TVYou're The Worst Starts Season 3 With the Wildest Sex Scene We've Seen in a While
It's kind of a miracle this made it on the air.
If you don't know anything about the FXX comedy You're the Worst, the first thirty seconds of tonight's third-season premiere will tell you everything you need to know about the show—with quite possibly the most explicit sex scene on cable TV.
The episode opens on a shot of the show's lead couple, Gretchen and Jimmy (played by Aya Cash and Chris Gere), completely nude in full view of the camera, changing positions and boning with an aplomb that somehow miraculously manages to keep the mere inches of anatomy you can't show on television out of sight and will make you double-check to make sure you have the right channel. It is gratuitous and shocking, and it's basically You're the Worst in a nutshell—especially when the characters start talking.
"I'm gonna come!" Gretchen shouts, as you would expect.
"Why do you always announce it?" asks Jimmy, whose delivery entirely undercuts the moment and deftly shifts the entire tone of the scene, launching into a negotiation about climaxing and who has the floor at any given moment. It's explicit and rude and embarrassing but ultimately kind of endearing and sweet? Watching it, you might think You're the Worst features more sex than it actually does—there really isn't that much across its two seasons and counting—but it's the scene's frankness that lies at the heart of the show. You're the Worst doesn't do anything unless it can do it properly; that is, in a manner that's honest, rude, and very, very funny.
It's that sort of clear-eyed ethos that allows the show to pivot from absurd hilarity to heartbreaking vulnerability, like it did last season when it explored Gretchen's clinical depression and Jimmy's attempts to understand it. That's what You're the Worst is: clear-eyed. It's a show that about two toxic, awful people who probably shouldn't be together trying to be together anyway, even as they're a little disgusted by the accoutrements of being in a relationship.
You're the Worst manages to be the best examination of modern relationships by creating a bunch of very funny yet shockingly bad ones.
That's what the new season seems to be zeroing in on: The endgame of relationships, and the discomfort of a status quo that now includes another person. Following Season Two, Gretchen and Jimmy have confessed that they love each other, live together, and lie to themselves about how they feel about it. Meanwhile, two other couples orbit around the central pair: Gretchen's cartoonishly selfish friend Lindsay has gotten back together with her affectionate dweeb of an ex-husband whom she clearly doesn't love for anything other than his doting, and Chris's roommate Edgar, who is now steadily seeing Dorothy the improv comedian and struggling with PTSD.
In an era where TV comedies are exploring the messiness of being alive in bolder, stranger ways than ever (BoJack Horseman is a good example; so is [Black-ish](http://www.gq.com/story/how-black-ish-took-on-police-brutality-and-nailed-it)), You're the Worst manages to be the best examination of modern relationships by creating a bunch of very funny yet shockingly bad ones. But it never really loses sight of its characters' humanity—even Lindsay, the most egregiously awful member of the bunch, is cognizant of something missing, something wrong, something she can't quite figure out how to fix. In the two episodes made available to press in advance of tonight's premiere, its characters are where they think they want to be, only to find that arriving there has only made them even more aware of the je ne sais quois that ails them. Because relationships are a magnifying glass, and the day-to-day of being with someone else can and does reveal funny and upsetting things about people all the time in ways both unexpected and strange.
Like who has the floor when it's time to come.