With a brush like that, “Looking For Results” could be called Gayhood. It’s a day in a life of one immature happy male in particular, Patrick Murray, now shifting down a contrition turn over his event and certain he has AIDS as karma. But what happens via that day—which starts in a center of a discuss between Patrick and Kevin one afternoon and ends in a center of another a next—passes by a whole network of people. Patrick, Agustín, Dom, and Doris widespread out and strike into aged friends. New characters are introduced. One repeated clarity never shows, and another is usually talked about. It’s an partial of chronological revisionism and suppositious timelines. Formative story bumps into destiny dreams. Even a benefaction is a garland of branches off a same tree, that impulse in childhood where we knew we were happy and unexpected became alone. “Looking For Results” is a day in a life of a happy community. Two episodes in and deteriorate dual already has a “Looking For The Future.”
At initial we suspicion it competence be a spitting picture of that episode, usually with Patrick and Kevin. It opens during a motel in a center of a day, both of them exposed in bed, one of them proof it, mislaid in indisputable sham talk, a whole stage personification out in an interesting prolonged take (two mins plus—that’s TV-long). Nobody writes naturalistic discourse like creator Michael Lannan and company. Poor Togetherness carrying to lay corresponding with Looking. Patrick’s revelation Kevin a childhood story about how whenever his dad’s best crony would come over, he would unexpected get a titillate to dance his Solid Gold dance moves. His father usually wanted him to stop dancing, during that Kevin finally breaks from mock-judgment to a still clarity of Mr. Murray—“Shut a fuck up!”—and afterwards laughter. Until that moment, there’s a clarity of Patrick being approach some-more into it, “it” being a review and by prolongation their relationship. Kevin’s improving as it turns out, yet it feels like he’s creation Patrick stir him. But for one thing, Kevin usually isn’t as fluent as Patrick, and for another, he’s meditative about his possess childhood, that brings adult a story, well, a childhood dance he’s too broke to perform. It sets adult a whole partial of contrition and flux, a disproportion between how we are and how you’d like to be. Patrick adorably sums adult his story: “I had a outrageous vanquish on my dad’s best crony Tony, and we usually indispensable to dance.” When you’re a kid, we don’t know since we feel a certain way. You usually do.
Time is elliptical in “Looking For Results,” many apparently in dual transitions. The initial is a cut from Patrick and Kevin in a hotel to them in a behind of a bus, still carrying on a same review about British label diversion Top Trumps. That’s partly to get by a timespan. We’ve gotta fist this whole day into these size-26 jeans. It also, in this scene, gives a clarity of romance, like Patrick’s so in a clouds he doesn’t even notice what happened between a hotel and a bus. But time usually moves differently in “Looking For Results.” It skips, it forks, it loops behind around on itself. Everything that has happened or could occur is fighting to impact what is happening.
More tangibly, a partial is a map of a happy community, well, a happy community, anyway. In my experience, the gay village is usually something true people speak about. It starts with Kevin and Patrick, who go to work, where Patrick reconnects with Owen, who gets Patrick dismissed adult with bedbug anxiety, one of several intensity futures Patrick entertains. Then Patrick, Dom, and Agustín have cooking and go revisit a intensity site of Dom’s destiny grill in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Patrick takes a print to commemorate a occasion. They accommodate Doris for drinks, and she meets a man, well, re-meets him maybe? He claims to remember her from final year during Marienbad or something. Dom goes home to Lynn, who’s been chatting Dom adult to some financier all evening. Agustín goes looking for Eddie yet instead finds Scotty, a male from a trio in a pilot. Left alone with his thoughts, Patrick spirals about all a AIDS he contingency have. Probably hundreds of AIDS by now, I’m guessing. We locate adult to Agustín defunct on a sidewalk, and we hear that voice before we see Richie again for a initial time in a year. Richie brings us behind to Patrick, who reconnects with Kevin a subsequent day. It’s a cycle, that is also how Dom describes Patrick’s small meltdown. Just gotta let him cycle out.
It’s not usually about connections. It’s about what that network entails. The many apparent thing is gossip. After their afternoon delight, Kevin and Patrick travel from a train stop to work. They’re articulate about a happy chronicle of Top Trumps that Patrick wants their association to produce. Kevin okays it, yet he’s disturbed about a higher-ups nixing a suspicion early, so he tells Patrick to keep it a tip for now, which, he chuckles to Patrick in a cringeworthy moment, he knows he can do. He realizes immediately what he’s done, that is remind Patrick that he’s a mistress, yet in actuality, Patrick looks dissapoint since he has something to confess: He’s already told Agustín and Dom about Kevin. Check out Kevin’s initial reaction: They substantially consider Kevin’s a prick, don’t they? What a service to know that low down, during least, Kevin does see things clearly. He is a cut in this relationship, and not usually since he’s Patrick’s boss. At a finish of a episode, Kevin performs an annoying dance for all to see, that is a honeyed impulse of support for Patrick and a mount conflicting a report of a fishbowl. But following he leaves us with this final line: “God, we feel like a sum dick.” You don’t say!
