In a nutshell:
- Shosh is loving the single life
- Marnie is moaning about everything (as per)
- Hannah and Adam seem to have finally got it together
- Jessa has been located – she’s in rehab (being kooky)
In a nutshell:
In a nutshell:
Season 2 of Girls has been disappointing at times (and, let’s face it, a bit weird), but it’s been getting back on track in the last few episodes, and the season finale didn’t let me down. I admit, a small percentage of my enjoyment is down to it being another Jessa-free episode. Continue reading
In a nutshell:
– Marnie takes cringe to a whole new level
– Shosh tells Ray about her encounter with the doorman (kind of)
– Hannah accidentally shoves a cotton wool bud in her ear and ends up in hospital
– Adam’s weird side resurfaces
– Jessa is still MIA
It’s official: Marnie has lost the plot. But it kind of makes for compulsive viewing..and I can’t imagine it’s just me. Really, nothing more needs to be said on the matter except that she did an impromptu performance of Kanye West’s Stronger this episode at a huge party celebrating Charlie’s company’s success. Grabbing the mic and randomly belting out a song at any such occasion is pretty awkward but…Kanye West? Really, Marnie? Continue reading
As today is International Women’s Day, here’s my pick of some of the most inspiring women from popular culture today.
I worked with a guy who once told me (via email and sitting right next to me) that he ‘hated Beyonce and didn’t give a crap about Adele.’ To me this only affirmed their status as amazing women – needless to say I ignored his email.
Say what you will about Beyonce (except don’t, because I don’t want to hear a bad word against her), she’s been criticised recently for posing in GQ, but being a good female role model doesn’t mean you have to dress in a potato sack.
There’s a reason why she’s dubbed Queen Bey – with songs like ‘Independent Women’, ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ and ‘Run the World (Girls)’ – she’s an empowering role model. Plus she’s pretty much the biggest female artist in the world right now and she can actually sing – really bloody well I might add. And before you bring up the whole presidential inauguration lip synching incident – she put that to bed with this:
She’s also an amazing dancer, and she’s proof you don’t have to be stick thin to be super hot.
Just to elaborate briefly on my male co-worker who shall not be named but who insulted Beyonce and Adele – he also said Adele was for people who don’t like music. As someone who is obsessed with music, and likes Adele, I can confirm this is in fact incorrect. Glad we’ve cleared that up. Aged only 24, she’s already released two albums, one of which, 21, has broken multiple records. These include being the first artist to sell more than 3 million albums in a year in the UK, as well as having two top-five hits in both the UK Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously – something that hasn’t been achieved since The Beatles did it in 1964. More recently, she won an academy award for the Bond theme song Skyfall. All in all, I’d say she’s a pretty impressive role model.
I recently finished reading How to be a Woman (extensive post on this to follow) and have since become a bit obsessed with Caitlin Moran – not in a creepy stalker way, more that I idolise her – she’s basically had my dream career. The book aims to counter all negative stereotypes associated with what it means to be a feminist. Not only is Moran insightful but she does so while being relatable and hilarious.
You probably wouldn’t want to model yourself on her character in Girls, Hannah. But in real life she’s pretty inspiring. Dubbed by many as the voice of her generation – she writes, directs, and stars in Girls, and has signed a book deal – all by the age of 26. Plus she’s making strides to normalise real women in Girls, through appearing naked in most episodes like it’s no biggie.
It’s fair to describe Ennis as the poster girl for the London 2012 games, and she did everyone proud winning a Gold Medal in the Heptathlon. Although some of us might be hard pushed to do a Heptathon (slash most of us), she’s certainly an inspiration to do more of whatever exercise you enjoy.
One of the most high profile women from the 2012 Paralympic Games, winning two Gold Medals and setting a World Record in the 400m freestyle. This year she was awarded an OBE – and she’s only 18 – that’s just insanely impressive.
