Too real, Lena, too real. (Yes, I have started to referring to the show’s creator and star by her first name. After watching this week’s episode and pretty much every interview she has done in the last month – except her segment on The View with John Cusack, does anyone know where I can find that? – I feel I am entitled to first name basis since I now know way too much about her.)
So you know how last week I talked all about how I wasn’t going to discuss the sex, because I didn’t think it was point. Well this episode, classily titled “Vagina Panic,” was the one where the sex most definitely was the point. (Coincidentally this is also the week my father started reading my blog – Hi Dad!) I won’t go into the graphic awkwardness of the first 5 minutes except to say that Adams exist in real life and I just wish Hannah would slap him. Just once. It would be a really big cathartic moment for a lot of people. Really anyone could slap him, Marni seems on the verge of snapping, maybe send her over there. I’m so set on this because I don’t think at heart he is that bad of a guy. He’s just been allowed by too many women to be an asshole, a slap would do him good. (Coincidentally it would also help out Brian – Marni’s way too nice boyfriend. Like creepy nice, like I think he must be hiding something nice. That whole relationship smacks of college relationship that shouldn’t have gradutated with them.)
Anyway onto the things I will talk about. Weirdly everyone on Twitter seemed to think that this episode was funnier than the pilot, but I totally disagreed. I laughed out loud multiple times watching the first episode, and while I enjoyed the second I found it to be much subtler and mixed emotionally. I mean, the vast majority of the action took place in the waiting room of a women’s center, while Jessa is skipping her own abortion. I don’t see this as grounds for laugh out loud stuff, but Lena did manage to slip a few gems in there. I especially loved Marni’s awkward confession of hitting a puppy with her car in response to Shoshana blurting out that she’s a virgin. I don’t think that she was equating the two, more like she felt weird having heard something so personal without being able to reciprocate. I’ve totally been there.
There was a lot of discussion of HIV/AIDS and the fear of “the stuff that comes up around the sides of condoms” in this episode. So much discussion that I have a friend who says she can’t watch Girls at all anymore, because it hit too close to home. I completely get that and there were a few times in the episode that I wanted to slam my laptop screen shut rather than hear the next line (Hannah’s ill-timed date-rape joke in a job interview comes to mind), but there were enough moments of wonderful identification to keep me hooked.
What I mean by that is there were wonderful little references to things I thought were just mine and my friends’, both good and bad. It’s a wonderful, little self-centered thrill to see yourself mirrored back on screen. And, I’m sorry Jamie Etkin , though you are totally right about the cupcake in the bath and the peeing while fighting, I have definitely: seen RENT enough times that it influenced my life choices, talked with my friends about which Sex & the City character I am, googled irrational health related things, and come up with things like the “totem of chat” while walking down the street with a friend (ask me what a 5 is sometime if you don’t believe me.)
I think my biggest thrill of the episode (other than seeing Mike Birbiglia as a guest star!) was the scene where Soshana, Hannah, and Jessa discuss a book called Listen, Ladies it is clearly just a riff on their feelings towards He’s Just Not That Into You.
Like Hannah admits on the show I once read it all really quickly in one sitting. (She read it in airport, I while sitting in a Barnes & Noble so I wouldn’t have to spend money on a self help book.) I have literally uttered the sentence that Hannah uses to rationalize this behavior to a disapproving Jessa, “I know it has a stupid pink cover, but it actually has some great insights.”
And now I feel like I’ve revealed enough about myself for the day…