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Throwback Thursday - You're The Worst - There Is Not Currently A Problem

8 Oct 2020

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly article in which we look back at our favorite TV episodes from the past. Today I have the pleasure to talk about one of my favorite shows ever, "You're The Worst". It never got the hype it deserved, but throughout the years, it saw an increase in its fanbase and the critics loved it for its clever acting and writing.
I want to be bold enough to call this the best episode of "You're The Worst". There are many that are simply incredible, but this was on another level, especially because it spoke to me on a very personal level that I still can't forget. I won't even forget the first time I saw: it aired on my birthday, the year was 2015. Oh, how time flies! The first time I watched it, I remember I stayed silent for a bit after it ended; I was actually surprised that a show like this, which mainly focused on a relationship between two abnoxious people, would get this dark. But I gladly enjoyed it.
The deep connections between the characters and the way they were written always resonated with me. With the help of a metaphor (the mouse), the main characters of the show find themselves confined in Jimmy's apartment because of the LA marathon that has blocked the entire city. Jimmy finds out that a mouse has been living in his house for a long time and that news prompts him on a search for the animal. Little did I know that the search for the mourse also coincided with the search for Gretchen's problem.
The great secret was that Gretchen suffers from clinical depression; it's been going on her whole life and she sometimes has difficulties in handling it. I think I will never give justice to the mesmerizing performance of Aya Cash in this episode; she radiates honesty and brutality when delivering one of the best monologues I've ever seen on TV. I've learned by heart, because everything she says is just so damn right. Right for her. In a show where two people never pretend to be something they're not, this was quite astonishing to watch and unexpected, because, for the first time ever, Gretchen was truly her worst self in front of others (especially Jimmy) and she didn't hold back. How liberating it must be to be your true self and how incredible television can be at times. It was really powerful for me to witness that, because for the first time while watching a TV show, I felt seen. And isn't that what it's all about? Connecting with viewers on a personal level?
This episode really struck a cord with me, on a deeply personal level and also as a viewer; it's written and acted beautifully and I highly recommend it, if you haven't had a chance to see it.