We’re celebrating Halloween every day in October by looking back on our favorite Halloween episodes. Today’s episode is “Spooky Sunday Funday” from You’re the Worst.
Directed by: Wendey Stanzler
Written by: Stephen Falk
Episode Number: Season 2, Episode 8
Where to Watch It: Hulu
Why It’s Awesome
Gretchen Cutler has depression and in a misguided attempt to make her feel better, Jimmy Shive-Overly plans a day tailored to her weird interests. She has fun, but is upset when she finds out that he only planned the whole thing in an attempt to fix her. He doesn’t understand why she’s upset and walks off. She decides he’ll never stop unless he thinks she’s already fixed, so she tells him that his plan worked and she’s totally over her fun.
Edgar Quintero and Dorothy Durwood provide a counterpoint to Jimmy and Gretchen’s storyline. Edgar is honest with her about his issues, she listens to him and they grow closer.
In the most cathartic plotline of the episode, Lindsay Jillian finally gets the power in her house back. Just when she’s feeling completely helpless and down on herself, a haunted house employee takes the time to talk her through it and remind her of the importance of breaking overwhelming tasks down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Lindsay’s arrival back at her house demonstrates the kind of small half-victory that makes You’re the Worst so resonant. Her house has been egged and TP’d and every single thing in the house is on, including the oven and the smoke alarm, but at least she finally figured out how to get her power back.
Why It’s Full of Halloween Spirit
This may be a sitcom, but if you’re looking for disturbing Halloween episodes, look no further. They really do not hold back with the sequence where the gang goes to a haunted house. This episode is more legitimately scary and creepy than most episodes of horror shows.
Paul Jillian as Stephen Hawking
Jimmy Shive-Overly Pete Stick from Buckle Your Shoes (a made up show that only exists within the world of You’re the Worst)
Gretchen Cutler as Daenerys Targaryen
Edgar Quintero as The Situation
Lindsay Jillian as a sailor
Dorothy Durwood as Steven Spielberg
Nina as a hippie