You’re the Worst Season 5, Episode 11 recap: Four Goddamn More Days

YOU'RE THE WORST -- "Four Goddamn More Days" - Season 5, Episode 11 (Airs March 20, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured (l-r): Aya Cash as Gretchen. CR: Prashant Gupta/FXX
YOU'RE THE WORST -- "Four Goddamn More Days" - Season 5, Episode 11 (Airs March 20, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured (l-r): Aya Cash as Gretchen. CR: Prashant Gupta/FXX /

After Gretchen destroyed the set to avoid the Nock Nock decision on the biggest day of her career, You’re the Worst explores what happens when her clinical depression reaches its nadir.

This point of You’re the Worst is when Gretchen and Jimmy need each other most. Comforting, understanding. Unfortunately, they’re individually too selfish to realize the problems of their significant other until it’s too late.

You’re the Worst is less a title, and more a competition. Fans of You’re the Worst know neither is capable of being the 100% stable partner.

Flash Forward

Just like most of the final season for You’re the Worst, there is a scene that ensures Jimmy and Gretchen’s divided future. In this case, Gretchen gets dolled up and hit on at a hotel bar. She meets a guy named Curtis who quickly learns she’s single, and “Almost got married once.”


After crushing one of Edgar’s pills and snorting it, Gretchen smiles in the mirror. She’s able to handle the day and listen to Jimmy marriage walkout song list:

  • Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
  • Juicy – Notorious B.I.G.
  • Poison – Bell Biv Devoe
  • Freak on a Leash – Korn
  • Marry Me – Train (Gretchen vetoes, will ruin her mascara.)
  • Sweet Child of Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  • Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood (They both acknowledge it’s about sodomy.)
  • Madonna – Like a Virgin
  • 2 Become 1 – Spice Girls
  • Sabotage – Beastie Boys
  • Waterfalls – TLC (Gretchen changes to No Scrubs.)
  • Pop that Pussy – 2 Live Crew
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch – Weird Al
  • Maneater – Hall and Oates
  • Cherry Pie – Warrant

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Great list, and a great representation of the genius You’re the Worst material, but Gretchen avoids winnowing because work calls. And by “work calls” she means, hanging out where the T-1000 chased a reprogrammed T-800 Terminator and John Connor on a motorcycle. In other words, she got fired for destroying her set with the sprinkler system. Lindsay’s been visiting and providing office documents to help the charade. Since she’s had sex with Gretchen’s boss, Yvette, she says she’s going to the office to chew Yvette’s ass. Instead of figuratively, Lindsay takes it literally. Consequently, while inches from the Brown Bomber (not Joe Louis), she advocates for Gretchen without success.

Later in the day, she tells Vernon she’s a lesbian. Being a self-proclaimed “lesbo expert,” because of his two moms and the fact he’s “f**king sensitive,” Vernon listens attentively. This is when Lindsay reveals she once dated Dave Navarro, which makes her status as a lesbian no more clear.

After Vernon’s list of lesbian attributes, however, it’s pretty clear to them both she is not what she believes. For the record, Vernon believes making chili, wearing flannel, hiking, NPR donations, and test driving Subaru’s makes someone a lesbian.

Jimmy’s crisis

Jimmy and Edgar take a telecon to discuss their script. They receive no notes. Then a text informs them to check Deadline. Long story short, their script sucks, Diablo Cody has the job, and Jimmy is despondent. In his mind, he now understands Gretchen.

Wanting to break the news, Edgar calls Caliber PR only to be greeted by a prepared statement about Gretchen’s firing. When Gretch comes home after “work,” she lies about her day. Jimmy, however, is depressed, with his head under a blanket, and tells her about how his depression has allowed him to finally understand her depression. He has no clue she’s barely holding on.

The next morning Gretchen goes to look for Edgar’s pills, but they’re gone. Frantically searching, she is eventually desperate enough to dive into the trash.

This is where Edgar confronts her silently. He stares daggers and wants her to initiate. Before climax and dénouement of this peculiar interaction, Jimmy barges in like an idiot, claims he bested depression, and wants to talk wedding dresses. Completely flabbergasted, he finds Gretchen doesn’t have one yet.

The truth

Fresh from the stylist where she got the “I’m complaining to the manager”-bob, Lindsay walks into Yvette’s office to profess love. Yvette calls her a “lesbian minstrel show.” Never one for subtlety, Lindsay says, “Tell me you love me back or I’ll stab you.” The threat gets a “C U next Tuesday”-suffix for good measure. Along with hours of stealing documents from the trash footage, this outburst is enough to get fired.

Lindsay runs straight to Gretchen’s sewer office to spill the beans about eating Hersey’s Kisses and getting fired. This means Gretchen’s façade can’t continue. Gretchen’s frenetic. Little do they know, Edgar is spying from a bridge above. The filibustered confrontation eventually happens, and Gretchen starts crying. She’s worried about Jimmy’s reaction, but Edgar asks, “Don’t you think you should be able to tell him?”

Later that night Jimmy has a Nicholas Sparks film set up in the apartment. Flowers and candles everywhere, the perfect atmosphere to premiere the wedding dress he bought. She loves it, despite the model being a guy. Flood gates open about the firing and the pills.

Reassuringly, he says “We will figure it out. If not, Edgar can help us with homelessness.” As they hug and she whimpers, he stares blankly, his shocked visage contradicting his words. Who wins the You’re the Worst title? Gretchen for lying about her issues, or Jimmy for lying about his reaction?

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You’re the Worst airs Wednesdays on FX.