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‘You’ Season 2 Review: A Dangerously Compelling Fish-Out-of-Water Story

There is just something about “You” that makes it hard to look away, even as it forces viewers to really feel uncomfortable for thinking about “rooting for” the series’ handsome-but-deadly protagonist. “You” star Penn Badgley tried to do as much on social media during the show’s first season on Lifetime, reminding fans to mixed results that his obsessive, controlling, and violent character was, in fact, all of the above and not a handsome charmer who deserves to be a love interest.

“You” is now a Netflix original in its second season, and it makes those aforementioned facts even harder to digest as Badgley’s Joe Goldberg falls deeper into his denial that he is a bad guy and the villain of his own story. As much as Joe paints himself as a good guy who’s not a murderer (despite the number of murders he’s done), “You” never pretends to be on his side. At least, not in that sense. In fact, it’s in those moments of self-defense where the mirror focused on Joe is at its largest, even though he refuses to look into it. Season 2 forces Joe to really look at himself and places himself in a metaphorical room of endless mirrors.



While many “You” fans are wondering how the shift from Lifetime to Netflix might change the series, no one has any reason to worry as the streaming giant doubles down on the show’s addictive tone and doesn’t attempt to fix what ain’t broken. The most notable change from the movie to Netflix is that “You” can now drop f-bombs. The more drastic change is the show’s setting, which moves from New York to Los Angeles.

As “You” Season 2 begins, Joe has moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to get away from his very-much-alive ex-girlfriend, Candace (Ambyr Childers). So now Joe Goldberg — going by the name “Will Bettelheim” in his attempt to lay low — has to navigate being a fish out of water. It’s far less wacky than it sounds, but “You’s” sly sense of humor continues to make the series pretty funny. Los Angeles means there’s too much sun, there’s too much movie talk, and there’s too much green juice for Joe’s liking. It’s all torture for a snobbish New Yorker like Joe, even though he’s quoting Nora Ephron movies and drawing Wes Anderson comparisons in his inner monologue.

At the center of this season and its new locale is the appropriately-named Love (Victoria Pedretti), a chef who catches Joe’s eye at a time when he claims to want to do anything but fall into the same patterns as his life in New York. Fall into the same patterns he does, albeit reluctantly. With the blueprint for Joe set in Season 1, the audience comes into Season 2 knowing that it has to now worry about Love and everyone in her orbit. The key for the season is to subvert those established expectations — even if Joe doesn’t subvert them on his end — without betraying what made the show work in the first place. Since we’ve seen Joe’s greatest hits in the first season, the second season has to be able to play around and poke fun at them even more than they originally did. Season 2 succeeds here largely because of Love’s characterization.

While both Season 1 love interest Beck and Love are clearly archetypes for Joe to latch on to, the difference is that Beck was written in an intentionally blank way. Love is such a fully-developed and straightforward character that there’s no mistaking who she is and what she wants. Unlike Beck, Love isn’t searching for and questioning what she wants. Love is upfront about her baggage, and despite Joe’s instincts, she doesn’t “need” to be “saved” by anyone. As observant as Joe is, he’s often genuinely surprised by Love because she isn’t so easy to predict. The same goes for her circle of friends, too. This new dynamic throws Joe’s confidence into crisis mode and allows Season 2 to dismantle Joe in ways Season 1 did not.

The direction “You” goes with Love and her relationship with Joe proves that showrunner Sera Gamble knows exactly what she’s doing. The more the audience likes Joe — and likes Joe with Love — the more “You” makes sure to tip the scales with all of the terrible things he does, whether it’s kidnapping, murdering (the body count keeps getting higher this season), or gaslighting. That last one is especially highlighted when it comes to the Joe-Candace situation as he continues to cling to the falsehood that he’s not the bad guy here and she is. The Candance storyline is where “You” makes it clear just how terrifying Joe actually is. Badgley deserves praise for the way he’s able to play the many facets of Joe’s deranged-yet-charming personality, but Childers more that rises to the challenge of playing a cool spurned ex who is clearly traumatized by Joe and his wolf in sheep’s clothing act.

One of the smartest things “You” Season 1 ever did was intentionally not diagnose Joe, even when there was an opportunity to do so with Dr. Nicky (John Stamos). To pin a specific mental illness on Joe would open up a can of psychological worms, as well as box the character into someone who could be fixed. Season 2 goes deeper into Joe’s history — before he entered the foster system and ended up with the abusive Mr. Mooney — digging into the root of his savior complex and mommy issues. While “You” succeeds in presenting these flashbacks without having them serve as an excuse for his behavior, they’re also the most extraneous part of Season 2. Any viewer could’ve filled in the blanks about Joe’s issues with women stemming from his relationship with his mother without actually seeing any of history unfold. The flashbacks are the biggest misstep of the new season.

Outside of its two romantic leads, “You” Season 2 also succeeds with its supporting characters, Ellie (Jenna Ortega) and Love’s filmmaker/addict brother Forty (James Scully). Both of these characters are able to grow and reveal depth that is unexpected. “You” presents a complex and difficult teenage character in Ellie, one that’s self-aware without being an unrealistic portrayal, and the show offers an interesting dynamic in Love and Forty’s co-dependant relationship. Sadly, no member of Love’s friend group reaches the entertaining highs of Shay Mitchell’s Peach Salinger in Season 1, but these new Season 2 characters are more of a means to challenging what Joe thinks he knows and prove more essential to Joe’s journey.

“You” Season 2 proves Season 1 wasn’t lightning in a bottle, though it’s questionable if Sera Gamble and company should attempt to press their luck with a Season 3. That’s something Joe would do, which might just answer the question of if it should happen. But it will also come down to how the audience reacts to the way this season ends. Based on the nine episodes that come before the Season 2 conclusion makes sense and could even bring the series to a whole other level — especially when it comes to sympathy for the devil — should it continue on. But should it?

Grade: A-

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You (season 2)

Season of television series

The second season of the American psychological thriller television series You was ordered by Lifetime on July 26, 2018. On December 3, 2018, it was announced that the network had passed on the second season and that the series would move to Netflix as a Netflix Original series.[1]Penn Badgley and Ambyr Childers reprised their roles while new cast members included Victoria Pedretti, James Scully, Jenna Ortega, and Carmela Zumbado. The 10-episode second season is loosely based on the novel Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes[2][3] and was entirely released on Netflix on December 26, 2019.


In the second season, Joe Goldberg moves from New York to Los Angeles to escape his past, and starts over with a new identity. He meets a series of people, including his neighbors Delilah and Ellie Alves, and Forty Quinn. When he meets avid chef Love Quinn, sister of Forty, Joe begins falling into his old patterns of obsession and violence. As Joe attempts to forge a new love, he strives to make his relationship with Love succeed at all costs, to avoid the fate of his past romantic endeavors.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a serial killer and bookstore clerk at Anavrin, now using the pseudonym Will Bettelheim for a new identity
  • Victoria Pedretti as Love Quinn, an aspiring chef and health guru in Los Angeles
  • Jenna Ortega as Ellie Alves, Joe's savvy 15-year-old neighbor
  • James Scully as Forty Quinn, Love's troubled twin brother
  • Ambyr Childers as Candace Stone, Joe's ex-girlfriend and a fledgling musician posing as an indie film producer
  • Carmela Zumbado as Delilah Alves, an investigative reporter and Ellie's older sister


  • Adwin Brown as Calvin, a manager at Anavrin, a trendy high-end grocery store
  • Robin Lord Taylor as Will Bettelheim, a hacker whose identity Joe briefly assumes
  • Marielle Scott as Lucy Sprecher, an edgy-chic literary agent and Sunrise's partner
  • Chris D'Elia as Joshua "Henderson" Bunter, a famous stand-up comedian in Los Angeles
  • Charlie Barnett as Gabe Miranda, a successful acupuncturist and Love's oldest friend and closest confidant
  • Melanie Field as Sunrise Darshan Cummings, Lucy's partner and a stay-at-home lifestyle blogger
  • Aidan Wallace as Little Joe Goldberg
  • Magda Apanowicz as Sandy Goldberg, Joe's mother
  • Danny Vasquez as David Fincher, a LAPD officer
  • Saffron Burrows as Dottie Quinn, Love and Forty's mother


  • Elizabeth Lail as Guinevere Beck, Joe's deceased ex-girlfriend and former obsessive interest
  • Steven W. Bailey as Jasper Krenn, a criminal to whom Will owes money
  • Kathy Griffin as Mary, comedienne friend of Henderson
  • Michael Reilly Burke as Ray Quinn, Love and Forty's father
  • John Stamos as Dr. Nicky, Joe's ex-therapist whom he framed for Beck's murder in the previous season
  • David Paladino as Alec Grigoryan, a private investigator hired by Love to investigate Candace
  • Haven Everly as Gigi, Will's fiancée
  • Andrew Creer as Milo Warrington, James' best friend and Love's new boyfriend after her breakup with Joe
  • Daniel Durant as James Kennedy, Love's deaf and deceased husband who died of cancer
  • Madeline Zima as Rachel, Candace/Amy's roommate who knows Krav Maga
  • Brooke Johnson as Sofia, Forty's au pair lover




You was renewed for a second season in July 2018, by Lifetime.[4] In November 2018, Gamble confirmed that like Hidden Bodies, the sequel novel to You, the setting of the series would move to Los Angeles for the second season.[5][6] On December 3, 2018, it was confirmed that Lifetime had passed on the series and that Netflix picked up the series ahead of the release of the second season.[7]


On January 30, 2019, it was announced that Victoria Pedretti had been cast in the main role of Love Quinn on the second season.[8][9] On January 31, 2019, James Scully was cast in a main role as Forty Quinn, Love's brother and Jenna Ortega was also cast in a main role as Ellie Alves.[10][11]

On February 1, 2019, Deadline Hollywood reported that Ambyr Childers had been promoted to a series regular role, ahead of the premiere of the second season. On February 6, 2019, Adwin Brown was cast in the recurring role of Calvin on the second season.[13] On February 15, 2019, Robin Lord Taylor was cast in the recurring role of Will on the second season.[14] On February 21, 2019, Carmela Zumbado was cast in the series regular role of Delilah Alves on the second season.[15] On March 4, 2019, Marielle Scott had been cast in the recurring role of Lucy on the second season.[16] On March 5, 2019, Chris D’Elia was cast in the recurring role of Henderson on the second season.[17] On March 26, 2019, Charlie Barnett was cast in the recurring role of Gabe on the second season.[18] On April 4, 2019, Melanie Field and Magda Apanowicz were cast in recurring roles as Sunrise and Sandy, respectively.[19] On June 4, 2019, Danny Vasquez had been cast in a recurring role.[20] On June 24, 2019, it was confirmed that John Stamos would reprise his role as Dr. Nicky in the second season.[21] On October 17, 2019, Elizabeth Lail confirmed in a BUILD Series interview that she would reprise her role as Guinevere Beck in a guest appearance on the second season.[22][23]


Filming for the second season took place on location in Los Angeles, California from February 2019 to June 2019.[24][25][26]


The second season received positive reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds a 87% approval rating with an average rating of 8.01/10 based on 45 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Penn Badgley's perversely endearing serial stalker keeps looking for love in all the wrong places during a second season that maintains the subversive tension while adding some welcome variations on the series' formula."[27] On Metacritic, the second season has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28]

Alicia Lutes of IGN gave the second season, a 8.7/10, stating that "You goes the distance in its second season, giving us plenty of reasons to hang around Joe Goldberg’s toxic Nice Guy Serial Killer Shack a little longer" and adds that the "show's twists and turns take us places both expected and unexpected, putting a larger focus on the internal struggle of Joe's obsessive personality."[29] Robyn Bahr from The Hollywood Reporter mentioned in a glowing review of the second season, that "You remains as captivating as ever. Any other show would beg you to love its protagonist while revealing their childhood trauma. This one reminds you to keep your empathy under lock and key."[30] Sonia Saraiya from Vanity Fair recommended the second season in her review by highlighting that "You is committed to keeping the audience guessing, and as with the first season, much of the story is a chain of wild twists". Commending the show writers' approach in the second season, she adds that "You exhibits no sophomore slump".[31]

Tilly Pearce from Metro praised the second season, stating that it is "You Season 2 is more than enough to quench your thirst for twisted-in-a-sexy-way killers and keep you hooked for a serious binge session. The show doesn’t exactly change the wheel when it comes to the format, but ultimately there’s enough changes that you can get over it quickly. Penn Badgley is perfect in this role, as is Victoria Pedretti, and we can’t wait to see what season three (assuming it happens) brings."[32]

Joshua Rivera of The Verge gave the second season a positive recommendation, writing that "At first, it seems like You is simply repeating itself, playing the same beats with a different woman in Joe’s sights..." but adds that due to "a combination of Badgley’s performance and the incredible savvy of every member of the crew that points a camera or light at him, you frequently suffer whiplash for liking him, as he goes from charming book nerd to sardonic lead to super creep in the same shot."[33] Clémence Michallon of The Independent gave the second season a very positive review, writing: "What follows is a dark psychological thriller that manages to be in every way as enthralling as its predecessor – a rare feat in a world where too many TV shows fail to quit while they’re ahead." He said further, "Rivetingly told and well acted, YOU manages to make a viscerally unlikable protagonist endlessly interesting. That is no small achievement."[34]

In a positive review of the second season, Angelica Jade Bastién from Vulture wrote that, "You proves itself to be a momentous, darkly spun treat this season that doles out blissful fun while providing fascinating commentary about the nature of desire, and it continues to be a great showcase for Badgley’s wiry menace."[35] Kimberly Ricci from Uproxx complimented the second season in her review, adding that it "begins as twisted comfort food for fans, but by midseason, it becomes clear that this is a whole new stalker ballgame." She concluded with a positive recommendation, noting that "the season finale dangles a promise of even more madness to come."[36] LaToya Ferguson from IndieWire gave the series an "A-" grade, praising the second season for its "sly sense of humor" which she further adds "continues to make the series pretty funny". She ends her review in a recommendation, highlighting that the second season "proves Season 1 wasn’t lightning in a bottle".[37]



On December 5, 2019, a teaser trailer for the second season was released by Netflix.[38] On December 16, 2019, the official trailer for the second season was released.[39] The second season was released on December 26, 2019.[40]


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This post contains major spoilers for season 2 of You.

But what does it mean that we love to watch a person whose favorite pastime is watching other people and manipulating them into falling in love with him?  I believe the intrigue lies in hearing Joe’s inner-monologue, and observing how vastly different it is from our own. He’s able to justify his awful behavior to himself, thanks to his different — and wrong — moral system. Joe is a horror movie villain who thinks he’s a Tom Hanks rom com hero. 

Though Joe likens himself to every romantic comedy hero ever (the bookstore manager is more Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail than Hanks, but you get the point) his idea of grand romance is obsessing over the object of his affection (always a young, beautiful, and talented young woman), often to the point of violence. In season 1, that young, beautiful, and talented young woman was  graduate student and aspiring writer Beck (Elizabeth Lail), who met a tragic end.

Using Beck’s social media as a blueprint of her interests, Joe molded himself into her “perfect guy” — and then erased any “toxic” people from her life by literally killing them. When Beck finally caught on to Joe’s psycho stalker tendencies, he attempted to “fix” their relationship problems by locking her in a glass cage. When that didn’t go over so well, Joe killed Beck and blamed it on John Stamos — err, Dr. Nicky, the therapist she was seeing behind Joe’s back. 

