When you’re the worst, it’s hard to have a normal relationship, which is especially true of Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) on “You’re the Worst.”
After exchanging “I love yous” — kind of — we probably shouldn’t expect our two favorite worsties to ride off into the sunset together, but what will that mean for them in Season 3? Will that one drunken declaration of love help them turn a corner into a mature adult partnership, or will it wreck the great thing they’ve got going?
To help us “determine the relationship,” Zap2it sat down with Geere to ask just where Jimmy and Gretchen have landed in their relationship in Season 3 and what to expect from some of their joint therapy sessions.
Zap2it: Where are Gretchen and Jimmy headed in Season 3 after the ‘I love you’ debacle of last season?
Chris Geere: They grow up and get married, and that’s the end of the whole thing. [laughs] No, it’s a new step for them, but they’re both still like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Jimmy doesn’t admit that he has said “I love you,” so the first episode is exploring that.
Can we expect them to turn a corner, so to speak, in Season 3?
There’s something that happens in the series that changes everything for Jimmy, which is great, and Gretchen realizes now that they’ve said “I love you,” they’re in a committed relationship, which means they’re now family. The season is really about realizing that when you live with someone and you’ve devoted your love to them, other responsibilities come with that. So it’s very much Jimmy and Gretchen vs. the world this season.
Do you think that Jimmy has grown up a little bit?
I think he’s getting there. He really is … There’s a moment of realization that he needs to change in order to progress, and he didn’t do that before. He didn’t change. He wasn’t willing to change, and now he is.
Do you think that’s a product of helping Gretchen through her depression?
I think so. I think there’s factors of that. They know what it’s like to hit rock bottom, and they don’t want to be there anymore.
Gretchen is seeing a therapist this year, so does Jimmy have opinions about that?
We had a brilliant scene last week — me and Samira [Wiley] and Aya — where Jimmy goes along for the ride but basically tries to take over the therapy session and make it about him.
Do you think Jimmy would benefit from a therapist?
No. He’d contest them on everything. He’s far too intelligent to take advice from a — what does he call them? A Long Beach community college graduate. There’s some crazy language this year. I had to download a thesaurus app and a pronunciation app on my phone.
What can we expect from Jimmy in regards to his friendship with Edgar this season?
He’s meaner than ever. He realizes that he’s losing his friend a little bit to independence, whereas before [Edgar] was very much his bitch in a way, and now he’s not. [Edgar’s] in his own relationship, he’s discovering who he is and everything. That’s not easy for Jimmy, who’s relied on Edgar to do everything for him from his shopping to his laundry to his advice.
“You’re the Worst” Aug. 31st at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FXX.