Living with Yourself Recap: Burnt Out

By Daniel Hart
Published: October 18, 2019 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
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Living With Yourself Season 1, Episode 1 - The Best You Can Be


Living with Yourself Season 1, Episode 1, “The Best You Can Be” opens the Netflix series with an encouraging, funny start.

This recap of Netflix Series Living with Yourself Season 1, Episode 1, “The Best You Can Be” contains spoilers. You can read the season review by clicking these words.

There are many people like Miles around us — burnt out, uninspired, and unable to see the light at the end of a rather dim tunnel. Episode 1, “The Best You Can Be” introduces us to Paul Rudd’s character, who is unable to meet deadlines at the marketing firm he works for, and a go-getter colleague Dan eclipses him. His wife, Kate, is demanding that he has sex with her in their family planning process, yet his grogginess, his overworked brain is forcing him to resume a stale, miserable life.

When he asks his colleague Dan how he went from a quiet cog to an inspiration to the company, Dan explains that he went to a unique spa that feeds the tools that allow you to become the best version of yourself. Dan’s incentive is that a referral gives him a 10% discount, but Miles, at this point, is so strung in his depressed world, that he considers it.

When Miles visits the Spa, called Top Happy, he is met by two Korean gentlemen who explain the process of modifying his DNA to create a newer version of himself – the fee is $50,000.00. Miles barely hesitates and pays for it. While in the operation room, the Korean scientists put him under, and as he is knocked out, he sees them both arguing, and then he passes out.

What I found most hilarious about the whole Top Happy introduction is that on the way in, Miles sees Tom Brady, suggesting the GOAT has been cloned in order to maintain performances.

Miles then wakes up in a grave, covered by a plastic sheet. He walks for miles in a diaper trying to return to his home, confused by the events that have occurred. When he gets home, he can hear his wife speaking to a man upstairs, and immediately prepares for the attack, however, when he corners the man, he realizes that the person looks like him.

The “New Miles” claims he is also a resident of this home, and seemingly knows everything about Miles’ life. They both return to Top Happy, and they both explain their policies of cloning, and how as part of the service, they get rid of the other. The original Miles finds out he is not the clone.

Living with Yourself Season 1, Episode 1, “The Best You Can Be” ends with both Miles having a lot to think about.

You can read the recap of the second episode by clicking these words.

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