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Monday, February 4, 2013

Girls- Season 2, Episode 4

Due to the superbowl, The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time, AND Shameless weren't on last night, so Girls is the only show we had to watch. Game of Thrones, come save our Sundays, pleeeease.

It's A Shame About Ray- This episode has the same title as the season premiere of Being Human, and it's kind of an obscure title, so is it a reference? There's nothing really in the Girls episode that references that show, vampires, or werewolves, or anything. Maybe Lena just likes the show and wants to give it a shout-out? It's probably just a Lemonheads reference.

The episode opens with Elijah moving out and having a final fight with Hannah, mostly about money. He paid for their butt plug, after all. We'll miss him. He's funny. Great news for Hannah: is publishing her first piece. Rather than putting the money away for her next emergency period of brokeness, Hannah throws a dinner party.

She invites Ray, Shosh, Charlie, Audrey, and Marnie, but she didn't think Marnie would actually come. Although Marnie isn't the best person, Hannah was so rude in this episode. Marnie brought flowers and wine. Still, it was hilarious. Charlie has a beard now. We kind of like it. Audrey is someone we're supposed to hate, but she's gorgeous, normal, and she travels the world for a living.

Hannah, noodles are not hard to make. We actually liked that this episode didn't feature much Hannah. She was almost like a side character in this one, since the other three girls had so much romantic drama going on. Charlie kisses Marnie and then finds out that she banged Booth Jonathan. Charlie was disgusted beyond reason and called Booth a "little ewok in f*cking capri pants." Haha.

Hopefully that is that between them. Charlie brings out the jerk in Marnie, and we think their story together should be over. We don't think it will be, since Audrey seems pissed at Charlie and they might be over. We love love loved that Hannah still defended Marnie to Charlie, even though they are in a fight. That's best friends.

Shoshanna discovers that Ray is living with her, and he feels like a loser. They end up saying "I love you" in the cutest, yet most angsty way. Still, we don't know if we're 100% behind them as a couple. Opposites attract (her being the neurotic innocent and him being the amusing douche), but he IS a lot older than her. And he's not hot (but hardly any of the guys on this show ever are).

Jessa, meanwhile, is getting ready to meet her new in-laws. This is the episode we've all been waiting for; where one of them realizes that they've made a huge mistake with the rushed marriage. Thomas John's parents were appropriately uptight, blue-blooded, and judgmental, especially the mom. It seemed like the dad looked down on her, but also wanted to bang her. We didn't know that Jessa used to be a heroin addict. Yeah, that fits. She's always seemed like she'd lived a lot and that she has some sadness underneath the facade.

Once again, on TV, a trendy, admirable character doesn't believe in God (see: The Good Wife last week). Not only does Jessa not believe in God, but she is SURE he doesn't exist. This secularism is on-par for a lot of Europeans, so we'll let it slide. Still, it seems like whenever there is a highly intelligent, independent, or modern character on TV and religion comes up, that character tends to be an atheist.

We don't think that's fair, because theists come in all personalities, and it seems like a subtle way to tell young people that faith isn't "cool." It puts people of faith in this box that says, "You can't believe in a higher power and still have these traits and live this kind of life." It's bullshit.

Jessa and Thomas go home and we find out the worst ever news: they got rid of the dogs! The cute dogs! One was named GARBAGE, how adorable was that? That's the end of a marriage right there, getting rid of perfectly good dogs. Jessa and Thomas fight, and it is totally his fault. He's the dick she first met when he tried to have a threesome with Jessa and Marnie.

He says that Jessa is his one mistake, tries to pay her to leave him, and calls her a whore and a gold digger. He doesn't like that she was honest and herself in front of his parents. She hits him in the face and smashes one of his stupid awards (a humie), and we cheer. She says a few mean things too, but at least they were true and called-for. Jessa did NOT marry Thomas for his money. We don't think she took his money because she wanted it, but purely out of anger. Like, "If he's going to accuse me of this, I might as well get the benefits."

Jessa married Thomas because her former boss made her question her entire life and she needed a change. Thomas was using her for the same reason. He needed a bohemian experience. Too bad he was too much of a pussy to stick up for his new wife to his parents. That's the sexiest thing ever from a husband, by the way guys. Your wife is your partner. You've left your parents. You have to be on her side. Well, that was two months. A good run for them.

Jessa finds Hannah in the bathtub, singing Wonderwall. Jessa gets in the tub and the scene is just so sweet and perfect. It might be our favorite scene of the season so far, and that's saying a lot. We love Jessa. We guess Hannah has a new roommate. At least this one has a guaranteed eleven-and-a-half thousand dollars to pay rent with. Lena Dunham needs to work on this show 24/7, 365 days a year, churning out episodes for us. She can have a day off every four years. We would follow Hannah and the others well into adulthood.

By the way, we re-watched the first season of this show this weekend (to show our families; they liked it), and it holds up to re-watching. In fact, there are a lot of little lines and details you might have missed on a first run-through, and since we knew Ray was going to be so important to Shosh, we paid more attention to him in the beginning. We not only recommend this show, we recommend it twice.

Episode grade: A


  1. Wow!!! Whilst reading your summary I wondered if we have been watching the same show. Jessa is a character I completely loathe. Jessa reminds me of teens or 20 somethings from the 70s who don't use deoderant and are totally selfish almost parasatical (is that a word?).

    Missed the bit in the argument about the dogs, might re-watch the episode to catch that line. Also I thought Thomas John defended Jessa as much as he could, but how can you stop two women out to antogonise eachother... this is why I have stopped having a strong opinion around my mother-in-law, I discovered about 3 years ago that sons do not stand up to their mothers, and all my 3 sisters can attest to that as well.

    I loved Hannah's defence of why she is grown up and Charlie's banning Marnie from "this" ever again.

    And regarding Audrey, she reminds me of Bill Paxton's fiance in Twister, you know a fish out of water character.

    Sorry I've waffled, just found your summary really interesting and thought I would just offer my 2 cents.


    1. I think we like Jessa so much because she DIDN'T bang the babysitter's husband. We've known young women in real life who have actually done that when they are insecure. Yeah, Jessa is selfish, but at least she married a fellow selfish person rather than messing with a family.

      I'm pretty crazy about spouses "leaving home" mentally and not allowing their old families to dictate how their marriage goes. He stuck up for her a little, but once they didn't like her, he didn't like her either. That's crazy to me. I've known some guys who get this whole "cleave to your spouse" philosophy, but you're right, it's rare.

      Thanks for the two sense; no apology necessary for a comment. We love them.

  2. oh one more thing, are you going to watch House of Cards on Netflix? I've been binging, up to episode 7. I love it because its all drama and scheming and strange relationships, not much action to speak of which can often distract from the narrative.

    House of Cards does have narration by Spacey's character similar to Cheadles character in House of Lies, but this is so much better, and sneaky.

    I'm about start watching episodes 8 to 13, can't wait.


  3. This season has made me fall in love more with Girls. So so sooooooo good. Shameless, Girls and Bob's Burgers are the best and most fun Sunday shows for me currently airing right now.

    1. Bob's burgers, huh? Gotta check it out.

    2. Yes! Give it time...First season is pretty good (just gotta get used to the style) but the 2nd and 3rd are even better.