Girls

What I Watch – à La Carte

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I’ve recently cut ties with my cable provider.  We switched to a cheaper, faster internet provider and are exploring the world of à la carte TV!  It’s forced me to really take inventory of what channels I watch.  Here’s my list:

BBC America

It’s at the forefront of my mind that Orphan Black’s final season is coming!  I know I can’t live without seeing this show.  Also, is Broadchurch’s new season going to come to America?  I need that too.  Thankfully, BBC America was offered by both Sling Orange ($20/month) and Playstation Vue ($30/month), our two top options.

Bravo

Watching Top Chef live is of utmost importance to me.  There’s not a show out there that I like recapping more than Top Chef!  I feel like it’s imperative that I have access to this show and this channel… for important reality TV reasons…  We’d have had to bump up to Sling Blue ($5 more per month) to get Bravo, but it’s included in Playstation Vue!

Cartoon Network

We are the Crystal Gems!  Steven Universe is my favorite thing currently on TV.  I bought seasons on Amazon just to stay current.  It’s no surprise that we started our Playstation Vue 7-day free trial the day the new episode premiered.  Cartoon Network is also available on Sling Orange.

HBO

Since Girls is over, we are currently living without HBO.  When Game of Thrones comes back, we will not be living without HBO.  Thankfully, HBO Now is a thing so we can probably just do that independently of any package we have.

MTV

This one I had to sacrifice.  I may have a Catfish addiction and I might enjoy a guilty pleasure or two on this channel (ahem Teen Mom OG), but MTV was not available on Playstation Vue.  We could add MTV for an additional $5 to any Sling package, but…

TLC

Ugh, I can’t help it.  I watch so much TLC it’s pathetic.  I love Say Yes to the Dress which is thankfully always on.  I guess this whole channel is my guilty pleasure.  At the end of the day, I couldn’t live without this channel and it was only available on Playstation Vue, not in any Sling package.

So we’re testing out Playstation Vue!  It’s more expensive than the Sling options, but I wasn’t willing to compromise on TLC.  The best part is, we can cancel at any time if we decide to test something else out!  I guess the actual best part is that there’s a Roku app– we can stream it on both the PS4 in the living room and the Roku in the bedroom, so for the first time ever, we have cable in both rooms!

Who else has made the switch to à la carte TV?

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Girls: Latching

It’s Marathon Monday here in Boston.  My fiancé and I are spending the day blissfully at home, on our respective computers with Hulu running through SVU in the background.  The jet lag is wearing off little by little (I promise those Japan vlogs are coming!) and we’re readjusting to life as we knew it…

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Making the adjustment all that much harder is the fact that Girls aired its last episode ever last night.  While I’ve really enjoyed watching this show, this final season sometimes fell a bit short for me.  By now, I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is Hannah’s season.  I knew we’d see Hannah’s baby in this episode, thus her world is now a bit far from my own.

We find Marnie in Hannah’s house upstate, having literally nothing to do with her life and seizing the opportunity to prove herself as Hannah’s best friend.  She moves in to help Hannah with the baby.

We meet baby Grover and the breast feeding issues Hannah is having with him, but the final story isn’t really about breastfeeding.  Instead, we see Hannah continue to be Hannah, despite having to take care of Grover.  She’s profoundly mean to Marnie at times– not like Marnie has any business being there; she’s just filling a gap in her own life.  Marnie calls Hannah’s mom to the scene who Hannah also mistreats.  In the end, Hannah has her moment of bliss successfully breastfeeding her baby and that’s that.

So, I kind of love that Hannah is still just Hannah.  In a humorous moment, we see her go through a range of emotions while talking to baby Grover, treating him like every other relationship she’s had.  Lorene is right, though; this is the first decision she can’t take back– she can’t drop out, move home, break up, or quit.  So, Hannah has some growing still to do.

I wish we’d gotten more resolution with Marnie, who obviously needs to figure out what she wants to do.  Still, I love that Lorene treats her not as a desperate case, but as someone with options in life.  She’s not done because her band didn’t work out or because she’s been upstate taking care of someone else’s baby for 6 months.

We know Shosh got married.  We have no idea what happened to Jessa, but like, I could never figure out her life anyway.

It’s not necessarily the finale I wanted, but I’ve really enjoyed the ride with Girls.  I will seriously miss this show!  Thoughts?

Girls: Goodbye Tour

Jet lag has got me so hard, guys.  I had the best of intentions of getting this up Monday… but I’m still adjusting!  Japan content coming soon, until then, let’s talk about Girls before the last episode ever this weekend.

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Hannah’s life seems to be falling into place as she gets a great job offer upstate to be a college course instructor.  It has benefits, and with her baby on the way, Hannah knows this is a great move for her.  Plus, she seems pretty keen to get out of New York city… but she wavers on this and embarks on a goodbye tour, asking people for advice.  Elijah’s opposed, her dad is on board, but where are her friends?