Joe got away with murder — or did he? At the very end of season 1, Candace (Ambyr Childers) — the ex-girlfriend whom Joe just assumed he killed, because  he didn’t stick around long enough to check a pulse — has some unfinished business  with Joe. She knows he killed Beck — and she’s been biding her time by stalking him (meta) until she can find out how best to use that information against him. 

To get away from Candace, Joe goes to the one e place no one would think to find him: Los Angeles, a city he hates. It’s only a matter of time, however, before he finds a girl he “loves.” Will You season 2 repeat the same cycle as the first season, and if so, how will the series keep itself as fresh as the avocados of the west coast? 

L.A. girls are different, butJoe is exactly the same. Binge along with me to find out. 

Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

A redheaded woman lies on the floor, a puddle of blood around her head. Welp, guess that’s it for antagonist Candace — except, wait! The camera pulls out, revealing that Joe is actually on a film set. The redhead is fine. It’s just Hollywood, baby! 

Actually, it’s Los Feliz — I know because that’s my Indian restaurant in the background, the show was filmed in my actual L.A. neighborhood — and either way, Joe is not charmed by these showbiz shenanigans in the slightest. 

“When you’re running from someone who thinks they know you, the best place to escape is a city they think you hate,” Joe explains. Candace drove Joe all the way out west. How convenient would it be if he happened to run into Ingrid?! 

Joe’s new life involves the name Will Bettelheim and an apartment he rents from a building manager named Delilah (Carmela Zumbado) who also moonlights as a celebrity reporter. Delilah hates that Joe hates social media, and also isn’t fond of her precocious 14-year-old sister Ellie (Jenna Ortega) talking Joe up. Clearly, Delilah’s seen her fair share of creeps, because she pinpoints Joe as one immediately. 

Joe likens Ellie to Paco (Luca Padovan) the young boy he “protected” back in New York by killing his stepfather. Joe assumes that he may have to protect Ellie too — or would, if he wasn’t “detoxing” from his old life. That means no girlfriend, no scrappy neighbor that needs saving, no drama. He will be a quiet man living a quiet existence. Ha!

This existence involves a job at fancy grocery store Anavrin. (That’s “nirvana” spelled backwards.) Is it Erwhon? Is it Lassens? Their gluten-free cookie dough (I eat gluten all the time, but it’s different!) and kelp noodle salads have taken entirely too much money from me, because unlike Joe, I am apparently a sheep.

“Come for the spring mix and stay for the perfect life that could be yours if you spend enough and quit gluten, you fucking asshole,” Joe narrates. Honestly dude, just @ me. 

Despite Joe’s negativity, a job at Anavrin is a coveted one, as “all the casting directors shop here.” Manager Calvin (Adwin Brown) gives him the job after Joe pulls out Crime and Punishment. Turns out that Calvin ordered too many Russian novels for the small bookshop within Anavrin and Joe is the only one who can make them sound like something other people want to read. Joe — err, Will — gets the gig. 

As he’s heading out, though, Joe sees his ultimate drug of choice: A pretty lady. Her name is Love (Victoria Pedretti) and she looks practically angelic squeezing an heirloom tomato. Joe reminds himself that he’s not doing this anymore, and by “this,” he means fantasizing and obsessing over a woman he does not yet know. 

Of course, it takes all but five seconds for Joe to go over to Love and offer his opinion on what fruits and vegetables look like butts. Love is, at least seemingly, flirting

“Bell peppers can look extremely vaginal depending on how you cut them,” is something you can only say to a stranger if you’re pretty sure they’re flirting back with you.

Joe and Love part ways, but good news: She’s his new co-worker! If Beck’s way into Joe’s heart was with the written word, Love’s is via food. She’s a pastry chef and despite Joe’s “blah blah blah gluten” spiel, her desserts look very good. (That’s not a metaphor, they really do.) 

If his interaction with Love went swimmingly, his first meeting of fellow co-worker Forty (James Scully) didn’t. Friends, I’d love to say that Forty is a compilation of many a Los Angeles stereotype — with his ultra-clean athleisure wear, green juice, and smug condescension — but I’m pretty sure I’ve met this exact human before. Forty’s parents own Anavrin, so he thinks he owns everyone there. Love tells Joe not to worry because he doesn’t actually fire anyone — well, almost ever, anyway. 

Things may be going well for Joe, but he’s still paranoid about Candace. In flashback, we learn that Candace essentially threatened to “fucking destroy” Joe’s world, not by taking him to the police and turning him in, but by...well, we don’t know yet. As vague as the threat was, it was enough for Joe to smash his phone on the ground, jump in a cab, and head to LAX without a dream or cardigan. 

Candace makes Joe über paranoid: He accidentally destroys Ellie’s phone after he’s convinced she’s filming him on purpose. Later, when he discovers that Love has no public social media presence, he returns to Ellie, new iPhone in hand, to ask for her help. He wants to craft a new social media persona, one to impress Love. 

Love seems more and more perfect to Joe. He finds her screaming at a worker at the DMV who won’t help a woman who speaks Arabic. Later, when Joe gets vicious sunburn, she arrives at his apartment with an apple cider vinegar treatment. Unlike Beck, Love is pursuing Joe immediately. He’s pushing her away because he knows the danger a relationship with her would put him in. 

And yet...he’s not pushing that hard. He lets Love take him on a wild food adventure through Los Angeles, in search of his “perfect bite.” It’s here they finally go to my Indian place, where Joe declares he could “bathe in that sauce.” Though she makes him try tacos and dim sum and all the favorites of Angelenos, ultimately it’s Love’s home cooked roasted chicken — made with sensual love at Anavrin’s kitchen — that is Joe’s perfect bite. 

If Joe wasn’t a stalker, it’d be damn cute, so just as a reminder: he killed his last girlfriend! 

In the middle of their roasted chicken dinner at Anavrin, Love tells Joe the truth: She’s married, or rather, was. Her husband died, less than three years after they tied the knot in the community garden she and Joe passed by during their foodie adventure hour. 

Love says most people don’t understand, as hardly anyone gets married at her age, let alone is widowed. She, however, thinks Joe probably does understand: Ever since she lost her husband, she’s been able to detect those who have gone through her brand of loss. If Love is referring to the death of Beck, boy, does this gift only give her half the story. 

Still, it’s a sweet enough way to end the episode...which means this episode of You isn’t yet over. Joe heads back to his apartment where Ellie tells him that a man named Jasper is looking for him — he has something he needs to “give back.” Joe plays it cool but is clearly distressed. 

He heads to his storage locker, where, surprise, Joe has rebuilt his glass cage!!!! Inside is the real Will Bettelheim (Robin Lord Taylor) the one Jasper was really looking for. 

Oh oh oh, and everything that Joe said about detoxing from love earlier this episode was complete and total bullshit. Joe, you’re a messy, messy dude. 

As revealed via flashbacks, Joe did set his sights on Love, far earlier than that initial meeting in the grocery store. It was seeing her, while walking down the street through that film set, that encouraged him to manipulate Calvin into giving him a job in the book department. (He saw Calvin had trouble pushing Russian literature, because again, Joe is a stalker.) His second floor apartment? Joe chose it because he has a telescope that can look directly into Love’s home. 

Joe is back, baby. And he’s as much a creep as ever!

In case you were wondering how Joe made his fake life as real as possible, it was surprisingly genius.

Joe headed west as Joe, but realized quickly that in order to evade Candace, he would have to find a new identity — one that was untraceable. Enter the real Will, a man whose shady Craigslist ad promises people a chance to escape from who they once were via faked Google search results, a fraudulent passport that looks like the real deal, the whole shebang. Will has achieved this for himself because he’s a conspiracy theorist (with a serious mental health condition) who is afraid of everything from chem trails to GMO foods. Instead of paying Will to erase Joe’s identity...Joe steals Will’s, and throws him in his brand-new glass cage. 

As for Jasper, Will spent his money without giving him his documents for disappearing. Now, Joe has to pay Jasper $3,000 in order to make him go away and not blow up his lovely new life with Love. (Pending their soon-to-launch relationship, of course.) After faking a first-edition book for the cash, Joe goes to meet Jasper, who seems like an affable, dad-like dude. Turns out, he’s not — at all! Jasper informs Joe as politely as possible that Joe actually owes him $50,000, to which Joe promises to deliver by the end of the day. Jasper knows that he’ll come through — because, just after he shakes Joe’s hand, he pins his hand down and severs the top of his pinky with a knife. 

Jasper promises the severed tip — which he put on ice — will be returned to Joe upon the return of his money. Real Will instructs Joe to head to a party in the Valley (how very Clueless) in order to retrieve the rest of the cash from a man named Rufus, but when Joe arrives, he learns that Will actually sent him to pick up the Canadian pills for his bipolar disorder.

Jasper comes to the storage unit, and Joe explains everything: Who he really is, why he has Will locked in a glass cage, and how Will is the one who owes Jasper the money. Jasper — though delighted to learn that Joe went all “Hannibal Lector” on Will — says that he doesn’t really care who gives him the money, then threatens Joe with a knife. Joe, of course, has the upper hand, and covertly grabs a weapon to stab Jasper to death. Body count of the season is currently at one, but I don’t think anyone will miss this guy very much. 

Joe and Will have apparently formed a twisted bromance: After Will’s paranoia made him shun the bipolar meds he sneakily sent Joe to fetch, Joe started putting them in his green juice. A now lucid Will is somewhat grateful for Joe doing so, then tells him that he was so out of it, he thought that Joe killed a guy. Ha, ha...ha? 

Hope Joe continues to enjoy caring for his pet, because Will seems like a fairly chill dude. 

As all of this is going on, we learn that Love is totally smitten with Joe. She takes him to a fish market, where the two make-out  surrounded by salmon. Still, Joe isn’t sure that he wants to move forward with Love just yet. The ghost of Beck is haunting him, and he’s terrified of making the same mistakes with Love. When Love invites Joe to have brunch with her friends, he bails, citing some task he has to do with Forty. 

The problem, as it turns out, is that Love and Forty are twins — and therefore, Forty tattled on Joe lying about his whereabouts. Love doesn’t get it: they kissed; doesn’t he like her? Unlike Beck, who definitely took some time to warm up to Joe, Love appears all-in on this would-be relationship. She even stress cooks when things sour between them. Ultimately, they decide to be “friends” — which pains Joe as much as it does Love — but it’s clear that this relationship won’t stay in the platonic zone for very long. 

Another person Joe is trying to figure out is Henderson (Chris D’Elia), a famous comedian he bumps into at the airport and, later, at that party in the Valley. His building manager Delilah is also there, trying to secure a scoop, and has a brief-but-strained interaction with Henderson. To Joe, though, Henderson seems fairly chill — and Joe doesn’t take to rich, famous strangers easily. Henderson even offers for Joe to use his name to get his finger dealt with by a top microsurgeon. 

It’s particularly disturbing, then, when Delilah informs Joe that, as a teenager and aspiring writer, Henderson essentially groomed her before seemingly drugging and sexually assaulting her. She tried to write a story about him years later, but all his survivors were like she was: underage and “not white,” meaning “the world would eat them alive.” Joe is sympathetic, but Delilah snaps at him: She doesn’t know what kind of “bad” Joe is, but she “got her radar the hard way.” She warns Joe to stay away from her and Ellie. 

Great idea, Delilah, because this is the same Joe who, just hours earlier, was shoving the body of Jasper into a meat grinder, Sweeney Todd style. Unfortunately, what she just told him of Henderson probably means he’s not long for this world, either. Oops.

Joe and Love’s friendship includes Love placing baked goods in his work locker, which, as anyone in any romantic comedy can attest, is definitely a sign that they are not actually friends. Neither does co-watching baking shows or making bedroom eyes at one another while unloading a produce van. Even Will, who genuinely believes a slew of crazy conspiracy theories, can see that it’s clear Joe and Love will eventually hook up. 

It’s only after Love talks to her friends — cool east side moms Sunrise (Melanie Field) and Lucy (Marielle Scott) — about protecting her heart that  Love realizes whatever she and Joe are doing isn’t good or healthy. She stops with the baked goods, leaving Joe confused and probably hungry, since he was definitely saving room in his diet for those. 

Joe attempts to right his friendship with Love by making her a home cooked meal of all his favorite kids’ foods (sweet, or it would be if Joe wasn’t meticulously stalking this woman) but when Love tries to kiss him, he once again shuts her down. For a guy who declared in his head that he would “walk through fire” for Love, he’s sure putting out  mixed messages. Girl, there are so many reasons to run. 

Love is not the only Quinn sibling Joe’s focus is on this episode. During Joe’s shift at Anavrin, Love’s twin Forty informs Joe that he is a “filmmaker.” Upon some social media deep diving, Joe discovers that Forty made a celebrated Sundance short called The Third Twin (makes no sense!) but since then, Forty’s attempted to cling to his moderate success by rubbing elbows with the right people. The issue is that the “right people” can’t stand Forty now: He’s a rich kid who talks a big game. 

The truth is, Forty isn’t quite as confident as he presents. He’s less of the Los Angeles douchebag that one might expect, and more of an emotional, co-dependent mess. Joe is Forty’s next target in his quest for human connection. 

Forty is impressed by Joe’s development talents when Joe “cracks” a film concept about a celebrity stalker at a rehab facility, and now wants to make a movie called False Promises (“like the place in Malibu, but with fake people!”) with Joe. Forty comes in handy later, though, when Joe uses him to get into a party at Henderson’s house. 

Joe is trying to take down Henderson, fearing that his young neighbor Ellie will end up meeting the same fate as her big sister Delilah. Ellie, not believing her sister’s story about Henderson, wants to be his intern, and follows him to an improv show to shoot her shot. Little does Ellie know, but Joe is tracking the new phone he got her after breaking hers in the first episode. He tells himself that he will save Ellie from Henderson, the same way he saved Paco from his stepfather in season 1. Which means Henderson’s probably dying, right? 

Maybe, but not just yet. Joe decides he’s going to find incriminating evidence about the comedian to prove Delilah’s story, so he schmoozes with one of Henderson’s besties at an improv show, “yes, and”-ing his way into finding Henderson’s after party. That’s where Forty is, because he wants to talk to Henderson about working on some project with him. 

Forty is way in over his head: No one at this party wants him here. While Joe searches for Henderson’s laptop (hoping there’s something gross on there hacker Will could find that would take Hendy down), Forty makes an alcohol-fueled scene in the living room. Joe reluctantly comes to his rescue, but not before Henderson plays white knight. Henderson kindly tells Forty that he’s happy to set up a meeting with him, and then kicks the rest of the guests out so Forty can go home without being totally humiliated. Even Joe questions if Hendy is actually a good guy.  

Love comes to Joe’s house, where Forty looks like a little embarrassed boy curled up on the couch. Love gives him a pep talk — clearly, she really loves her brother — while Joe watches from the window, not wanting to overstep. (Since when?) When Joe returns, though, it’s obvious that Love and Joe can’t make this friendship thing work. The two sleep together, complicating things. 

Alas, in the morning, it’s not just Love and Joe. Forty is still in Joe’s apartment, ready to make breakfast. Um, did Joe just enter into a weird throuple situation? Maybe, but at least Forty gives Joe some decent information: Henderson has a secret playroom, which may be where his real secrets are. Interesting...

