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Arnold's singing was amazing, and a high point of the episode, that entire scene was beautiful, after we got past Josh being a little bit too pushy with everyone.  I guess we won't actually see Arnold's parents on the show, but I'm excited to hear how his coming out goes.  It's funny that Claire actually stayed on skype with them all night.   It was kind of nice to see Mae actually treat Josh's dad a bit better, act more reasonable even though it's just because she admitted to doing something really horrible herself.  I hope their relationship can actually grow beyond the cycle of nagging, bickering, and complaining. 

 

I really was on Tom's side here, he obviously did put a lot of work into getting in shape since season 2, and I really hate to see people's diets/food intolerance's/preferences/eating disorders/allergies or whatever being disrespected.  This was kind of like last season where Josh went off on his date who just shared what a good reiki session he had.  Regardless of what you think, doesn't mean you have to judge and obnoxiously shove your opinion on it into someone else's face. 

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I feel bad for Josh, with his two needy parents, who call him for emotional support and basically reverse roles on him. It's really a wonder he's as functional as he is, and rather impressive that he handles everything with as much equanimity as he manages to do. It also explains quite well why he's able to deal with Arnold when Arnold is being high maintenance; Josh has lots of practice. He can probably people-wrangle in his sleep! And at the same time, he thoroughly understands that people really can love you and be lovable, even if they have a few areas of high-flaring stress.

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I enjoyed this episode much more than the season opener.  I am hoping Claire's return will help expand the plot lines for future episodes.  I've always enjoyed her character.  I wonder if she and Tom will navigate to one another again?  Even if I do not fully enjoy the plot, I am always amazed by the acting.  Josh's Dad was brilliant in this episode.  My favorite, hands down, is always Josh's Mom.  Debra Lawrance is beyond words with her portrayal of the complicated mother character.  I was agreeing with her profusely when she was talking about Arnold to Josh, and wondering why Josh likes being with him.  Her self-banter makes me squeal with delight.

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Josh, Tom and Arnold have a night to remember as they experiment with drugs, head to a nightclub, meet the intriguing Ella and end up spending a long and surprising night in hospital.

That's not water, but you'll definitely be springing.

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I think it is really strange that Pivot does not replay the episode at least once during the week for those that might miss the Friday night 10pm airing.  And this show is not available On Demand?  It seems as though Pivot really doesn't have much interest in promoting this series, which is a shame. 

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Hmm, thoughts anyone?  I enjoyed this episode, especially the bits about Tom trying to get them all to leave ... I am new to posting pics - I hope I get it right and you can see the pic below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pleaselikemeABC2/photos/a.685788458138828.1073741826.332602973457380/1044303492287321/?type=3&theater

 


Any thoughts/feelings on new character Ella?  If Claire comes back, what does that mean for a possible interest between Tom and Ella? 

 

I love Tom and Claire together, so if they do not reunite romantically, I hope the friendship can remain, and not throw off the whole group dynamic. 

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I like this show so much, but I don't know what to say after I watch it. I want to comment, because it stays with me and I adore it. But honestly, I just feel so emotional and verbally pretty silent after most of the episodes.

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I like this show so much, but I don't know what to say after I watch it. I want to comment, because it stays with me and I adore it. But honestly, I just feel so emotional and verbally pretty silent after most of the episodes.

 

 

I sooooo get that - and usually feel the same way.  I have a tendency to think my opinions on the episode will be so inferior to what I just witnessed - so perhaps it's best that I just keep my trap shut!!! 

 

I must say I am loving Claire is back; at least one of my wishes for this show has come true.  I wish she still wasn't the "alone" and "lonely" girl, but that probably aided the character's return from Germany, so I'll live with it!!

 

R.I.P. Adele - you were a beauty.

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I'm in the same boat. I'm thinking if we get another season (though I doubt it, because apparently it's not doing to well in the US or in Australia), we might need to have a single thread for the entire season.

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This was a great episode--I didn't like the last two because I have no interest in drugs or killing animals.  But this great, I loved when Josh was pointing out how absurd his mom's revenge plot was, and the ending with Clarezilla was just perfect. 

