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Jimmy and Gretchen choose to love each other, wholeheartedly, for that one day, on the series final of You're The Worst

Chris Geere as Jimmy
Image: Byron Cohen (FXX)
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"And I think when you think of me down the line / You can't find a good thing to say / You'd stay that if I found the strength to walk out / You'd stay the hell out of my way "”/>

Alcoholics Anonymous employs the motto" one day at a time "to make sobriety feel more manageable. By shrinking the task to a daily one instead of a lifelong commitment, it becomes routine, something that feels possible and within reach. Though obviously not applicable in all situations, the concept of "one day at a time" has purchase on a grander scale because "forever" remains frustratingly abstract. The connotes mortality and presupposes external factors won't affect the present. Some people can make "forever" work by treating it as a goal that shapes one's current actions. But other people, a lot of other people, need life reduced to a practical, feasible level.

Similarly, love is not a fixed idea. It's a spectrum that moves within a relationship. No one loves someone the same amount at every single moment. It brightens and fades at will or at random. There are days when it burns so brightly that it becomes all-consuming that makes live worth living. Other days, it's as cold and dark as a winter morning, and nothing could make you feel less alone. It is a rancid cliché to say that love is “work” because that means it can be finished or that it can be aside for later. It's a fluid feeling, which makes it exciting and maddening at the same time. To love someone is never to maintain a certain feeling. It is to accept that, through good times and bad you wake up every day and choose to live in that spectrum because the other person, a spite of everything, is worth it.

Maybe that's what Jimmy and Gretchen required the whole time . Maybe someone just needed to give them the permission to ignore the future entirely. Commitment always means the possibility of failure, but for Jimmy and Gretchen, it's a trap that all but guarantees it. Feelings can change at any time and publicly declaring that they won, no matter how ceremonial it might be, just the inherent lie underneath the promise. Some accept it for ritual's sake, but not Jimmy and Gretchen. Even if they've gone through the planning of a wedding, doubt and fear have gone over the proceeding. Once you say, "I do," as you may have to say it, and that is not something either of them can do.

So they choose not to say it all, and it's perfect. Written and directed by Stephen Falk, "Pancakes" allows Jimmy and Gretchen to not automatically exit their own wedding but still commit to each other. It checks off all the series of final boxes — callbacks, cameos from familiar faces, reveals, disclosures, etc. — while also fitting in enough poetry to send these two “worsts” into the future on a high note. In fact, Falk gives everyone their own happy ending, and it works because it's earned, because we've seen these people fall down, get up, and fall down again and again and again. By the end, they are still standing and better for it.

On Jimmy and Gretchen's wedding day, everything initially goes off without a hitch: the venue is immaculate, the drinks are specialized, and everyone arrives on time and looks great. The one problem? Edgar, sitting in his car in the driveway, passive aggressively waiting for Jimmy to realize his mistake. Edgar might have been trying to help Jimmy when he told him he shouldn't get Gretchen in "We were having such a nice day," but it was still a hurtful, friendship-ending move. No matter how "right" he may or may not be, it was the wrong thing to say, and everyone agrees. Jimmy walks away from him again after realizing he's not there to apologize. Lindsay firmly tells him that he is the dumb one who killed the group. But Gretchen, after learning why Vernon has taken the place of Jimmy's best man, delivers the body blow. She tells him that Jimmy's one humanizing quality was that he let him stay in his house, but that never respects him, and that he never respected him for continuing to lick his boots. “I don't even pity you anymore. I just hate you now, ”she says flatly, demanding that he leave. Except that he doesn't. He stays anyway, hoping that his services will still be needed

But Edgar's presence doesn't hold a candle to what Jimmy discovers later. After delivering her grandmother's broach to Gretchen's room, he discovers that she didn't write her vows and farmed them out to Shitstain instead. (In Gretchen's mild defense, Shitstain had his first poem published in The New Yorker when he was 19!) This, rightfully, sets Jimmy off. It's one thing for Gretchen not to plan the wedding at all, let's just pick the flowers and the cat and also her dress, but it's another thing to treat her like an afterthought as well. Jimmy realizes that Gretchen's mother, and, incidentally, Paul, were right. The more he tries to take care of her, the more she resents him. Gretchen will never change. She responds definitively if she wants to get married, she responds, cleverly, "I'm here, aren't you?"

So they fight, and it's the same fight they've been having for their entire relationship, only the stakes are higher. Everyone is waiting for them to be married, and they're outside the venue deciding whether or not to go back inside. It's that Jimmy reveals that his vows are as phony as hers, that he could only write it as a fictional character because he couldn't believe anything that he was saying. He can promise that he will love here for "eternity" or "in sickness and in health" or "until death," and neither can she.