Marnie isn’t picking up, so Hannah tries Shosh who apparently has a different number than last they spoke.  Hannah instead goes to Shosh’s apartment to find that she is hosting her own engagement party.

I’ve been pretty upset about the lack of Shoshanna all season, but if we’re taking the season mostly from Hannah’s perspective, this makes sense.  It’s clear that time has gone by a bit faster in these last couple of episodes, and maybe all through the season, unseen to us, Shoshanna has been meeting and falling in love with Byron Long.  Now they’re engaged, to the total shock of Hannah who wasn’t invited to the party.  Marnie’s there, and of course Jessa, so Marnie calls the four girls into a group meeting in the bathroom.

Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, and Shoshanna are together for the first time all season, speaking their minds to each other.  Shoshanna has moved on from this and points out that they can’t be together without one of them making it all about her.  Shosh has her own life now; they all should.

Jessa & Hannah have a nice moment where they both apologize to each other.  Jessa gives Hannah a baby dress, and Hannah tells her the baby is actually a boy.

The four of them manage to have a great time at Shosh’s engagement party sort of doing their own thing.  Hannah moves upstate and is happy with her decision.

What do you think this last episode has in store for us?!

Girls: Bounce & Adam

Well hello!  This is little bit of a catch-up post, since I watched both “The Bounce” and “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?” last night after my 12 hour flight home from Tokyo.  I really liked both episodes!  I wanted to do a double recap for you before tonight’ episode… which I will hopefully stay awake for.

The Bounce is an Elijah episode, and it’s really fun.  It has Elijah auditioning for a musical adaptation of White Men Can’t Jump and watching the choreography is pure joy.   He does kill the vocal audition, despite being shaken up by the sudden appearance of ex-boyfriend Dill at his door.  He even comes home and tells him off, for a bit of closure and then a second chance with him.  He wakes up to a call back, having been asked to read for a role.  It’s so nice!

Less nice is Hannah’s role in this episode, as she’s finally decided to call Paul-Louis and tell him about the baby.  Despite not wanting him involved, his lack of interest in being a father to the baby is pretty devastating to Hannah.

Marnie is out of money and getting evicted.  She goes to pawn her locket and diamond earrings, only to learn that her parents lied to her about the value of these items– gold-plated pewter and glass, not gold and diamond.  She blames Desi for not paying rent, her parents for their lies, and the guy at the pawn shop points out that she’s the liar.  It gets to her, and she leaves Desi a voicemail apologizing, letting him know he owes her nothing, and telling him she’s moving in with her mom.

What Will We Do This Time About Adam? is probably my favorite episode title Girls has given us.  It’s a bit weird, but Adam has decided that he needs to raise this baby with Hannah.  He leaves Jessa, goes to Hannah, and they spend this idyllic day rekindling and planning for the baby.  It’s sweet, but yeah, weird.  Meanwhile, Jessa is determined to be the cool girl and not have emotions about Adam.  She looks for a hook up, but breaks down knowing that’s not what she wants.  As the day goes on, Hannah and Adam slowly realize that this chapter has closed– they are not going to be together.  Adam goes back to Jessa, who plays it cool but conceals a satisfied smile as he makes his way to her.

I’m so disappointed that Shosh has no storyline whatsoever this season.  She’s in this episode only to connect Ray and Abigail romantically.

It looks like we’ll finally have all four girls in one place before the season’s over, and I can hardly wait!  Thoughts?!

Girls: Full Disclosure

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I hate to say it, but my favorite part of last night’s episode of Girls was Jessa.  I’ll get into all of that in a second, because truly the episode (as all of them do this season) revolves around Hannah.

Hannah is telling people about her pregnancy.  We start with Marnie, whose support surprises even Hannah.  Though Hannah’s decided she won’t be telling Paul-Louis, Marnie takes issue with this.  Hannah’s father & his boyfriend are split on the decision of whether Paul-Louis should know as well.

Elijah and Hannah make up like magic, which is a bit surprising considering how nasty he was to her in the last episode.  (I guess this is a good thing that we won’t be dedicating screen time to Hannah & Elijah fighting.)

Weirdly, Hannah tells Adam… well, she more yells it at his as he chases her down her block trying to make her watch his movie.  Adam is so insistent on Hannah watching it; it seems like feelings reemerged through the process of making the film.

We’re now past the halfway mark in the final season.  For me, despite loving “Hostage Situation,” I haven’t gotten what I wanted out of the season yet.  The best bits of this show are the “Beach House” moments where these four women are together and facing the reality of their relationships.  The fact that Shoshanna has almost no storyline this season is disappointing, especially when we haven’t seen her interact with any of the girls but Jessa since Marnie’s wedding.  This is why Jessa’s interaction with Hannah was my favorite moment– this is one of the interactions we’ve been craving and it felt so real and relatable.