"The Good, The Bad, & The Hendy"

Remember how Joe was always threatened by Beck’s relationship with Peach (Shay Mitchell)? The pattern repeats with Love’s — admittedly pretty co-dependent — connection with her brother. Since Forty is no longer sober, Love feels a need to protect him at all costs, which includes hiding her new romance with Joe until she believes Forty can “handle” it. Joe pretends he’s not super frustrated with the situation, but when Love cancels their would-be sex-filled weekend trip to Santa Barbara to hang with Forty, he can’t help but intervene by shipping the “filmmaker” off to SXSW. Unfortunately for Joe, Love joins her brother to look out for him, and she’s smart enough to see through Joe’s manipulation. Sharing is caring, Joe. If you want Love, you better want Forty, too. 

Joe’s relationship problems are hardly the biggest issue of his week. He’s determined to take down Henderson, and breaks into his house to search the playroom Forty told him about. There are a lot of whips, chains and leather (there’s also a motion-activated Roomba, which becomes problematic later) plus a video camera pointed at a bare mattress. The bizarre part is that there are a ton of paper masks of Henderson’s face everywhere. Deeply, deeply unsettling! 

If Henderson is a kinky guy who asks consenting adults to wear his own face, though, that’s not much of an issue. Then, Joe finds his smoking gun: Henderson’s photos of underage girls, half-dressed, in a hidden cigar box. 

Joe drops  the polaroids off on  Delilah’s doorstep, who, as it happens, is hooking up with a hot cop named David Fincher (Danny Vasquez). The pictures should be the key to finishing her story about Henderson being a predator, but she’s conflicted. As a reporter, how can she share these photos with anyone if she, too, was a survivor of Henderson’s crimes? She’s coming from a place of complete bias — and there’s a photo of herself in there, too. Her “fuck buddy” (her words) says he’ll take care of it, and tell the right people in the police department that he got the photos from an anonymous source. Maybe Delilah can finally take her assaulter down, once and for all. 

The other issue? Ellie is still hanging out with Hendy, despite lying to Delilah about it. Assuming it was Delilah who installed the spyware on her phone (it was really Joe) Ellie covertly removed it, and has been manipulating her messages ever since to make it look like she’s behaving. Delilah doesn’t know anything about Ellie’s digital life, but Joe does, and he was initially fooled by Ellie’s little scam. 

Yet Ellie is still in trouble, and Joe needs to protect her. Joe follows Ellie to Henderson’s house late at night, where Henderson had planned a screening only for it to conveniently be canceled last minute. Bummed, Ellie begs Henderson to let her show him the short film she was working on instead. 

Henderson initially does everything right. He reminds Ellie that she’s 15 and therefore they shouldn’t be hanging out alone. She convinces him to let her stay, and they watch the film together. Henderson is all compliments, and not skeezy ones: He genuinely seems to respect her work. This, as we know, is exactly how Delilah fell into his trap when she approached him for screenwriting advice. (Side bar: If Henderson is a filmmaker-comedian, who is his real-world counterpart?) 

After the movie, Ellie begs Henderson to hear her feature film pitch, and Hendy acquises. Before they get started, though, he pours Ellie a watermelon juice — and Joe watches as he laces it with a mysterious powder that one could deduce is a seditive or date rape drug. Fortunately, he distracts Hendy in time to put a heavier dose of the drug into his scotch to knock him out. 

Hendy and Ellie pass out, and Joe takes Henderson to the basement, where he ties him up and confronts him about the photos. Hendy admits that he takes the nude pictures, but claims that he doesn’t touch the girls he photographs. They don’t remember, so...what’s the harm, right? 

When that strategy doesn’t work, Henderson tells Joe that his stepfather sexually abused him as a child, and that his mom told him never to tell anyone the truth about it. Joe feels for Henderson — we see flashbacks to Joe’s own disturbing childhood with his mom, who would pick up men at the grocery store and then leave him alone for hours — but can’t stand it when Hendy insists Joe must be just like him. Joe doesn’t want to be broken the way Henderson is broken. It’s the final straw when Joe insists love (or rather “Love”) can save him, and Henderson all but laughs in his face. 

Now that Henderson knows it’s Joe who tied him up (Joe removed his Henderson mask midway through his little threatening  speech) there’s really no hope for both of them to get out of the playroom alive. Joe, after all, has already stabbed Henderson in the wrist. This is a Peach situation all over again. 

During a struggle on the staircase, Henderson wriggles out of Joe’s grasp. Joe shoves Henderson down the stairs, and Henderson tumbles downward, cracking his head on the basement floor. There’s blood everywhere. 

Yeeeeeeep, Hendy is dead. 

Joe tries his best to clean up the crime scene, realizing he cannot make the same mistake he did with Peach. (Remember that jar of urine he left in her house?) Still, there’s only so much he can do when his nose bleeds, dripping blood next to Henderson’s pool of it only for it to be mixed together by that pesky Roomba. He has to get rid of the bloodied evidence, so he throws it all in a trash bag and hopes for the best. 

Detective David Fincher stops Joe with his “bag of things to donate to Goodwill.” Joe hands it over to him, thinking for sure this is it for his freedom. Instead, the police officer just takes Henderson’s fancy, limited-edition headphones as payment for Joe jaywalking across the street. He better hope there’s no blood on them.

With the Henderson situation somewhat taken care of, Joe heads to his pet Will. All episode, Joe has been thinking of ways that he can release Will while still ensuring he won’t turn him in. Will is aware of the dilemma, and tells Joe that knows there’s no way that Joe can trust him enough to let him go. Yet, Joe still releases Will from his cage. He wants to be a good person, and maybe this action will finally prove to himself that he is one. 

You know. Despite the whole “I killed a comedian!” thing. 

Even if Will thinks Joe is a better person now, there’s still one person out for blood. At the end of the episode, Love and Forty are about to sit down for brunch at SXSW when Forty declares he just met an amazing girl. That amazing girl, tragically for Joe, is Candace — but she’s going by Amy now. Guess Joe isn’t the only one who can fake an identity.

Fun fact for those who haven’t read Kepnes’ book Hidden Bodies: Candace is dead in the book, having been murdered by Joe, so the novel introduces new character Amy, a girl who works in Joe’s bookshop whom he dates immediately following Beck’s death. Amy steals from Joe, and flees to Los Angeles, leaving him no choice but to head west. Here, the roles have been reversed: “Amy” is the cat, and Joe the mouse. Happy hunting, Candace. 

"You Have A Good Wellkend, Joe!"

Wellness can be exhausting, at least when a wellness retreat comes with a slew of Quinn family drama. Love, Forty, Joe, and Candace arrive at the Quinn family “wellkend” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the twins’ wealthy parents, and it soon becomes clear that no amount of vegan food and shaman rituals can heal trauma. 

First thing’s first: Holy crap, Love’s parents are monsters! 

Forty gives off “poor little rich boy” vibes in spades, but it turns out that Love isn’t wrong about her parents being the absolute worst. Their father all but ignores Forty completely, making him practically beg for his dad’s attention and approval. When he finally is noticed by his father (which comes when Forty asks to invest major money into the new film Forty and Candace/faux Amy are producing) his dad calls him a pathetic loser. 

Following his dad drama, Forty relapses, first forgoing  the weekend’s vegan diet (he Postmates Taco Bell, Forty’s first relatable quality) and then ordering drugs. Love is panicked over her brother’s safety, so Joe swoops in to save the day. However, when Forty makes a scene during his parent’s vow renewal ceremony, it’s Love who is blamed by their mother for not protecting her brother better. As Love’s mother cradles her “poor baby” Forty in her arms, she calls Love disgusting for not being a better, more caring sibling. When Love tries to interject, her mother slaps her across the face. It’s shocking (“Earth mommy dearest,” muses Joe’s narration) and it becomes obvious that the Quinn family issues  run deep. 

Afterwards, Joe has a heart-to-heart with Love in their yurt, admitting that his father also hit him as a kid. They both realize they’ve been hiding a lot from one another. Love reveals a darker secret about her family history. It turns out that Forty was sexually abused by their 19-year-old nanny (Forty, then a pre-teen, still believes her to be his first love, but his sister knows better) and when their parents found out, they fired her. The nanny ultimately died by suicide, and Forty found the body — which explains why Love is so freaked out by Forty learning the news of Henderson’s recent “suicide.”

Maybe Love and Joe can move on from their pain, together. They finally say “I love you” (changing it to “I wolf you” when they realize it’s weird that Love’s name is, well, you know) and all seems right in their relationship. 

At least, that’s how it looks if you don’t factor in Joe’s little ex-girlfriend problem. Joe meets Candace, who goes by the name “Amy” and pretends to have no idea who Joe really is. They both make jokes about one another’s fake names — Amy Adam is unGoogleable, and Will Bettelheim sounds totally made up! — but neither Quinn nor Forty is the wiser about their history. 

We finally learn what happened between Candace and Joe years earlier, and it sheds some much-needed perspective on Candace’s character. Because You is told from Joe’s perspective, Candace is framed almost as the villain of the series. She’s the one who can destroy Joe’s budding relationship and ruin all of his plans for a better life. Even though we may know Joe deserves to be punished for his actions, it’s easy to get swept up in the romantic filter Joe projects onto his every move. 

So it’s downright sickening to find out that following his breakup fight with Candace — which was seen in part at the end of season 1 — Joe tied her  up and drove her in a creepy van out into the middle of the woods. 

We see it all through flashback. These woods are where they had a nice picnic once, and Joe wants to recreate that memory. Except, it’s pitch black, in the middle of the night, and Joe refuses to untie Candace, who is rightfully terrified by her ex-boyfriend’s actions. It’s a Law & Order: SVU episode come to life. 

Candace escapes the van, and Joe pursues her. He catches up and pins her to the ground, cracking her head against a rock in the process. Apparently, Joe thought she wasdead, which is why he buried her (alive) in the woods. 

Yet, in true Pretty Little Liars fashion, Candace climbs out of her would-be grave. The real tragedy is that when she goes to the police and explains her story (to a woman officer, by the way) she’s told that no one will believe her story. The best, off-the-record advice the officer can provide? If Joe thinksshe’s dead...maybe she should stay that way, for her own safety. And so, that’s exactly what she did, until now. 

Of course Candace is “torturing” Joe by showing up at his girlfriend’s wellness retreat and subtly taunting him in public: She’s traumatized by this bad man who could theoretically murder her and get away with it. If this whole show was told from Candace’s POV, she would be the real heroine here, taking down a very bad man disillusioned into thinking he’s a good guy. Joe doesn’t even apologize for nearly murdering Candace, and instead calls her “crazy” and reminds her that he didn’t mean to leave her for dead. 

“Don’t gaslight me,” Candace exclaims at one point in the episode, which is exactly his intention. But has  Joe already gaslit usinto believing that Candace was the one to fear all along? It’s a reminder that  we should be rooting less for Joe to become the good person he believes he can be, and more for Candace to bring this asshole to justice. Just saying. 

Candace’s plan to do so does have a few cracks, though. She’s pretending to be an “indie film producer” in order to stay close to new boyfriend Forty, but when Love mentions her friend works at “United,” Candace makes some comment about how she “only flies Southwest.” (Love, for the uninitiated, meant United Talent Agency.) It’s not enough for Love to write off “Amy” immediately, but the seeds of doubt have at least been planted. 

Alas, not soon enough for Joe’s liking. At the end of the episode, it’s revealed that the cops now believe Henderson was murdered, much to Candace’s delight — she thinks Joe is to blame for that one, too, since she found Joe in the first place when she caught him in a photograph taken at Henderson’s party with Forty. 

Speaking of telling photographs involving Henderson: Ellie finally believes her sister Delilah was assaulted by the late comedian. They decide, together, to burn the photos Joe sent Delilah,  so that the victims won’t Google their names and find it associated forever with Henderson’s suicide. Will their feelings about this change when they learn he was murdered? We’ll see. 

Not everyone is okay with moving on from their past trauma, though. At the end of the episode, Forty reveals that he and Candace are adapting a book — from one Guinevere Beck. If Candace can’t put Joe in prison, she can certainly create a torture chamber of her own design. Bring it on, Joe. You’ve met your match. 

Fun fact about Henderson? He once gave his bestie Kathy Griffin the literal shirt off his back (and an extra bra?) when some jerk threw a glass of wine on her. That’s just the kind of guy Hendy was to all his pals, Kathy tells the crowd at his star-studded funeral. Joe and Delilah — who attended the service with a flask — know better. 

Mostly, though, Joe’s not thinking about how he killed Henderson. He’s trying to quiet the thoughts in his head telling him to kill Candace, who is still hanging on Forty’s arm, pretending to be his film producer. If Joe can’t murder Candace, he can at least find a way to get rid of her — but when he seeks Candace out in his notorious baseball hat, he realizes he’s being followed by someone in a Toyota Camry. Is it an investigator hired by Dr. Nicky (John Stamos) to prove his innocence in Beck’s death? Or that cop he foolishly gave headphone-shaped evidence?

It turns out that it’s a private investigator hired by Love to look into “Amy” — she doesn’t trust Forty’s girlfriend either, and happens to have unlimited resources in order to find out the truth about her. When she hears from the P.I. that Candace was lurking around Joe’s apartment, she stages a confrontation. (Joe, meanwhile, gets tied up by the dominatrix Candace rents her apartment from — they both broke into one another’s houses at the very same time.) 

Love knows “Amy” is really Candace, and that she’s not a film producer but instead “barely” a waitress. She also spent some time in a mental health facility, per the P.I. 's research. Candace knows that this looks bad — like really, really bad — but comes clean to Love about Joe, how he tried to kill her, and how she’s positive he killed Beck, too. 

Joe returns home to find Love waiting for him, and while she doesn’t believe Candace’s entire story — despite it being completely true — she wants to know why Joe lied. Joe, as effortlessly as breathing, constructs a very believable tale. In Joe’s version of things, Candace is his “obsessed” stalker ex-girlfriend. She was the reason he left New York, his job, his life — everything behind. She broke up his friendships, ruined relationships, and basically forced him to change his name to Will Bettelheim. 

As for the Beck of it all, Joe claims they only went on one date and that he only learned months later what happened to her. They only took photos together to make her ex-boyfriend jealous.

The Beck lie is one that Joe probably pushed too far on. One date? Come on, Joe, your girlfriend could easily fact check that. Anika (Kathryn Gallagher) is an Instagram influencer, do you want to believe she has never shared a single public pic of Beck and the boy she was dating before her death? 

Anyway, it ultimately doesn’t matter. Love doesn’t like being lied to, and while it’s clear she’s heartbroken to say goodbye to Joe (she now knows Will is a fake name, so that’s easier) she can’t accept the bullshit. 

We learn a little more about why Love has so many trust issues, and they stem mostly from her relationship with her ex-husband. There’s no darkness in this relationship, not like there is with Love and her parents. James (Daniel Durant) seemed like a pretty great guy. (Interesting to note: He uses sign language and appears to be hearing impaired, and Love communicates with him using sign language as well.) Love even wanted to have kids with him right away, so they could be 40 and live in a van like the Partridge family. Then he was diagnosed with cancer...and didn’t tell her about it for eight weeks. He died soon after, as we know, and I just wanted to give flashback Love a big, huge hug. 

