Where We Left Off On Season 1 Of Love

With the season 2 of Love debuting on Netflix Friday, March 10, it’s time we revisit the particulars of Gus and Mickey’s twisted friendship, which often reads as a handbook for what not to do in life.
It’s been more than a year since Judd Apatow’s Netflix comedy Love debuted on computer screens around the country. For 10 episodes, we saw two individuals try to get over their own individuality, and maybe force their way briefly into a relationship. By now, the ups and downs of Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey's (Gillian Anderson) tumultuous relationship has probably been reduced in fans' heads to a haze of magic shows, convenience stores, and an Australian roommate’s accent.
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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably blocked out some of the show’s more awkward moments (seriously, though, Mickey’s unabashed rudeness at that magic show still makes me cringe). But with the next season coming quickly, let’s reacquaint ourselves with their specific madnesses, quirks, and mistakes, shall we?
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Mickey resolves to get help.

Mickey’s questionable decision-making was on full display throughout season 1 of Love. It's only by the series finale, though, that Mickey admits she has a problem. In a breakthrough scene, Mickey bravely takes herself to a love-and-sex addicts meeting. Notably, Mickey doesn’t chime in during this meeting — though we know she’d have a lot to say. Instead, she listens to women accept their singledom after lifetimes of craving a romantic partner’s approval. To hear women embrace the thing she fears most is an important moment for Mickey. It cements that Gus can’t save Mickey from herself; no romantic partner can. It’s up to her to break the cycle of substance abuse and general horribleness.
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Bertie’s had it.

Up until the finale, Bertie weathers Mickey’s stormy moods with a steely, positive Australian outlook. But the rose-colored glasses can’t withstand the horror that is the Great Grandpa Search of 2016. Mickey’s cat, Grandpa, goes missing. It’s clearly Mickey’s fault, since she's the one who left the door open. But Mickey blames everyone — including Bertie — before finally admitting she was wrong.
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Gus gets fired.

After months orbiting around the “room where it happens,” Gus finally makes his way into the hallowed ground of the Wichita writers’ room. Where, of course, he proceeds to totally bomb. Meant to be seen and not heard, Gus insistently plows through with his ideas. When he finds out that he’s only getting “story by” credit for his episode, he goes nuts and proceeds to tear down the show’s writers and plot. Susan, who doesn’t have time for any of this melodramatic bogus, pulls him out of the writers' room and fires him.
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Arya saves the day.

It turns out that Arya, the bratty child star of the show Wichita, pulls more weight than the bratty aspiring writer, Gus. She’s outraged after Gus tells her that he’s been fired. Taking a stand for her tutor, Arya refuses to act out the script until he’s rehired.
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Heidi’s out of the picture.

Somehow, the twerpy Gus has two women determined to fit him into their lives. First, there was Mickey. And then, Heidi, one of the visiting actresses on the show Wichita, takes a liking to the Midwesterner with a hero complex. After learning that her character has been killed off, Heidi ends their little set romance in the first of two emotional explosions that occur on his wild workday.
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It all begins again?

Mickey spends the finale doing real psychic work to come to terms with herself. So, when she and Gus run into each other the same way they first met, we see how far that she’s come. But does Gus see a woman who’s ready to get help, or someone that he — the nice guy of Los Angeles — can save? Only time, and season 2, will tell.
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