Okay, there’s just no way around this. I’m truly devastated that HBO has chosen not to renew this wonderful, magical show for another season. Here’s what the creators had to say, which is very sweet, but jeeze, this is really bad and sad news. Don’t make me rant about the far too early death of Enlightened! Or start listing off some other shows out there — some even on HBO — with renewals because that is mean and we should be appreciating the wonder and happiness that is Togetherness in the time we have left. (Heavy sigh.)
We begin with Brett, shirtless in the mirror, practicing asking Natalie (cute Uber girl from last week) if she wants to see him again. Hey, do dudes really do this? I sure hope so. Alex comes home and catches Brett in the full Duplass if you know what I mean, and I think you do. Thanks, show!
Brett, wrapped in a weird, surely Dune-related piece of cloth, tells Alex about what’s been happening: how he had this incredible evening with this amazing girl, and it was light and fun, and new body parts, and etc. Alex is a good listener, and his hound-dog eyes look simultaneously sad and a bit concerned as Brett talks about his great night. But, like, of course you had a great night, Brett! What’s better than the tantalizing promise of a new person? They are essentially empty vessels you can pour all your romantic fantasies into, because, let’s face it, we’re all really wonderful and on our best, most charming behavior during the beginnings of things, right? It’s why everyone has a great time on vacation. Real life and screaming children and cheating wives and hurt feelings and trash to take out is all hard and wearying. But a magical and unexpected night with your super cute and — for now — uncomplicated Uber customer? Much less so.
On a couch elsewhere in Los Angeles, Tina and Michelle are also talking about Brett and what to do about Brett and where she can go to stash all of her hurt and guilty feelings. Tina sees things a bit clearly, noting that Brett has a pretty great deal at the moment, considering he’s only parenting half time and the rest of the time he’s bunking with his best friend and playing with puppets. Tina has also discovered something most women are all too aware of: That after the age of 35, you cross over into “geriatric” territory when it comes to pregnancy. And yeah, it would be great if they could come up with a different term. Either way, Tina does an impression of her wizened and dried up ovaries and Michelle wisely advises her not to do that. Tina has come to an important moment: She’s ready to find someone who is kind to her and wants to have kids and have a nice life. On cue, she scrolls on a not-so-awesome looking dude on Tinder. “It’s enough to make me jump off a bridge,” she says. Uh, sing it, sister.
Michelle gets a call — there’s a meeting for the charter school at a restaurant called Bon Vivant. Is there really a restaurant called Bon Vivant in LA? That’s amazing. (Answer, YES.) Michelle, quite rightly, is a bit confused about how a meeting for her organization can be called without her and she rushes to attend and Tina goes with her. Anna is holding court, thanking everyone for coming. (I forgot to mention that Anna is played to perfection by Katie Aselton.) When Michelle asks Anna what the hell is going on, Anna goes for defense as offensive, like, oh-hey-girl-where-have-you been?
Michelle is thrown. Tina, watching from a distance narrows her eyes as Anna grabs Michelle’s face and coos about how soft her skin is. “That’s your new friend? Sure don’t like her.” Not for nothing, this is exactly the time you want Tina as your older sister. Watch out, Anna.
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Alex is chattering away to Brett about how they need some help with all the Dune-ness of it all and about how he thinks he’s found that guy. He launches into a thing about how people can change and Brett is all WTF, dude? And then he sees Dudley waiting for them at the table and loses his mind. Alex is all, hey, he’s in AA now and he’s a huge Dune fan! God, I love Dudley and his great glasses.
Tina is internet dating! Hey HBO, not for nothing: This on its own is a series that I’d enjoy watching. She’s all dressed up and scanning the room for her dude who has a black and white picture of just his side profile. There’s a guy waving at her who doesn’t look like this photo. Tina can’t believe this is the right guy, and the dude is all like, “Yeah, it’s me.” She sits down, hesitantly. He’s says, Yeah, I know I look a little different. And then they immediately start fighting about truth and online dating — which Tina would know if she did this more often — are not mutually exclusive. (Someone unmarried must have written this episode because I think they nailed it.)
Her date admits his photo is a little bit misleading. She’s pretty hostile about it, and he’s pretty hostile about her being hostile, and she finally is like, I’m out. He’s like, listen you seem like you are new to all this, let me give you some advice: “It’s f—ing brutal out here. Everyone is miserable, everyone is terrified, everyone is a little bit photoshopped.” Sing, it, random dude! She’s taken aback as she’s the kind of woman who is unused to men less attractive than her talking to her in such a way. She says as much: “You’re not good looking enough to be this much of a dick.” And oh, Tina, you really haven’t been out there! Which is why his response is a real gut punch: “And you’re not hot enough, anymore, to be this much of a bitch.” Yeow, yeow,yeow. Seriously though, what’s worse than dating?
NEXT: Dune means we’re going to need more sand and, I’m sorry to say, sandworms