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Season 2 | Episode 4 | “All About That Paper” | Aired Sep 30, 2015

Each week, EW Community contributors chat about the newest episode of You’re the Worst. Here are Tamar Barbash and Sundi Rose Holt‘s thoughts on the fourth episode of this season, “All About That Paper.”

Tamar: Okay, so let’s dive in. Overall impressions?

Sundi: I can’t help but get an oppressive sense of doom. These two are headed for something super sad, I think. They are just too much in love, and all the cutesy, couple-y stuff is going to come back around.

Tamar: Yeah, but those are actually my favorite moments. When they accidentally fall into “normal” behavior. Like saying, “Check in later.”

Sundi: Chris Geere is such a star. He can do no wrong. Ever. He gets the best lines every week. This week, he calls the breakfast “pedestrian” because “the name is literally the recipe.” It’s brilliant.

Tamar: I found myself wishing Gretchen was a little less Gretchen-y toward Jimmy. I get that this is who she is, but there’s something about her total disinterest in anything that matters to him that feels less than genuine.

Sundi: And Gretchen’s disinterest makes her less sympathetic in my eyes.

Tamar: Exactly. She’s in PR. She would have noticed (and been impressed by!) a positive book review.

Sundi: Yes, you’re right. Be less Gretchen-y, because it seems like Jimmy is becoming a little less Jimmy-y.

Tamar: So is she feigning disinterest so as not to seem too invested?

Sundi: Is she feigning? Or is she just so uneducated in the ways of a healthy romantic relationship?

Tamar: Jimmy seems to be evolving into this place. Although, if we recall, Jimmy’s aversion to relationships is that he was in a very typical one, and she destroyed his heart. So he has the background of knowing how to love.

Sundi: She did do a hilarious impression of Lindsay and Edgar’s kids, though.

Tamar: She did, except my heart hurts most when Jimmy and Gretchen are being mean to Edgar.

Sundi: Yes. I’m afraid that is where this particular moment is headed. It can’t sustain this trajectory for very long. I see a horrible heartbreak in Jimmy’s future. I’ll bet Gretchen sleeps with someone else.

Tamar: Interesting prediction. I would prefer if they do something a little more surprising. It would mean more to me if, somehow, Gretchen’s heart got broken. Because it would be our first indication that she’s got one.

Sundi: That’s so on point, about Gretchen’s heart. There is something about her character this season that is disconnecting me from her. I don’t know if I like her anymore. Maybe it’s the inauthenticity she’s projecting, but I’m not her biggest fan right now.Gretchen and Sam on

Tamar: Same. I was trying to remember what was endearing about her last year. Her interactions with Jimmy seemed to be when her softness came through a bit. And now that she’s comfortable with him, she treats him the same way she treats everyone else, and it seems to me there should be some distinction there.

Sundi: It’s hard to remember why we loved her, especially as we see Jimmy softening to her so much. But I can’t get a read on how Jimmy is receiving it. He seems surprised, but not necessarily hurt by it.

Tamar: “All these other people in the world are garbage, and stupid, and useless, but not you. You’re interesting and worth knowing.” I had the same thought about Jimmy’s reactions. He’s baffled by her, but not disappointed.

Sundi: Yes … which is sort of weird, since he needs such a high level of reassurance and constant ego-stroking.Jimmy on

Tamar: On another note, I was thrilled that Paul: a) was honest with his new girlfriend and b) followed through with the divorce even after their indiscretion.

Sundi: Me too. I really want Paul (her Pauly-wog) to be a super teachable moment for her. The more he digs in, the bigger a lesson she learns.

Tamar: I mean, telling her he can finish with Amy “the regular way” was a pretty deep hit.

Sundi: It’s nice to see him get some confidence in standing up to her. I want Lindsay to hit rock-bottom, and I think this divorce storyline is going to drive her to that. The harder Paul gets with her, the more humbled she’s bound to be.

Tamar: It was also nice to be reminded of where some of Lindsay’s behavior comes from. Her sister is terrible to her.

Sundi: Ugh … I hate them. Well, I should say, her. I find Vernon delightful. I think his dorkiness, and her aversion to it, is hilarious. The weirder he gets and the more upset she becomes, the funnier they are.

Tamar: Also, I love that she hates Jimmy so much, and all Vernon wants is to be friends with him.

Sundi: They are a fun supporting cast. She’s awful on her own, but he foils her bitchiness. Which I’m hoping they can find someone to do for Lindsay. I don’t know if she and Edgar can be a thing right now. She would destroy him like a woodchipper.

Tamar: Yes, a hundred percent.

Sundi: How hard are you rooting for Edgar’s improv career?

Tamar: In general, I’m just rooting for Edgar to find confidence. If improv can do that for him, then I’m all in.

Sundi: Maybe his newfound passion for improvisational comedy will do just that. And in the meantime, we can enjoy all the jokes in between.

Tamar: Absolutely. Edgar is the only character on the show who is consistently easy to root for.

Sundi: Yep. And the writers make it easy because everyone else takes such advantage of him. Sometimes it feels like we are his only advocate. I just feel like we’re building toward heartbreak, so I’m anxious to see how it goes from here.

Tamar: Time will tell.

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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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