Joe is devastated, naturally, but just like he did after his breakup with Beck, he jumps into bed with his neighbor immediately. Delilah is looking to go all Ronan Farrow (her words) on Henderson, and is seeking out women she can talk to who were also victimized by him. Joe reminds Delilah she doesn’t have to. She can tell her own story. His kindness is, shockingly, a turn-on for the often-cold Delilah, and soon, they’re having passionate sex on the floor of her apartment, in front of her crime board. this the end of Joe and Love? The start of Joe and Delilah? And is Candace really gone?!? Stay tuned, friends...stay tuned. 

Joe is mourning the loss of Love, but as he quickly learns upon stalking his ex to her apartment, she’s already moved on. At least, that’s what it seems like. Joe catches her mounting a hot Australian dude named Milo (Andrew Creer), and quickly, they’re being cutesy in the Anavrin kitchen. 

Forty loathes Milo, and fills Joe in on why. It turns out that the “Avengers-bodied” Milo — a Patagonia heir who loves the #outdoorslife — was Love’s ex-husband’s best friend, who always had a crush on James’ girl. Now that Love is single again, she’s using him as her rebound, much to Joe’s disgust. 

Calvin and Forty insist Joe get on the apps, like “Flinger,” and Joe quickly gravitates towards an app for “readers.” What he finds is three very different, equally horrible women, one of whom quotes Hemingway and then sobs into four large glasses of wine. Joe really, really wants Love back. 

Joe’s a man who loves repeating his past mistakes, so he follows Milo on his trail one, possibly with intentions of bashing his head in, Peach-style. Alas, he’s caught this time by Love’s BFF Gabe (Charlie Barnett), who also happens to be a Reiki specialist, acupuncturist, and human lie detector. He knows that Joe is stalking Milo because he’s hung up on love, and so Gabe invites him to release his demons in a session with him. 

Strangely, it actually works. As Joe is prodded with acupuncture needles, he’s brought to his childhood and examines why he craves Love — and “love” in general — so much. Through  flashbacks, we learn more about his mom, who was physically and verbally abused by Joe’s dad. She craved validation from men so badly that, even when escaping her abusive ex, she did so via a different,  equally awful, guy. Upon realizing that his effed up childhood was likely a source of his effed up relationships with women now, Joe sobs. He’s instructed to chant. If that’s not evidence of how much Los Angeles can change even the most cynical New Yorker, I don’t know what is. 

Meanwhile, Milo wants to take the next step with Love, who has no interest in changing their current relationship status from “rebound.” I’m sure this guy is a far better option than Joe, but it doesn’t sit super well with me that he immediately hooked up with his bestie’s ex, and was essentially just biding his time to wife her up. 

While Love is unsure about Milo, Joe bonds with Delilah. Delilah tells Joe she’s publishing her Henderson takedown in Variety, thanking him while reminding him that this is totally not her thanking him. It’s pretty cute, or would be if JOE DIDN’T MURDER HIS LAST GIRLFRIEND! STOP DOING THIS TO ME, SHOW!

After a whiskey walkabout in which Joe realizes that he and Delilah might be just the same type of damaged, the two have sex in a darkened alley. They’re caught immediately by the police, making for a very awkward situation when Delilah’s cop friend David Fincher learns the reason they’re behind bars. Alas, it’s Forty who rescues his “old sport” from the slammer, thrilled that Joe got back on the hookup horse after Love. 

Joe and Delilah agree to be friends, but in that way that Joe and Love agreed to be friends months earlier. 

Unfortunately for those shipping Joe and Delilah (do not ship Joe with anyone as Joe murders, etc.) it looks like Love and Joe are still a thing. After Forty calls Milo “vagemite” (giggle) Milo confronts him about ruining Love’s life with his codependency. It gets fiercely heated, quickly, and Milo eventually punches Forty square in the face. He deserves it, sure, but Love would go to hell and back for her troubled brother. She steps in and basically tells Milo to GTFO, as does Joe, who looks like the real white knight in the situation. Love needs someone who loves Forty like she does, and while Joe’s mostly faking it, Milo can’t even do that. 

But what of Delilah and Joe? Turns out we don’t have to worry about a love triangle. When Det. Fincher  calls Delilah, he tells her he recognizes Joe as the guy who gave him those expensive headphones that Joe claimed he was going to donate to Goodwill. David tells Delilah that was the very same night that Henderson died...and those headphones just so happened to be ones that Henderson was the brand spokesperson for. 

Delilah can’t turn off her journalist brain and does some digging in Joe’s apartment, where she finds his storage locker key. Alas, once you find the glass cage, you find all the evidence of Joe’s crimes. Unfortunately for Delilah, Joe’s smart enough to install a nanny cam in the storage space...which is how he finds Delilah before she has time to call 9-1-1. 

Soon, she’s Joe’s next pet...but will he let her out eventually, if only for poor Ellie’s sake?!?

"Fear and Loathing in Beverly Hills"

The good news: Joe wants to let Delilah out of the cage! The bad news: He can’t do it right away, lest she go to the police and reveal to the authorities the fact that he, well, locks women in cages. Joe has to disappear in order to let Delilah go free. And that means saying goodbye to Love, forever. 

Here’s how it works: Joe gives Delilah a pair of handcuffs, attached to the desk, with a timer on them. When the timer runs down, the handcuffs will unlock, and Joe will be out of the country. The doors are unlocked so Delilah can just walk free. 

It’s a perfect plan, which means it won’t work. 

Joe planning on leaving Los Angeles is bad timing, as Love just decided she wants him back, despite Joe lying about his entire life. 

It’s not the only reason Joe can’t get out of L.A. smoothly. Forty wants Joe to work on polishing his script based on Beck’s book, because Kathryn “Hurt Locker” Bigelow is “thirsty” for it. (Catherine Hardwick seems like the better fit for the project, but who am I to say?) 

Joe doesn’t actually want the script to get made, considering that the book is about Beck’s romance with “killer” Dr. Nicky and is therefore mostly bullshit. (Side note: Did Beck write this entire book while in Joe’s death cage?!?) He tries to give Forty quick, helpful notes, before he books it, but in the middle of their notes session, something truly insane happens: Joe and Forty are kidnapped, thrown in the back of a van, and taken to an undisclosed location. Forty, it seems, has outstanding gambling debts.

Just kidding. Forty actually hired these guys to kidnap him and Joe in order for them to get their creative juices flowing, which I would say was weird if I didn’t pay a lot of money for a very similar immersive theater experience in DTLA last year. (It’s still weird, I know.) 

Forty tells Joe that he is not allowed to leave until they finish the script, and he means that literally. This is a problem, because Delilah’s handcuffs are due to be unlocked in mere hours. To be fair, Forty is technically Joe’s boss at Anavrin, so really, what other responsibilities does Forty even think Joe has? He doesn’t have a girlfriend anymore!

Ellie, who I hope gets to skip the mailroom at an agency thanks to this hands-on internship, is there with Joe and Forty to help them crack the story. Ellie makes the situation with Delilah all the worse for Joe, and not just because she’s a reminder of the woman Joe is holding temporarily hostage. Ellie, in all her brutal honesty, tells Forty they need to trash  their existing script and start from scratch. Her harsh — but true — words send Forty into such a tailspin that he literally jumps out the window to escape from his own inadequacies. 

Joe chases Forty down to a bar, where he’s nursing his sorrow. Joe attempts to comfort Forty, who buys Joe a seltzer. Joe (stupidly) drinks it, just before Forty fully loses it. He sees a just-married couple celebrating at the bar, and walks up to them, offering them $10,000 in cash if Forty is allowed to kiss the bride. 

It’s a moment that Joe — a legit murderer — is horrified by, and rightfully so. It’s very fucked up. Equally fucked up? Forty secretly drugging Joe’s seltzer with acid, and a lot of it. Joe’s escape from Los Angeles just got even more difficult. 

The hallucinations start back at the hotel, where Love — who just had a tense dinner with her awful, awful mother — finds Joe to confess she still wants to be with him. Joe left Love a letter, telling her he was leaving the city, and a very drunk Love declares it “shattered” her. In a good way! Unfortunately for Joe, he is too high to speak, and imagines Love’s eyes start looking like an are anime character. She vomits on the floor, taking his lack of words as rejection. 

Meanwhile, Joe goes back to Forty, who wants him to really dive into who Beck is. It’s not great for Joe, as he knows exactly who Beck is, and what really happened to her. He hears Beck’s voice coming from Forty’s mouth, and starts to strangle him, just as we know Joe did to Beck.

“That was like, Joaquin-level method,” Forty muses after Joe finally lets him go. “Respect.” 

Forty instructs Joe to get some Moon Juice from Anavrin. (Honestly, Google it.) Joe seemingly goes to do that task, but loses time immediately. His hands are covered in blood — or are they? When Joe looks down again, his hands are clean, and Forty has completely broken the story of Beck’s life on the whiteboard in their hotel room. Forty is no help on the whole “is the blood real?” thing, because everytime he looked at Joe’s hands, all he saw was lobsters. 

As Joe tries to figure out the whole “did I kill someone?” thing, Love calls, and declares she rejects his goodbye. She just wants to be with him. Joe, because he is blinded by love, says that he wants that, too. Even a hallucination of his mom, suggesting to him that he killed Delilah during his blackout doesn’t stop him from pursuing his one true Love. 

Then, Forty announces that he thinks  Beck wasn’t killed by Dr. Nicky, but by someone else: Her boyfriend. It was a crime of passion, Forty says. Just as Joe is about to murder his girlfriend’s brother for figuring everything out, Forty confesses something: He killed his previous girlfriend, too. The au pair that died by suicide? Forty doesn’t remember what happened, but remembers standing with a bloody knife. 

Joe puts down the glass shard he was going to use to off Forty, and lovingly hugs his newfound soulmate instead. In the words of Will Ferrell: “Did we just become best friends?”

After declaring to Forty that “we’re going to make it,” Joe wakes up on the couch, minutes before Delilah’s handcuffs are set to release. He rushes to the storage unit to find her. The good news? Delilah is still in the cage. 

The bad news? She’s very, very dead. 

The second season of You is enjoying breaking from the show’s traditional format. Last episode, it used the countdown to Delilah’s handcuffs clicking open in order to create an episode that felt like a race-against-the-clock thriller. The season’s penultimate episode is essentially a very dark version of The Hangover

In case anyone thought otherwise, Delilah is definitely dead. In a cruel twist, Delilah’s limp hand is released from the handcuffs at just the right time. Her throat was slit, and Joe’s not sure if he’s responsible for killing her. This throws Joe into an existential crisis. If Joe did kill Delilah, it means that he’s not the good man he believes himself to be. He doesn’t deserve love, or specifically, Love. He broke the promise he made to Delilah, his friend, and took away Ellie’s support system at a time when she needs it the most. 

Joe’s quest for the truth is also a quest for redemption. Through  flashbacks, we learn that Joe, as a child, shot and killed his abusive father to protect his mom. This event has dictated so many other terrible decisions in his life. At the time, Joe’s mom told him that Joe could never actually hurt someone, because  he only killed his dad in order to protect her. But Delilah’s murder — one he didn’t ‘want’ to commit — goes against his former mantra . He’s just a killer. 

Joe narrows down suspects throughout the episode, refusing to believe that — even under the influence of heavy hallucinogens — he would be capable of killing his former friend. He calls the real Will Bettelheim, suspecting that he may have wanted revenge on Joe for stealing his identity. Shockingly, Will just wants to be Joe’s friend, and even tells him that, despite everything, he knows Joe is a truly good person. This isn’t exactly true, but it does give Joe the ammo he needs to find Delilah’s real killer. 

As Joe pieces together the hours of the night before, he remembers going to Anavrin for Moon Juice. Calvin laughs as Joe tries to get answers about their previous night’s interactions, claiming that Joe attempted to buy Cheetos “the basement” (it’s California, there are no basements, and like Anavrin would ever “carry that ish.”) But Cheetos are a favorite of Delilah’s which means he did, indeed, try to see her , which is, umm, not great. He eventually figures out that Forty dropped him off at the intersection of the storage unit for a “booty call,” which leads him to suspect Forty as the murderer. He did, after all, murder his nanny/statory rapist back in the day. 

When Joe goes to Forty’s house to confront him, his mom is there, and tells Joe how happy she is to have him sticking around Los Angeles. In a thinly-veiled threat, she tells Joe that she knows Forty informed him about killing the au pair, and that she’ll happily keep Joe’s darkest secrets now. Hmm. What ever could those be? 

As for Forty, he fesses up to what Joe initially assumes is Delilah’s murder, but is, in fact, just him sleeping with Candace despite knowing her and Joe’s past. Joe’s pissed that Forty left him at Delilah’s storage unit regardless: If Forty didn’t kill Delilah, then it’s back to being Joe.  

After Joe chews Forty out for sleeping with Candace again (she was the reason he had to leave New York, he laments) Candace arrives at Forty's place. He’s decidedly less friendly than he was the night before, having picked Joe’s friendship over Candace’s friendship-with-benefits. Candace attempts to convince him that Joe is a killer, and that if Forty loved his sister, he would believe her. After all, Forty was the one who figured out that Beck’s boyfriend (a.k.a Joe) was the real killer, instead of her (framed) convicted killer, Dr. Nicky. Though Forty tells Candace coldly that Joe is his “family,” something strikes a nerve when Candace warns Forty not to come crying to her when Joe kills Love. Forty quietly starts know, just in case there’s some truth to “crazy” Candace’s story. 

As Joe sleuths, Ellie starts hanging out at Joe’s apartment with Love. She has a breakdown, terrified something awful happened to her sister, who is suspiciously MIA. Though Ellie doesn’t suspect Joe, Delilah did get a threatening letter from a Henderson groupie mad about her #MeToo story about the comedian. 

Tragically, Delilah is dead, and there’s nothing Joe can do about solving her murder. He goes back to the glass cage to make peace, only to find that Candace has followed him. She locks him in the cage, takes his phone, and tells Love to meet him at the storage unit. This is Candace’s grand victory: With Joe locked in a cage with Delilah’s  dead body, the cops and Love will have no choice but to believe her. 

Though Joe is angry at first, the longer he spends in the cage, the more he realizes that Candace is right. He isn’t a good person. He did kill Delilah, or at the very least is responsible for her death. 

Love shows up to find her beloved boyfriend in the cage. She implores Candace to release him, but Candace refuses. She wants Love to believe what she can now see with her two eyes. Even more cathartic for Candace is that Joe finally believes her. He tells Love that Candace is right. He did horrible things. He did try to kill Candace, despite convincing himself it was all just an accident, or hopeless misunderstanding. Joe looks Candace in the eye and offers a sincere, long overdue apology. 

Love runs out of the storage unit, crying. Candace follows her, used to the pain of learning that someone you once cared about is a monster. Love vomits over the trash can (so much vomiting from Love this season) and Candace pats her back...which, as it turns out, is a huge mistake on Candace’s part. 

Love stabs Candace in the throat with the sharp edge of a glass bottle, effectively killing her. Love, as it turns out, isn’t quite as sweet as Joe thought. 

(Side bar: Why are there no security cameras in the storage facility?!?)

Love heads back to the storage unit, eerily calm. Joe asks her: “Where’s Candace?” 

After a moment, Love replies: “I took care of it.” 

Hmm...just as her parents did with the au pair? Or is there more to that story, too… 

Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

Props to You for this perfectly named episode. As it turns out, Love, actually, is a total psychopath. 

Joe doesn’t want to believe that his angelic  Love could kill Candace on her own accord, but she did. She did it so that they could “be together.” How very Joe of her. 

