Girls: Hostage Situation

I absolutely LOVED last night’s Girls.  It seems the bigger train wreck the situation, the more the episode speaks to me.  What I love about this show is how relatable things are, if not the situations directly but the kind of are we in the right place in our lives? kind of thing.  Like Hannah says in this episode, none of us know anything.

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We open with Marnie and Desi having sex and it’s like, what did I expect?  Of course this has already occurred.  Hannah tells Elijah that this has been going on for two weeks even though she was supposed to keep it a secret.  Hannah has been roped into Marnie & Desi’s weekend away in Poughkeepsie as a cover story for poor Ray.

The trip upstate doesn’t go well.  Hannah meets a beautiful shopkeeper who has a story about how leaving New York City saved her life– she’s happier living her truth.  Because she’s slightly psychic, she gives Hannah the tea set from the window, which you know is not going to make it home intact.

Desi and Marnie fight on and off until Marnie discovers Desi’s oxycontin stash.  He admits he’s been addicted to it for a year; Marnie is shocked, but no one watching the episode is.  She smashes the jar, crushes the pills, and locks Desi out of the house.  He rages outside, tries to get in, breaks a window and Hannah’s tea set gets smashed.

Hannah is surprisingly supportive of Marnie.  She tells her it’s hard to see things in other people when she’s only thinking of herself, which she too would know.  She also tells her that Desi looks like “someone in the Pacific Northwest knit a man.”

Meanwhile, Shoshanna has roped Elijah into coming to a women’s networking event with her.  It’s hosted by her former best friends whose start-up coming is thriving.  Jessa follows her here.  Shoshanna blames Jessa’s influence for ruining these friendships– she bailed on the trip to Aruba where the conceived this company because of Jessa.  After being rejected in her attempt to reconnect with them, she let’s Jessa have it.  Elijah lays into Jessa for Adam.  Jessa claims Marnie being with Ray is the same thing.  Elijah launches the secret that Marnie is actually with Desi at the moment out in the open.  Shoshanna tells Jessa to get out of her face.  Jessa ironically tells her to grow up.

TV Lately: 2017 Edition

Happy Friday, friends!  It has been a long time since I did an update on what I’m watching.  It had honestly been a long time since I had something to watch!  With a Top Chef season coming to a close and the Girls final season just starting, I’m back to enjoying TV.  I’m watching a few other things aside from the aforementioned that I’m dying to talk to you about!

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Steven Universe

This has already become one of my favorite shows ever.  If you watch my vlogs, you know I started watching one Sunday evening and was completely obsessed by the start of the next weekend vlog.  My love for this show far surpasses anything I’ve watched since Buffy.  It’s the characters, the humor, the music!  This show is really something special.  It reminds me so much of Sailor Moon.  You guys will be hearing me talk about this one a lot more!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

When visiting my friend in Philadelphia, I got hooked on this show at her insistence.  She didn’t realize that the music for this show was done by someone in my favorite band, but she did know I’d completely love this show.  It’s a musical comedy and the main character is cringe-worthy and, as the title indicates, crazy.  How often do you hear of shows that are musicals?  It’s uncommon, but it works so well.  I’m so glad I got introduced to this one!

MasterChef Junior

A new season has started and I haven’t actually started watching yet!  I plan to start tonight, actually, seeing as last week’s is up on Hulu* and this week’s on my DVR.  I always love this show and have loved having it on the blog in the past.  With upcoming travel, I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the recaps so I’m sadly sitting this season out.  I don’t want to miss watching these cookin’ kids, though!

* Speaking of Hulu, do you want two weeks for free?  Sign up here to get just that!

What are you watching lately?

 

Top Chef: I’m Not Crying

We’re down to the final four at the start of last week’s episode– Brooke, Shirley, and Sheldon I knew would be here, but I’m as surprised as John is to see him there!  But yeah, no; he’s not crying.

The chefs find the Quickfire set up to be a little different– 4 identical sets of 2 work stations divided by a wall.  The chefs are to instruct mystery guests and make a dish that tastes and looks the same!  Now, these mystery guests are their nearest & dearest– John’s wife, Sheldon’s wife, Shirley’s husband, and Brooke’s sister.  (Fans will remember; Brooke’s husband is a chef too, so he clearly wasn’t allowed to play.)  It cracks me up that no one seems to recognize their loved one’s voice!  Sheldon picks up on it right away, but he keeps the surprise for everyone.

All four dishes are successful, but Sheldon ends up taking home the win and a prize fo $10k for him & his wife!  The chefs all get to spend some time with their loved one that evening when Padma cooks for them in their home.

The elimination challenge for the week is equally as sentimental as the Quickfire ended up being.  The chefs are to create a dish to reflect on their time in Charleston; winner gets to cook at the James Beard house!

Here are the results:

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John worries his dish may be a little simple by comparison, but his oceanside point-of-view is clear.

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You know Shirley’s going to knock it out of the park when she says she’s not made this for the judges, but for her family who inspired her.  With a request to open up a Chinese soul food restaurant in Charleston heard, I think it’s safe to say she did just that.

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Brooke takes a literal interpretation of the challenge, as that’s how she works best.  She uses ingredients and elements from dishes that have brought her success in Charleston.  Though she’s not confident, the judges do enjoy what she presents.

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Sheldon works magic melding cultures– he takes Carolina gold rice and turns it into chow fun.  And with it, he wins!

Tom says there are no losers, just one person who’s not moving on.  Sadly, and honestly surprisingly, that person is Brooke.

Let’s not forget, Brooke was beat by Last Chance Kitchen’s champion, so she’s really still in this!  Maybe.  We’ll see tonight, right?!

Girls: All I Ever Wanted

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Okay, so this post is a smidge later than intended… but can I just say, it adds insult to injury that I had to watch this beachy episode during a Boston blizzard.

We focus mostly on Hannah, who has found writing success with her piece about losing her best friend to her ex-boyfriend.  She gets an assignment in which a magazine sends her to the Hamptons to a bougie surf camp.  To me, this sounds awesome, but the magazine selects Hannah purely because she is so out of place in that environment.  No one deals with success worse than Hannah.  She puts no effort in, but manages to have a tryst with the instructor that puts her surprisingly at ease and even makes her like the beach!  Her failures manage to be hilarious, but she actually is my nightmare while she’s downing drinks.  Despite some nice moments, I don’t believe that the season will be without Hannah disasters.

Speaking of disasters, I don’t even want to see Jessa anymore.  She and Adam are so gross.  They literally have no regard for other humans, do they?

Marnie is the secondary storyline.  She and Ray and still together.  They call each other baby about a million times.  Marnie seems to be attempting to make good decisions, saying that since she’s in the midst of a divorce, Ray shouldn’t be living with her.  She probably should’ve told Ray this before he’d been there for months, though.  Since Jessa & Adam are awful, Ray can’t stay there and ends up staying with Shosh, which Marnie rightly (in my opinion) finds weird.  In classic Marnie fashion, she allows herself a kiss with Desi.  Desi is SUCH a mess and Marnie would have to be crazy to pursue music with him still… which clearly she is.

I’m ready for so much more Shoshanna next time!  I think she’s the only one I’m not dreading decisions from right now.  Thoughts?!