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Season 1 | Episode 2 | “One Long Day” | Aired Feb 19, 2016

When your meet-cute involves one of the parties berating a convenience-store clerk over coffee and a pack of Parliaments, it’s not love. That’s Love.

Gus and Mickey’s “love” story seemingly began at the end of the pilot, where “One Long Day” picks up, as Gus steps in to save Mickey’s morning by spotting her some cash. And even though Mickey didn’t have to steal or purchase the bad habits with her own funds, she goes nuclear on the clerk, hurling f-bombs and insults in his direction like she’s just been served the harshest injustice of all time. But that’s a mere taste of how deeply Mickey’s troubles run.

Gillian Jacobs as Mickey in Love

She waits for Gus outside the convenience store and offers to walk with him to her house to repay him his money. “Don’t be a f—in’ hero,” she barks when he initially declines. And so they go, block by block, two strangers connected by a minor debt.

We learn more about Gus and Mickey as they stroll about Los Angeles making small talk. It’s this sort of meandering plotline that got some critics’ keyboards in a tizzy, but watching Gus and Mickey get to know each other in real time, under random circumstances, and work through the uncomfortable rhythms of letting in a new person is what Love is all about.

Through this jaunt to Mickey’s home, they establish a rapport. They banter about their hometowns, what brought them to L.A., their jobs, and that time Mickey’s friends Airbnb’d the house where A Nightmare on Elm Street was filmed. The conversation is light and full of jokes—easy. It gets tougher, though, when they dig into the meat of what makes a person: their goals. Mickey asks if being an on-set teacher is what Gus wants to do forever. Naturally, it’s an in. He wants to write erotic thrillers, or “horror porn,” as Mickey refers to it. Before the vulnerable questions can be tossed Mickey’s way, they arrive at her house.

Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust as Mickey and Gus in Love

Would Mickey have opened up to Gus? Would she have fessed up to anything that’s plaguing her, or would she have hidden behind her snark and quick wit? The latter is more likely. Especially since Bertie’s move-in causes a (probably welcome) distraction for Mickey. She can’t find her wallet, which prompts her to ask Bertie to loan her some cash. Bertie, a true millennial, strictly rocks plastic. To kill time, Mickey enlists Gus to help Bertie carry in her desk.

Until this moment, no two characters who know Mickey have shared screen time with or without her. What do people think about her? How do they feel about her hurricane-force impact? She’s cool but scary but so cool, they agree. But each having known Mickey for less than a day, they don’t know yet that saying she’s “cool” puts her in a box. Sure, she has a cool attitude, but from what problems does this “coolness” arise?

Mickey realizes she left her wallet at Bliss House the night before, and the adventure continues. Gus tags along on the promise of a ride home and his money back (and he had nothing better to do with his day). They hit the road and arrive at Bliss House, which looks more like an abandoned warehouse than a place of worship. Walking in on a dead, bloody body confirms that fact.

Turns out they crashed a movie set—Bliss House is a rental location. Los Angeles is full of surprises. The bigger surprise for Mickey? That nothing was stolen from her wallet, a feat of goodwill Gus considers normal. Mickey finds his faith in humanity charming … so charming, they hotbox her car and hit Rally’s for some greasy breakfast.

Gillian Jacobs as Mickey in Love

Gus trips while they eat on the hood of Mickey’s car and talk about relationships. Once again, Gus offers more of his feelings than Mickey does, though she does pitch in a bit. She doesn’t do emotional heavy lifting, something that could work or work against Gus in the future.

Still high beyond his wildest dreams, he unintentionally gives Mickey his ex Natalie’s address. “I’m just being a goofball,” he says to Natalie when their accidental arrival is met with vitriol. This time, Mickey steps in to save Gus’ day when Natalie insists he take his boxes of stuff out of her home. Mickey disregards Natalie’s order to remove her shoes, and goes right on in. While Mickey snoops (and swipes a rabbit figurine) and collects Gus’ things, Natalie reveals that she lied about cheating on him so he would break up with her. Before she can throw any more verbal daggers, Mickey shuts her down.

On the way home, Gus rants about “bullsh-t” relationships and losing faith in the films that made him believe in love. One by one, he tosses his Blu-rays out the window, until he dumps the entire box onto the street. Mickey helps Gus into bed and gives him her number at his request. On her way out, she notices that Gus has her same rug, but in orange. When she tells him, he mumbles, “I wanted the orange one.” Kindred spirits, these two.


  • “The guy who invented boredom is from there.” —Mickey on Gus’ hometown
  • Gus on Mickey’s pot prowess: “It’s like watching my dad change a tire.”
  • “Is Jeff there? ‘Cause he knows the drill.” —Mickey ordering food at Rally’s
  • Gus to his ex, Natalie: “These Blu-rays have, like, exclusive special features, ya bitch!”
  • Cars 2 was a piece of crap!” —Mickey aiding Gus’ film purge
  • Mickey defending her “busy” day: “Gotta get cat food.”

All 10 season-one episodes of Love are available to stream on Netflix.

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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