In the penultimate episode of the season, Tess’ fantasy becomes a reality and many start contemplating life after the Pink Chair.

Director(s) Stuart Zicherman
Writer(s) Lucy Thurber
Air Date 8/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Layla Erica Pappas

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 8 “Bodega Cat” [Season Finale]How one wields their power and influence is focused on as Tess reads Simone’s short story and Will fears what may come if he continues to be a manager.
Director(s) Stuart Zicherman
Writer(s) Azie Dungey, Luke Sand
Air Date 8/18/2019
  • Will, Layla, Howard, Sasha, Heather, Tess | Preparing For The Next Episode
  • Simone, Tess, Jake | The Mermaid, The Boy, And Tess
  • Tess, Simone, Howard, Jake, Scott | You Know This Means War?
Season 2, Episode 7 “Peach Treats”In the penultimate episode of the season, Tess’ fantasy becomes a reality and many start contemplating life after the Pink Chair.
Director(s) Stuart Zicherman
Writer(s) Lucy Thurber
Air Date 8/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Layla Erica Pappas
  • Ari, Tess, Heather, Simone | You’re All Going To Leave Me
  • Layla, Simone, Tess, Will, Jake | One Dream Dies & The Next Becomes Reality
  • Jake, Simone, Tess | Can’t Have One Without The Other
Season 2, Episode 6 “Truffles and Champagne”Simone’s ex-husband, Etienne, shows up, giving her fresh optimism, as Tess gives will a look over after he treats her to truffles.
Director(s) Geeta V. Patel
Writer(s) Christopher Oscar Pena
Air Date 8/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
Etienne William Abadie
Eddie Eric D. Hill
  • The Boy I Should Like vs. The One Who Riles Me Up: Tess, Will, Jake
  • The Man I Left Behind & Look Back On Fondly:Simone, Etienne, Tess, Jake
Season 2, Episode 5 “Entropy”As the restaurant is thrown into disorder, the chaos coerces conversations between people who haven’t necessarily been on the best of terms lately.
Director(s) Geeta V. Patel
Writer(s) Sharr White
Air Date 8/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
Manny Gabriel Gutierrez
Martin Allen McCullough
  • Starting From The Bottom Shouldn’t Mean Life Will Be Hard: Howard, Santos
  • The Rebellion Begins: Sasha, Jake, Ari, Tess, Manny, Simone, Howard, Santos, Scott, Will
  • Peace Talks: Santos, Howard, Jake, Tess, Simone, Martin, Will
Season 2, Episode 2 “Equifax & Experian”Tess opens up about her mother, which concurrently happens as many let out their secrets.
Director(s) Augustine Frizzell
Writer(s) Stuart Zicherman
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rosalyn Sadie Scott
  • Being A Family Is Exhausting: Rosalyn, Tess, Jake, Howard, Ari
  • While We Are Different, Alas, We Are Also The Same: Sasha, Santos, Tess
  • We Are One Of Many: Tess, Simone
Season 2, Episode 3 “Last of the Season”

As the owner of the restaurant appears, we’re reminded all who envy Tess’ brand new eyes to things still are capable of experiencing something new.

