You are the worst recap: Ashes to Ashes
You are the worst
The only thing that helps
Chris Geere as Jimmy.
Photo: Byron Cohen / FX
After last week’s killer episode – a wacky, exuberant symphonic sweep of everything we love You are the worst – we should have expected a trivial follow-up. Personally, I find the stories about Jimmy and Gretchen’s families to be YTWthe weakest material. The episode that introduced Gretchen’s parents was a rare dud in an otherwise stellar first season; everything about Jimmy’s family fails to make them much more than heinous caricatures, even when a requisite glimmer of humanity streaks through the trash.
So this week’s episode, which sees Jimmy putting together a memorial for his father, is weak. It certainly doesn’t tell us anything about Jimmy, his father, or their relationship that we didn’t already know. We don’t see Gretchen flexing any of those empathy muscles she’s supposed to develop in therapy. There are no surprises: Jimmy expects to be disappointed by his father, allows himself to hope that he will be wrong despite this well-deserved wait, then he is disappointed. By the end of the episode, he’s in an area of emotional conflict, angry and grieving, and angry because he’s mourning someone who cared so little about him in life. Plus, there’s a weird subplot with Ben Folds; more on that later.
One area in which Jimmy is progressing: his book! (These long shots of his house remind me that these people live in very beautiful digs.) The word count increases as Jimmy takes breaks to take the step, engaging in brief bursts of exercise. , add more thread and tacks to its Country– bulletin board style, masturbating in front of his own characters (… okay), and reading his work aloud: “He went to wipe it off and she said ‘No, leave him’, and he was lying there, like a drop of rain, trembling, trembling, on the hood of his father’s beloved Aston Martin.
The ashes of Jimmy’s father are mailed to him by siblings who thought Jimmy – who is “rich” and “speaks well” – would be best equipped to host the memorial. (So didn’t they even have one? Were they expecting to be invited to this one? I thought Jimmy was the outcast of the lot.) Jimmy tries to throw the ashes, but Gretchen and Edgar, unaware of what’s in the box, each bring it inside. Here’s a fun fact about cremated human remains: “That’s all big! Thanks Gretchen.
Edgar bounces back because he hasn’t got his card from the pot yet. Excellent decision, Edgar! Later we will see him again at the VA with the same guy he spoke to before. He’s trying to find a workaround so he can get a medical marijuana card – given that the weed is legal in California – and not have that interfere with its benefits. The line of the VA party is that because marijuana is not kosher federally, Edgar is out of luck. After all, did Edgar fight for the army of California? “How did they pay you, the lawyers and the scripts?” “
Helpful advice comes from Vernon, from all the people, who sees Edgar moping at the memorial. “Everyone at this party has a pot card for some stupid reason,” he says. Vernon got one when he said he saw a dog. And that was a total lie! “I haven’t seen a dog all day. At the end of the night, we see Edgar triumphant, as he comes out of the Alternative Health Clinic with a weed card.
Jimmy is working on his funeral ruckus when an old man who worked with his father knocks on the door. As it turns out, this guy lives in the area, Jimmy’s family told him to take care of the funeral and even prepared a eulogy for the occasion. (I love Jimmy’s specific insults to his sisters: “You’re very obese, brush your teeth and you’re a whore, in descending birth order.”) Jimmy is relieved that he didn’t have to write a eulogy. funeral after all, but it turns out the man is reading something that Jimmy’s dad wrote ahead of time, because – what do you know, Jimmy’s dad knew he had been sick for quite a while ! As in, he knew this before he visited Jimmy and he chose not to tell him. Yet another lost moment of anything father-son. Rest in peace, Jimmy’s daddy. Or, you know, lay back in urine-soaked sweatpants like it was your practice in life.
So, Ben Folds. He’s Gretchen’s new client, and the joke I guess is that he’s pretending to be averse to the ad but is actually desperate for the ad, so he’s going to create the buzz in a way more in addition clumsy and illogical. He keeps repeating accidentally the phrases that are supposed to make him sound down to earth; he hires someone to pretend to be a fan and hires later that same someone pretend to be a paparazzi. He thinks no one knows what “Brick” really is. Everyone knows what “Brick” really is. Come on, Ben.
At Casa Jillian, Lindsay finds a guy named Raul on Swingerhole.com. (Has anyone else read this GQ story about guys like Raul?) Honestly, it makes me sad to see these Lindsay and Paul kid each other into thinking they’re doing everything to make this work. Lindsay can’t even pretend not to be selfish as she talks to Paul about her desire to have sex with other guys: “And absolutely, in the end, we could do whatever you want.” want ! The idea obviously makes Paul want to throw up / die / repeat – “I don’t even like watching other men put gas in the car” – and it suggests rather relatively tame couple activities, like a boudoir photo shoot. Lindsay is disheartened, so Paul invites Raul after all. Everything about this marriage is going to be RIGHT OK.
I don’t want to be the main buzzkill correspondent here, but… doesn’t Lindsay drink a lot? Is she still pregnant or what?
The worst: So much competition this week! The Lindsay treatment of Paul, the VA treatment of Edgar, the whole Ben Folds affair. In honor of his departure from the show, I’ll be giving this one to Jimmy’s dad and his surprisingly horrific non-parenthood.
Finalists: Everything I just listed, plus Gretchen’s driving (“My car does this thing where if I take my hands off the wheel for more than ten seconds in a row it starts to drift”), the word “modicum” , the calm- fragile state of Paul’s stitches, this time Sam threw a fan’s crutches into traffic.
Some good things: The upbringing of Raul (Loyola Marymount!), Edgar getting a weed card after all, the British accent of Gretchen, Jimmy’s house, Killian.