Season 1, Episode 8
Date of release: October 18, 2019 (Netflix)
Is it a good or a bad thing that this season of television ended in the most predictable fashion? Kate’s pregnancy I saw coming from a couple of miles away, and a couple of Miles’ fighting it out in the hopes to kill the other was also the most obvious part of the premise. While I’m asking myself the question about the show’s predictability during its most important episode, I can at least say that it was a fun watch. The dance number was a nice idea, albeit a certain way to put additional minutes into the episode and push up its length, and new Miles trying to find a way to best put a bullet in his head was somewhat amusing, making me feel ashamed that I found humor in a scene about suicide (does that make Timothy Greenberg a weird writer?). So yeah, a lot of questionable things about the closing 35 minutes of this season, but those questionable things didn’t dampen the joy of the show in general. Although maybe let’s not think about the ending too hard right now, because I don’t want to imagine that Kate’s pregnancy is leading to Miles, Miles and Kate living happily ever after. That’s kind of a great sitcom plot though.
New Miles wanting to kill himself made his character seriously dark and I have no idea where that came from. In the previous episode he was planning to murder the original Miles so that he can have Kate all to himself, but apparently new Miles was capable of changing from lust of murder to lust of suicide in a heartbeat. Besides that, the timeline was freaking off by some weird margins in this episode, turning new Miles’ change from a murderous bastard to a suicidal depressed human being into something of a joke. Between witnessing Miles getting kidnapped and hearing Kate come into the house, the only things new Miles did was trying on some of Miles’ clothes, behaving like a depressed man and waiting for Kate. What original Miles was doing during the time was getting kidnapped, interrogated, thirsty, all followed by a montage of him reading magazines and drinking breastmilk, which was then followed by Miles getting back home from wherever he was — it’s an adventure I believe took most of the day, which I guess is time enough for new Miles to just hang in the house of his original and wait for stuff to happen. Which is usually something original Miles has been doing for the past few years.
But it doesn’t even stop here. As soon as Kate enters the house and new Miles is preparing to be Miles, the actual Miles comes home and starts the dance-off. Not only did Kate not have to wait long for her husband to return, but new Miles pretty much watched all of the dance, went to his apartment, thought about suicide, and then tried out multiple ways to kill himself, including a pretty smart way of not creating a huge mess for the cleanup crew by putting his head into a trash bag. That probably took some minutes, but in the same time, original Miles finished the dance with his wife, learned from her that she slept with new Miles and then made the decision to go to him and kill him. On his way there, he called new Miles on the phone, who answered after he tried out his suicidal options. When the timeline of a television show is screwed up like this, it takes me out of the episode and all I’m wondering about is how Greenberg messed it up so much in that regard and how he could drop the ball like this. Putting question marks over my head for a dance scene and new Miles’ options for suicide by shooting himself in the head? Is that what happens when you don’t have a writing partner or a writers room? Because I’m sure that issue would have been brought up and I would not have been nitpicky here.
But here we are. Miles and Miles had the talk, Kate realized whom she really loved, and in a way this season could not have had a better happy end, just in case Netflix is going to be crazy to not give Paul Rudd a second round at his television show, now that Greenberg has the chance to maybe even change the genre and production style of his project. Would it not be freaking crazy in the business of television when LIVING WITH YOURSELF changes from a black comedy drama to a sitcom between seasons that depicts a wife, her husband and his clone living together and raising a kid? It would probably do the show some good after it dropped Miles’ work and the contract with Hillston that was of such importance during the opening episodes.