When the last season of You’re the Worst came to a close, it seemed like our main characters were taking a step towards growing up, whether they wanted to or not. After Gretchen (Aya Cash) admitted that she couldn’t rely on Jimmy (Chris Geere) to fix her depression and that she would start pursuing other methods — any methods, rather — of treatment, she and an extremely drunk Jimmy dropped the L-bomb. For an “anti-romcom,” it was a surprisingly romantic moment, and left viewers wondering where these barely functional miscreants would be heading into the third season. Two other couples were also left in a state of flux: Lindsay (Kether Donohue) and Paul (Allan McLeod) got back together in the wake of her insemination, and Edgar (Desmin Borges) and Dorothy (Collette Wolfe) decided that moving in together so soon would be a mistake.
Luckily, this season picks up shortly after the other left off, and it is soon clear in “Try Real Hard” that the difficult stuff isn’t over. Gretchen and Jimmy keep trying to psych each other out of saying “I love you” again, leading Jimmy to realize that there is a lot that he doesn’t know about Gretchen and for Gretchen to wonder if his feelings were genuine at all. On the other side of the spectrum, Lindsay knows exactly how genuine Paul’s feelings for her and their growing family are, but her rash decision to inseminate herself with his sperm sample is having realer and realer consequences by the day. Should the woman who was avoiding responsibility, partying heavily, and doing copious amounts of drugs a few episodes ago rush into being a mother? Probably not, but that’s where she’s headed.
And then there’s Edgar. If last season dealt realistically with clinical depression, it appears that this will be the season of Edgar’s PTSD. His friendship with Jimmy has always been an unequal one, with Jimmy taking the fact that he allows Edgar to live in his home as a free pass to treat his “friend” without even a shred of respect. In the premiere, Jimmy’s cruel comments seem a little meaner, a little less funny than they have in the past, and perhaps that is because the PTSD that has lurked on the edges of Edgar’s character are finally making their way to the fore. You’re the Worst has dealt with the treatment of veterans in previous episodes, between the media’s exploitation to get a pat on the back or how difficult it is for many vets to get basic care, but those were just a precursor. As Edgar’s medication leaves him unable to feel emotions fully or perform sexually, he flushes the pills and attempts to live without them, but it’s clear that the pain left by his time in the military isn’t going to go away any time soon.