“I think I broke you,” Joe tells her, fully believing that Love’s sudden personality switch is his fault. He lists all the people he murdered, from Beck to Henderson, and, he assumes, Delilah. Who would want to be with someone like that? it turns out, Joe didn’t kill Delilah. Candace’s throat wasn’t the only one Love’s slashed. In fact, she’s sort of a prolific serial killer in her own right. She was the one who killed her family’s au pair after she found out she was sexually abusing Forty as a teenager. (Love blamed the death  on her brother, knowing her parents would coddle him regardless, and then they framed  the whole thing as a suicide. It was a real win-win for the Quinn family.) 

Love wanted a new, less broken family so desperately that she got married young. The marriage ended in tragedy, and she thought she would never love again...until she saw Joe. Yes, when Joe was busy stalking Love, Love was doing the exact same thing. She saw the darkness in him immediately though...while Joe never quite saw Love for who she really was. 

“Maybe I got a little obsessed,” Love says, telling Joe she hired a private investigator after Candace left the first time to find out the truth about her beau. She read Beck’s book and concluded that Joe’s ex was “unspecial and mediocre” and “undeserving” of him, seemingly implying that it was totally chill of Joe to murder her. In fact, every bad thing about Joe seems to turn Love on. She finds his storage unit and hangs out in the cage, reading Beck’s book, admiring Joe’s collection of used Love’s used tampons (!!) 

Love is the perfect, psychotic match for Joe. Love thinks they’re soulmates. But Joe...the only thing he can think is: What the fuck?

Yes, despite Joe finding his version of “the one”, the only thing he can think about is how damn crazy Love is. 

It’s a fascinating turn of events. Joe can’t bear to look into the mirror and see who he really is, and that’s exactly why he wasn’t able to see who Love was.He projected something perfect onto Love, something he would never deserve. Meanwhile, he gets exactly what  he does deserve — and he sure as hell doesn’t want it. 

Plus, Joe’s worried about Ellie. Love — who still has Joe in a cage, mind you — tells him that she has a plan. She’ll make Delilah’s death look like a suicide. She’ll frame Ellie for Henderson’s murder, then squash the investigation entirely by making the police look incompentent. She’ll use her super power (money and influence over the LAPD)  to make everything rosy again. 

But Joe won’t bite, which pisses Love off enough to leave him in the cage to sulk. He realizes that he now knows what Beck went through: Learning your significant other is a killer, who kills specifically for you, is an awful lot to process. So, he does what Beck did in her eerily similar scenario. He pretends to be onboard with Love’s plan, and to love her back, in order to break free. 

Love later returns with muffins, and Joe makes polite small talk. When he tells her “thanks, but I can’t eat with a dead body rotting in this cage,” she opens the door — only for Joe to put the sharp edge of the handcuffs to her throat. Love screams — Joe can’t kill her, because she’s pregnantwith Joe’s baby

Joe softens — he remembers how miserable his childhood was when his mother left her alone. If he can’t love his child’s mother, what will become of her? (Love thinks it’s a girl; “It’s just a feeling.”) So that settles that.

Post-cage, Joe and Love attend Sunrise and Lucy’s wedding, because that’s a totally normal activity to do after the shitstorm of a day they’ve had. As Joe listens to the couple’s romantic  vows (man is it going to suck for these two if they ever find out their bestie is a total psychopath), he realizes that he does Love love. Maybe he even loves her more now that he really knows who she is. 

Unfortunately, Forty no longer has feelings of affection for Joe. He is onto him, and even goes  to the east coast to talk to Dr. Nicky about his Joe theory. Dr. Nicky knows that he’s innocent, but isn’t fighting his case. (This fills in a nice little plothole about why Dr. Nicky never noticed Beck’s ex-boyfriend looks a lot like his mysterious patient.) Nicky wants to punish himself for the pain he caused his family — as if cheating on his wife with a young patient is even close to the same as Joe killing Beck for not loving him back. When Forty shows Dr. Nicky Joe’s photo, though, his face goes pale. Now, Forty needs to get Joe the hell away from his sister. 

Poor Forty shows up with this intel, but he’s not welcome at the Sunrise/Lucy wedding because his behavior reads more “classic Forty erratic” than anything else. Love and Joe race to meet him at Anavrin, where Joe sees a terrified Ellie hiding out. She was just in the police station, having been accused of Henderson’s murder thanks to Love’s fucked-up plan. Forty helped get her out thanks to his fancy family lawyer.

While Love deals with Forty, Joe sneaks away to talk to Ellie, who tells Joe that Forty is blaming him for Beck’s death, Delilah’s disappearance, everything. Joe realizes that Ellie won’t be okay, not if she’s within the Quinn’s grasp, and so he tells her the (partial) truth: Delilah isn’t coming back. The Quinns do evil things. It’s time to get the hell out of town. He hands her a stack of money and promises to take care of her as long as she needs, as long as she never comes back to town. 

Meanwhile, Forty tells Love she needs to leave Joe and come with him, but she refuses. She loves Joe. Forty is acting crazy, but he’s right. When Joe comes into the room, Forty pulls a gun. Joe pleads with Forty, as patiently as possible, and tells  him that the only thing he cares about now is Love...and their new baby. 

Instead of Forty softening towards Joe and Love over the baby news, Forty is even more pissed. He cruelly tells Love that she’s just as broken as he is, “just a better liar,” and therefore will be a terrible mother. He makes Joe get on his knees, and presses the gun to his temple. 

When a shot rings out, Joe falls back to the ground. It almost seems like he’s dead: There’s blood splattered on his face. Instead, it’s Forty who is shot — by Detective “The Other David Fincher,” who followed the group to Anavrin and saw Forty threaten Joe with the gun. Love crumbles in Joe’s lap, having lost her twin forever. 

Flashforward months later, and Joe drives his high-end Prius down a block of beautiful suburban homes with lawns completely unaware of any drought. Love is pregnant and rocking chic maternity wear. She greets Joe with a warm smile, which he doesn’t quite return. 

He’s excited to meet his daughter —happy to be the good father that he never knew. And yet...Joe’s not exactly content in this 73-degree suburbia. The cage he was building all along, Joe muses, was a trap for himself. 

To quote the tagline of the 2004 movie Closer: "If you believe in love at first sight, you’ll never stop looking." (Joe should maybe put down a book and watch a movie on occasion. Could have saved him a lot of trouble!)

As Joe settles down in his lovely backyard with a copy of Crime and Punishment and a glass of lemonade, he hears a light laugh from just beyond the fence next door. Peeking through the wood, he steals a peek at a mysterious woman: Big hat, novel in lap, scribbling down what appears to be a poem. 

“This is just the beginning. Because this is where I had to be — exactly where I had to be — to meet you,” he says. “See you soon, neighbor.” 

Just like that, Joe’s hell became his heaven. Joe can never be happy without someone to moon over and project onto, and Love is simply too human now to ever keep him entertained. Should the series be renewed for a season 3, Joe’s latest obsession should watch out. Not only is Joe desperately unstable, but so is his pregnant, psychopathic Love. 

As long as Joe continues to stalk...I’ll continue to watch.


YOU season 2 binge recap

Warning: This post contains spoilers for season 2 of YOU.

YOU is back for a season 2 on Netflix, and Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) has a new home (Los Angeles!), a new name (Will Bettelheim!), and a new love (named Love!). We watched every episode to keep track of Joe's latest obsessions — and body count. (Note: To keep things simple, we'll be referring to Joe/Will as Joe, the real Will Bettelheim as Will, and Amy/Candace as Candace in all of our recaps.) Let's dive in!

Episode 1: "A Fresh Start"

Once upon a time, Joe believed in love. He was brave, he was vulnerable, and so he won her the old-fashioned way. He did whatever he had to, whatever it took, for her. But he picked the wrong woman. So he made mistakes, because love had made him blind. Love became poison and eventually died. And now Joe has to heal from his broken heart and learn how to love again. But Joe can't risk everything for love again – he tries too hard and it's too dangerous. And so it's time for him to make a fresh start – without love.

At least, that's how Joe sees everything that happened back in season 1 of the Lifetime-turned-Netflix drama YOU. In the first few minutes of season 2, we get a delightfully dark, delusional recap of the events of season 1 via Joe's signature narration that paints him as the romantic hero who's just had some bad luck with love in the past. But he has learned one real lesson from last season: it's too dangerous for him to love anyone again. The last two times resulted in one confirmed murder (Beck) and one attempted murder (Candace). So he has escaped off to his literal hell – Los Angeles – for a fresh start, under a new name, where hopefully Candace (Ambyr Childers) can't find him (again) and he won't be tempted to "love" again, "detoxing" from love while he gets cash and comes up with a plan for whatever's next. His "addiction management" plans? Only 10 minutes of stalking a day. Because that will totally go well.

In flashbacks, we finally see what happens after that season 1 finale cliffhanger when Candace tracked Joe down in New York. She reveals she was fully committed to staying "dead" in a new town under a new name until she saw "Beck's" book and realized that Joe "did it again." She vows to destroy him, and so Joe runs out the back door… and just keeps on running, all the way to Los Angeles, the last place anyone would think to look for him.

That's where he "Joes" his way into getting a job under the name Will Bettelheim in the books section of Anavrin, the Whole Foods-type grocery store that, yes, is "nirvana" spelled backward. It's there that Joe meets and flirts with a woman named… Love (The Haunting of Hill House's Victoria Pedretti). That's just too perfect! He tries to resist the attraction, but she's surprisingly persistent, helping heal his horrific sunburn and taking him on a food tour of LA that culminates in making an entire meal for him. They start to fall for each other, and she reveals she was married, but her husband got sick and died two years ago. Love says she sees that same kind of real love and loss in his eyes. If only she knew the real story…

The premiere also introduces more new characters like Joe's new landlord and celebrity gossip reporter Delilah (Carmela Zumbado), her precocious 15-year-old sister Ellie (Jenna Ortega, who you may recognize as young Jane on Jane the Virgin), Joe's boss Calvin (Heathers' Adwin Brown), and Calvin's boss Forty (fellow Heathers alum James Scully), whose parents own Anavrin. And when a mysterious guy named Jasper shows up at Joe's new apartment, it prompts Joe to visit a storage locker… where he's got the real Will Bettelheim (Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor) locked in a replica plexiglass cage he built, showing his "addiction management" skills aren't working as well as he likes to think. It turns out he'd actually been stalking Love for a while before they "met," which is what led him to get the job at Anavrin and his apartment that allows him to spy on hers through a telescope. He's back to his old tricks. Will Love end up suffering the same fate as Beck because of it?

—Sydney Bucksbaum

Episode 2: "Just the Tip"

With an episode title as brilliant as "Just the Tip," I'm as eager for my immediate future of watching this hour as Joe is for his distant future of growing old with Love. We get a flashback to the previous week when Joe arrived in LA on the same flight as a famous comedian Hendy (played by famous comedian Chris D'Elia), who Delilah hates because of an encounter they had when she was underage (which apparently happens a lot with him and underage girls). Joe immediately met up with the real Will Bettelheim to buy a forged identification. But since an airtight false ID takes years of painstaking work to build up, like Will's, instead of buying papers he knocked out Will and assumed his identity. That brings us back to the present.

Turns out Will owes some money to Jasper, and since Jasper has never seen Will's real face, that's now Joe's problem. Jasper cuts off Joe's finger, keeping the tip hostage until Joe gives him the $50,000 that Will owes him. But it's fine! As long as Dr. Dan stitches it back on in the next 10-12 hours, it'll heal right back. And as long as Joe gives Will his meds, he'll be able to fix the paranoid, delusional mental breakdown currently happening in his plexiglass prison.

At least Joe isn't having problems with Love – they share their first real kiss. He is, however, having problems with seeing visions of Beck while on dates with Love. And he has to cancel a date with Love where he was supposed to meet her friends Gabe, Lucy, and Sunshine, because he has to go to a party hosted by someone who owes Will the money Joe needs to give to Jasper to get his finger back instead. And he lies about it on top of it all. That hole Joe keeps digging? It keeps getting deeper. And the "money" owed to Will is actually the off-brand Canadian bipolar meds he needs for his sanity, so he was actually just manipulating Joe into getting him his pills instead of fixing the Jasper problem. I really like Will!

Love confronts Joe about him lying to cancel their date, and she reveals Forty is actually her twin brother. She keeps pushing Joe to open up to her and he freaks out and yells until she leaves. He sees Beck again and has a full conversation with the hallucination. He then decides to take care of his Jasper problem by showing Jasper the real Will … and then killing Jasper with a knife he hid in his storage locker. He breaks down crying after, apologizing to the phantom Beck before she disappears. But then he visits Dr. Dan, gets his finger reattached, and what transpires next was so brilliantly disturbing that I almost lost my lunch.

YOU decides to smash cut a montage of Love cutting meat and cooking it interspersed with Joe cutting and dismembering Jasper's body – while using Anavrin's kitchen, which is definitely at least 14 different health code violations. I legit almost barfed. It was so disgusting! But so artfully done! I hated it! But I also can't hate how well-done it was! The meat grinder moment alone deserves an Emmy. Ew. Joe then stops by Love's place to apologize for yelling and admitting that he can't love anyone after what happened with his ex. "I hurt her. I really hurt her," he says. Love just won't take no for an answer though. She seems almost too perfect for Joe – like his own personal brand of a manic pixie dream girl designed to undo all his coping mechanisms and break down his walls. She's saying all the right things to counter his resistance, which of course is absolutely wrong for her safety and future. It's just … way too perfect. I can't quite put my finger on what's so off about it all.

For now, they decide to be friends, and Love encourages him to write a goodbye note to his ex and burn it to close the door on that relationship. His note reads: "Goodbye, you." And it's out with the Beck and in with the Love, as he's back to his old tricks of stealing panties and hiding them in a secret stash in his apartment so he can smell them whenever he wants.

—Sydney Bucksbaum

Episode 3: "What Are Friends For?"

As if Love couldn't be anymore seemingly perfect, she is now leaving Joe a daily special baked treat in his locker as he continues to fantasize about them finally doing something about their sexual tension. The real Will certainly wants them to do so. A bit jarring at first to see the red smears on his cell wall, but it turns out he and Joe are playing a game of Hangman. The answer is a place that starts with an M, but Joe hasn't figured it out yet.

Meanwhile, Love is with her two friends Lucy (Marielle Scott) and Sunrise (Melanie Field, yet another Heathers alum) on the playground as they give her the "He's just not into you" talk because they know that her baking stems from her romantic frustration. Even though things are certainly going smoother between Joe and Love than Joe and Beck, it's a little hard to not wish Love would just heed her friends' advice and give up on him. He certainly hasn't given up on her yet, even if he has been good about taking it slow. The next item on his agenda to win her heart is to win over her pompous twin brother Forty. Turns out Forty had the smallest taste of success with a short film in 2012, but now just wanders around his parents' grocery store in a kimono, telling himself it'll help his creativity.

Forty would be one to frequent improv shows just as Joe of course would be one to needlessly be a dick about them. Henderson is the big surprise at the improv theater, with the smaller surprise being that he and Forty know each other. Only one episode after Delilah revealed her history with Hendy and already the show has eerily paired him with Ellie, her teenage sister.

As Joe is back in the storage unit with Will, continuing to fail at Hangman, he finds out that Will has a love interest of his own all the way in the Philippines, likely too far for Joe to kidnap and/or kill her. In his preoccupation with the crimes he is both committing and trying to prevent, Joe is oblivious to how much he's taking advantage of Love and her buns.