Here’s hoping we can all be as cool as Helen Mirren at age 67. Not only is she an incredible actress, but she’s a Dame for gods sake. Plus she seems like she’s still up for anything – recently on The Graham Norton Show she had a cheeky kiss with Paul Rudd, just because well…she can. And she also died her hair pink, and pulls it off – basically she’s just pretty damn cool. If you need any more convincing on why Helen Mirren is a great female role model, see here.
So, who runs the world?
In a nutshell:
– Hannah and Jessa take a trip to visit Jessa’s Dad
– We consequently learn why Jessa is such a pain – her dad is equally dreadful
– Hannah sleeps with yet another randomer
For the third week, Girls tries something a bit different – first with the Hannah/Joshua episode (which I was distinctly ‘meh’ to), then last week’s episode which devoted a lot of time to the boys of the show, for a change (which I thought worked well). In theory, I rate Lena Dunham for not getting complacent with Girls after the success of the first season, and trying out new ideas. Having said that, I’m not sure they always work. I preferred this episode to the pretty much pointless 30 minutes I wasted watching ‘One Man’s Trash’ but that isn’t saying much.
It’s a Hannah and Jessa centric episode, and seeing as I find Jessa unbearable, this probably didn’t set me up with having much of a chance of giving it a rave review. Anyway, Hannah kindly offers to accompany Jessa to visit her Dad and his wife Petula, in Manito, near Poughkeepsie, N.Y. While waiting for the train, Hannah is desperate for the toilet due to her latest ailment – a UTI. For someone who spends a large amount of her life naked, she is pretty concerned about exposing herself in on the traintracks while she goes for a quick wee.
They arrive in Manito and are, eventually, met by Jessa’s dad. Pretty much instantly, we can see why Jessa is the way she is – her dad is as equally pretentious/annoying/ridiculous as she is – if not more so.
For the first time, Jessa discusses her failed marriage. She tells her dad: ‘He didn’t wanna work on it…It was like he didn’t even remember that we took vows.’ To which he replies, ‘Well maybe on some level you wanted it, because you know we’re not like other people.’ Quite a pretentious and ridiculous thing to say, if you ask me. Clearly she gets her ideas about being a kooky, free-spirited kind of gal from her dad.
Meanwhile, Hannah is off laying the groundwork for another awkward sexual encounter. She meets Petula’s son, Frank, who she compliments on the way he’s folded down his turtleneck – saucy stuff.
Later on, Hannah and Jessa go out with Frank and his friend Tyler. Jessa had wanted to spend time with her dad, but he has other plans. Jessa is being her usual ‘free spirited and kooky’ self, so covers Tyler’s eyes (who is driving), nearly getting them all killed in the process – she sure knows how to have a good time. Hannah is outraged by this reckless behaviour and gets out of the car. Frank follows her and before you know it they have sex for eight seconds in a graveyard – needless to say, it’s as awkward as it sounds.
Later on, Jessa and her dad have a deep and meaningful chat on the garden swings. We see the vulnerable side of Jessa and I even felt sorry for her. She breaks down and questions why he’s been such a terrible father to her. For all her claims about being different, Jessa – just like everyone else – needs someone to rely on and to support her.
Her dad promises to make it up to her with a family dinner of bangers and mash. However, he bails on this, and Jessa isn’t really surprised.
Just when I was feeling sorry for Jessa, she abandons Hannah with nothing but a note that says ‘See you around my love. X.’ I know she’s had a tough time of it, but Hannah did come all the way to this dreadful house with her to be supportive. Plus Jessa probably only left like that to reaffirm her status as ‘free spirited and kooky.’ For a brief moment I wondered if that might be the end of Jessa forever…but I doubt it.
The episode ends with Hannah calling her parents. After the terrible display of parenting from Jessa’s dad, she wants to tell her parents how much she appreciates them supporting her as a child and an adult. At the same time as sharing this lovely moment with her parents, she is again urinating by the train tracks.
However, it turns out it’s not such a lovely moment as her parents are suspicious of her over the top display of affection. This scene did make me laugh, but I also despaired on Hannah’s behalf – she’s trying to reach out to her parents AND she’s in agony from her UTI – and her mum is fuming at her for no apparent reason.
