“You are the worst” has an abortion


[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the “Talking to Me, Talking to Me” episode of FXX’s You’re the Worst.]

FXX You are the worst just presented the most factual televised abortion.

Wednesday’s episode opened with Lindsay (Kether Donohue) and BFF Gretchen (Aya Cash) having a very casual lunch – until Lindsay reveals that she is “eating for two for the last time”.

That the irresponsible and comically mad Lindsay would choose to abort her “turkey water”Baby is not a surprise given that the character has artificially inseminated with a turkey water with sperm that she kept in a frozen condom from her husband Paul (Allan McLeod). Yes, the pregnancy was made for the purpose of manipulating him into coming back and taking care of her. And yes, Lindsay loves to be loved, but it turns out that the idea of ​​family – at least with Paul – wasn’t something she really wanted.

In a moment of pause before being done with her “a-bo-bo“, Gretchen saves Lindsay from what she thought was a pro-life protester. But in the end, said pro-life was going to suggest that Lindsay proceed with the abortion. (The key for Lindsay to go for the before was that Gretchen reminded her that her friends are her family, so she will never be alone.)

“We treat it very a fact ”, creator of the series and showrunner Stephen falk tell THR. Lindsay meets an abortion protester but just thinks she’s a nice lady who wants to give her advice, and Gretchen sees it and runs and says, ‘No, terrorist, you’re not going to stop us from using the rights of our women. ‘And the woman just said,’ You know, in some cases I think that’s okay, and that’s one of them. ‘ And then she just has the abortion, and then that’s it.

Lindsay’s abortion is almost an afterthought in the episode, which largely focuses on Jimmy’s (Chris Geere) tries to build a tree house get rid of his father; Gretchen is working on being more attentive; and Edgar (Desmine Borges) getting a job as a TV screenwriter, much to his girlfriend’s dismay. Even the accumulation of Lindsay’s “a-bo-bo“pretends to be running an errand -” Be out in 40 to 45 minutes, “she tells Gretchen.

“It’s legal and that doesn’t mean abortion is something that doesn’t have emotional ramifications for those involved,” Falk says. “But sometimes it doesn’t, and we try to show that side.”

Donohue, for his part, sees the abortion story as progress for Lindsay. “Lindsay’s journey is towards her authentic self. And to have an abortion, she is finally responsible, ”said Donohue THR. “She admits jitter [with Paul] is in place. She finally confesses, then shows by action that she does not want a baby. She is not ready or equipped in any way to have a baby. And she’s finally doing something for herself. She has her right to choose with everything in her life now. It symbolizes the turning point where she does something genuine and fair for herself and not to please anyone else. When I read that, it seemed very powerful to me.

You are the worstThe approach to abortion comes as other small-screen series – largely dramas – have explored the subject in very different ways. This season, The CW Joan the Virgin had a open dialogue on the subject between a Catholic mother and her pregnant daughter who ended when they agreed to disagree.

Shonda Rhymes‘ABC Drama Scandal explored the subject in a Christmas episode nearly a year ago, when star Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope had an abortion during an episode featuring the first lady turned senator Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) succeeded in obstructing a bill that defund Planned Parenthood in a story inspired by the headlines. Rhymes previously explored abortion in season four on Scandal when a female naval officer was raped. Grey’s Anatomy also brought up the subject when Sandra Oh’s Cristina Yang had an abortion in season eight because she and her then-husband Owen (Kevin McKidd) did not agree to have children.

Ahead of You are the worstOf the third season, Falk noted that Lindsay’s journey will be about taking responsibility for herself and what she’s done. “It’s just going to be different than what you might think it should or could have been seen on TV,” he said. Told THR in August.

Donohue, meanwhile, called the script on You are the worst “progressive” and praised Falk and the writers of the series for portraying another side of abortion dialogue.

“A lot of people feel this pressure to integrate into a conventional family. All of Lindsay’s actions were driven by the status quo and the conventional: having a rich husband, a nice car, a nice house with a stockade. It was her idea of ​​family, ”Donohue says of Lindsay’s pre-abortion break. When Gretchen says to Lindsay, ‘I know being an adult is hard, but I support you,’ Gretchen encourages her to see it differently and to see it like, ‘Hey, I’m your family. “It’s powerful.

Abortion becomes the last serious topic that You are the worst explored. The show continues to explore clinical depression with Gretchen de Cash as well as PTSD with Borges Army veteran Edgar.

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