After assuming Joe is in recovery (Murderers Anonymous maybe?), Forty gives Joe the idea to be the one that bakes for the baker. Again Joe loses to his ignorance, not realizing that his insanely sweet gesture of making Love her childhood treat (concoction?) of Challah bread, Nilla wafers, and hot cocoa is not something someone would do if they wanted to just be friends.

Before his awkward encounter with Love, Joe was asked to stay out of Delilah and Ellie's issues with each other's relationships to Henderson, but here he is again put in the middle of it after watching Ellie puke up what she said was a bad edible given to her by Henderson. There's no indication that she feels something bad happened to her, but given Delilah's history with the comedian, it's hard not to assume the worst. Returning to his storage space prison, which has too much square footage to be at all affordable, Joe gets advice from his prisoner Will on how to hack Hendy's "jerktop" (a.k.a. the laptop he keeps his porn on).

Love and Forty have a heart to heart over a tennis game, perhaps the show indicating that the twins' names are sports-inspired. Forty makes good on his threat to his sister that he might be closer to Joe than even her, following Joe as he infiltrates an improv show to get an invite to Henderson's house. The password is DICKS. Of course.

You're the Worst's Kether Donohue has a perfect cameo as Henderson's agent who sweetly shatters Forty's confidence with news that Forty's talent and work ethic don't add up to him having "It." After Joe steals Hendy's laptop, he returns to the party to find Forty drunk out of his mind, knife in hand, pitching his erotic celebrity rehab thriller to anyone who will listen.

Taking Forty home wins him major points with Love, leading to them having surprisingly kinky sex that her drunk brother can weirdly hear. The episode ends with the final revelation that Forty puked all over Henderson's toy room, which seems like it could be code for an underage sex dungeon. Joe can't kill him fast enough.

—Marcus Jones

Episode 4: "The Good, the Bad, & the Hendy"

From the start of the episode, it's clear that Joe grew up in a very violent household that affected him and his mother, but he is dealing with a much tamer domestic issue in the present. His relationship with Love has become adjacent to Laura Linney's plotline in Love, Actually, where they can't have sex because she keeps having to take care of her brother.

Joe can't preoccupy himself with Ellie's phone activity either after he learns that she's onto him. The teen has found a loophole around the spyware he installed on her phone, allowing her to maintain her "internship" with Henderson. Joe does learn the comedian will be away from his house though, creating a perfect window of time to break-in and find proof that Hendy is a predator.

Joe visits his storage unit prisoner for help and poses a hypothetical about how he could let Will escape. The secluded Will doesn't have an answer for that yet, but does provide the useful advice that any security sign meant to scare off intruders actually tells them exactly what frequency they need to break into the house. Joe gets his Bling Ring on and raids Henderson's house until he finds a latch made of Charles Dickens books leading to a sex dungeon, in which he finds photos of Delilah and Hendy's other victims under a tile.

Joe gathers up the photos and leaves them on Delilah's doorstep hoping they're the evidence she needs to expose Henderson, and heads off to brunch with Love and (surprise!) her three best friends. Joe manages to keep his cool, even though Love's pals sound very much like anti-vaxxers, but when Forty walks in on the fun, he flips.

Next, we see Delilah sleeping with a friend with benefits, who may be a source, but is definitely a cop. He promises her that he'll find out what she can do with Hendy's lewd photos. A flashback finally confirms Joe's mother was a prostitute who had boyfriends that would also physically abuse her young son.

Trying to give Delilah a gentle push towards writing the story that ends Henderson, Joe learns that she can't use any of the photos because there's no identifying information in them that ties back to the comedian. If that wasn't enough, Ellie is now set to hang out with Hendy.

Joe is in a rush to save Ellie, so he can't fully commit to hanging out with Forty like he told Love he would. Instead, he hypes up the brooding brother and sends him off on a red eye to the South By Southwest Festival to go pitch his movie. Back at the storage unit, Will finally makes his case on why his captor should let him go, saying that it'd be proof Joe is truly good.

On his way to saving Ellie, Joe receives a frustrated call from Love about how he should've notified her Forty was going to Texas without a sponsor so shortly after falling off the wagon. Now she has to go retrieve him.

Ellie finally convinces Henderson to watch her short film, but when she accepts his drink offer, the comedian is shown pouring drugs into the 15-year-old's juice. Luckily, while Hendy is busy roofie-ing her, Joe sneaks in to roofie Henderson, and drag the predator into his own secret lair.

Joe — wearing a Henderson mask — gets the comedian to admit to his predatory nature, but not before Hendy gets into Joe's head, coaxing him into taking off the mask so they can see each other for the monsters they both are. A fight between them ensues. Joe almost makes it upstairs, Hendy catches him, but is thrown down the stairs, and Joe now has to deal with another dead body in another basement. As Ellie awakes and escapes, Joe bleaches the floor and wipes the room of any evidence connecting him to the crime scene, including the dungeon's Roomba.

Just when Joe thinks he is finally home, Delilah's cop friend catches him red-handed, but lets him go with a warning and a new set of (Henderson's) headphones. Riding a lucky break, Joe takes a chance and lets his name-counterpart out of the storage prison, but is soon to feel the heat again when the episode ends showing Love and Forty back from SXSW with Candace, who's posing as a girl named Amy.

—Marcus Jones

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Episode 5: "Have a Good Wellkend, Joe!"

It's time for Joe to meet the parents. Love's mom and dad are renewing their vows during a "Wellkend" retreat, but Love is freaking out both because her parents are hard to please and because Forty is on the verge of spiraling after Henderson's death, which has been ruled a suicide. Love and Joe come up with a signal to use during the weekend: the ASL sign for "I love you," but "in a friendly, platonic way," Love tells Joe, who is dying to say it for real. Joe assures Love he's "good with parents," without divulging it's because he's fully researched hers.

Meanwhile, Ellie discovers the stash of kiddie porn her sister's been hiding. Delilah reveals it came from Henderson's house and that he'd also drugged and took snaps of her when she was underage. But Ellie is struggling to accept this version of Hendy that doesn't match the man she knew, and she tells her sister she doesn't believe it since there's no photo of Delilah in the bunch.

Over in the woods, Joe is indeed doing good with the parents, until Forty shows up and introduces his new girlfriend, an indie film producer named Amy Adam (an Enchanted nod to the source material), who is actually Candace. The exes play it off like they are meeting for the first time, but quickly take jabs at how fake the other's name sounds. In flashbacks, we start to learn more about what exactly Joe did to Candace. In this case, tie her up, take her to the woods, and knock her unconscious when she tries to escape. Present-day Joe gets her alone to ask how she found him. Turns out she saw him in a viral video of Forty making a drunk fool of himself at Henderson's party. She tells him she is there to protect the Quinn twins from him.

The next day, everyone gathers for some kind of wish manifestation circle that involves standing in the center, stating your goal, and getting a hug. For Candace, that hug comes via her assaulter and she flashes back to digging her way out of the ground after being BURIED ALIVE! by her ex — the one currently embracing her. The fact that she is enduring this trauma to try to prevent it from happening to another woman is extraordinary. She runs away to her yurt and pulls a knife on Joe. But he's in full gaslighting mode. "You don't want to protect them, you want to hurt me," he says, challenging her. But she's not like him. And we are reminded — as Penn Badgley so often insists himself — that Joe is not the good guy here.

Later, Love tells Joe she has some suspicions about Candace. "I agree she's the worst. Get rid of her now," he replies. "That's aggressive," Love scoffs. But she's got another problem when Joe mentions that Forty ordered Taco Bell, which turns out to be his relapse food (yo quiero crack), and she flies off the handle when Joe calls her overly obsessed (pot, meet kettle!). But Love was right. Joe finds Forty getting high and drags him to the vow renewal ceremony where the addict ends up causing a huge scene.

Soon we learn the reason Forty is such a mess and Love is so protective. Love reveals to Joe that when the twins were 13, Forty was in a sexual relationship with their 19-year-old au pair, which he didn't realize was abuse. The au pair, Sophia, was fired and killed herself, and Forty found the body. Joe reveals his dad hit him a lot as a kid. With secrets out, Joe and Love feel closer than ever as they tell each other those three magic words: "I wolf you."

Back in civilization, Ellie steals the photo evidence that Delilah's cop friend wants back and heads to the movies with a purse full of pornographic pics. Delilah tracks down the teen who says she now believes Henderson was a creep. Ellie convinces her sister to destroy the photos and it's hard to tell if she's being sincere or trying to protect Hendy. But Delilah believes Ellie when she says nothing could make her see her sister any differently, which is what really matters to her now. The sisters flush the polaroids — including the one of Delilah — down the toilet.

We learn that Candace tried to report her assault/attempted murder, but the police officer didn't believe her and warned her it would be more hassle than it's worth. (If only Merritt Wever and Toni Collette were on every case.) So this is why Candace is going after Joe — who is still trying to gaslight her by saying the whole burying her alive thing was "an accident" — on her own.

Forty announces he's now in A.A. and keeping himself busy adapting a book Candace found. That's right, Beck's posthumous book! Oh, and the police now think Henderson was murdered. Joe runs through his Arya kill list in his head: "Benji, Peach, Beck, Ron, Jasper, Henderson." And Candace assures the group that whoever did it won't get away. "Murder has a way of following you."

—Jillian Sederholm

Episode 6: "Farewell, My Bunny"

Kathy Griffin is giving the eulogy at Henderson's memorial, attended by Love and all of her besties for some reason. Candace is now calling Forty "bunny," her old pet name for Joe, which is causing her ex to alternate between thoughts of wanting to off her (again) and wanting to be a new man (who doesn't kill everyone). Love's friend Gabe announces he's spotted the "coveted third totem," pointing to two women wearing the same dress and the friends all freak out. Love explains they have a theory that Los Angeles has seven totems and once you find them all you are officially an Angeleno — and can never leave.

  1. A rollerblader in booty shorts
  2. A "ghetto bird" a.k.a. a police helicopter
  3. Two starlets wearing the same dress
  4. A pack of coyotes
  5. A dog in a stroller
  6. An off-brand superhero out of context
  7. A palm tree on fire

Love tells Joe this totem No. 3 sighting counts for him too. He's disgusted at the thought of being stuck in L.A. forever, and also isn't feeling great about being stuck at this memorial for a man he killed. He's not confident that he covered his tracks enough this time since cops will work harder to solve a murder case involving a celebrity.

The next day, Joe is following Candace down the street when a man in a janky Robin from Batman costume passes by (totem No. 6). Then Joe sees what he assumes to be a plainclothes cop looking for him and ditches his stalking mission. He stops by Delilah's apartment, where he finds her freaking out after burning her hand on a curling iron, and they share a moment as he helps her run cold water over the burn. Joe decides to spend time with Ellie after observing that she needs some attention. Joe's sweetness comes out when he's with the sisters, especially Ellie, which is reminiscent of how he was with his young neighbor Paco last season. But by now we are well aware that Joe takes everything too far, even when he truly seems to have someone's best interest at heart.

While lurking outside Candace's Airbnb later, Joe sees the cop again. As he hurries away, he spots a police chopper (totem No. 2) and hears the howls of a pack of coyotes (totem No. 4). He heads back to Anavrin, where a woman in booty shorts rollerblades past him (totem No. 1) and sees Love talking to that same cop. When he goes inside, Love is upset that he's late, but not that he is also a murderer using a fake name, so he's in the clear and confronts her about the cop, who turns out to be the family's private detective she's hired to look into Candace. Worried that following Candace will reveal his own secrets, he scolds Love who agrees to call off the PI.

Now Joe can go after Candace himself. As he sees it, she is "living on borrowed time," so he packs a goodie bag of duct tape and rope and breaks into her place, but quickly gets taken down and hog-tied by another woman. Meanwhile, Candace sneaks into Joe's apartment to find Love sitting at his kitchen table with the file the PI dug up. Candace tells Love who Joe really is and what he did to her and Beck, and that she only came here to protect Love, who doesn't seem to be totally buying it so Candace slips her photo proof.

Joe, who is freed after telling Krav Maga lady that he was just there for a prearranged BDSM fantasy with Candace, returns home to find Love baking cinnamon buns with a kink of her own. He takes a bite and gags. She reveals she used salt instead of sugar. "Sucks being lied to, huh?" she says, equating a surprisingly salty treat to telling a lover you're an entirely different person. Joe comes clean about his name and says Candace is a crazy ex who is the reason he left New York. And Beck? She was just a woman he went on one date with who posted a photo of them together to make her own ex jealous. Love seems to believe him, but still breaks things off. She goes back to Anavrin to sad-bake and think about the time she learned her husband was dying and had kept it secret from her for two months.

Joe is heartbroken but also taking this breakup well in that he hasn't killed anyone. Walking home, he passes a dog in a stroller (totem No. 5) and decides to go back to loving Love from a distance. He visits Delilah, who is working on her big Henderson takedown, but it's not going so well. Joe comforts her and they make out. He tries to stop, but she tells him she just wants to feel good again and so does he. Joe goes for a post-coital donut and thinks about how he needs to get the hell out of this town when he sees a group of people holding their phones up to film a palm tree on fire (totem No. 7). He realizes there's no fighting it, he is officially an Angeleno now, and decides to stick around for a while.

—Jillian Sederholm

Episode 7: "Ex-istential Crisis"

Fresh off of his night with Delilah, Joe wakes up contemplating his next move after Love dumped him and with Candace seemingly out of the picture. Spying on Love, he discovers she is hooking up with someone new already.

Back at Anavrin, the new guy and Love are getting cozy while Joe watches from afar. Forty shows up and informs him that her new paramour is none other than Milo Warrington (Lethal Weapon's Andrew Creer), the Aussie best friend of Love's late husband, James, who spent "two years traversing Asia so he could sprinkle James' ashes all over the Himalayas, and now he's back traversing Love's vagina, again, because he does that periodically." Turns out, Forty isn't a fan.

Joe later overhears Milo (who is clearly supposed to be a Hemsworth brother lite) telling Love that instead of traveling to Bali for 10 months, he wants to stay and for her to be his girlfriend, which she seems kind of iffy about. Joe decides to stalk Hemsworth Lite while on a hike, and encounters Gabe in the process, who convinces Joe to try acupuncture and questions him in the process. Joe gets surprisingly vulnerable with Gabe, prompting another flashback to his childhood, to the day his mom decided to leave his abusive father. Joe breaks down in tears.

Back at Anavrin, Ellie shows up and convinces Joe and Forty that she should be their new intern on the film they're working on, which Forty just put out a press release about, much to Joe's chagrin.

Later, Delilah shows up at Joe's apartment to inform him that her story about Henderson is going to be published in Variety. She thanks him for encouraging her to write it, the two go on a walk to get whiskey, open up to one another, and have sex in an alleyway. This catches the attention of the police, though, and the two wind up in jail. Oops. Joe panics, and he calls Forty to get him out. Forty comes through, and on their way out the cop recognizes Joe from the night of Henderson's murder, but it's unclear if he made the connection. Delilah and Joe agree it was fun but they should just be friends. Later, Forty and Hemsworth Lite get into it over Love, and Forty gets punched. Joe breaks things up.

