Come on RTÉ, get the CCWC round in
Can’t Cope Won’t Cope is RTÉ’s best show in ages. Series two must be as sure as a shift in Coppers
Can’t Cope Won’t Cope ended in a haze of tears and tequila on Monday night after six glorious episodes, but the question remains: will there be a second series? This fellow Aisling is asking RTÉ, please, can we have some more please? If not, I may just throw my own tantrum outside Coppers.
Like a typical bad night out, the episode kicks off with laughter and skitting outside Flannerys before ending in tears and tantrums outside Coppers. Aisling and Danielle’s friendship has come full circle, their differences no longer buried and their grievances laid bare for the world to see.
Aisling’s folly has caught up with her, while Danielle’s hard work has paid off. The clouds have cleared, the hangover has lifted, and there is a new reality staring them both in the face.
The gap between them has widened to such an extent that we’re not sure if they will ever bridge it again. It is hard to have sympathy for Aisling, described by a garda in the final episode as “a remarkably juvenile 26-year-old”.
The first few episodes are more realistic than the last, although the underlying themes still ring true. There are mo- ments in the later episodes that veer too far into farce to be relatable – Aisling drinking cans on the train; Danielle blocking her on social media when they still lived together; the pair getting into a fight which results in a black eye. Being a fictitious drama, some poetic licence is of course permitted – I’m just not sure it is necessary.
One of RT É 2’ sf in est
That said, this series should be hailed as one of RTÉ2’s finest moments – a window into the life of a twenty-something woman struggling to find her feet in the city. The series is so well written and convincing that at times it’s hard to watch.
Aisling, whom you just want to give a clip around the lugs, has so many relatable characteristics that she could be lurking inside many of us. Her endless excuses, alcohol-fuelled eejitry and hateful abuse of Danielle are revealed as the actions of an insecure and lonely woman. Her over-reliance on her best friend turns the relationship toxic, and it seems she may now have taken it all too far.
Fired from her job, deserted by her friend and with a browned-off family at home in Mallow, reality has well and truly bitten for Aisling.
It is easy to look with disgust and contrast her with Danielle, but their situations are entirely different. Danielle has drive and has been taken under the wing
Last chance saloon: Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.
of one of her lecturers. She has a good friend in Ferg and a more manageable insecurity complex. But I have faith that Aisling can turn it around (come on series two).
What is now needed is a deeper exploration of their back stories and a more fuller sense of who they are. Will Aisling recover from losing her job? Will Danielle be able to forgive and forget? Will Aisling’s mistakes leave lasting scars? Will they ever again catch up with each other? Make it happen, Montrose.