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The story of how Julie and Billy met was told in the “Difficult People” Season 3 finale. Ali Goldstein

At its core, Hulu’s “Difficult People” is about one thing: the friendship between Julie (Julie Klausner, who also created and co-writes the series) and Billy (Billy Eichner).

Two people who seemingly hate everything and everyone, love each other. The chemistry they have together as bantering friends is perfection and is, along with the writing, what makes the show as great as it is. It’s this kind of relationship between characters, which is reminiscent of Rory and Lorelai on “Gilmore Girls” and Mike and Harvey on “Suits,” that makes the show a must-watch.

Storylines can be good, bad or completely non-existent on a show, as long as it has characters who make you want to watch and come along for the ride. Even if you are just that outside third-wheel sitting beyond the fourth wall.

Julie and Billy on “Difficult People” are those characters. Together, they are that relationship. The honesty, the quips, the facial expressions, the sounds – they make the show what it is. But to get to where their relationship is now on the show, it had to start somewhere. And no one knew how it all began between the two, until now.

So, how did Julie and Billy meet and form this unbreakable bond that no annoying outsider could truly understand? The show's Season 3 finale finally shared with viewers the story of just that.

The episode starts off with a flashback to a September morning 16 years ago when Julie and Billy, who don’t know each other at that point, are taking the same dance class.

They became friends in the same manner in which they continue to be friends, by bonding over their mutual hatred or disgust of something.

In this case, this idea of pairing up with someone they don’t know and having to hold his or her clammy hands.

“All right, let’s partner up,” the dance teacher says as Julie, Billy and the other dance class members are stretching to warm up.

While the other class goers are getting excited and calling people over, the camera zooms in on Julie and Billy and their reactions, which essentially say, “Oh, heck no.”

Though, they would probably hate it if someone actually used the word “heck.”

Anyway, they turn to look at each other, clearly having no intention to listen to the teacher and partner up. Luckily, they’re both in the back of the room, by the exit. For some reason, it seems like they probably always choose a place by an exit, no matter where they are. An easy escape from anything they don’t like. Which is everythng.

“Remember, hand-to-hand, eye-to-eye, actual emotions. Let’s make some human connections today people,” the instructor continues as Julie and Billy decide to pick up their belongings and get on out of there right away.

“Excuse me, where are you going, Barcelona?” the teacher calls after them. But, of course, he’s too late and they don’t care.

“Partner up? I’m not touching a stranger’s hands,” Billy says as he zips up his bag right outside of the dance studio.

“Yeah, they’ll be all clammy,” Julie agrees, causing Billy to snap to look at her and give her his attention. “If I wanted clams, I’d go to the oyster bar and trick day trader into buying me some chowder.”

“You got to the oyster bar? What are you, a prostitute?” Billy quips back, continuing their back-and-forth which their friendship is now clearly built on.

“That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever asked me,” Julie replies with a smile as she finally begins to walk away from the dance studio door.

When the duo sees a poster advertisement for “Doctor Dolittle 2” after only a few steps, they stop once again to exchange one-liners surrounding the upcoming film, its predecessor and Eddie Murphy -- like only Billy and Julie can and do. They quip, they laugh, they bring us back to present day, where their relationship has grown into one of the strongest and most unusual friendships and their wisecracks are still both spot-on and spot-off at the same time.

Now at present time, Julie and Billy are back at the Broadway Dance School to reminisce about the starting point of their journey together.

“Aw, where we met,” Julie says.

“This city should be a New York City landmark,” Billy rightfully suggests.

“Agreed, okay, next stop on the Billy farewell tour check list,” Julie says, as the duo continue to work through meaningful locations to the two of them before Billy says goodbye to New York City and hello to Los Angeles. The end of an era.

Or is it?

Billy heads to Los Angeles and Julie decides to tag along to help him get settled before deciding after only one day that she just can’t be in that city any longer.

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Julie and Billy wander the streets of Los Angeles on “Difficult People.” Ali Goldstein

The episode then flashes forward six months, and Billy is back in New York City and all is right. Except when they go to the dance school to once again reminisce only to find it being turned into an NYU dorm and Chase bank.

As the longtime friends walk away from the closing dance school, they joke while trying to decide on what movie they should go see as the screen fades to once again bring us back to 16 years ago, with Julie and Billy in front the “Doctor Dolittle 2” poster.

“Should we really see ‘Doctor Dolittle 2’ or should we just give that money to the gay men’s health crisis?” Julie asks.

“I’m having a gay men’s metal health crisis of my own just thinking about Eddie Murphy talking to an alligator with the voice of Kevin Pollak. What else is playing?” Billy says.

“Well, if you’re in the mood to watch ‘King Ralph,’ I happen to own a very expensive copy,” Julie suggests.

“I love ‘King Ralph.’ I’m Billy, by the way,” he says to finally introduced himself.

“I’m Julie,” she replies to mark their friendship as officially budding.

“You know, I don’t think I’ve ever said this once in my life but, it’s nice to meet you,” Billy says in a statement that has probably never been truer.

They smile and walk off down the New York City street, in a perfect beginning to their friendship and a perfect ending to this season and a perfect ending to the series, should this be the end of the series, that is.

There’s no word yet on whether “Difficult People” has been canceled or renewed, and while the show is brilliant and there’s always a need for their honest, often-on-the-nose pop culture witticisms, this episode was a pretty solid ending -- for both a season or series finale.

The Season 3 finale of “Difficult People” is now streaming on Hulu.