Wow, was this an entire episode without an awkward sex scene?
I’m glad I kept watching. I pretty much have a hate-hate relationship with this show. One, I watch because I have a huge amount of respect for Lena Dunham. She’s my age and has done so much! It’s like, what am I doing with my life - sitting here blogging? She’s writing, directing, producing, acting…wow. Just w-ooooo-w. Anyway, I think this show has so much potential. I think a show about girls in their 20s living in NYC and having sexuality and dealing with issues needs to be on TV. But this show feels like such a let down. Most episodes it’s just feeling like Hannah is Lena, you know? And it’s just sex, sex, sex, and it’s not with a point, and it’s awkward and uncomfortable to the point it’s hard to watch. Like, why is she staring at the doll during sex? Why is he talking about cumming on her face and sending her home to her parents? Just sdfsdfsdf. This episode was different though, and THANK GOODNESS. Which brings me to two, this is why I keep watching, for hopes it gets better, and three, it’s that sort of really bad it tastes so good I can’t stop watching this terrible TV thing.
But on to this week’s episode. First of all, there was no sex. Amazing start. Then it also wasn’t so much about making people uncomfortable, but exposing that delicate vulnerability I love so much. Let me break it down. First, we get a look into married life, the struggle as the honey moon falls apart into reality. It’s heart breaking, but interesting to watch it unravel. Jessa is a hard ass, she doesn’t weep and beg for acceptance, she punches her husband in the face. He’s as much of an asshole as she is inconsiderate. I think when you see her snotting in the bath tub you realize though, that she did care more than was let on, and that is a side to her I loved seeing. Who really just gets naked in the tub with their friends though and like, snots in the water? I’m not that comfortable with my body, I don’t want to see my friends naked, but that’s besides the point.
Then the subway scene. I seriously love Shoshonna. She’s my favorite character because she’s hilarious and always so heartfelt. She’s up front about everything and entirely sincere. Her naivety is refreshing instead of annoying. It just warms my heart she’s able to find someone to accept her as she is, because so often we see characters like her made out to be the joke, or trampled on. I loved her asserting her independence after the break up, being strong, but still being able to be soft enough to forgive when he was clearly changed and ready to be better. She accepts Ray as he is and their moment at the subway at the end with the train whizzing by was so perfect and I can’t even fully grasp how it is emotional, but it somehow is.
I find it weird that Charlie and his girlfriend hang around and act like Marnie is the stalker, when they were her friends in the first place, but I loved the way Hannah, even though she was mad at her (for a totally stupid reason, obv) stood up for her, when Charlie was trashing her.
Finally let me just say I LOVE the music this show uses, it’s always spot on, whether it’s a song I already know and love (Wonderwall) or it’s introducing me to a new one (I Don’t Care), but literally every week, in the final scene I’m just like YES. Which also reminds me, I for some reason loved Hannah singing in the bath tub. Her life isn’t together at all but compared to last season she seems much more well adjusted. Minus the whole coke thing - which don’t get me started on that cause I really hated last week’s episode and that played a big part. Anyway, I like the direction this is going, and I want even more of it, I want it to go deeper.
Overall this was a quality episode I found myself enjoying, instead of wanting it to be over.