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the ending with Clarezilla was just perfect.

 

 

It was beautiful, and subtle: I didn't immediately get how apt it was that an episode about Claire getting an abortion should end with her "trampling" a city, and learning not to be sad or guilty about doing so. When John turned out to be a pacifist (hee!), and Tom turned to her and said, "Claire, you seem quite angry for some reason. You feel like crushing some civilization?" they could have over-written the scene and rained anvils on us (by having the line be something like, "you feel like TAKING SOME LIVES?!"). But, nope, Please Like Me is not cheap like that.

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I was undecided about Ella, but after this episode, when she accused John of having worms? DEAD TO ME.

 

(Also because she broke Harold's legs. Fucking brat.)

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I've never really warmed to Arnold that much, but he was adorable in the Southern Star "observation wheel".

 

I know it's because there are issues with product placement on the show's Australian network and with FCC censorship on its US network, but the generic terms like "the observation wheel" (instead of actually mentioning its name, like, you wouldn't do it with the London Eye) and "penis" (they're twenty-somethings in Australia, they'd say "dick" or "cock" or something similarly vulgar) kind of take me out of the show whenever they turn up, and I wish I could get over it. :(

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I didn't care for the season finale very much.   Personally, I wouldn't sit through a christmas dinner with people who's version of holiday cheer was to neglect their child, leaving her alone to cry herself to sleep in the other room.  Leaving babies to 'cry it out' damages them, it doesn't make them more resilient.  I don't blame Arnold for leaving, and I wouldn't blame Tom's girlfriend if she took off either.  They really don't respect each other's boundaries, insisting on bringing up uncomfortable, relationship-destroying subjects over and over again. I really like and relate to Arnold, and I've enjoyed his story arc, but if he's not going to be Josh's love interest anymore next season, I could live with that. 

 

This season had some great episodes but was not my favorite, as it seems to veer away from storylines into 'special interest' episodes.  I think the Claire character has really devolved from season 1 and I'm not sure who exactly she is anymore.   Ella just seems to be Neihm 2.0. 

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Returns for a six-episode season four in Australia tomorrow night; since Pivot's gone belly-up who knows when it'll air in the US. Episode 1's title? Babaganoush.

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I'm with you guys. Did not see a lot of the stuff coming in the last 2 episodes. Wow, just wow. Seemed rather final to me. 

And for those who don't know, season 4  is on Hulu. 

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On 8/25/2014 at 11:33 PM, resonance said:

 

I love how the relationships in this series are so real. They are probably the most true to life of any television series that I've ever seen, heterosexual and homosexual. 

 

Here's me in 2019 with my comment. Ha! Welp, better late than never. I am so happy I found this show. I needed this show!

There is no way to sum up how much I love and appreciate Josh and the gang, but besides being entertained, this show was an education for me in coping with mental illness in a kind and capable way. Josh was able to care for his loved ones with his whole heart and yet didn't let their emotional crises drain or drown him. I am so proud of him and I hope to feel a little lighter about dealing with my parents' dementia and my husband's anxiety.

My top two favourite scenes were:

1. The gang singing "Someone Like You" to Adele, the stewed chicken (although I couldn't watch the actual killing).

2. Arnold and Josh's dad role-playing Arnold coming out to his father.

I also so thoroughly enjoyed Josh's joy any time he was interacting with or babysitting his baby sister. I also loved the opening theme song every episode.

Although I loved everybody who was a part of this series, it is Hannah who will really stick with me. The very first time I saw her hammering her ankle bone I swear I almost threw up. I still tear up thinking about her self-hatred and the damage she felt she had to inflict on herself. She was so funny through her pain and I love her personality and her style. Hannah feels so familiar to me and I know I will really miss her. I wish I could keep her in my life/on my tv. I know Hannah Gadsby does stand up and I have watched "Nanette" as well as clips on youtube. It isn't exactly the same, but close!

Amazing that a show could be this funny and light of heart while it addressed such sad, difficult, and real emotional issues/situations. They handled it so well.

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