Love: The Table Read
March 19, 2016 12:22 PM - Season 1, Episode 9 - Subscribe

Mickey becomes a stalker and sneaks onto the set of Witchita. Gus gets his spec script bought. An argument breaks out between the two.

Mickey seems to be getting obsessed with Gus, and gets some good advice from her friend Shaun which she ignores. She then gets Bertie to go on a studio tour so that she can talk to Gus more. It does not take long for Bertie to see through the deception.

Witchita writer Wyatt takes inspiration from Gus' spec script, which causes Gus' script to actually be purchased even though all they want is the seed of an idea.

Mickey succeeds in ambushing Gus twice, which blows up into an argument in front of all of Gus' co-workers. Gus seemingly ends the relationship for good.


* Gus did do that thing where people assume just because a woman is alternative/cool/edgy that sex somehow means less to her. Not that that obligates a relationship but maybe be actually nice.

* Mickey's definitely (obviously) acting like a stalker here as well though. The only time she seems to like the idea of Gus is when she's Facebook stalking imagining what the relationship could be.

* Bertie's love of romantic comedies is pretty endearing.
posted by john-a-dreams (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This was the episode where I decided I really liked Bertie, rather than just as the funny sidekick.
posted by Dip Flash at 12:43 PM on March 19, 2016

Bertie seems less like a character and more like a writer's device to say things about the main characters. So she aoften reads to me as trite and annoying.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:17 AM on March 20, 2016

I feel precisely the opposite about Bertie. She sometimes seems more real to me than the leads.

The Golden Age of Television has given us many terrific, thorny, conflicted characters, but I think it's also made us take people like Bertie (and Brian from Limitless) for granted. Being optimistic and kind in the face of ceaseless awfulness is not proof of stupidity, it's its own kind of strength and even bravery in some cases.

Honestly, I could watch an entire show of Bertie steadfastly remaining a kind and decent person in the face of LA cynicism.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:42 AM on March 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

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