Please Like Me, Series 4 Episode 5 ‘Burrito Bowl’ by Josh Thomas, Thomas Ward and Liz Doran (Guesswork TV)
Burrito Bowl is a warm, engaging and well-observed look at the lives of Josh, his friends and family. Writers Josh Thomas, Thomas Ward and Liz Doran build upon the central characters’ shared history across four broadcast seasons, juxtaposing light and shade, comedy and drama as they explore anxieties, large and small, in the lives of their ensemble of characters dealing with a significant death. The seemingly laid-back construction of scenes masks the story’s considered and cumulative impact.
The script astutely probes the ramifications of anxiety, mental illness and suicide in the lives of a family and friends picked out within a truthful and touching rendering of the Australian suburban experience. The script’s lightness of touch ensures that the tragic events depicted hit home with devastating impact. In their accomplished script alloying comedy and drama, the writers bring the topic of mental health out into the open — where it belongs.