Friday, April 12, 2019

What I’m Watching: You’re the Worst (Series Finale)

You’re the Worst: Season 5, Episode 13 “Pancakes”

I’ve been thinking about how this show could end, and this episode feels like the perfect way. There was always going to be a monumental event ready to derail Jimmy and Gretchen’s wedding, and both of them deciding to skip it so that they could make a daily decision about whether they still loved each other is completely fitting. Transitioning from their wedding to Lindsay and Paul’s was seamless and creative, and helped to allay certain worries that previous episodes had perpetuated. The presence of Mariah the florist was explained away as a great choice to be their nanny since her indiscretion with Jimmy had negated all future sexual tension, and the sale of the house was a joint decision necessitated by it not being child-friendly. Not everything was rosy, of course, since we were still left with the image oof Gretchen crying in bed with the baby in between her and a sleeping Jimmy, made more comic by her telling Jimmy that she might one day step in front of a train, an event he promised to get over in record time. It’s good to know that Edgar moved to New York and found happiness, and that Lindsay and Paul found their way back to each other, especially after Paul miserably discovered that he was seated by himself at a nonexistent table. Seeing Ben Folds again was a nice treat, and this was a decent final goodbye to Sam and his bandmates. I’ll also always appreciate Vernon and Becca for the hilarious recurring players they became. This show has always been fun and verged on dramatically transcendent at times, and I will indeed miss it.

Series finale: B+
Series grade: B+
Season MVP: Aya Cash as Gretchen
Season grade: B+
Series MVP: Aya Cash
Best Season: Season 3
Best Episode: Pilot

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