From that initial discuss about report comes a array of humorous revelations about usually how distant that trust has spread. The initial difference out of Doris’ mouth are, “So, Patrick, how’s a affair?” He usually looks during Dom and says, “Really?” Dom protests, “I didn’t know it was a tip until usually now.” Patrick screams, “It’s an affair!” Lynn knows about it too, apparently, and Owen doesn’t, nonetheless Kevin assumes Patrick told him and freaks out. Later Patrick and Agustín travel out of a bar badmouthing Doris, and Dom complains about Patrick to Lynn. Scotty provides a passage to Frank, so Agustín plants a feign story about how good he’s doing on him. What else flows by this system? Support initial and foremost. Before all a gossip, Kevin’s there for Patrick, Dom reassures Patrick about his haunt AIDS mark, Agustín and Patrick contend a right things about Dom’s restaurant. Scotty also provides GHB, hence Agustin’s nap, and that’s on tip of all a alcohol. “Looking For Results” shows a happy village as a complement of support and report and drugs and intensity disease, 4 of a 5 vital happy line along with dick pics.
Richie’s entrance during Patrick’s doorstep with his wavy new hairdo brings a other apparent elliptical cut, a large cinematic impulse of a week. It’s in this method that a timeline usually goes nuts. Richie’ll do that to you. Just demeanour during him. So Patrick’s on a phone with one of several hotlines we assume he has on speed-dial when he gets a hum during a door. He heads downstairs in his underwear to find Richie there. Because of a editing—the final we saw of Agustín, he was fibbing on a path as Richie walked off with his friends—we don’t know he has Agustín in tow. Maybe saying Agustín done Richie consider of Patrick, so he motionless to stop by. The restraint reverses a final stage of a commander as Patrick goes deeper into a frame, rather than entrance toward it, to strike his symbol in a pathway conflicting Richie. True Detective competence be HBO’s large uncover about time, yet a twin is right here. We’re all usually going in circles. Does a restraint designate a blossoming intrigue again? No. Richie’s usually delivering a mislaid drunk.
They flow him into bed, and Agustín speaks Spanish to Richie. we couldn’t locate many of it, yet Agustín calls Richie “querido,” that Google interpret tells me means “dear,” and that my mind tells me is what Jack Donaghy called Salma Hayek’s Elisa when they were together. The Spanish is a tell. Someone’s broke about how they behaved during that cruise in deteriorate one.
As Agustín dozes off, Patrick asks Richie how his emporium is doing, and a dual of them are in a kitchen, jubilee tea, Patrick clothed, when Richie answers. That’s a large elliptical cut, a counterpart of a progressing one with Kevin. It’s like The Bride and Bill articulate about Superman, usually instead of comics, it’s ungainly chit-chat. Even Father Time is uncomfortable. Patrick starts articulate about his new station desk, to that Richie has a good comeback: Now they both work on their feet. Patrick is a god-level restricted WASP, and Kevin and Richie usually blithely travel in and hail a elephants in a room, in this box a category issues that contributed to Patrick and Richie’s break-up. Then Patrick asks if he’s saying anyone and immediately backtracks. Asking questions we don’t wish to know a answer to is a regulating theme. It’s fear of a future, and it’s partial of since scenes like this are dangling in flux. By seeking a doubt yet not answering, a cat is and is not in a box. Richie has no problem seeking Patrick a same question, though, and Patrick says, “Not really.” That is, Patrick is and isn’t saying someone. He’s both saying Kevin and open to Richie if Richie were interested, not that he’s asking, mind you, usually articulate out shrill here. Patrick’s good during postponing. As shortly as he defines himself, he’s shutting himself off to probable identities. He’s fearful to confront who he is. That he competence not be healthy. That he competence be ashamed. That he competence not be a good person.
That sounds heavy, yet that’s all buried underneath one of a many gaseous TV episodes this side of Adventure Time. It’s soothing and colorful, it flies from stage to scene, and there’s always something else to hee-haw about. Like “Looking For The Future,” “Looking For Results” is one of a many life-affirming happy cinema I’ve seen. It’s singular to watch happy cinema that suggests everything’s going to be fine and trust it.
