14 Lines from You’re the Worst’s Season 2 Premiere That We Want to Quote At You

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‘You’re The Worst’ Cast Talks Season 2, Romance, Hard Times & True Love.

Welcome back to You’re The Worst, where the party don’t stop when you move in with your boyfriend, especially if you’re both emotionally damaged, fun-addicted Angelenos with poor judgment, a diet consisting of margaritas and Bagel Bites, and an affinity for cocaine and mystery pills from strangers. Bittersweet is the word that would best describe how the cast of “The League” felt at FXX’s joint premiere of the show’s seventh and final season, and the second season of “You’re the Worst,” at the Bruin Theatre in Westwood on Tuesday night.But if you’re all caught up, you’ll be happy to know that the show returns in top form with the season premiere episode “The Sweater People,” which sees Gretchen and Jimmy living together after she accidentally burned down her apartment, both of them still desperate not to lose their edge and fall into the normal life they’re so desperately trying to avoid.If earlier romantic comedies created the scripts that we were all supposed to live by — the friends who become lovers, the enemies who find out that their differences are really similarities, the people who take big chances and are handsomely rewarded — the new entrants in the genre are concerned with a more complicated, more interesting question: How do you build a relationship when you’re not sure if you fit one of those scripts, or even if you’re worthy of affection at all?Jimmy Shive-Overly and Gretchen Cutler are quite happy to ingest gluten (and other substances) by the pound, but flinching, shuddering, eye-rolling — these would be good ways to describe their reactions to overt displays of sentimentality.

After a first season that introduced fans to the horribly charming Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) and Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere), FXX’s critical delight is back to show what a hangover really feels like when you fall in love with someone who enjoys wrecking stuff, relationships, and themselves as much as you do. Although, “The League” stars were still able to joke about the series’ last hurrah and show excitement for the future. “You can only sh–t in the ocean so many times, and I think we’ve done that,” Stephen Rannazzisi, who plays fantasy football league commissioner Kevin, joked. “The League” follows a close-knit group of friends competing in a fantasy football league. Your favorite irresponsible garbage people continue to make awful decisions—this includes Gretchen divorcing BFF Lindsay (Kether Donohue), who is even more unhinged than usual, and treating Jimmy’s PTSD-afflicted pal Edgar (Desmin Borges) terribly—and yet also manage to sweetly reveal their true feelings for one another. It’s right there in the title—embittered writer Jimmy (Chris Geere) and his new love interest, self-destructive P.R. executive Gretchen (Aya Cash)? Each week we’ll dive into who did what to whom, who came out unscathed, and who looked like an okay member of society compared to these delightful messes.

Over the course of 10 episodes, creator Stephen Falk and the show’s tremendously versatile cast had built up vivid yet subtle portraits of Gretchen, Jimmy and their friends Lindsay and Edgar, and those who’d expected something crass and overly brash based on the title were in for a surprise: What emerged served as a showcase for a wry depiction of modern almost-adulthood that resonated on any number of emotional levels. Jimmy’s roommate, the army vet with PTSD, finally has a steady job at a gym and just wants to have a night of peace and quiet every once in a while. You’ll get a nice buzz going, perfect for either going to bed early or heading out to the bar on a work night and making irresponsible life choices that Jimmy and Gretchen would definitely approve of. (But, also, don’t drive like Gretchen did. Cash explains that the cast itself has a positive approach when shooting the show’s more embarrassingly explicit moments. “The sex stuff is fine,” says the actress. “It’s not anyone’s favorite thing to do, but they make it very comfortable, and you write s— on your pasties, and you do stupid stuff to lighten the mood, and then everyone acts like a professional.” As human beings, they are entertaining train wrecks, and yet, as Cash noted in an interview with The Huffington Post, it’s not as though they’re completely unable to show their devotion to each other. “The most romantic scenes that Aya and I have done are where they’ve both done something for each other and never even made an active decision to do that,” Geere added. “They’ve just organically done it and not even recognized that they’ve done it.

Together, they throw out his beer and his model airplanes, and Edgar thinks he really has a shot at love with Gretchen’s best friend. (He doesn’t.) It’s a sad week for this sap, but he’s an all-around good guy, nowhere near No. 1 on this list. Things are kinda-sorta-okay for Gretchen when she moves into Jimmy’s house, but the couple is still trying to figure out what’s normal when most of their relationship in season 1 consisted of partying and toying with each other’s emotions. In fact, the degree to which they are settled terrifies them, with a constant fear looming that if they don’t keep up their debaucherous lifestyles they’ll become the worst, most boring kind of couple: Sweater People.

They get blackout drunk, they do hard drugs, they steal cats, they’re rude to small children, they’re selfish, they’re thoughtless, they’re human. Their growing commitment embodies “all of our deep questions about monogamy, and our fears about how settling down leads, pretty much the next step is death,” Falk said. “Because we’re not making any new experiences. Oblivious selfishness may be their main mode of existence, but with great deftness and skill, Geere and Cash ably portray their halting attempts to break through their carefully built up walls of self-absorption and self-protection. For all of us, who let love die by being Sweater People.” Jimmy has his own anxieties about being boring, leading to the couple staying up binging on cocaine night after night until they finally reach a burnout and a realization: “We couldn’t be Sweater People if we wore 10 cardigans each.” It’s a heightened version of a universal relationship problem.

