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Season 2 | Episode 5 | “We Can Do Better Than This” | Aired Oct 7, 2015

Each week, EW Community contributors chat about the newest episode of You’re the Worst. This week, Tamar Barbash and Sundi Rose Holt chatted during the episode. Here are their thoughts as they watched “We Can Do Better Than This.”

Sundi: So … here’s to getting more “Jimmy at work.”
Tamar:
Poor Jimmy keeps winding up in meetings that are not what he thinks they are.
Sundi:
I love the melodrama of his reactions: Reacting to NCIS in an English accent might just be the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.
Tamar:
LOL. And now Gretchen’s working, too?! What show is this?
Sundi: The interaction between Jimmy, Gretchen, and Edgar is a welcome addition. And Gretchen just called us out for being recap writers … ouch.

Tamar: S—. Gretchen just insulted us, big time. OMG. Jimmy wrote erotic fan fiction.
Sundi:
Jimmy seems to masturbate A LOT. And to his own 11-year-old journal.
Tamar:
I think this is hilarious. I was thinking the same thing. That scene felt identical to one from last season.
Sundi:
But I disagree that it’s the most “Jimmy thing” he’s ever done. I feel like there’ve been so many more “Jimmy things.” Like refusing to share cigarettes because they are “really expensive.” Or writing out a list of heckles for Sandra Bernhardt.
Tamar: I appreciate that she thinks of his love for himself as such a big part of who he is. Masturbation is loving yourself, and then using your own writing to arouse yourself is even more loving yourself. Jimmy really loves himself.
Sundi:
Oh yay!!! Edgar in improv!
Tamar:
New girl in Edgar’s life?
Sundi:
I hope so … and then we can see Lindsay in a jealous downward spiral.
Tamar:
Yes. Lindsay will lose her mind. It will be delightful.
Sundi:
This girl seems like she might have some kind of troubling secret, though.
Tamar:
The recurring gag with this yogurt guy makes me laugh so hard.
Sundi:
Right? The guy takes it so seriously. Good for Gretchen for calling You’re The Worst out on the Bechdel Test fail.
Tamar:
Yeah, but what a horrifying recovery.
Sundi: Postpartum murders are so basic, Tamar. Did you know?
Tamar:
OMG. Lindsay is the worst. Why did she just dump that yogurt on the floor? Just because she could? What is she, 6?
Sundi:
She’s definitely taking steps backward before she can go forward.
Tamar:
She’s taking leaps backwards.
Sundi:
She can’t get much worse. Although, it’s pretty bad for Jimmy to suggest that improv is a worse hobby than HEROIN!!!
Tamar:
Considering how unsuccessful Jimmy has been recently, he still clings really tightly to the idea that he knows better than everyone about everything. This is the first time Lindsay has seemed like a person Paul could have fallen for.
Sundi:
Maybe he and Lindsay can get together and chat, since she has so much space in her brain now that she’s not thinking about dicks. I like smart, glasses-wearing, jaunty scarf Lindsay.
Tamar: Of cooouurse Jimmy’s doing a trial run of his script for Killian.
Sundi: It’s so fun to watch Jimmy take something so seriously. Especially something as silly as a novelization of NCIS. It’s funny ’cause it’s sad. HA! Speaking of a heckle list. This episode is chock-full of throwbacks to the past.
Tamar:
Is Jimmy about to legitimately fall in love with improv?
Sundi:
I like how you use the word “legitimately,” like Jimmy can do anything authentically. I argue that he can’t … ever.
Tamar:
Fair point. But didn’t it look like he was having some kind of realization?
Sundi: It did, but I’d venture a guess that the joke is going to wind up being on him. They aren’t drawing these characters as whole people anymore. They are total caricatures these days.
Tamar:
It’s true.
Sundi
: Oh no … Lindsey’s rock-bottom might be “finger-singing for Beyoncé.” Can this spiral get any worse?
Tamar:
Did Gretchen just purposely show her something hurtful to snap her out of this smart place?
Sundi:
I get a sense that Gretchen likes Lindsay hurting and broken. It makes her feel better about her own angst.
Tamar: Totally.
Sundi:
This girl is growing on me.
Tamar: She sees Edgar! No one sees Edgar.
Sundi:
I like where this is going—Edgar needs a win, and if it can come in the form of a pretty blonde, even better.
Tamar: I love that those improv guys just gave Jimmy constructive criticism about his insults.
Sundi:
Right—they actually took out a pen and wrote notes on his preconstructed heckles. A little life lesson for Jimmy, wrapped up neatly in an improv bow. Seems like Jimmy is wound more tightly than ever.
Tamar:
I just feel like Jimmy approaches the world like he has nothing to learn because he knows everything and is right about everything. So I love small moments like that one where someone actually teaches him something and he accepts it.
Sundi: Doesn’t it feel like all these characters are heading for a cliff? They HAVE to face some dynamic evolution, or else they will paint themselves into a comedic corner.
Tamar: Yes! Gretchen loves his dirty writing. That’s amazing.
Sundi:
And apparently the fact that he wrote it when he was 11. Cut to Lindsey’s sad life, all alone.
Tamar:
Is she going to call Edgar?
Tamar: That was weird.
Sundi:
Dang, the improv guy is quite the schemer. But to what end? I don’t get it either.
Tamar:
Umm … where’s Gretch going?
Sundi:
This episode just took a very strange turn. Where IS she going?
Tamar: Whoa. What just happened? Jimmy looked very sad.
Sundi:
This feels like a pivotal moment in the show. I have a feeling things are about to get different. Maybe that’s why they made it so strange and jarring.
Tamar:
It certainly seems that way. But what was the tipping point for her?
Sundi:
It’s a big secret that will have a surprising reveal. It’s not what we think. Right? Too much energy has been spent to get us to buy into this relationship. They can’t ruin it right now.
Tamar:
I don’t know. I’m honestly so confused. I’m trying to think back on this episode and recall any hints along the way that Gretchen was reaching her freak-out point, but I can’t come up with any.
Sundi:
Perhaps there was a different director or writers for this episode. It had a very different vibe.
Tamar:
It did. You said it earlier: Jimmy seemed very tightly wound.
Sundi: And both Gretchen and Lindsay seemed to be hyper-realized versions of themselves. Something is up.
Tamar: But they spent the first couple episodes having Gretchen all weirded out about their cohabitation and in the last week or two she seemed to have settled in.
Sundi:
We’re getting 13 episodes this season, so maybe they are experimenting with pace and structure. Rethinking the quickness with which things unfolded in season 1.
Tamar:
Perhaps. Honestly, if you told me this episode was a dream sequence, I’d believe you.
Sundi:
Agreed. It just didn’t have the right feel to it. I’m anxious to see how they walk this back next week.
Tamar:
I can’t even begin to think of what I want to happen next because I’m so unclear on what I just watched.
Sundi: I never thought I’d have to contend with mystery and intrigue in You’re The Worst.
Tamar: I liked this episode, though. It was starting to feel a little predictable.
Sundi:
I did too, strangely enough. I like that we’re still figuring out these characters.
Tamar:
Exactly.


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