All in all, not a bad episode, but not a great one. I’d like to see Girls returning to episodes where all the characters get some air time – especially my fave girl Shosh. Failing that, if we have to keep having solo character-centric episodes, can we please have a Shosh-centric one?!
Hannah on Jessa and her dad doing cockney accents:
‘What accents are you doing? Just cos I don’t like not getting jokes.’
Hannah and Jessa discussing Hannah’s encounter with Frank in the woods:
H: ‘But didn’t you have sex with Tyler?’
J: ‘Not at all.’
H: ‘Wait, but like, I thought that’s what we were doing.’
J: ‘No, we weren’t.’
H: ‘Okay, I wish you would have told me that.’
J: ‘Really, Hannah? You really had no idea that this was not supposed to be a sexcapade?’
H: ‘I thought this was fully a sexcapade, I thought you brought me on a sexcapade! That was fully just me trying to have continuity with you.’
In a nutshell:
– Adam and Ray have a short-lived bromance
– Hannah gets commissioned to write an e-book in a month
– Marnie’s ‘relationship’ with the ewok in capri pants – otherwise known as Booth Jonathan – comes to an end
– Jessa makes a short appearance to complain and benefit no one
– Shosh is great as per
After the previous Hannah-centric episode, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this episode. However, (perhaps luckily – for the viewer’s sanity) it doesn’t really acknowledge anything that happened in the previous episode. Hannah is even back working at Grumpy’s with no mention of her having quit in the previous episode on the grounds of a ‘toxic work environment.’ This complete disregard for any events of the previous episode makes me wonder if it even happened. Perhaps it was meant to be a dream-like sequence, to explore Hannah’s character – as if she’s not at the forefront already.
In a convoluted turn of events, Ray turns up at Adam’s place to retrieve his copy of ‘Little Women’ (borrowed and left there by Hannah) – the book is held hostage in the bathroom by a vicious dog. As a result, Ray and Adam set off to Staten Island to return the dog, which it turns out Adam stole.
I liked the scenes between Ray and Adam, they make quite a good double act. Ray points out that the two of them aren’t so different – ‘Maybe it’s because we’re both honest men’. Adam has a different theory – ‘Maybe it’s because we’re both kind of weird looking’ – a more valid point, in my opinion.
Either way, the boys are getting along just fine until Ray tells Adam he never really ‘got’ his infatuation with Hannah. In pretty much standard Adam behaviour, he gets disproportionately angry about this (similarly to Ray in the previous episode now that I think about it – perhaps rage problems is another thing they share, as well as weird looks.) Consequently, their bromance is short-lived and Adam sacks off their mission to the return the stolen dog, leaving Ray to go it alone.
Ray finds the girl whose dad owns the dog, who tells him she doesn’t want the dog back (although in much less polite terms). She goes on to promptly insult Ray in every way possible. She asks, ‘Why aren’t you at work old man? Probably because you don’t have a job, you fucking loser.’ To which he replies: ’You don’t know that…Maybe I’m a creative type who doesn’t abide to a 9-5 schedule.’ But it’s clear this random girl has inadvertently hit home with Ray. We leave him sitting with the dog, to whom he admits ‘I’m nothing’ as he begins crying.
Meanwhile, back on solid ground in Brooklyn – the girls also have reason to be tearful. The whole ‘grass isn’t always greener’ idea seemed to be a theme in this episode – as although the show’s tagline is ‘almost getting it kind of together’ – none of the girls are doing so, despite outward appearances.
Shosh and Ray may have declared their love for each other and are at least now both aware that they are co-habiting. But she’s finding it difficult to come to terms with the fact that her first real boyfriend is a 33 year old man with no prospects or aspirations. She complains of $4 taco dates with Ray which are lacking in romantic ambience in her opinion – ‘there should be mood lighting.’