The cop, whom Delilah refers to as "Finch," calls her and it's clear he's on to Joe. She shrugs it off at first but then plays detective, sneaking into his apartment and finding the keys to the storage unit, where she discovers his creepy cage and takes pictures of it. Just as she's leaving, Joe walks in. She pleads with him to think about Ellie being alone and before we see what happens, we're back to the flashback scene from his youth. He won't get in the car to disappear with his mom and some new guy. The episode ends back at the storage unit, where Delilah finds herself locked in the cage, pleading with Joe. He tells her he needs to "make some arrangements" but he wouldn't do anything to hurt her or Ellie. He asks her, "Can you trust me?" Cut to black.

—Lauren Huff

Episode 8: "Fear and Loathing in Beverly Hills"

We're back in the cage, with Delilah pleading and bargaining for her life like so many others have before her. Joe promises her he won't kill her, but he needs to make arrangements to leave town before he lets her out. He sets a timer (and timed-release handcuffs) for 16 hours, at which time Delilah will be free, and he will have left the country. Who wants to bet this doesn't go according to plan?!

At Anavrin, Love is with her friends. She confesses that she was just using Milo/Hemsworth Lite and she misses Joe. They convince her to go after him, just as he's slipping a goodbye letter in her locker. Forty finds Joe and tells him that apparently director Kathryn Bigelow is interested in their film pitch based on Beck's book. As a "parting gift" to Love, Joe agrees to help Forty.

With 14 hours left, Joe and Forty get kidnapped by two guys in suits. Forty then reveals he hired them to kidnap them and lock them in a hotel room so they could finish their script. But if Joe leaves, they will shoot him, and to make matters worse, they have his passport and his other getaway stuff.

As their recently hired intern/writing assistant, Ellie shows up to help, but she convinces Forty that the script needs a lot of work and Forty jumps out a window to avoid the guys holding them hostage (and to avoid more criticism), and Joe must follow with under 13 hours left on the clock. At Anavrin, a devastated Love has read Joe's letter, and her mom shows up to make amends.

Joe catches up with Forty at a bar, but things take a bizarre, dark turn for the worse when Forty kisses a newlywed(?) and reveals he laced Joe's drink with a heavy dose of LSD. Then things get… trippy.

While high, Joe hallucinates that he sees his younger self, Candace, and his mom. At one point, Forty convinces him to roleplay as Beck to understand her perspective more in the script. Things end with Joe choking Forty/Beck, but Forty gets him to stop before it's too late.  Then, Joe is in a bathroom with no idea how he got there, and his hands are covered in blood. Was it real?

Joe calls Love, who says she forgives him for the lies and just wants to be with him, and the two plan to run away together. Afterward, Forty informs Joe that he figured out Beck's story: it was the ex-boyfriend who killed her and framed Dr. Nicky. Just as Joe is about to kill Forty, Forty confesses that he figured it out because he did the same thing, not because he'd made the connection with Joe. Forty killed the au pair out of jealousy when she fell for another guy. The two hug it out, and at some point fall asleep.

Joe wakes up with 1 hour and 20 minutes left on the clock. He races to Delilah, only to find her dead in the cage in a pool of her blood. Welp, guess we know where that blood on his hands came from.

—Lauren Huff

Episode 9: "P.I. Joe"

If you've watched Supernatural or The Magicians, then you know YOU showrunner Sera Gamble loves to play with genre and refuses to adhere to one set structure. Thankfully, she's brought that flexibility over to YOU, which helps keeps things interesting. Episode 6 was cleverly structured around the satirical L.A. totems, and episode 8 was a trippy race against the clock. Now, the writers flip the switch yet again in episode 9, which is basically a whodunit that builds to a pretty amazing twist.

Picking up immediately after episode 8, "P.I. Joe" finds our homicidal romantic spiraling as he stares at Delilah's bloody corpse. He can't believe he could kill Delilah because he planned on letting her go (for Ellie) and, more importantly to Joe, if he did do this, then it means he's not worthy of Love. And that last part can't be true, so he sets about trying to figure out who could possibly have killed Delilah — even if it turns out to be him.

Basically, "P.I. Joe" is forcing Joe to confront exactly who he is and what he's done for L/love throughout his life; from what happened to Candace and Beck, to him killing his abusive father to protect his mom when he was younger. At the beginning of the season, Joe thought he could relocate to Los Angeles and simply move on from all of the murder back in New York, but here he's realizing that's not possible as he's forced to admit to himself that yeah, there's a chance he killed Delilah in an acid trippy haze.

In his mind, he runs through a list of suspects. First, he starts with Will, who, as it turns out, is actually safe and sound in Manila with his wife. From there, he briefly considers Delilah's patrol cop suitor but rules him out, too. Eventually, he makes his way to Forty's home in order to find out exactly what happened when they left the hotel room to get moon juice last night. Forty reveals that Joe made their driver drop him off at the storage unit facility because he wanted to see Delilah (Forty assumed that he was just booty-calling her). Apparently, while Joe was doing that, Forty FaceTimed Candace and met up with her for sex.

As the evidence pointing toward him as the murderer starts piling up, Joe heads back to his apartment because Ellie, who is hanging there with Love, starts freaking out over Delilah's disappearance. When Joe arrives, he finds Ellie breaking things in the kitchen and crying about how everyone in her life leaves her. She blames herself, which is heartbreaking since both we and Joe know she's definitely not responsible. Yet again, Joe is forced to confront the destruction his pursuit of love has wrought.

Meanwhile, Candace pays Forty a visit and congratulates him on finishing his script. When Forty pushes her away yet again, Candace doubles down and points out that Forty's an idiot for not realizing that he inadvertently solved Beck's murder with his script and that Joe is the murderer. But by this point, Joe has done a good job of convincing everyone that Candace is nothing more than a crazy ex-girlfriend and Forty orders her to leave. "What is it about Joe f—ing Goldberg? Why is it that no one can see him for what he is?" Candace frustratedly wonders. The answer is obvious: the patriarchy. YOU gets at how we've all been conditioned to dismiss women like Candace.

Things start to turn around for Candace, though, because as she rewatches a video Forty sent her the night before, she notices Joe walking toward the storage facility in the background. Determined to find the evidence to take Joe down, she heads there, finds Joe in the prison, and locks him inside. From there, Candace uses Joe's phone and lures Love to the storage unit so she can finally see the man she loves for who he really is.

When Love finally shows up, Joe has his come to Jesus moment (kind of). He confesses to murdering Delilah and Henderson and trying to kill Candace. "I thought I was doing it for the best reasons, for love," he says. "But it was never really love. I never knew love until I met you." However, this isn't a moment of redemption, because Joe still doesn't completely grasp how terrible he's been; he's still concerned with this meaning he's not worthy of Love and not the fact that he's a serial killer. So after Love runs out of the unit crying, Joe decides to accept responsibility for what he's done and pushes his secret key through one of the air holes.

Meanwhile, Candace chases after Love and winds up getting stabbed in the neck by Love! As Candace bleeds out on the floor, Love returns to Joe, picks up the key he discarded, and tells Joe that she took care of it. With that, YOU pulls off quite the last-minute twist and confirms my suspicions about Love. We'll have to wait to see how the show explains this big move in the finale, but I think it works.

Chancellor Agard

Episode 10: "Love, Actually"

One of the best things about YOU's first season was its sense of inevitability. As season 1 unfolded, subverting rom-com tropes and diving deeper into Joe's toxicity, it became clear that the season had to end with Beck's death. That's the only way it could've ended if the show wanted to make its point. While season 2 has a different shape than the first season, it has captured that feeling because everything that happens in the perfectly-titled finale feels, well, inevitable.

As I (as well as co-recapper Sydney Bucksbaum) mentioned above, I was immediately suspicious of Love at the beginning of the season. Unlike Beck, she seemed so intent on being in a relationship with Joe. Every time he pulled away, because he wanted to take things slowly, she pushed forward even harder, ignoring Joe's wishes. In other words, she was basically Joe-ing Joe. And the finale actually reveals the true extent to this.

The episode begins with Love basically recapping the entire season from her perspective. She starts out by revealing she killed Forty's rapist au-pair, which leads into an explanation of how the broken Quinn family made her want to create a family of her own. Once her husband died, though, she thought she'd never be able to — that is until she saw Joe at Anavrin. From there, she did everything she could to make this work. Then once the Candace drama went down, she investigated Joe and learned about everything that happened in New York. She saw the real him and fell deeper in love because of what he was willing to do for love. When Delilah discovered his secret, Love took matters into her hands and killed her for them because she's pregnant with his child.

Joe is stunned and disgusted by this revelation because it shatters what he thought he knew about Love. The thing is, he didn't actually know that much about her. He was just simply projecting his own fantasy of the "perfectly imperfect girl" onto her instead of acknowledging that she's actually a person with her own interior life that he couldn't be privy to. If he wasn't so consumed with this imaginary version of her, he may not have missed the warning signs that have been there the entire time. In the same way that season 1 deconstructed the idea of the "nice guy romantic lead," season 2 has done the same for the perfect girl. Joe got exactly what he wanted — the perfect woman who would accept every part of him — and he hates it.

YOU loves to play with perspective. Joe's limited view of the world also partially hid this twist from the audience, too. Sure, I had my suspicions at the beginning, but I definitely forgot about them as the season went on because we see most of the show's world from Joe's viewpoint. In hindsight, though, the show dropped many breadcrumbs for us along the way. First, there was the fact that Love is a baker. Her preferred method of killing is slicing people's throats, which is very Sweeney Todd. Then, there was the deliciously twisted and Hannibal-esque montage, which juxtaposed Joe dismembering a body as she cooked him a delicious meal. My favorite hint, though, is the "I wolf you," which was their replacement for "I love you." A wolf is a predatory animal, and these two are definitely very predatory when it comes to romance.

Once Love reveals she's pregnant, Joe feels almost compelled to stay with her because he wants to be a good father since he had such a terrible childhood. Love eventually frees him from his cell, and both of them attend her friends' wedding.

Meanwhile, Forty takes a trip to NYC and meets with Dr. Nicky, who confirms what Candace told him: Joe killed Beck. Forty returns to L.A. determined to protect his sister from Joe. After being barred from the wedding, Forty summons Joe to Anavrin. Love tags along and actually goes inside first, hoping that she can calm her brother down. She's wrong, because it turns out that Forty has always known how messed up his sister is, too, and it has been eating him up. It's unclear if he actually knows she murdered the au-pair, or if he just had a weird sense about her. (I wonder if this is why he globed onto Joe early on and made jokes about him hooking up with anyone else). Either way, learning she's pregnant with Joe's baby doesn't decrease his desire to kill Joe. Thankfully, Officer Fincher arrives and shoots Forty before he can shoot Joe.

With Forty dead and a baby on the way, Joe feels even more compelled to stay with Love because she "needs him." As we find out via a time-jump, Joe views their relationship as a prison of his own making. Earlier in the season, Joe collected all of the L.A. totems which meant he could never leave, but he definitely couldn't predict just how trapped he would feel. Anyway, he's prepping for her to give birth and to be the father he never had. Hopefully, things go better than they did with Paco or Ellie, whom Joe told to leave the city after Delilah died and frequently sends money to.

That being said, though, Joe is already looking forward to his freedom. As he heads out into the backyard to read, he catches a glimpse at their next-door neighbor. "But that's not how destiny works is it? This is just beginning. Because this is where I had to be, exactly where I had to be to meet you," he says, peering through a crack in the backyard fence. "I will figure out a way to get to you. See you soon…neighbor." Nothing ever ends and the cycle continues because Joe still hasn't found what he's looking for.

Chancellor Agard


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You Season Two Ends With an Arch, Revelatory Twist

Love is all he needs. Photo: Beth Dubber/Netflix

There is a look that settles across Joe Goldberg’s face in the finale of You’s second season that I can’t get out of my head. Gone is the wiry menace with which he usually navigates the world. In its place is a prickly, dejected confusion as Joe (Penn Badgley) listens to his latest paramour, the heiress and chef Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), as she carefully extols her myopic derangement and the murders she has committed — including that of the poor Delilah Alves (Carmela Zumbado). In essence, his dream girl becomes a nightmare.

Like its first season, You season two is arch, infuriating, and wholly engaging. There were issues that prickled, of course: Joe’s insistence that wearing a baseball cap is like donning an invisibility cloak; the grating precociousness of Delilah’s young sister, Ellie (Jenna Ortega); and, of course, the near perfection of Love herself. But with the revelation that Love is as murderous and warped by the traumas of familial life as Joe is, You reshapes the understanding of this season and its two most important characters, revealing the corrosiveness of all-consuming desire.

What Joe was looking for in Love was a vessel, the kind of woman he could map his needs and desires upon, absolving him of the darkness he chooses not to face. What he finds instead is a mirror that reflects everything he doesn’t want to see in himself: his propensity for great violence, the looming darkness within him, and the horrors of his childhood. Joe may not see himself as abusive, but how else can you describe a man who stalks, manipulates, and even kills women when they don’t fit into the storybook romance he seeks to write?

Throughout this season, flashbacks to Joe’s fraught childhood revealed how he witnessed his mother’s abuse at the hand of her husband and how he eventually killed the man to save her. The washed-out nature of these flashbacks initially renders them as blunt visual clichés; worst yet, I thought they were a way to absolve Joe and make him more sympathetic. But by the end of the season, I came to see them as prescribing a reason for his villainy, not absolving it. They are a venue to witness the ways that abuse cycles through generations. And the twist about Love underscores that we have choices when it comes to the pitfalls of our familial life: Will we repeat them or buck them entirely?

There is a swath of the penultimate episode where it seems Joe is finally stepping into reality after Candace (Ambyr Childers) locks him in his own cage with Delilah’s dead body and plans to call the police about his crimes. What kind of man would do this?, he thinks to himself. Has Candace been right all along? Have I just been refusing to face who I really am? This doesn’t last. Candace texts Love, who arrives at the storage facility to find Joe locked in his glass prison with Delilah’s body. Love’s reaction isn’t what I expected at all, of course: When Candace goes to comfort her, she takes a broken bottle and slices her throat in one faithful gesture. She then confesses to Joe that she killed Delilah so their relationship wouldn’t be threatened. In learning that Love had killed Delilah, Joe can pretend he’s a good man who kills only for the right reasons, not a sociopath with little self-awareness.

To accept Love would be to accept who he really is. With the sudden knowledge that Love is pregnant — an exclamation that stops Joe from bringing the sharp end of a handcuff to her jugular — Joe can cast himself as a savior once more. He isn’t complicit in Love’s crimes or a villain himself; he’s a noble man trying to protect his unborn child. This savior role acts as both a shield and a cudgel, a way for Joe to rewrite his violence and a reason to exact that violence in the first place.

Of course, a major reason Joe is able to adopt his savior persona once again is the death of Love’s brother, Forty (James Scully), who intended to kill Joe and “save” his sister. He’s manic in the finale, jumping with nervous energy as he tells Love she’s as broken as he is and puts a gun to Joe’s forehead. But before he can pull the trigger, he’s shot by Detective Fincher (Danny Vasquez). When Joe sees Love crumpled on the floor near Forty, he returns to the role that he loves and that he believes himself to be: the avenging savior, nursing a woman back from the throes of grief. Forty’s death is another fascinating example of the ways violence is engendered by and follows Joe. Is it any surprise that Forty dies, considering anyone who tries to reveal the truth about Joe meets a similar fate? Is it a surprise, considering the ways violence bleeds into nearly every aspect of Love and Joe’s lives?