Director(s) Marta Cunningham
Writer(s) Kenneth Lin
Air Date 7/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Maddie Sandra Bernhard
Omar Karim Saleh
Gabe Paul Anthony Stewart
Giselle Tiffan Borelli
  • Some People Are Meant To Change Your Life Just In Minor Ways: Tess, Simone, Omar
  • You Gotta Keep Stimulated: Maddie, Tess, Scott, Howard, Simone
  • Not All Growth Needs To Be Public: Tess, Will, Giselle, Gabe
Season 2, Episode 4 “Sec of Demi-Sec”As Sasha has a mental breakdown, Tess finds herself a pawn in Howard and Simone’s passive-aggressive chess game.
Director(s) Marta Cunningham
Writer(s) Charise Castro Smith
Air Date 7/28/2019
  • I Don’t Need A White Savior: Heather, Tess, Howard
  • What’s Left Behind In Old Country: Sasha, Tess, Jake
  • While You Talk Too Much, Keep Going: Tess, Howard, Becky, Simone
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Salt” [Series Premiere]There is a bit of a change in the usual girl from nowhere comes to the big apple, and with Ella Purnell at the helm, this could very well get interesting.
Director(s) Richard Shepard
Writer(s) Stephanie Danler
Air Date 5/6/2018
Noted Actors
Tess Ella Purnell
Howard Paul Sparks
Simone Caitlin FitzGerald
Will Evan Jonigkeit
Sasha Daniyar
Jake Tom Sturridge
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Now Your Tongue Is Coded”With Tess being alone in New York City, naturally she is seeking friendship. However, finding something, or someone, normal is becoming quite difficult.
Director(s) Cherien Dabis
Writer(s) Stuart Zicherman
Air Date 5/13/2018
Actors Introduced
Ari Eden Epstein
Sophia Meaghan Bloom Fluitt
Nicky Todd Gearhart
Heather Jasmine Mathews
Santos Rafa Beato
  • A Lonely Girl In The Big City: Tess, Jake, Simone, Howard
  • A Past (W/L)ife: Sasha, Tess
  • Though Things Might Be Bleak, The Future Looks Bright: Tess, Jake
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Everyone is Soigné”How one defines settling is pushed to the forefront as Tess starts something with Will and someone from Simone’s past comes to the restaurant.
Director(s) Adam Bernstein
Writer(s) Kenneth Lin
Air Date 5/20/2018
Actors Introduced
Serena Wrenn Schmidt
  • Settling For Will: Tess, Will, Ari, Heather, Simone, Jake
  • Settling vs. Stagnant: Simone, Tess, Jake
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Simone’s”Tess spends most of this episode with Simone and in doing so, some layers to this rather mysterious character are stripped away. But not so much you think you fully understand her.
Director(s) Shira Piven
Writer(s) Liz Tuccillo
Air Date 5/27/2018
Newly Noted Characters
Scott Jimmie Saito
  • Welcome to Simone’s: Simone, Tess
  • One of the Group: Tess, Ari, Jake
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Weird Night”Baby Monster spends some time with uncle Sasha to help her get through a bad day and make him feel less alone in the world.
Director(s) Ry Russo-Young
Writer(s) Stephanie Danler, Deborah Schoeneman
Air Date 6/3/2018
  • No Good Deed Left Unpunished: Santos, Howard, Becky, Tess, Will
  • Live Life With All The Regrets: Sasha, Tess, Will, Ari
  • I Don’t Want To Live Forever: Tess, Sasha
Season 1/ Episode 6 “It’s Mine” [Season Finale]As we learn why Simone was said to not be trusted, Tess takes her trials and learns her fate.
Director(s) Stuart Zicherman
Writer(s) Jaquén Castellanos, Azie Dungey
Air Date 6/10/2018
  • What Am I Getting Myself Into?: Tess, Jake, Simone, Will, Ari, Heather
  • Decision Time:  Tess, Howard, Will, Simone
  • The Peeling of the Mask: Tess, Simone
Season 2, Episode 1 "The Pork Special" [Season Premiere]Sweetbitter returns, picking up from where the finale left off, and Tess continues to push to be seen beyond everyone’s perceptions of her.
Director(s) Augustine Frizzell
Writer(s) Stephanie Danler
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Becky Katerina Tannenbaum
  • Some Pig: Simone, Will, Tess, Howard
  • The Return Of Sasha Fierce: Sasha, Tess, Jake, Sasha, Ari, Heather
  • We All Have Our Secrets: Becky, Howard

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Caring isn’t pretentious. Apathy is.
— Tess

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So is Tess’ roommate just going to be completely absent? No follow up on who they are at all? Just that simple line drop in season 1?

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Ari, Tess, Heather, Simone | You’re All Going To Leave Me

Ari has primarily been a happy-go-lucky character. Someone who is noted not to be close to her parents, has some trouble dating, and little tidbits have flown about here and there. However, in this episode, she has a bit of a breakdown. One that all stems from Tess and Heather leaving her at a concert alone, to be with the guys they are interested in, and then Simone, who hasn’t really talked to her in 5 years, asking her for drugs.

With that in mind, she feels used, and like she has a limited and temporary place in everyone’s life. Which, when some are honest, like Heather, they say it’s true. But, with that in mind, Simone notes, she doesn’t need the money and hasn’t cashed a check in 14 months. So is what has left her, Ari, stagnant in life the people she worked with vs. lack of opportunity, like most are struggling with?