They have to compromise on an awful lot of things, and this series is about them struggling with that.” Edgar and Lindsay, meanwhile, are confronting a different set of challenges. Its middle-class characters are lightly employed, to put it kindly, and none of them pay all that much attention to social norms, aside from the put-upon Edgar.

When couples settle down, they stress over losing parts of their old selves and rebel against it—just maybe not with cocaine binges and mandatory butt play. Star Aya Cash, happily in a relationship for a decade, shared her relief over being out of the dating world. ”I just read that article, actually in Vanity Fair, about Tinder, and I was like, Oh my God. Edgar, a veteran who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, is beginning to consider the possibility of dating again, though he has been single since his teens and lacks some of the social skills and life experiences that most men his age have.

Gretchen’s a publicist who’s good at her job but very willing to show up to it hungover and otherwise impaired; Jimmy’s a writer who appears to have been mostly eating his housemate Edgar’s carefully prepared meals and watching cute-animal videos since his novel flopped. So as Jimmy and Gretchen’s battle against becoming Sweater People begins Tuesday night, we called up the couple’s portrayers, Chris Geere and Aya Cash, to talk about why the show resonates so much, the debate over their characters’ “unlikability,” whether the show is a romantic comedy, and their own fears about settling down.

How horrible.” And the romances depicted by typical rom-coms, she says, are contributing to today’s shaky dating scene. “We’re essentially exporting the idea that you can be perfect and you can be a nice supportive, wonderful human at all times, which is not realistic. They’re often kind of awful — hence the title — but as Falk noted, their more obnoxious moments aren’t gratuitous; each one must serve a purpose. Do it for the sweater people.”) She does all the “stuff,” and after Jimmy introduces a “whole mess of cocaine” into the mix — more on that soon — they wind up stealing a DVD rental machine, trashing their apartment, and waking up in the living room with bloody noses. You’re the same person you were as an individual.” “It reminds me of in ‘La Vie Boheme,’ in ‘Rent,’ there’s one line that Mimi says to Roger, she says ‘I’m looking for someone’s baggage that goes with mine,’ ” Borges chimed in. “And that’s the thing.

He pointed to a Season 1 episode in which the pair talked loudly in a movie theater — behavior Falk himself finds “abhorrent.” “I get pissed off if someone whispers so I don’t condone any of this,” he said. I think films and music and our parents and just life have forced us to think one way about relationships and commitments and what they should be at specific points in your life. Next I heard that series creator and writer Stephen Falk said, rather loudly to one of my co-workers, “F— Tim Goodman!” Not an uncommon reaction, surprisingly enough. I think she’s actually got a natural talent for what she does,” Cash says) and one of the more realistic friendships on television (“I feel like Lindsay could very easily be the star of her own show.

Lindsay, for example, has consistently treated Paul like a bore and a drag, even though he’s the character with both the best-developed sense of self on the show — he has a high-paying job and many excellent, joyfully nerdy hobbies — and the most mature idea of how to show love for someone else. “His definition of love is putting someone else’s needs above your own,” Falk said. “And Lindsay’s response, and everyone else’s when they hear this on our show is, ‘Ew!” Which I think encapsulates it perfectly and also sets Paul apart as the voice of reason. It was on my Top 10 list last year, and so far I don’t see any reason why it won’t be a contender for the 2015 roster (if you’d like to see what the fuss is about, the first season is on Hulu). But once they get to the store and hear about the boring stability that occurs when you merge lives (and cell phone bills), he and Gretchen wind up at a bar. Geere, who is from Manchester, mentioned anxiety around playing Jimmy as his first big American role, and wanting to make him more likable as a result. Secondary characters like Lindsay’s ex-husband Paul and Gretchen’s rapper clients, Sam (Brandon Mychal Smith), Honey Nutz (Allen Maldonado) and Shitstain (Darrell Brit-Gibson), will get even more screen time in Season 2, as will many other new and returning faces. “We’re really trying to build a very specific world.

As Geere put it, “the ratings were awful,” and he credits critical response, positive word of mouth, and a late-in-the-game boost from streaming service Hulu for the show’s survival. If something is introduced, it has its own story — even props, even words that are specific to this show,” Falk said. “We’re trying to continually enlarge and populate [this world] in a way that I think is almost like a spider building a web. Looking back now, of course, part of this is fallout from Too Much TV, part of it was watching four episodes of two series and not liking three of them — which unfortunately overshadowed the fourth episode of you know what. It gets stronger the more times that spider goes over that strand or builds another strand adjacent to it.” Though the expansion is welcome — Lindsay’s brother-in-law Vernon, and sister Becca, as well as Paul and Sam, were terrific in their Season 1 appearances — the challenge becomes expanding the storytelling territory in a believable and enjoyable way while elegantly balancing the number of plot threads, scenes and locations. “We have a lot of people and our episodes are very hard to shoot because we don’t have a lot of time. Later, at the Vancouver International Film Festival, it was relayed to me by someone meeting me for the first time that Falk noted I should be shot or punched on sight.

