YOU’RE THE WORST — “Crevasses” — Episode 202 (Airs Wednesday, September 16, 10:30 pm e/p Pictured: (l-r) Kether Donohue as Lindsay, Desmin Borges as Edgar. CR: Byron Cohen/FX
The series is showing us how they play off each other, the benefits to their friendship, the mismatched personalities (and levels of interest), and the ways in which this couple both can and can’t work. The hints — Lindsay’s sudden realization that Edgar will do anything for her, Edgar’s eagerness to please but also his frustration, their casual friendship that is layered with complications, and their interests in other people — are all great to watch. It’s also a wonderful juxtaposition between Gretchen and Jimmy, who immediately hooked up first and then decided to see if they work well together.
Anyway, that leaves Gretchen with the best arc of the night. She can’t buy things — she doesn’t know what to get, or how, or why she really even needs to. In one of my favorite jokes — second only to Cash’s perfect delivery of “irresponsible monster who burned down her apartment with her vibrator” — the employee at a home store gives Gretchen one of those college freshman checklists, effectively boiling Gretchen down to a lost teen who is living on her own for the first time — one of the first steps into adulthood. For a bit, Gretchen seems to do OK and even seems to be enjoying the shopping but when blindsided by a question about storage, she freaks out yet again and bolts from the store, unable to commit to adulthood because she’s equal parts confused and scared.
But You’re The Worst is about these baby steps to adulthood, and how Gretchen and Jimmy are helping each other bring out the more positive aspects of their personalities even when the series hinges on promoting the worst aspects. It’s about how each character is pushing each other along, even when they both have no idea what the hell they’re doing. They fake it, and they’ll get it eventually. Jimmy makes an effort to build Gretchen a night table; Gretchen moves her clothes out of trash bags and into Jimmy’s dresser. If nothing else, it’s a start.