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Can’t Cope Won’t Cope is RTÉ’s best show in ages. Se­ries two must be as sure as a shift in Cop­pers

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Ni­amh Towey

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.

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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.

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