Love Episodes 5 “The Date” and 6 “Andy” Review
By Joaquin Gonzalez
To be frank, “The Date” was this show’s worst episode yet. The outing in question, the result of
Mickey pushing Gus off on Birdie, could have been captured in three, maybe four scenes.
Instead, the whole affair drags on for almost twenty minutes of screen time, and it’s painful to
watch. It’s like the writers thought, “Hey, let’s throw two awkward people into a room for way
too long and hope for the best,” and it just doesn’t work. Whatever funny moments there are
get diluted by so much weak conversation that they don’t even make a dent.
Meanwhile, Mickey’s activities for the night include reorganizing her living room, texting Gus
and Birdie simultaneously, and smoking a cig with her neighbor. She’s not funny in this one
It takes an entire episode to get to one actual plot point: Mickey and Gus share a kiss at the
“Andy” is a little better, if only because Gus is still likable enough that seeing him be
uncharacteristically on top of the world is satisfying. The smooch in the previous episode gives
him the confidence to walk around the set of the show he works on like he’s the man: flirting
with a hot actress, successfully pitching her ideas on how to act and seeming like the “cool
tutor” with some of his older pupils (by the way, what happened to Aria?).
Mickey’s portion of the show is a bit of a random tangent with respect to the rest of the show.
The point is obvious: she finally meets a person (the eponymous Andy) who, although now
recovered, was once even more messed up than she is now, and lost everything because of it.
Andy is an interesting enough guy, but better writing would get the same point across in less
time. I must sound like a broken record by now, but if there’s been once recurring theme of the
show, that’s it. In any case, hopefully this is the push that Mickey needs to start treating herself
with respect and improving her life.