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FX's Comedy 'Dave' Provides Us with the Most Unsettling Scene of 2021

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 21, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 21, 2021 |


I’ve never written about the FX series, Dave, a comedy that I came late to last year largely based on positive coverage of the series. I honestly don’t even know if I like the series. It comes from and stars Dave Burd, and it’s about a super awkward suburban white guy who is trying to become a huge rap star and the ups and downs that it entails. It’s kind of like Atlanta, only Dave is not particularly talented and I have absolutely no desire to see him succeed.

I do know that I don’t like the character, although I don’t think that I am necessarily supposed to. He’s obnoxious, self-centered, and insecure, and he’s gross in the way that dudes are gross. He’s very, very horny, and does a lot of drugs, and he also has a messed-up penis, which is a story point in the series. If that sounds like your sort of thing, do give it a shot. I mostly watch it out of professional curiosity.

I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t warn you about what kinds of scenes you might witness. To wit: This last week, the first two episodes of the season aired, where we learned that Dave’s tripped-out condo — provided by his record label — has an ant problem. Dave is revolted by ants. Meanwhile, for reasons that I don’t need to get into — which may or may not have to do with a severe case of back acne — Dave is also abstaining from sex. It’s fine, though, because he has a virtual reality contraption that allows him some high-quality masturbation. He watches porn, and straps on some kind of fleshlight doohickey (part of me really wants to use Google to make sure I’m using that term correctly, but the more sane part of me doesn’t want to see what sorts of ads I am provided with thereafter). It looks like this, to which he is applying lubricant. You put your guy in there, it starts to pulsate, and I guess it takes care of the rest.


Anyway, during the second episode in what turns out to be a dream sequence, Dave lubes it up and puts on his VR goggles, but before he, um, inserts the key into the lock, the doohickey is swarmed with … ants. (Be thankful I do not know how to make GIFs from Hulu).


Here are the ants crawling up the side of the doohickey.


So, he places it where it should go, and the ants, well, do what ants do, and in the dream sequence, he freaks out and falls out of a window with his pants around his ankles. It’s funny. But also incredibly horrifying. So, if you’re considering watching Dave, you should probably understand that scenes like these are not uncommon.

You’re welcome.

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