Jessa by no means should be surprised that Hannah did not come to her to tell her she was pregnant.  Hannah is right; they haven’t been dear friends for a long time.  Still, what I love about Jessa’s plea is what rings true: you cannot erase relationships.  It’s a painful fact that people come into and out of our lives.  While Jessa is right that these precious moments don’t just go away, the people often do.  You may very well not speak to or think of the person who meant the most to you 5 years ago.  It is sad when you think about it, but chances are you don’t think about it too frequently because things change.  Hannah makes it clear that she has no interest in saving her relationship with Jessa.

Finally, another relationship seems to finally come to an end: Marnie & Desi.  If this is Desi’s last moment on the show, kicking over his motorcycle, I’m in love with that exit.  Marnie had really better get her life together, because watching her perform with her mother was cringe-worthy.

What did you think about last night’s episode?  How are you liking the season overall?

Girls: Gummies

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I hate to say this, but I think Jessa was the most interesting part of this episode!  Of course, the Hannah storyline is prominent so let’s start there.

Hannah’s mother Lorene is visiting and Hannah tells her that she’s pregnant and wants to keep the baby.  Lorene actually seems to take the news really well at first, but then Lorene’s personal crisis comes out.  She’s newly separated and is miserable living alone.  When Hannah insists that she may meet someone, it puts her over the edge and she storms off.  Oh, did I mention she’s been eating pot gummies this whole time?

Elijah & Hannah work their way through the city in search of renegade Lorene.  When they finally find her, wrecked in a dumpling cafe, she tells Hannah every time she looks at her baby she will think of her own death (casual) and it’s then that Elijah learns of Hannah’s pregnancy.

To say Elijah doesn’t take it well is an understatement.  Watching Elijah this season has made me wonder about him… what exactly does he do?  He is literally never dressed.  With Hannah about to be responsible for another human, Elijah is losing his partner in crime.  He tells her she’s going to be a horrible mother, to hurt her like her news has hurt him.

Meanwhile, Jessa & Adam are shooting their movie.  It’s actually very fun to watch Adam replay these Hannah scenes (and I love the Hannah bedroom they created in Laird’s apartment) and it’s even more fun to watch Jessa’s reaction to them.  Jessa has NO IDEA how to have a relationship.  Perhaps Adam is realizing that now.

Marnie & Ray called it quits too.  Can someone tell me, did Marnie say you’re not a bad person or I’m not a bad person?

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again– let’s see the girls interact with each other now!  There are so many conflicts between them, so I’m sure it’s going to be interesting.  Thoughts?!

Girls: Painful Evacuation

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Ugh, last night’s Girls was indeed painful.  It was such a sad episode, and very heavy.

I guess let’s start with Ray, who hasn’t been in the picture much so far this season.  Ray has two really rough interactions in this episode.  First, Ray witnesses Tommy– a neighborhood old man who has a lot to say– drop dead on the street after sort of dismissing him from the Grumpy’s counter.  Hermie and Ray then fight about Ray’s wasted potential.  While rehashing the conversation with Shosh, who suggests Hermie just wants Ray to be better than him, Ray decides to go to Hermie’s to apologize.  When he arrives, he finds that Hermie has also passed away.  ROUGH.

Let’s briefly stop at Marnie, who fakes her way through sex with Ray and then tells him “I want to die in a lion’s mouth with you,” which she is certain is the best, most poetic compliment a person could receive.  Ray really wants to go to dinner with Marnie (dumplings and beer?  yes please!) but Marnie is busy at couples therapy with Desi.  See, it’s really irritating that she feels the need to be there like she’s helping him, but not taking any responsibility for anything.  I can’t deal with this relationship at all.

Finally– Hannah, whose UTI is the namesake of the episode.  When she goes to the ER for said UTI, she is greeted by a doctor she had a one-night stand with.  As if things weren’t embarrassing enough, he starts advising her to pee after sex and casually drops it in that she’s pregnant.  He gets a little too personal asking who the father is (surf camp guy), hugging her, and offering to help facilitate the abortion.  Hannah declines, unsure what she wants, and goes home only to find Jessa & Adam waiting for her.  They’ve decided to make a film on the situation between themselves and Hannah.  Hannah, to her credit, tells them to do whatever they want.

So, Hannah’s pregnancy is what this final season will be all about.  I don’t think this is a bad idea… it’s just one I hadn’t seen coming.  To me, after such an icky episode, this sad one doesn’t do much for me.  I’m interested in seeing Shoshanna’s conflict with Jessa, seeing Marnie face Ray, and seeing Hannah and Jessa interact… sounds like we’ll at least get that one soon!

Thoughts?!