Tuesday, March 5, 2019

What I’m Watching: You’re the Worst

You’re the Worst: Season 5, Episode 8 “The Pillars of Creation” (B+)

With just a few episodes left, I don’t love the idea of another half-hour without Gretchen and Jimmy, who appeared only in the final scene to underline just how much they think that the stars of this installment are losers, but at least it was an eye-opening experience to spend time with some of this show’s best recurring players. Paul obviously feels at home with his crew of scientists, who by all accounts aren’t cool but do get quiet into the things they love. Yet what he yearns for most is the idea of family, and he has sort of found that in a twisted way with Becca and Vernon. I was amazed that Vernon’s idea of true happiness is having access to a sandwich bar with all the fixings, hardly as ambitious as his eventual goal of opening up that food truck that’s never going to happen. Both he and Becca tried multiple tactics to be able to get to Paul and best use him, and Becca’s reverse psychology about connecting him permanently to Lindsay might have worked best. In the end, however, it was their shared desire to be together, to engage in that rather gratuitous threesome sex scene that indicated their passion and their energy. Vernon forgetting entirely about their existing child and then telling Becca that it was all set when it clearly wasn’t doesn’t bode well for the notion of a new child coming into the world, but no one watches this show to see how its characters do good things, right?

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