Ari breaking down about feeling abandoned.
Ari: You guys are everything.

One of the big issues, maybe sole issues, with Sweetbitter is that it doesn’t have the episode count or time length to dedicate all of its time to each character evenly. Making it so those like Heather and Ari, while we may learn bits and pieces, it isn’t until episode like this are we really pushed to realize they are an entire person and not just a small part of Tess’ life. Which isn’t to say things haven’t been building up to Heather reconsidering law school, but with Ari it’s different. She took a step back this season, in terms of her role in Pink Chair outside of one of Tess’ friends. So while big fans of the character may have seen this coming, as someone who feels Ari has gotten less focus than the dishwasher’s this season, it seemed to come out of nowhere.

Yet, let’s be real, as Heather noted, a lot of the friendships and relationships we see were born and survive strictly due to convenience. They work together all day, into the night, and like most 20 or 30 somethings, post-college/high school, where else would they find friends outside of work? Yeah, there are clubs and all that but, as shown by the dating habits of many of the staff, pretty much the only way they can work out a schedule with someone is them being on the same schedule or having them be a guest who knows their routine. Otherwise, there comes the issue of still being part of the Pink Chair family despite having to run off when things are done to satisfy a partner.

Layla, Simone, Tess, Will, Jake | One Dream Dies & The Next Becomes Reality

Tess abandons Ari to spend the night with Jake, and they finally have sex. Something she reveals to Simone the next day who, because she is feeling testy, and is also on drugs and alcohol, she decides to use that as ammunition against Will. Someone who is an innocent bystander but you know how Jake and Simone get down. When they are miserable, they believe in spreading the pain around.

Leading to Will officially being done with Tess since their back and forth is getting old, as are her apologies for doing something which hurts him. So, to lick his wounds, while at the Home Bar, he chats up a girl named Layla, uses his title to woo her a bit, and has sex with her in the bathroom. Now, whether this will lead to him following in Howard’s footsteps (read: mistakes) or not? Well, time will tell.


Layla (Erica Pappas) asking where Will works?
Layla (Erica Pappas): Where the fuck do you work?

I wonder, if offered, would Simone have taken that management position? She knows the restaurant, puts out fires all the time, and does what Will has long done. So was Howard’s oversight personal?

Also, when it comes to this Will and Layla thing, will it go somewhere or is Will just flexing his muscles? Taking advantage of being in an attractive power position that he wasn’t in previously? Much less, trying to close an old chapter, archive the old Will and become someone who takes initiative, is less shy, and goes for what he wants. Especially when there isn’t baggage pushing him to think or realize it might be a bad idea.

Jake, Simone, Tess | Can’t Have One Without The Other

Despite Simone spreading Tess’ business and going on a bit of a mean streak, she shows up to what originally was supposed to be a breakfast date between Tess and Jake. Thus showing Tess that you can’t really have one without the other for they are so entangled they are damn near twins. Which may lead to Tess really having to consider, now that the dream is a reality, can she be in this weird threesome? One which is so volatile, maybe unhealthy, that if one has an issue, the other will run to them without thinking? Especially if they aren’t held back.


Jake having a meal with Tess.

One of the things worth mentioning is that Jake too has plans to leave the restaurant. Specifically, joining Scott on a new venture. With that in mind, you have to wonder if both Simone and Jake are ready for that distance and lack of consistent access to each other? On top of that, how does Tess fit into the equation? She clearly has both enamored, and I’m sure Jake would ask her to join him, so what would her decision be?

Heck, considering it relies on Simone selling her house with Jake, will she let him get away from her or will she trap him?

Tess’ Acknowledgment of How She Observes People and Seeing It In Action - 85%
Will Moving On To Layla - 86%
Heather, And Others, Talking About Not Being At The Pink Chair Forever - 87%
Getting To Know Ari A Bit More - 84%
Simone Loosening Up - 80%
So Are We Just Not Going To Learn About Tess’ Roommate? - 65%


Sweetbitter takes note of Ari’s place in life and further expands on the Pink Chair not being a permanent fixture in everyone’s life. Thus pushing the need to question what is the thereafter for many and providing us an idea of who really has a plan and who is willing to coast.

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