Except that we already know. You can resolve the flashforwards well before Jimmy and Gretchen decide to call off the wedding. As present-day Jimmy steps outside to have a smoke, we were seamlessly thrust into the future where he's just as perturbed as he was on his wedding day. He's not been ambushed by Gretchen's sudden presence at this other wedding, but by Edgar's. In the interim time, Edgar moved to New York and has been adapting to a murderous podcast. He apologizes to Jimmy for his actions, and he accepts, admitting that it was a "good and selfless act." Edgar told him it wasn't selfish, but it was the only way he could cut it so he could finally thrive outside of his orbit. It was the move he needed to make for a clean break. It just happened that he made the right call.

Falk delivers so many reveals 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 daughter named Felicity, who was previously seen playing with Edgar in last week's episode. Gretchen was anxious about seeing Edgar again, not Jimmy. They are all at Lindsay’s second wedding to Paul. The florist that stayed Jimmy way back when is now their nanny. Jimmy sold the house because it wasn't a safe for kids. Gretchen had been staying at a hotel in the meantime and was trying to stay sober for a month. (She failed.) The flashforwards told the future, but not the whole future. They were more of a full life that we could not see at the time.

In the end, the final ultimately did not belong to whether Jimmy and Gretchen stayed together, but rather the status of everyone's own lives. Yet, Falk still provides them with the emotional climax: Jimmy and Gretchen, having bailed on their wedding for pancakes at the dinner, decide to stay together and choose each other every day. Maybe one day they won't. Maybe Gretchen's depression will get the best of her and she'll jump in front of a train. Maybe Jimmy will choose to love someone else down the line. Every day they have to choose and live with choice. One day at a time

But in the end, the permanent out they give themselves to bail at any moment was just the permission they needed to commit. To the tune of the Mountain Goats "No Children," we see Jimmy and Gretchen become parents, something that seemed inconceivable in the first season. They still go out to the bar, but they bring Felicity along with them. There are still sleepless nights, and rough days, but it's nothing they can overcome because they can way away at any point. Except they won't. They just can .

Alongside them, Lindsay and Paul fall in love once again. Edgar finally builds his own life. Even, Vernon gets his Mobile Vern Unit. When everyone hits the dance floor at Lindsay's wedding, we see how this dysfunctional band or clowns has come. Jimmy and Gretchen's kid dance alongside Lindsay and Paul's child. Tallulah has all grown up and has a cute eye patch. Becca is pregnant yet again, but this time she responsibly chooses water over evil. These are all in a good place. No matter how long it lasts, it's worth celebrating. You're The Worst was always a love story, but it was also a delayed coming-of-age speech. Everyone in the series puts off growing up because it's much easier to play the child, someone who depends on others and takes responsibility for how their actions affect other people. Jimmy and Gretchen were their last childish act. In the end, they take charge of their lives by choosing not just each other, but also the people who surround them. Given that every day is a struggle, it's best to share it with people who understand you than those who don't. Pancakes always taste better than Novocain, especially when you have them with someone you love

Stray observations

  • Please check out TV Club editor Erik Adams' interview with Stephen Falk on the final! He shares some sharp insights into the final season was put together
  • People who make guest appearances: The fro-yo guy from the first season, played by Winston Story, who attends the wedding mainly to score tips off of errands; Ben Folds, who gets very drunk off of everything, including Vernon's trash juice, and mistakes Edgar's car for his Uber; and Stephen Falk, who can be seen dancing at Lindsay and Paul's second wedding!
  • It's a shame YTW couldn't get the real HoneyNutz to make one last appearance, but apparently Allen Maldonado is too busy.
  • A cool bit of direction: Falk frequently frames Edgar's car off center so we can see who will enter his passenger seat at any given moment.
  • Starlee Kline plays the host of the murdered podcast that Edgar obsesses about and decides to adapt. She does a very good Sarah Koenig impression.
  • The moment that really got to me was when Gretchen tells Jimmy that she wants to shake the presents at Lindsay's wedding because they owe her a food processor. That's just the perfectly sweet You're The Worst moment.
  • Kether Donohue gets to sing one last time, and it's an original song entitled "The Very Last Dick." at South By / Justin with the abs / Peter and Reuben from Footlocker / There's Eugene from the Deaf school / And Dylan who sold coke / And don't forget the singer from Spin Doctors / Bryce who was loud / Mike who was well endowed / The last last dick! ”
  • “ How do you do it? Adult friendships are so hard to maintain. Billy Corgan and I were really close to that year when I got the better green room at Weenie Roast. He never got over that. ”
  • Thus concludes You’re The Worst reviews at The A.V. Club. This is not just my very first TV beat, but my very first writing job period. I was still in college when I was writing about the first season. (It's read those reviews I'm sure they aren't great.) This show has been consistent in my life for the past six years and watching it finally ends up being a little bittersweet. Thanks to anyone who read and commented on the years, even after AVC switched to Kinja. It truly does mean a lot when anyone takes the time to tell me how much they liked these reviews. With that, I bid you all a fond farewell.

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