"And I hope that when you think of me in the years to come / You do not find anything good to say / And I hope that if I found the strength to go out / You would stay hell from my path "
Alcoholics Anonymous uses the motto "one day at a time" to make sobriety feel more manageable. By reducing the task to a daily task instead of a lifetime commitment, it becomes a routine, something that feels possible and at your fingertips. While this is obviously not applicable in all situations, the concept of "one day at a time" has been purchased on a larger scale because "forever" remains frustrating and abstract. It evokes mortality and assumes that external factors will not affect the present. Some people may work "forever" as an objective that determines their current actions. But other people, many others, need a reduced life at a practical and achievable level.
Similarly, love is not a fixed idea. It is a spectrum in which a relationship evolves. No one likes the same amount at any one at any one time. It illuminates and disappears at will or at random. There are days when it burns so hard that it becomes a burning flame that makes life worth living. Other days, it's cold and dark like a winter morning and nothing can make you feel less alone. It is a cliché to say that love is "work" because it implies that it can be finished or that it can be set aside for a later date. It's a fluid sensation that makes it exciting and exasperating at the same time. Loving someone forever does not maintain a certain feeling. It's accepting that, whether in good time or worse, you wake up every day and choose to live in this spectrum, because the other person, despite everything, is worth it.
Maybe that's what Jimmy and Gretchen needed all the time. Maybe someone just needed to give them permission to totally ignore the future. Commitment always means the possibility of failure, but for Jimmy and Gretchen, it's a trap that guarantees it. Feelings can change at any time, and publicly declaring that they will not be, regardless of the ceremony, is a good illustration of the lie inherent in the promise. Some accept it for rituals, but not Jimmy and Gretchen. Even though they have gone through the rough ploy of marriage planning, doubt and fear have weighed on the process. Once you say "yes," you may have to give up that statement someday, and it's not something everyone can do.
So they chose not to say it at all, and that's fine. Written and directed by Stephen Falk, "Pancakes" allows Jimmy and Gretchen not to gracefully leave their marriage, while committing each other. He checks all the boxes in the series – callbacks, appearances of familiar faces, revelations, revelations, etc. – while incorporating enough poetry to send these two "worst" in the future. In fact, Falk gives everyone their own happy ending, and it works because it's worth it, because we've seen these people fall, get up and down again and again. In the end, they are all still standing and better.
The wedding day of Jimmy and Gretchen, everything goes smoothly: the place is impeccable, drinks are specialized, everyone arrives on time and is superb. The only problem? Edgar, sitting in his car in the driveway, was aggressively waiting for Jimmy to realize his mistake. Edgar may have tried to help Jimmy when he told him that he should not marry Gretchen "We had such a beautiful day," but it was always a hurtful gesture that ended the friendship. It does not matter whether it is "right" or not, it was always the wrong thing to say, and everyone is in agreement. Jimmy walks away after realizing he's not here to apologize. Lindsay told him firmly that it was the mute who killed the group. But Gretchen, after learning why Vernon took the place of Jimmy's best man, gives the shock. She tells him that Jimmy was humanized by the fact that he let her stay at home, but that he will never respect him and never respected him for continuing to lick his boots. "I do not even pity you anymore. I hate you now, she says categorically, demanding that he leave. Except that he does not do it. He still remains, hoping that his services will always be necessary.
But Edgar's presence has nothing to envy to what Jimmy discovers later. After handing over his grandmother's brooch to Gretchen's room, he discovers that she did not write her wishes and cultivated them at Shitstain. (In Gretchen's soft defense, Shitstain published his first poem in New Yorker when he was 19!) This, rightly, puts Jimmy off. It's one thing for Gretchen not to plan the wedding at all, to let Jimmy pick the flowers, the caterer and even his dress, but it's a whole other thing to make him a future promise. Jimmy realizes that Gretchen's mother and Paul were right. The more he tries to take care of her, the more she resents him. Gretchen will never change. Even when she is asked to say definitely if she wants to get married, she responds slyly, "I'm here, is not it?
So they are fighting, and it's the same fight they've had for their whole relationship, but the stakes are higher. Everyone is waiting for them to get married and they are out of the place deciding whether or not to go back inside. It is then that Jimmy reveals that his wishes are as fictitious as his, that he could only write it as a fictitious character, because he could not believe anything of what he was saying. He can not promise that he will love her for "eternity", "sickness and health" or "until death", and she can not either. So where does it leave them?
Except we already know. Falk makes the smart choice to resolve the flashforwards long before Jimmy and Gretchen decide to cancel the wedding. At the moment, Jimmy comes out of the room to smoke, we throw ourselves safely into the future, where he is as disturbed as the day of his wedding. He was not trapped by the sudden presence of Gretchen at this other marriage, but by Edgar. In the meantime, Edgar moved to New York and adapted a podcast for murder. He apologizes to Jimmy for his actions and he agrees, admitting that it was "a brave and selfless act". Edgar told him that it was not selfish, but that it was the only way for him to cut ties so that he could finally prosper outside of his orbit. That was the shot he had to make for a clean break. It turns out that he made the right choice.
