorant of the damage he’s just done, Jimmy wanders into the living room, where he finds his roommate/BFF Edgar watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which they both agree is an amazing film. Edgar reveals that in the year of our Lord 2014, he has actually found somewhere to rent the DVD. They get into a rather interesting discussion about who the true villain of the film is—Principal Rooney or Cameron Frye? Jimmy’s theory is that the film is actually a Campbellian paradigm in which Ferris is the hero, Jeanie is the foil, Rooney is the fool, Sloan is the sidekick, and Cameron … yes, Cameron, is the villain. (I mean, come on, Ferris was just trying to show him a good time for once in his pathetic life!) Edgar asks about Gretchen, as he is surprised she’s stuck around for more than a night by this point. Ever the voice of reason, he explains to Jimmy why maybe “see you in five days” was not the greatest choice of words and expresses his concern that Gretchen will be attacked by bears, which are apparently attracted to menstruation. He suggests that maybe Jimmy should apologize and offer to take her out on a real date.

Did you know you can get as many free samples as you want at your local Pinkberry knockoff? If you have enough free samples, you’ll be too full to actually purchase a froyo. I’m learning a lot from this show. This is how Gretchen and her bestie, Lindsay (the effervescent Kether Donahue), spend their time together, and I am in full support. Down with the frozen yogurt industrial complex! Lindsay warns Gretchen that Jimmy is a soul vampire. But I don’t know that Lindsay should necessarily be doling out relationship advice, as her marriage to Paul (comedy nerd favorite Allen McLeod) is beginning to show its cracks.

Jimmy takes Killian, the adorably pudgy, befreckled boy next door, to the local indie bookstore. Jimmy’s mission is to put his dismally selling novel on the “Staff Picks” rack, something he apparently does often, as he is almost immediately caught by the store manager. “Is that fricking Flo from Progressive?!?” I shouted, and thanks to IMDB I found that it is indeed the one and only Stephanie Courtney. She looks a lot different without red lipstick and a Bumpit! Because Jimmy is an inattentive a-hole, he walks out without Killian in tow.

Gretchen has either one of the best or worst jobs ever, depending on how good your sense of humor is. As a publicist to the underage stars, she has to find a creative way out of her young client’s recent social-media gaffe. It seems said client has tweeted out a photo of her vagina to the masses. When Gretchen tells her the plan of attack is to say the sexy selfie is of someone else’s privates, the young ingénue responds brilliantly, “But it was my vagina; you can clearly see my micro-tattoo of the Nickelodeon logo.” Edgar pops in under the guise of just returning some of Gretchen’s “hair thingies,” but really to ask her out on a date on Jimmy’s behalf. (Will this be his first real date?) He also warns her to wear some bells around her neck if she happens to go into the woods in the next five days. Bear attacks are serious business, you know.

Gretchen and Jimmy meet at Insouciance, one of those hipster L.A. restaurants. You know, the kind with the “mixology things” and “communal tables.” This scene really hammers home just how terrible an idea communal dining really is when the man sitting next to Jimmy just can’t stop himself from butting in on their conversation. Just when Jimmy thinks he couldn’t possibly be more annoyed, in walk Becca and Vernon. We get another piece of the Jimmy-Vernon-Becca-Gretchen puzzle answered, as Jimmy and Vernon talk like old chums. I am fascinated by this love rectangle, and I’m interested to know more. Gretchen bolts from the restaurant as soon as she catches a glimpse of Becca, so Jimmy goes off in search of her.

Edgar has been looking for poor Killian all day, finally finding him at a random bus stop. (“Why don’t you have a cell phone?” “Because my parents are afraid I’ll become a YouTube star.”) Where are Killian’s parents and why aren’t THEY out looking for their own kid anyway? Edgar apologizes for Jimmy’s bad behavior (I get the feeling he does this a lot), explaining to Killian that some people show their friendships in all sorts of ways. I don’t think excusing a grown man for leaving a child in his charge in an unfamiliar place is excusable, but I digress.

Jimmy finally catches up to Gretchen in an alleyway down the block, where she explains that she has actually been to Insouciance before and she does actually like it; she’s just not ready to go there with him just yet. They decide on a date a little more their speed: eating Chinese food in a crowded revival theater during a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and annoying the hell out of everyone around them. When Gretchen casually mentions she thinks Cameron is the true villain of the film, Jimmy looks certain he has finally met his match.

If you recall last week’s recap, I wasn’t so hot on this show. However, this second episode really won me over. These are definitely characters you need time to warm up to, which is, of course, built into the premise of the show. I still think getting the two together so quickly was an odd choice, and I’m a bit nervous that the rest of the show is just going to be Jimmy and Gretchen terrorizing the town episode after episode. Let’s hope You’re the Worst throws us a few curveballs this season.

You’re the Worst, rated TV-MA, airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30C on FX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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