By describing his relationship with Love as a prison in the closing moments of the season, Joe reveals his inability to face himself. If the finale implies in its last few minutes — with Joe creeping on his partially hidden neighbor, surrounded by an orderly suburban landscape — that he will continue his patterns, it reworks our understanding of Love entirely. Throughout this season, Love has come across as the “perfectly imperfect” girl. She can bake and cook extravagant meals! She’s beset by abusive parents and a wreck of a brother, but she still loves wholeheartedly! She has a traumatic past! She’s cool! She’s free and open and kind! There were subtle hints to Love’s obsessive qualities, such as the intensity of her reaction when Joe decides to take things slowly and not rush headlong into the relationship, but I wasn’t prepared for the twist that casts Love as a figure like Amy Dunne, the beguiling lead of Gone Girl who goes to great lengths to punish, then entrap, her husband.

The best scenes in the finale occur when Joe is trapped in his own glass prison as Love turns the tables on him. “You know why this is happening? Because while I was seeing you, really seeing you, you were busy gazing at a goddamn fantasy,” Love says, looming over him. Love peels back the layers of Joe’s psyche to reveal that he isn’t in love with the women who have crossed his path but with the idea of them and the ways they can fit into a narrative he alone crafts. Gone Girl collapsed the boundaries in noir between the femme fatale and the angelic dame by fiercely interrogating marriage and desire. In the same manner, You makes the dream girl and madwoman the same person. In doing so, it reveals both the strange strictures that put a chokehold on women’s lives and considers the darker edges of desire. You takes the common fears of women — of being projected upon, manipulated, gaslit, and killed by the men in our lives — and heightens them to the pitch of horror. After Love locks him in his glass cage, Joe imagines himself in the same position as his last love and victim, Beck (Elizabeth Lail), showing how completely unaware he is and how all his issues are of his own making.

As I wrote in my review of the second season, one of the most important lenses through which to view You is the Bluebeard folktale. Here are the outlines of the story if you’re not familiar: A rich Frenchman marries a young woman and advises her that his sprawling home is all hers, except for a single room to which he still gives her the faithful key. Her curiosity consumes her. What she finds is a room housing the remains of his previous wives, whom he murdered. (She’s eventually saved by her own ingenuity and the help of her family in some versions.) Bluebeard has always been a tale about desire, and that’s also the center of gravity of You. Desire is never apolitical. It is fused to our notions of race, gender, and power whether we want to face that fact or not. In You,the politics of desire rests on notions of privilege. It’s what powers the ethos of the series. It’s what allows Joe to slip past the justice he rightfully deserves. In the same way that Joe can shape the world around him in destructive ways because his white maleness acts as a shield from greater scrutiny, so too can Love do the same because of her own whiteness and wealth. That’s what gives You fascinating heft beyond its ecstatically rendered twists and turns: its considerations of how our desires are politicized and how those politics affect the ways we grapple with desire in the first place.

You season two ends by binding Love and Joe together in a twisted dynamic — married, pregnant, and the picture of suburban bliss — that she sees as the perfect romance, while he views it as a prison, giving way to fascinating questions to approach in the next season. Will Love be a bad mother, as Forty suggested before he was shot to death? What will Joe look like as a father? What will happen when Love realizes how different their outlooks are and that he does indeed think she’s mad? Most important, what kind of man will Joe become when trapped in a golden cage of his own making?


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You - Season 2 Recap

'You' Season 2 Recap and Ending Explained: Everything You Need to Remember Before Season 3

By Rae Torres


Hello, you. Need a refresher on everything that went down in Season 2 of 'You'? We've got you covered. 

[Editor's note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 2 finale of You, "Love, Actually."]

It has been nearly two years since the second season of You premiered on Netflix on December 26, 2019. After an excruciatingly long wait, Netflix announced last week that, finally, Season 3 is almost here. With 10 brand new episodes, Season 3 of You is set to drop on October 15. It's been a long time since we last broke into a cold sweat waiting for Joe (Penn Badgley) to claim his next victim, so we've provided you with a brief recap of Season 2 and that shocking plot twist.

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Body Count: 7 (and shockingly, only 3 of whom were at the hands of Joe)

October 15 is rapidly approaching, so there's no time to waste. Here is everyone who died in Season 2 of You.

Joe's Father (Flashback)

We dove deeper into Joe's past in Season 2, specifically the abusive relationship between his mother (Magda Apanowicz) and father. Joe's father physically and emotionally abused both him and his mother, while Joe's mother often neglected Joe and left him by himself while she sought the company of other men. In Season 2, we witness Joe's first murder in which he killed his father to protect his mother.

Love and Forty's Au-Pair (Flashback)

Ah, Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), the "perfectly imperfect girl" who delivered that earth-shattering plot twist. Joe's new love interest proved that her co-dependent relationship with her twin brother Forty (James Scully) knows no bounds. She reveals that when she and Forty were younger, they had an au-pair from Spain named Sofia (Brooke Johnson) who entered into a sexual relationship with Forty. Forty believed that he and Sofia were in love, but Love saw what Forty could not: Forty was a minor being sexually abused. We learn that Love slashed the au-pair's throat in a severe, violent act of protection. She figured it would be better if her parents thought Forty murdered the au-pair, so she staged it to look like Forty murdered Sofia in a blackout rage. The powerful Quinn family then played it off as a suicide.


After Joe steals the identity of the real Will Bettelheim (Robin Lord Taylor) and locks him in his cage, he soon finds himself in a compromising position. It turns out that Will is in an enormous amount of debt to his client Jasper (Steven W. Bailey). Joe meets with Jasper in hopes to pay him off, but unfortunately for Joe, Will owes Jasper a whopping 50,000 dollars. Jasper cuts Joe's finger off and threatens to kill him if he doesn't get the money. Joe eventually brings Jasper to the cage and explains that he isn't the real Will Bettelheim. Jasper doesn't care either way if he isn't going to get his 50 grand, so he takes out his pocket knife to kill Joe, who stabs and kills him with a knife from his workbench. Later, he chops Jasper's body into pieces, shoves them in a meat grinder, and then disposes of them in the dumpster. Classic Joe, am I right?

Henderson, aka "Hendy"

Henderson (Chris D'Elia), the famous "man of the people" comedian with a secret history of child molestation, is Joe's second victim in Season 2. Joe feels it is his duty to protect Ellie (Jenna Marie Ortega), Delilah's (Carmela Zumbado) 15-year-old sister who is Hendy's intern. Joe manages to drug and tie Henderson up in his basement, and demands that Hendy confess to his crimes. After Henderson breaks out of his ropes and tries to get away, Joe chases him and throws him against a wall in an attempt to keep him from escaping, which ultimately ends up killing Hendy. Joe stages it to look like a suicide, though it isn't long before it is being investigated as a murder.


In one of the most tragic deaths in both Seasons 1 and 2 of You, Joe finds Delilah lying dead in his cage in a pool of her own blood after Joe locked her in when she finds out his secret life as a cold-blooded murderer. Joe assumes he is the one who murdered Delilah during a hazy drug-infused night after Forty secretly slips LSD in his drink. He finds out in a shocking twist that it was in fact Love who killed Delilah. Love found the keys to Joe's cage and after finding Delilah locked up, slashed her throat in order to protect Joe.


In a shocking turn of events, after Candace (Ambyr Childers) calls Love to see what (she assumes) Joe has done to Delilah, Love slashes Candace's throat, killing her in what seems to be a signature move, one that Love justifies as doing no matter what it takes to protect those she loves. It is a tragic ending for Candace who, as we learn in Season 2, was buried alive by Joe. It turns out, it would have probably been a lot better had Candace called the cops instead of Love after she locked Joe in the cage.


In the Season 2 finale, Forty begins to piece together the truth about Joe. He already found out and accepted that Joe took on a false name, but once he discovers with certainty that Joe is a murderer, Forty races to warn Love. Of course, Forty does not know that Love already knows everything there is to know about Joe's murderous secrets, and is devising a plan with Joe to mollify Forty and convince him that his beliefs about Joe are just delusions. In a final showdown at Anavrin, Forty holds a gun to Joe's head. Joe closes his eyes and seemingly accepts his fate when Delilah's long-time hook-up LAPD officer David Fincher (Danny Vasquez) busts in and shoots Forty. After Forty dies, Fincher begins to look at Forty for Henderson's murder, a terrible and false legacy the troubled Quinn brother will now leave behind.

Season 2 Ending Explained

We should have known that there was something suspicious about Love when she actually took the time to make Joe an entire pan of cinnamon rolls with salt instead of sugar just to make a point.

In the Season 2 finale, it becomes clear that Joe really has met his match. In a shocking plot twist, it is revealed that Love murdered Delilah, Joe's neighbor and brief love interest who found out Joe's murderous history. When Joe locks Delilah in his cage, he is determined to let her out and to prove to himself that he is not the murderer he has been in the past. He knows that Delilah does not deserve to die, and more importantly to Joe, Ellie will be left alone if he kills Delilah. Like Joe shows in Season 1 with Paco, he has a soft spot when it comes to protecting children, likely due to the darkness of his own childhood.

Joe promises to Delilah that he will let her out after he makes plans to leave the city as quickly as possible. He sets a timer on the pair of handcuffs he uses on Delilah so that once he is long gone from LA, she will be freed. Unfortunately, as he is making preparations, he runs into Forty who wants his help with the script they are working on. After Forty drugs Joe in an attempt to channel their inner creative genius and finish the script for his film adaptation of Beck's (Elizabeth Lail) book, Joe can't piece together the events of the night. To his horror, he finds Delilah dead in his cage, her throat slashed. Naturally, he assumes that he is the one who murdered her.

To make matters even worse, Candace, who has found Joe and is determined to keep Joe from harming the Quinn family, finds the keys to Joe's storage unit where he keeps his cage. She manages to lock Joe in the cage along with Delilah, whom she assumes Joe killed, just as he did Beck and attempted to do to her. Candace calls Love so she can show her once and for all who Joe truly is. When Love arrives and finds Joe in the cage, she tells Candace to let him out and begs Joe to tell Candace he didn't do this. When Joe admits to his true colors, Love walks away, seemingly sickened, and vomits in a trash can. When Candace goes after her, Love turns around and in a shocking move, slashes Candace's throat with a broken bottle, instantly killing her.

She goes back to Joe and tells him that she dealt with Candace. Joe is horrified and believes he has broken her. To his utter disbelief and horror, Love tells him that she was the one who killed Delilah and that she knows all about Joe's past after her family's PI managed to dig up some information on him. Not only does she forgive Joe's actions, she defends them. According to Love, Joe was justified in his murderous actions because, like her, he was forced to do bad things while learning how to survive when they were really young. Then she drops another bombshell: she was the one who killed Forty's au-pair after she sexually abused him. She claims that she and Joe are the same. They are soulmates.

Joe is absolutely horrified. He asks Love to think about Ellie, and Love reveals she already thought out a plan for Ellie. She has framed Ellie for Henderson's death, but only so that she can lawyer her up with the Quinn family lawyer, who will make the case go away due to the lack of evidence and the fact that Ellie is a 15-year-old girl. Then, Delilah's body will be found with a suicide note, revealing Henderson's true colors and making her a feminist icon, effectively killing Ellie's case. Ellie will then walk away with settlement money that will provide for her for life. Love tells him, "While I was seeing you, really seeing you, you were busy staring at a goddamn fantasy. A perfectly imperfect girl. You saw what you wanted to see. But I was always right here, the whole time. It wasn't that hard. All you had to do was look."

Joe, stunned, speaks for all of us: "What. The. Fuck?"

Joe eventually convinces Love to let him out of the cage. When she does, he immediately tries to slash her throat with Delilah's broken cuffs. Then, Love drops one last bombshell: she is pregnant with his child. Joe, stunned by the revelation, realizes he can't kill her. He is resigned to spend his life with Love so that he can be the father he never had, even though his image of Love is completely destroyed.

Meanwhile, Forty begins to piece together Joe's past and races to warn Love. In a showdown at Anavrin, Forty desperately tries to tell Love who Joe really is and what he has really done. Love, who of course already knows, tries to talk Forty down and convince him that he is just spiraling. In a desperate attempt to stop Forty, who holds a gun to Joe's head, Love tells him that she is pregnant. Forty, however, is firm in his decision. Joe closes his eyes, accepting his fate, when Officer Fincher suddenly bursts into the cafe and shoots Forty, killing him. Love is devastated.

We then flash forward to the future, where we see Joe and Love have moved to the California suburbs. Love is much further along in her pregnancy, and Joe delivers his final monologue of the season. Joe can't wait to meet his child, although he says that he was resigned to living in a cage he built for himself. Until, that is, he realized destiny works in mysterious ways. All of the traumatic events up to this point have led him to the perfect place to meet... "you," the mysterious woman who lives on the other side of the fence.

And here we go again.

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You season 2 recap: Catch up before season 3 arrives

**Warning – Major spoilers ahead**

You season 3 is close to dropping on Netflix, preparing to reunite fans with the charming duo made up of Joe and his new accomplice/girlfriend, Love, and viewers are keen to indulge in a season 2 recap before the new chapter arrives.

Penn Badgely and Victoria Pedretti are set to return for more bloodshed within this third season, which will no doubt challenge the couple’s relationship. While new characters come and inevitably go within their life, it will be interesting to see who makes it to the end of season 3.

You Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix



You Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix





You season 2 recap and how many episodes

You season 2 had 10 episodes in total and a whopping seven deaths to keep track of throughout the narrative.

The second season allowed us to delve deeper into Joe’s childhood, focusing on the abusive relationship between his mother and father. During a flashback we see Joe killing his father in order to protect his mother.

After Joe steals Will Bettelheim’s identity, he soon realized that the real Will was in debt to his client, Jasper. After Japer hounds Joe and cuts his finger off, the only option left for the serial killer was to chop Jasper into bits.

Season 2 also introduced us to Joe’s new landlord, Delilah, and her 15-year-old sister, Ellie. Once Ellie became involved with comedian Henderson, Joe found out that he had a history of child molestation and proceeds to kill Henderson – accidentally this time. Joe ends up making it look like a suicide.

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When Delilah found out about Joe’s secret life as a serial killer, he locked her in his sound-proof cage. Joe later found her dead. Believing that he killed her after taking drugs one night, it was revealed that Love Quinn was the one who killed her in order to protect Joe.

Once we were introduced to Love and her unstable brother, Forty, we found out that Love also killed the au pair who used to look after them when they were kids, because she was sexually abusing Forty as a minor.

Love’s killing spree didn’t stop there, however, as season 1 character Candice was added to the kill list after she threatened Joe.

In the season 2 finale, Love locks Joe in his own cage only to be coerced into letting him out again. Joe then tries to slash her throat but is stopped when Love reveals she is pregnant with his child. Joe then resigns to become the father he had always wanted to be and spend his life with Love – even though his infatuation with her had worn off.

How many people has Joe killed?

In total, Joe has killed eight people over the two seasons of You.

Season 1 saw the end of Benji, Peach Salinger, Elijah, Ron, and Beck. Season 2 saw the aforementioned deaths of Jasper, Henderson, and his father in flashback.

When is the season 3 release date on Netflix?

You season 3 is scheduled to release on Friday, October 15, 2021, on Netflix.

The third season was renewed back in January 2020 and will contain 10 episodes.

The trailer for season 3 showed Joe and Love with their baby and a whole bunch of new characters. Joe and Love’s relationship will be tested as Joe finds a new woman to obsess over.

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