Shosh is in awe of both Hannah and Marnie. Hannah’s been commissioned to write an e-book, to which Shoshanna reacts ‘it’s so adult and intriguing.’ Never mind the fact that she’s only got a month to do it in and is spending her time deleting everything she writes in favour of looking at helpful articles such as, ‘fruits that will make you fat.’
Shoshanna and Marnie discuss Marnie’s relationship with Booth Jonathan, in a particularly telling scene about how girls can completely misread things when it comes to boys. Shoshanna clearly compares her own situation with Marnie’s, viewing her own relationship in a negative light in comparison. As far as Shoshanna is concerned, Marnie is in an exciting relationship with a successful man – ‘you’re like Bella Swan from Twilight, and I’m like her weird friend who doesn’t understand how fabulous your life is because my boyfriend won’t spend $4 on tacos.’
In reality, Marnie is in a non-relationship relationship with the pretentious arsehole who goes by the name Booth Jonathan, which just has to be made up because who would name their child such a ridiculous thing. Anyway, Marnie thinks they are ‘like, totally’ an item, and that things are happening on a ‘nice level.’ Sadly for Marnie, she is incorrect.
Booth fires his assistant for eating a spoonful of his rose water ice cream (need I say more?), prompting him to ask Marnie who is, you know, a hostess – to host his party that night. She thinks they are hosting together as a couple, while he thinks he’s literally hired her as a hostess. It all comes to a head later when Booth offers to just chuck her $500. She says he doesn’t have to pay him – she’s his girlfriend, to which he responds that he didn’t realise he had a girlfriend.
Marnie starts crying as, usually when she thinks someone’s her boyfriend they are, apparently. Marnie admits that maybe she fell in love with the idea of him. At which point, Booth gets enraged, saying that this always happens. Oh, and that he hates all of his friends – I’m sure the feeling is mutual. I’m pretty sure that’s the end of Booth Jonathan, at least I bloody hope so.
Elsewhere, Hannah, who made a brief appearance at the party before being ignored by Marnie and opting for a swift exit, is at home with writer’s block. Marnie calls her, presumably to talk about what happened with Booth. However, both Hannah and Marnie lie about how they are feeling – fuelling the whole ‘grass is greener’ mentality. Hannah says she left the party because she was inspired, while Marnie fabricates that the party is going great and they are watching fireflies in Booth’s garden – pretty niche lie but an appropriate pretentious activity for Booth’s garden. It’s a short phonecall which ends with Hannah saying ‘talk soon?’ – with neither of them discussing how they really feel, it seems they are likely to grow further apart.
Oh I haven’t forgotten Jessa, who makes a brief cameo in this episode – just long enough to tell Hannah that nobody cares about her book.
Adam: ‘Is that why you’re being so coy?’
Ray: ‘Coy? Is that your first time using that word?’
The scene between Shoshanna and Marnie where they are deciding what Marnie should wear. Although it involves Marnie being annoying and self-centred, Shoshanna is just abbreviating all over the place – which obvs I totes approve of – ‘no presh but like, that’s a really big deal.’
The fact that Hannah has a sticker on her laptop that says: ‘I used up all my sick days so I called in dead.’
In a nutshell:
This episode was a bit weird.
This episode wasn’t what I normally expect from Girls. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t make me laugh all that much. It started off normally enough, with Hannah discussing with Ray how she has invented the term ‘sexit’ – to make a quick exit from somewhere in order to have sex. Reading that sentence back, I wonder if a conversation about ownership of the term ‘sexit’ can really be conceived as normal, however compared with the bizarre turn of events that followed I’d say it was pretty mundane chat.
Hannah and Ray are at work at Grumpy’s, when a guy who lives next door comes in and complains that they are disposing of their rubbish in his bin. Ray responds in a disproportionately angry way, which prompts Hannah to quit on the basis that she doesn’t want to be in a ‘toxic work environment.’
Hannah proceeds to turn up at this guy’s front door, insisting that she has to tell him something. He invites her in, and although she briefly hesitates – ‘I don’t think that’s a very good idea, I mean you’re basically a complete stranger to me so, you know, I could really be putting myself in like a Ted Bundy situation. He also looked handsome, clean…and probably had a brownstone’ – she then gladly strolls into this random guy’s house for a glass of lemonade.
