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Gene and Billie, high on peyote

Idiotsitter is a six-episode web-series on Comedy Central's website, made by Jillian Bell (from Workaholics) and Charlotte Newhouse. Written by the pair, and filmed in six days (!), the two play, respectively, Gene and Billie, a smart unemployed woman hired by Gene's parents to help her pass her GED as part of a court agreement for Gene's crimes. Idiotsitter premiered in 2014, and can be found here on the Comedy Central website.

The series documents Billie's struggles with the slacker, drug-using Gene as the two form an unlikely, and often antagonistic, friendship. The series also stars Stephen Root as Gene's father, and features T.J. Miller as her "best non-sexual friend" Chet, along with the character of Tansy, Gene's ditzy young step-mom. Laced with profanity, casual drug use, and occasional violence, the series is definitely not kid friendly, but will probably appeal to fans of Workaholics.

A Live-Action show has premiered on Comedy Central on January 14, 2016

Idiotsitter contains examples of:

  • Apologetic Attacker: In the beginning of "Fight Day", Gene attacks and punches Billie in the face. At the end, Billie returns the favor-and immediately starts apologizing.
  • Breakup Bonfire: In "The Ex-Boyfriend", Gene suggests Billie and she do this to her ex-boyfriend's car, and eventually Gene follows through while Billie and the ex are talking inside. Naturally, he has a Freakout.
    Mr. Dobbs This is a Prius! Hybrid synergy! Leather interior! Somebody help, somebody help! How did you get all of it on fire? Somebody help! Its too hot! Why would you do this!?
  • Dumb Blond: Tansy, Mr. Russel's wife-she's attractive, but very out of it, classic trophy wife.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: When Joy is describing Ocho de Octo, the first thing she says is that it's October 8th.
  • Fictional Holiday: Fight Day, also called Ocho de Octo-on the 8th of October, the Russel family beat each other with therapy bats to relieve tension.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Genevieve and Wilhelmina more frequently go by Gene and Billie. Mr. Russel often calls Billie more masculine (and incorrect) versions of this-such as Bill, Bob, and even Robert.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Ken Russel, Gene's father is shown to be a very bad parent, because he makes no attempt to discipline his daughter. As a result, Gene has ended up on house arrest because of her crimes, and poor Billie has to be hired to babysit and tutor Gene. In episode 3 "Father Daughter Talk", Billie has to cope Ken through punishing Gene, as he has no idea what he's doing.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Billie gets two of these in "Fight Day". First, she wakes up and Gene's standing over her. She says, "Happy Ocho de Octo" before whacking her with a therapy bat and then punching her in the face. Then while Billie's brushing her teeth, Tansy says "Morning" and whacks her in the back. Its averted the third time as Mr. Russel just whacks her in the face (sending her falling hard to the floor) and runs away, shouting "Happy Ocho de Octo!"
  • Intoxication Ensues: Episode 4, "Happy Birthday", is basically a drug-filled music video as Gene and Chet give Billie a birthday cake that is laced with peyote, so Gene can avoid taking the GED test. Billie also has mild hallucinations that freak her out.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted in "Fight Day", Gene waits till the end of Fight Day (7 PM), hiding to avoid being hit while telling the others to go after each other (she even tries to time the exact 'ding' of the clock, but fails several times), Billie punches her in the face anyway.
  • Matchlight Danger Revelation: In "Fight Day" Billie is led into the darkened garage by Joy, who explains Ocho de Octo by matchlight. Then the match goes out and Joy flees, leaving Billie to light a match of her own-revealing Gene right behind her, who lampshades this trope.
    Gene: I'm behind you, and that's scary!
  • Mirror Scare: In "Fight Day", right after Billie got attacked/woken up by Gene, she's in the bathroom brushing her teeth, with the camera behind her and showing the mirror. She bends down to spit, and when she leans back up Tansy is behind her, and quickly whacks her before running away.
  • Precision F-Strike: Lots. Mr. Russel has this from Fight Day: "Come on, you're family now. So let us hit your fuckin' face."
  • Pretty in Mink: See the page image. This is what Billie and Gene don during their peyote-fueled hijinks in episode 4.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Joy references Signs during Fight Day, telling Billie to "swing away."
    • There's also a Terminator reference earlier in that episode, as Joy reaches a hand out to Billie and tells her "Come with me if you want to live."
    • In "The Ex-Boyfriend", Billie's ex quotes Juno (and claims to be dating Diablo Cody), saying "This is one doodle that can't be un-did, homeskillet." Billie says its a stupid line. Also in that episode, Gene says Billie's ex looks like Winona Ryder, and when her "I'm a good person" speech falls apart, she resorts to name-dropping Winona Ryder movies to him.
    Billie You were great in the Heathers. You were great in Girl, Interrupted. Did it hurt when Edward Scissorhands felt your boobies? How do you make an American quilt?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Billie and her ex boyfriend exchange these in "The Ex-Boyfriend", with her ex pointing out the facade she was pulling (trying to pass off the Russel mansion as her house and Gene as her maid), and saying Gene pities her, and should. Her response?
    Billie You know, maybe I am just an employee. I'm a nanny, actually. I'm not rich, and on the back of my own book jackets-which doesn't make sense, cause books don't get cold. But at least I'm a good person. And that is something you'll never be.
    Dobbs How many times you rehearse that?
    BillieDammit! Fuck you, you look like Winona Ryder.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Inverted as Gene is a complete child, despite being an adult, but her father is apparently quite the successful businessman. That being said, he's also kind of out of it, and partakes in some wackiness-like Ocho de Octo.