Part of a reason a writers are so good during date discourse is they always come behind to dual topics: voluptuous stories and a humorous things that occur in a happy person’s childhood, both of that both partners can describe to and conclude in a same way. Jim doesn’t get Pam’s captivate to Roy a approach Kevin gets Patrick’s vanquish on his dad’s best friend. The partial is deeply secure in history, quite this concept happy infirm trust of meaningful we have to keep a tip before we even know what it is. Gay people start out alone in a way. They start out detached from community.
What we’re saying here is a multitude they’ve forged out for themselves a integrate decades on. There’s a protected space of a happy club, one of a usually places we can go to be surrounded by happy people. Even during a non-gay bar, Doris assumes a male staring during them is meddlesome in a boys. That’s how dedicated this village is to happy amicable equality. Then there’s a video diversion Patrick wants to make. His evidence is ethical. Why are they spending their lives creation first-person shooters for true guys though even perplexing to make a diversion for happy kids?
The skeleton structure within a village is a array of STI clinics, and they’re always there to help, even for affluent white guys who are usually putrescent with self-absorption. First there’s a lady giving adult her jubilee night to mount outward a trailer assisting people get tested. Then there’s a Angela-Lansbury-sounding Noel on a other finish of a hotline. She sounds deliciously desirous with Patrick during initial (“Greeeaaat”), yet she sticks around and even creates conversation. Finally there’s that pleasing impulse during a end, when Patrick does get tested. The reason he’s so concerned is he indeed has had defenceless sex. There goes that chronicle of Patrick who would never. He apologizes to a male holding his blood. “I’m sorry. we don’t know since we did it.” He’s articulate about fibbing on a form, yet it plays like he’s apologizing for not regulating a condom. Patrick’s unfortunate for absolution. The tester doesn’t skip a beat. “People make mistakes.” And that’s that. No stigma. There’s been adequate contrition and visualisation in happy life. “Looking For Results” is a jubilee of community. That’s what got Patrick to quit freaking out, that’s what got Agustín home safe, and that’s what’s going to get Dom that duck window. Kevin says it all. “You’re not alone in this.”
- Credits music: Pet Shop Boys’ “Thursday.”
- Kevin had a infirm trust with Take That’s song video for “Do What U Like,” that he describes like so: “Looking back, it’s literally a gayest thing ever.” Yeah, we consider we have a winner:
- Patrick comes adult with a garland of happy Top Trumps cards, like The Hot Jock and The Gay For Pay, yet Kevin doesn’t consider this suspicion would sell as good as their aroused games. Patrick whines, “Is this unequivocally a reason we got into this industry?” “I don’t consider happy newness games is a reason either.” Suddenly Patrick creates a pouty face and afterwards says supportively, “Aw, The Ashamed Gay.” Not to stereotype, yet this uncover can severely dance.
- Agustín, we know “whatever” is your whole thing, and you’ve truly taken it to some stately lows, yet take your goddamn feet off a opposite where Patrick is doing a dishes.
- As a guys travel down a travel to see Dom’s intensity destiny restaurant, unexpected a male who we suspicion was a cigar store Indian and who is credited as Eccentric shouts, “Confess your sins!” scaring a bejeezus out of them. Dom tells a guys, “He’s gonna work for me.”
- The individualist keeps cheering during them to confess, so Agustín tattles on Patrick. Patrick asks, “What are we doing?” “Confessing your sins.” “You can’t do that. Homeless people have Twitter accounts.”
- “WTF, Patrick?!” tally: It’s a amatory count, not like a Dawson Leery thing, yet “Looking For Results” has warranted Patrick 5 separate, giggly What The Fucks, one of that is for that Google Image hunt of skin-related expressions of AIDS.
- The male who hits on Doris is Malik (Bashir Salahuddin), a initial of a new repeated characters in a episode.
- Patrick tells Agustín about Kevin, “Technically, he’s carrying an affair. Not me.”
- In contrariety to all a “I don’t wish to know” flooding a episode, Lynn honestly does wish to know what Dom got adult to during a Russian River as good as on that costly comforter he got adult to it.
- Richie’s dipsomaniac friends speak about Agustín as they travel off. Kyah (Jennifer Foster): “I know that guy.” Brady (Chris Perfetti): “You do not, Kyah.” “I fuckin’ know that guy. He works during a Chipotle by a mall.” “You consider everybody works during that Chipotle.”
- Patrick asks Richie, “Can we get lunch some time?” Richie’s answer is as glacial as his demeanor. “Uh, no, yet interjection for a offer. we should go. My friends are watchful for me.” Patrick does speak him down to an “I’ll consider about it,” so I’m job that a victory.
- Patrick’s flattering certain he’s neg since Kevin pulled out: “He didn’t come…in myself.”