Hannah explains that she’s the one who’s been using his rubbish bins, as she’d lost her key and was afraid to tell Ray. She goes on to say that, in true Hannah-style, she then got a bit obsessed with the idea of using someone else’s rubbish bin so just kept doing it.
In a pretty random turn of events, she kisses him and they end up sleeping together. Later on, Hannah is about to leave when Joshua (not Josh, NEVER Josh) asks her to stay. Hannah asks him to beg her to stay, which he does, which is in itself a bit weird considering they just met. The next day, they sack off work and play naked ping-pong – side note: not the most graceful of sports to play without clothes.
They are temporarily completely caught up in each other and blissfully ignoring the outside world, however this is brought to a stop when Hannah passes out in the shower and then pretty much pours her heart out to Joshua. Somewhat creepily, he asks, ‘What is it sweetie?’ Hannah answers: ‘Please don’t tell anyone this but…I wanna be happy.’ She goes on to explain, ‘I made a promise such a long time ago that I was gonna take in experiences, all of them, so that I could tell other people about them, and maybe save them, but it gets so tiring trying to take in all the experiences for everybody.’
Through this revelation, the fantasy ends as Hannah reveals the ‘real’ her. Consequently, Joshua becomes pretty standoffish and it’s clear that that’s the end of that. The episode ends with Hannah waking up in his place alone, taking out his rubbish and walking off without a trace.
I appreciate that this episode is an attempt from Lena Dunham to mix it up a bit in Girls, which isn’t something to be criticised. Having said that, it didn’t really do all that much for me. The episode revolved around Hannah and Joshua, yet it seems unlikely we’ll ever see his character again. It kind of felt like the entire episode was a prelude to Hannah’s realisation that she wants to be happy – something which I’m not sure deserved an entire episode dedicated to it, because don’t we all want that? And hasn’t she realised this before?
I get what Dunham was trying to do by showing how easily Hannah could slot into Joshua’s world. But it all seemed a bit Pretty Woman to me – except without the prostitution, or the happy ending (or the dressing room montage scene if we’re really picking faults).
Another reason I felt a bit disappointed by this episode was that so much happened in the last episode to all the other characters, leaving us keen to find out what happened next, yet this yet this episode ignores all of that and focuses on Hannah. Perhaps this was deliberate – reflecting Hannah’s tendency to be a bit self centred – but personally I wanted to see how Ray and Shosh are doing in the wake of their subway declaration of love, and I even kind of wanted to see how my least fave character Jessa is doing since she opted out of her ridiculous marriage.
Speaking of things that were missing from this episode – there’s something I have to get off my chest. I’ve been waiting patiently for Sandy to reappear, and I thought I’d give it a few episodes, as I understand, there’s other stuff going on – breakups, people inadvertently cohabitating, oh and let’s not forget the whole coke thing. But now I just have to ask – where the HECK is Sandy? I defended Dunham against criticisms of her inclusion of Sandy’s character as a simple fix to the whole race backlash against Girls. And, to be fair, he may still reappear.
However, if he doesn’t, I can’t help but feel a bit let down. There is so much potential to explore with his character, not to mention the opportunity to discuss race and political issues. I find it difficult to accept that he’s just fallen off the face of the planet and Hannah hasn’t even mentioned him in any subsequent episodes.
All in all, a bold move to try something different with Girls, however, to me it felt like I was watching some kind of indie short film about a kooky whirlwind romance. Most of the things I love about Girls – the awkward moments; the laugh out loud dialogue; oh, and Shoshannah – were missing from this episode.
Normally I pick the moments that make me laugh the most, but as mentioned this was not really a lol-a-minute episode. The only bit that really made me laugh was Hannah’s response to Joshua asking her if she thought she was beautiful:
‘No I do, it’s just not always the feedback that I’ve been given’