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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?!

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?!