Season 2 Episode 4, "First Date" is a sweet but contemplative portrait of modern dating, directed by Eric Wareheim who plays Dev's (Aziz Ansari) best friend Arnold.
"We really wanted it to feel like what it’s like after a date whether it’s a good date or a bad date, you’re just by yourself with your thoughts, processing it for a time," Wareheim said.
"Whether it’s amazing or it’s fine...you’re really by yourself." Wareheim also directed "Dinner Party," in which Dev visits the apartment of his new boss "Chef Jeff" (Bobby Cannavale).
Then he goes through the motions of an almost scripted date; Wine, dinner, drinks on a Brooklyn rooftop, the cab ride home.
Dev meets a variety of women on the app; Lawyers, actors, a WWE aficionado — and a mix of races.
Cannavale's boisterous presence "brought the right energy to that passionate character," a balance the show tries to maintain with Ansari's dramatic and comedic beats.
"I think the show for Aziz was to try new stuff, and once you’re pegged as that kind of comedian all you want to do is the dramatic stuff.Hold off on the cosmetic surgery — scientists say beauty isn't just a function of your appearance.In fact, the difference between looking hot or not can be as simple as the color of your shirt, whether you own a pet, or your musical ability. Imagine meeting someone in a bar and exchanging pleasantries about your passions and interests only to have that person walk off in the middle of the conversation, never to return. It is perhaps understandable, but nonetheless exhausting and dehumanising.It's because of this realization that when I met a special guy on Happn, I decided to see where things went with him rather than continue looking. Having too many options can certainly overwhelm us and cause us to ultimately choose noone.