A few of those challenges were on view — in a very laid-back and friendly way — while the show’s cast and crew shot the Season 2 finale on a balmy night in Los Angeles in August. But everyone is still dysfunctional in the same charming, relatable way that convinced us Amy Schumer could win over Bill Hader in Trainwreck, or that Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney could make a go of it in Catastrophe, or Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner at least deserve each other—if no one else—in Difficult People. I won’t give away anything that happens in that episode, except to say that parts of it take place at the home of Vernon (Todd Robert Anderson) and Becca (Janet Varney). The house and its lawn were as full of actors, crew members, equipment and background players as they could possibly be, but the atmosphere was one of genial focus.

It’s not rare to find actors filming a finale counting the minutes until they’re done, but that wasn’t the case with the “Worst” stars, many of whom participated in several energetic rounds of “Heads Up” as the clock headed toward 11 p.m. What I had done, clearly, was bang it out, half-assedly. (And yes, I should probably go rewatch Married while I’m at it.) I started with the third episode and found out immediately, in the words of a famous comedy character from a series I loved more than any, I had made a huge mistake. She beds him, talks of plans to go through with their divorce to get remarried and register for more wedding presents, and freezes his sperm for a later date.

What is it about the way their relationship is portrayed though, maybe in comparison to what we’re used to seeing in pop culture, that elicits that “anti-rom-com label”? Each episode produced more laughs and more appreciation for his talent; there’s an earworm hilarity and precision to the way he crafts dialog between main characters Jimmy (Geere) and Gretchen (Cash), two mostly awful people who fall slowly and cautiously, with acid barbs — plus booze, drugs and wanton hedonism — into some semblance of love. And Cash thinks the appeal of the show isn’t just Jimmy’s specifically English condescension — which is never not entertaining — but the show’s willingness to mix things up, thematically and emotionally. “Because Chris is British, there’s been some talk about how this talk about how this is a distinctly British show,” Cash said. “But what’s distinctly British about it to me is that in England, they’re not afraid to mix genre and they’re not afraid to go to different places. Kether Donohue (Lindsay) and Desmin Borges (Edgar), were — like all good supporting characters who get more material and time as the season goes — two people who validated Falk’s choices.

Whereas here, the pitch system seems to be, ‘OK, just tell me where it fits in these slots.’ If you do something that combines them, it’s like, ‘Wait.’ … If you’re a writer or director who has not already been anointed, it’s just rare that you get to do that kind of interesting stuff. I think the jaded part of me would also like to add that, historically, when I’ve given extended second (and sometimes third) chances to shows, this is usually not how it turns out.

Chris: I recently thought that the anti-rom-com thing was just simply referring to the fact that these are two unlikable people, where in movies you have at least one likable person who makes the other one better. But the end result of her safety-oriented choices led to a situation in which her “internal and external life were just opposites and conflicting and causing so much friction. Maybe that’s why it’s called “anti.” But as we discussed, it’s just the format that’s different, and that makes it more interesting and up-to-date. She was sick of me saying how much I’d read that it had gotten really good, saying “Then go watch it!” or words to that effect, with gratuitous swearing omitted.

Several attempts by her to get Falk and I together at events didn’t work out until it finally did — and he stupidly took the high road and didn’t gloat in my face when it finally happened. You know, I could flip this story around and say that what it mostly documents is the difficulty the Platinum Age of TV places on critics to adequately absorb what’s coming at them and how rare second acts are in— no, no, nope. That word doesn’t come into my vocabulary very often because, as an actor, it’s your job to find empathetic things in the character and not judge them in that way. I don’t need gifts and shit.” “There’s something about actively being present and listening to the person you care about,” Borges added. “We don’t get that a lot, because text messages get erased in our world now, it’s ‘Hey, I love you.

Whether flirtation is driven by answering machines or apps is almost irrelevant to its core themes about the safety of loneliness and the price of vulnerability. Love’s always hard and the battle between self-expression and compromise is one that can never be resolved, and the variety of responses to these dilemmas is endless, even within one person. “My mantra is always to deepen the characters and deepen any situation,” Falk said. “When you expect that a character always has one side or a situation has one side, you pick it up like you would a snow globe and you turn it around and examine it from another side. So yeah, they’re commitment-phobes and they’re not certainly great at it, but hopefully that serves to make them universal or recognizable, in that we all are secretly afraid that we’re not deserving of love or unlovable somehow or just too damaged to actually function.” For much more from Falk, Cash, Geere, Donahue and Borges, check out the latest Talking TV podcast, which has the full interviews with all five (and each of the actors answers the question, “What is your definition of a romantic gesture?”). I’m super excited to see where we can go Season 3, 4, 5 now that we’re really delving into who these people are and revealing more about each other than they’ve ever done before.

No, I may not go on a coke binge in order to feel cool and hip, but I definitely have that feeling of, “Oh God, I’m married and have a Volvo.” What does that say about who I am?

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