In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus returns dwelling to Ithaca after a 20-year absence to seek out that 108 suitors are reveling in his palace and courting his spouse Penelope. With a view to reclaim his throne, Odysseus disguises himself as a beggar, completes a seemingly not possible archery problem, after which kills all of the suitors. It’s solely then that Penelope lastly acknowledges her husband and welcomes her again into her life.
“Odysseus,” the third episode of You’re The Worst’s fourth season, doesn’t pose itself as a Homeric allegory, however extra like a contemporary twist on the final third of his epic poem. The one distinction is that the Odysseus in query, Jimmy Shive-Overly, isn’t an excellent hero in any respect. As a substitute, he’s extra of a garden-variety asshole who calls for that the tables be turned upright after he flipped them over. That doesn’t precisely make him a villain, per se, nevertheless it does squarely place the sympathies onto the folks he left behind, primarily Gretchen and Edgar.
Within the episode, Jimmy lastly returns dwelling to seek out his mattress occupied by Edgar and Lindsay, a horrifying reduction contemplating he initially thought Gretchen had already moved on. After sheepishly asking Lindsay about Gretchen’s whereabouts, assuming that she’ll merely vent her anger after which return to regular, Lindsay lies and tells him that she’s moved on. He later consults with Sam and Shitstain (HoneyNutz couldn’t make it as a result of he’s attending his godson’s wedding ceremony, and no, they’re unsure in regards to the math on that) who informs him that she’s been in Europe since he left. It’s solely when Jimmy despondently goes to return her issues to Lindsay’s house does he study the reality: His abandonment devastated Gretchen rendering her a shut-in. Naturally, Jimmy is delighted by this.
In the meantime, Gretchen learns that Jimmy has returned to Los Angeles, so she decides to keep away from him and get drunk at Ty’s obnoxious yoga/crossword get together stuffed with crunchy, granola sorts. She rapidly finds a holdout from the festivities, Boone (Colin Ferguson), who has holed himself up within the wine closet getting drunk, however he simply dismisses her as one other “Ty lady.” Ty ultimately enlists Boone to drive her dwelling after she will get too drunk to drive herself, however they take a detour to a Korean karaoke bar after she by accident sees Jimmy exterior Lindsay’s house. In fact, Gretchen and Boone ultimately fuck in his automobile after a pair bottles of Soju, since booze and meaningless intercourse is Gretchen’s coping methods to get well from heartbreak.
However “Odysseus” spends most of its working time main as much as Jimmy and Gretchen’s confrontation, a five-minute tour-de-force sequence that comprises 4 seasons price of recollections, experiences, and ache. Gretchen initially travels to Jimmy’s place to answer his “delightfully impartial and decidedly open-ended” textual content with the suitable quantity of rage (“HEY. DOT. DOT. DOT!”). Shaken, Jimmy and Edgar rapidly comply with her to exterior Lindsay’s house the place he calls for to speak to her. He ultimately musters out a honest apology, claiming she didn’t deserve such unwell therapy. Gretchen, exhausted and livid, ostensibly accepts it and proceeds to stroll inside. You’ll be able to inform that she’s not able to forgive him, nevertheless it could possibly be a pleasant word with which to start a possible reconciliation. With that apology, there’s a rattling good likelihood she would possibly at some point be prepared to talk to him, and perhaps, simply perhaps, take him again.
Then, Jimmy says the phrases, “…however you probably did say household” within the smuggest, most confident tone of voice you possibly can think about, and that little kernel of excellent will goes straight out the window. Edgar and Lindsay’s horrified reactions do the heavy lifting right here as they watch the slow-motion automobile crash happen mere ft away.
The problem is a simple and obvious one: Jimmy never considers how his actions affect others. Edgar has to scream it in his face for Jimmy to apologize for leaving him in the lurch, but any sensible person knows that more is required for the person whom you asked to marry. Jimmy apologizes, but still believes that he’s in the right because she accidentally triggered fearful feelings stemming from his father’s death. Though that fear might be valid, it doesn’t justify the abandonment, nor his flippant, obnoxiously casual way he approaches his reunion.
So, Gretchen, sporting the most murderous smile imaginable, feigns forgiveness, which Jimmy obviously falls for hook, line, and sinker. He breathes a sigh of relief, chocking it all up to “a crazy three months,” and excitedly goes to show the galley of his new book. He throws it to her only for her to let it drop in front of her. Still smiling like a killer, she and Lindsay leave Jimmy and Edgar on the street. In shock, Jimmy asks for Edgar’s fedora. He puts it on, and as two hobos start a garbage fire in the background, remarks that, “This is fine.” It’s unclear if he comprehends the hurt he’s caused, but he at least knows the score.
In other words, Penelope turns her back on Odysseus, refusing to embrace him after his absence, and leaving him to twist in the wind, while all of Los Angeles, and its various suitors, await her presence.
- In case it wasn’t obvious, Boone and Ty have a pretty strange, borderline-intimate relationship that neither will fully disclose to Gretchen.
- “Ty’s parties used to be way more fun before Gavin Rossdale convinced everyone to go to AA. I mean, I didn’t bang your nanny, bro, why do we all have to be punished?”
- “I’ve got cells you don’t even know about it.”
- “I think I hate him and I’ve never hated anyone before, even that drill sergeant who called me ‘Egg.’”
- “Can’t believe they have fireworks after a symphony about Mahler’s daughter’s death, and his impending death, and the death of tonality itself. But hey, modern artists need that razzle-dazzle.”
- “You ever have a day that starts with one bad decision and then it’s just a cascade of bad decisions until you’re like, ‘Well, might as well burn down the whole town tonight.’”
- I want to reprint Edgar’s rant to Jimmy because it’s absolutely wonderful and Desmin Borges delivers it perfectly: “Maybe she’s not texting you because she knows the only reason you’re checking in is to make yourself feel better. Yeah, maybe Gretchen wants to get on with her life and never think about you again. Maybe she thought you were DEAD, Jimmy. Checking tips on the hotline, coming home night after night to an empty house with only your scent on your pillow to cling to for comfort, until it too faded away and she was left ALL ALONE with nobody to make breakfast ramen for, alone with nothing but her scentless pillows and haunted thoughts of all the friends she lost in the war.”