Belligerent writer Jimmy (Chris Geere) and prickly publicist Gretchen (Aya Cash) are “the worst,” but if they’re the worst, we’re the worst. FLARE’s Briony Smith runs down the appalling millennial behaviour—and resulting dating treachery—that creator Stephen Falk skewers so fearlessly in this hilarious new comedy (Thursdays, FXX).
1. We’ve lost the art of courtship. Jimmy tosses out a begrudging “You’re pretty” to the woman smoking beside him outside a wedding he’s just been kicked out of. (“Thanks?” she deadpans, cradling a blender stolen from the gift table.)
“Comedy comes out of reality and pain,” says Cash. “It’s fun not being on a show that’s joke-joke-joke and if they don’t laugh hard enough the line gets changed.” Creator Stephen Falk wanted to write something for himself, he says, and “not worry, Is there an audience for it, and how do you market something like this? Will people be offended?”
2. But recreational sex is really in. “I’m not even attracted to you,” gum-chewing Gretchen mutters with an eye roll as she rides Jimmy mere minutes post-meeting.
“They don’t like the fact that they work,” says Geere, “but they can’t stay away from each other because they know they’re the first people who have made each other happy.”
3. So is brutal honesty. In bed. Best line: “Did you just spit on my vagina?” When Cash read the script, she says, “the first thing that jumped out was all the sex, and I was like, This is a big deal. It’s honest language, and that’s important and exciting.”
4. (But sometimes we indulge ourselves a little too much.) Jimmy stubbornly rejects sleeping over and period sex, while Gretchen pilfers car keys from one hookup and a fistful of coke from another. Says Cash: “It’s interesting to see characters who are unapologetically living in their id, not really giving a sh-t about anything.”
5. Keeping an active roster is just good sense. Rejected by Jimmy the morning after the wedding, Gretchen later heads to the house of her go-to for a li’l pick-me-up.
6. Feelings complicate matters. “Jimmy, I’m scared of this sh-t, you know?” Gretchen admits (via cell from her booty call’s house). “They behave like children,” Geere says, “because they don’t want to move on from their independent, self-satisfying lives, but at the end of each episode they realize that they have to do that, in order to grow up.”