Falk delivers so many revelations back to back that it can be a little confusing, but they are as follows: Jimmy and Gretchen are still together and they have a girl named Felicity, who has already been seen playing with Edgar in the episode of last week. Gretchen was eager to see Edgar again, not Jimmy. They are all together at Lindsay's second wedding with Paul. The florist who blew up Jimmy at the present time is their nurse. Jimmy sold the house because it was not safe for the children. Gretchen was staying in a hotel in the meantime and trying to stay sober for a month. (She failed.) The flashforwards have announced the future, but not all the future. These were mere glimpses of a fuller life that we could not see clearly at the time.
In the end, the finale did not depend on whether Jimmy and Gretchen stayed together, but rather on the status of each other's lives. Yet Falk always gives them the emotional climax: Jimmy and Gretchen, after celebrating their wedding for pancakes at dinner, decide to stay together and choose each other every day. Maybe one day they will not be. Maybe Gretchen's depression will win her and she'll jump in front of a train. Maybe Jimmy will choose to love someone else at the end of the line. Every day, they must choose and live with the choice. One day at a time.
But in the end, the permanent withdrawal they give on bail at any time is simply the permission they need to commit. In the "No Kids" air of the Mountain Goats, we see Jimmy and Gretchen become parents, which seemed inconceivable in the first season. They always go to the bar, but they take Felicity with them. There are still sleepless nights and hectic days, but it's nothing they can not overcome because they can get away at any time. Except they will not do it. They are right can.
At their side, Lindsay and Paul fall in love. Edgar finally builds his own life. Even Vernon gets his Vern mobile unit. At Lindsay's wedding, when everyone goes to the dance floor, we see how this dysfunctional band of clowns has evolved. Jimmy and Gretchen's son dances alongside Lindsay and Paul's child. Tallulah has grown up and has a nice eye patch. Becca is pregnant again, but this time, she chooses water responsibly rather than alcohol. These are all in a good place. No matter how long it lasts, it's worth celebrating.
You are the worst was always a love story, but it was also a late history of the majority. Everyone in the series is slow to grow because it is much easier to play with the child, a person who depends on others and who does not take responsibility for how his actions affect others. Jimmy and Gretchen canceling their marriage was their last childish act. In the end, they take charge by choosing not only each other, but also the people around them. Since every day is a fight, it is best to share it with people who understand you better than those who do not understand you. Pancakes always taste better than Novocain, especially when you eat them with someone you love.
- Please see Stephen Falk's interview with TV club editor Erik Adams on the final! He shares some ideas about how the last season was organized.
- The people who appear as a guest: the guy from the first season, played by Winston Story, who attends the wedding mainly to score tips during races; Ben Folds, who gets drunk on everything, including the juice of Vernon, and confuses Edgar's car with his Uber; and Stephen Falk, whom we see dancing at the second wedding of Lindsay and Paul!
- It's a shame YTW Impossible for the real HoneyNutz to make a final appearance, but apparently, Allen Maldonado is too busy.
- A little direction: Falk often shifts Edgar's car so that we can not see who will occupy his passenger seat at any given time.
- Starlee Kline plays the animator of the murderous podcast on which Edgar is obsessed and decides to adapt. She makes a very good impression of Sarah Koenig.
- The moment that really touched me was when Gretchen told Jimmy that she wanted to shake the presents at Lindsay's wedding because she owed him a food processor. It's just the perfect You are the worst moment.
- Kether Donohue sings one last time, and it's an original song called "The Very Last Dick". Full lyrics: "There 's Gregory at South By / Justin with Footlocker' s abs / Peter and Reuben / There 's Eugene deaf school / And Dylan who sold coke / And n'. do not forget the singer of Spin Doctors / Bryce who was strangely strong / Mike who was well endowed / If longer than thick / Most likely accumulated, impossible to beat / The last dick! "
- "How are you doing?" "Adult friendships are so hard to maintain." Billy Corgan and I were really close until that year, when I had the best green room in Weenie Roast. He never recovered.
- Concludes as well You are the worst The A.V. Club reviews. This not only represents my very first TV beat, but my very first period of writing work. I was still in college when I was writing on the first season. (Do not read these reviews, I'm sure they're not great.) This show has been constant in my life for the past six years and watching it finish is a bit bitter and sweet. Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on it over the years, even after the stroke in Kinja. It really means a lot whenever someone takes the time to tell me how much he liked these reviews. With that, I say to you all a deep farewell.