Season 3 of Tryings takes resident assholeis on a hell of a redemption tour.
Yes, we are talking about Freddy (Oliver Chris), the guy who blew up his life in Season 1 of the Apple TV+ comedy by cheating on his wife, Erica (Ophelia Lovibond). He is a handsome, privileged, selfish guy who lacks even the basic self-awareness. Hell continue to disappoint as a father, partner, and friend until he puts in the effort necessary to flourish.
Freddy takes the first step toward self-improvement when he notices a flyer for group therapy that says, "Fellowing Lonely?" In an unexpected twist, instead of attending the professionally-led session, he puts his own sorely disguided take on group therapy.
Freddy summons an assortment of jerks to join his group, Arseholes Anonymous, or as he calls it, the other AA, in a story so ridiculous it's genuinely comical.
Freddy crashes an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting accidentally while trying to attend the therapy session from the flyer. When the director welcomes him as an AA member, he introduces himself: Hi, my name is Freddy. I am not an alcoholic, im just an apologist. Is it really that different?
Freddy asserts that assholes have no safe place to go and talk, and that when he confesses he had an affair with his family, the kind circle of strangers assures him that one bad act does not mean he isnt a good person. Other traits include: being sexist, and visiting a website that contains all Game of Thrones nude scenes.
Chris's emotional, straight-faced delivery of Freddy's outrageous confessions bolsters the humor while reminding viewers of all the assholes they've encountered in life.
The meeting becomes less gracious as Freddy's confession becomes more cringeworthy. Until he receives a reply, he types a 100, then deletes a zero and sends the message. However, hey, its still something.
Freddy's Alcoholics Anonymous experience is so profound (for him and him alone) that it inspires the creation of Arseholes Anonymous, a program with one simple step: Don't be an arsehole.
Freddy tells Jason (Rafe Spall) that he understands that he is a bad guy, but that's because nothing awful has ever happened to him. I've created a safe haven for assholes to come together and change, because I've got a lot of good things in my life that I'm not entitled to.
Freddy invites adults into a room one by one, but no one replies, because theyre assholes. He addresses the fact that no one else brought biscuits. He asks a new member to introduce himself, but he doesn't expect much from him. He's contemplating volunteering in a soup kitchen.
The narrative isn't meant to deceive or discredit the real AA or encourage bad behavior, but it's a clever way to sway our attention to the screen. The r/AmItheAsshole is both absolut absurd and totally non-fake in today's society, while also illustrating all too familiar pretentious, selfish, and depressing thought processes.
Olivia asks why they all want to be better people. Were already the best, she adds. Assholes run things, because they were the only ones with the stomach for it. And, she reminds her, assholes can only do things when assholes act like assholes. Lawrence returns, but only to steal the meeting snacks.
Freddy sends some snacks to a food pantry rather than returning to his role as resident asshole. This storyline was the most funny and unconventional vehicle for reflection, yet it worked. Starting the other AA was an asshole move, but Freddy is finally attempting, and thats what shows.