Shrinking: Imposter Syndrome
February 24, 2023 6:22 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Brian's going to throw an engagement party. Sean's getting into his issues. Paul told his daughter, she's on a campaign, he's gonna try one of those gummies. AV Club review.

Awkwardness ensues at the party regarding people's singleness and lack of jobs, especially when people call Jimmy and Tia the "perfect couple" and Jimmy has flashbacks to Tia being distinctly unthrilled with him back when she was alive. They were fighting constantly by the time she died.

"Yeah, well, my brain is an asshole." "Your brain is a whole boardroom full of assholes." Hey, isn't literally EVERYONE'S brain an asshole? Just saying.

What's the female equivalent of "can't get it up?" Well, juiced has been stolen by steroids. Guac the taco? Grease the peach?
"Now my sex window is between 3 and 3:20 p.m. and Derek needs to have not annoyed me that day." "Does not happen often."

"Worst case scenario, you get a little high and you buy another one of those hats."

"Don't raw dog me again, all right?" "What does he think that MEANS?" (Paul thinks it's talking to someone who doesn't want to talk to you.)

"Why, you little monogamous slut!"

Alice, how was your summer? "Well, my mom suddenly died, so I spent it scream-crying."

(some friend of Jimmy's shows up with a suspiciously young hot girlfriend....um, that hooker from the first episode)
"How did you guys make this...meaningful soul connection?"
"Funny story. We met in church."

"Not a duet."

Jimmy suddenly barfs as he plays piano during the buildup to Brian's proposal. That said, Charlie still says yes.

Paul's drugged-up marriage advice: "Stay open, stay open. If you keep your defenses up, you're fucked."

Alice tries to make a move on Sean, he flees. Good for Sean.

So a few weeks ago I had a dream about trying some really good CBD gummies. As a person who has zero interest in pot stuff, this was a good enough dream to actually make me wake up and look up gummies. Then I remembered all the bad trip edible stories I've heard and was all "never mind on this one." This episode? Same.

OH DAMN JIMMY AND GABY STARTED MAKING OUT.
posted by jenfullmoon (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
This show is fantastic and I think this is my favorite episode yet.

Alice tries to make a move on Sean, he flees. Good for Sean.

No kidding. I hoped that's what would happen since they've been leading up to it. I hope that storyline is addressed but not dragged out. It's interesting and I really get it from Alice's side but I was so glad when Sean turned out to be as decent as he's seemed so far. He handled that really well.

The proposal stuff was so sweet and funny and weird and perfect.

"Bernadette Peters sent an obvious form email that she probably sends to all the gay guys who invite her to parties" was a great line well delivered.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 1:48 PM on February 24 [4 favorites]


Really enjoying this show and this was a great episode. You could see where everything was going but they nailed the execution and stuck the landing!
posted by TwoWordReview at 8:40 PM on February 24 [1 favorite]


Also loved Paul’s “Kinda Donkey Dickish” response!
posted by TwoWordReview at 8:41 PM on February 24


Oh God, Jason Segal screwing up the piano accompaniment and drunkenly barging into the vocals was very funny.

The THC gummies bit was great, because I've heard people with serious illness/chronic pain complain that people will volunteer dubious solutions. Of course Liz is someone who would do that -- but she's the best version of that person, in that she gave a fun drug to him instead of just offering dubious advice.
posted by grandiloquiet at 8:52 PM on February 27 [1 favorite]


I loved when Alice intervened with Sean by asking Derek to tell her about the 70s.
posted by kat518 at 10:50 AM on March 5 [1 favorite]


The THC gummies bit was great, because I've heard people with serious illness/chronic pain complain that people will volunteer dubious solutions. Of course Liz is someone who would do that -- but she's the best version of that person, in that she gave a fun drug to him instead of just offering dubious advice.

And she didn't just say "Hey, my yoga teacher's cousin's aunt says weed gummies helped her." She goes and gets some, and I can guarantee you that she did research on which ones to get him.

OH DAMN JIMMY AND GABY STARTED MAKING OUT.

When I say I GASPED...
posted by Etrigan at 11:04 AM on March 28


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