You’re The Worst: “The Last Sunday Funday” Season 3 Episode 6 Review

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You’re the Worst ends an annual tradition on a high note.

Sunday Funday episodes have easily been a highlight of each season of You’re the Worst, but as each one ends there’s always been a lingering feeling of nervousness. Just how are they going to top this next year? The gang has gone from dealing with hilarious hipster copycats, to an absolutely insane haunted house, and this year things get even more insane with a scavenger hunt to end all scavenger hunts. Series creator Stephen Falk, who wrote this week’s episode, certainly pulled out all of the stops, and with good reason. It seems this Sunday Funday will be the show’s last.

Having the gang end their weekly Sunday drinking tradition merely because they’re outgrowing it is a simple enough concept, and it works. These characters have been through a lot since last year, and it makes sense that they’re entering a new chapter of their lives where new traditions will come into place. Still, there needed to be a proper sendoff, and boy did we get one.

“The Last Sunday Funday” sees Gretchen leading everyone on a quest to find a mysterious speakeasy bar. Said quest involves using the Dewey Decimal system, a mysterious man with a brief case, QR codes on the side of random vans—how very 2016—and, most importantly, a group of hispanic actors posing as a family that everyone terrorizes.

It’s a madcap journey for sure, and watching the gang trying to piece together various clues as things get weirder and weirder is a comedic delight. Yet, as with the previous Sunday Funday episodes, the real heart of the narrative comes from characters using the day to work through things that have been building up all season.

The best part of this is Edgar, who’s spectacular solo episode from last week is not forgotten in the wake of all the shenanigans. In one spectacular sequence, the gang lets him try “immersion therapy” in Chinatown by having him surrounded by loud, exploding fireworks that would normally set off his PTSD. Edgar’s paranoia is subdued by some pot he’s been smoking all day, which even he admits is a temporary and illegal fix. Still, it’s heartwarming to see Edgar actually follow through on taking control of his own problems, and watching as his friends rally around him in support.

Speaking of following through, Lindsay and Gretchen spend a majority of the episode fighting because Gretchen is tired of hearing Lindsay complain about her husband and not do anything to make a change. She’s absolutely right, but that doesn’t stop their arguments from being some of the funniest parts of the episode (the scene in which they physically fight each other in the background of Jimmy’s epic speech is amazing).

Unfortunately, Lindsay’s confession that she wants to have an open relationship with Paul doesn’t land as solidly as Aya Cash and Kether Donohue’s physical comedy. It’s clear that Lindsay’s been burying her true feelings about her marriage for a while now, but her desire to be polyamorous seems to have come out of nowhere. I was expecting her to demand that Paul take an interest in things she wants to do, but didn’t realize that that would involve her sleeping with other men. I feel like her confrontation seen was too short for this moment to really hit home, but I’m nonetheless interested in where this will take them during the rest of the season. So far, Paul has been blissfully unaware of his wife’s disappointment, and now it feels like Lindsay will be ignoring what Paul really wants, which is an intriguing flip.

Finally, “The Last Sunday Funday” sees Jimmy try to suppress his obvious interest in the scavenger hunt, which becomes more amusing as the clues get more and more intricate and high-concept. His glee when they finally find the secret bar—which, ingeniously, is hidden behind a secret door in the fake jail cell that everyone gets thrown in after terrorizing the fake hispanic family—is great, but what really makes this narrative stand out is how he and Gretchen just wanted to make each other happy. After a series of ups and downs involving her depression and his father’s death, it’s nice that they could end this tradition in a moment of genuine love for each other.

Overall, “The Last Sunday Funday” feels bittersweet. I have no doubt that Falk and his team of writers could’ve come up with even crazier hijinks for the gang to get into next year. At the same time, I think that if this really is the end of their weekly drinking tradition, they really had a great last hurrah. Grade: A-

 

Some Other Notes:

  • The scene of everyone ransacking the hispanic family’s house is honestly so hysterical and an excellent showcase for the cast’s prowess for physical comedy. That alone makes this episode worth re-watching.
  • I love that the speakeasy ends up charging $42 for two Rye Manhattans. Typical “trend” bars.
  • Lindsay once again had the episode’s best lines, especially: “I have to Gone Girl myself and start over where nobody knows me and I’m the hottest girl by millions, because you know, Hollywood.”

 

By Mike Papirmeister

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