S5E5: Queen for Two Days
We’re halfway through the season everyone. Which means we’re halfway done with almost all of Girls forever. Which means it’s about to feel like…
Speaking of heart holes and Abigail. This weeks episode. I’m starting to sound like Hannah talking about her unfinished ebook, but it was another really good, almost life changing chapter in the life of four post-grad women living life.
First Adam says something endearing (basically what I want my future boyfriend to tell me every morning) to Jessa.
So that moment comes after we see Jessa and Adam having good sex for who they are (aka role playing that she’s a cheerleader and he’s a football player who forgot to pull out) and then Adam meeting her awful sister that won’t give her money for school. Adam is finally a person she’s letting help her, and someone that believes that she has changed from a flighty fair weather drug addict, to a woman with a passion. It’s sweet and I’m excited for their future, even if it looks like it’s going to be fairly bland.
Hannah and Shosh have the biggest plots though. Both come to the realization that they aren’t happy in their situations even though something keeps telling them they should be
We meet Hannah at the start of the episode going to a “Spring Queening” retreat with her Mom. Hannah is immediately over the whole thing when she is chastised for using her phone. Through the yoga classes and one teacher telling the (mostly) middle-aged women to use their cunts, Hannah is seen with a sterotypical millenial scowl while she uses her phone to write an e-mail to Fran. Fran, Fran, Fran, I’m still uneasy about him. So is Hannah. Which is what leads her to have sex with her Yoga instructor. Again, I don’t know how to interpret that scene. Half of it seems to be a way to show her need for someone “mean.” This notion of mean and nice are what his character seems to be teaching her. Fran is the “nice” guy and she’s only had “mean” Adam. Her Mom thinks that she can’t love “nice” people because Hannah must have picked up on the underlying unhappiness in the facade of her parents marriage. So she explores the “mean” (why am I using all these quotation marks?) option: the Yoga instructor. The Instructor, at one point, tells Hannah that “nice is a mask angry people wear to hide their inner assholes.” Hannah loves this. She thrives on the idea that truth and authentic people are mean and cutting. Which. I totally get. It’s so annoying to play the nice game. And it feels inauthentic whenever you’re surrounded by the small talk and blandness of bitter middle-aged divorcee’s, that feels at once familiar and exhausting. So why is Hannah cheating on Fran? Why is she incapable of being content with the person everyone is telling her is “the nice guy?” The episode ends with a partial answer. Laying in her mom’s lap she tells her Mom “maybe you really did fuck me up.”
So what’s my queen Shosh doing? She’s having a so very kawaii day in Japan with the ever beautiful, ever hilarious Abigail.
This perfect day ends with Shosh and Abigail and Yoshi (”he’s like an Asiatic member of One Direction”) eating dinner. It’s going great and then Yoshi. Sweet, sweet Yoshi, says that he and Shosh are going to lose their virginity together. He then leaves to go to the restroom and the two girls to talk about what they both know is a lie.
I realized I just called two grown women girls. So I think it’s time now to talk about this idea of girlhood and womanhood (yay! a gay man telling me about an experience he has never had!) which is so prominent with other reviewers of this show. With Girl coming to an end in just a season and a half, they have been talking about how these characters are on a journey to womanhood, and that these characters are merely girls. This makes sense. The show was named and created to play on the idea of exploring women’s stories. I don’t think they are on some journey to womanhood. They are women, they are by mere age. This show is about maturity in the same way that Breaking Bad is about maturity. It’s character change, it’s what story is built on. Girls is named, and created in such a way as to parody the notion that it’s possible within media to believe that there is one generic story of what it means to be a woman. This show is four stories about four unique white women, and is by no means the story of all woman kind. To take the title of the show seriously is to belittle these women. If you were to call woman that are the ages of Shosh, Jessa, Hannah, and Marnie, a girl, in real life, you would either be calling them that in a fun empowering way (”you get it girl!”) or you would be minimizing their maturity (”this girl cannot do her job right”). So what is this show if not a journey to womanhood? It’s the story of four unique (completely not representative of all women) white women who are trying really fucking hard to live a fulfilling, authentic life, with their arms open ready to take in the beauty and pain of the world. /endrant
After Yoshi is out of earshot, Shosh tells Abigail through tears that she’s really happy in Japan. Then this…
Beautiful. How can we be so sad in seemingly perfect situations? Maybe for Shosh it’s because she isn’t living in reality, as Abigail tells her “you’re living in fucking outer space.” So Shosh is done with Japan for now and is probably coming back to the U.S. It’s a bittersweet ending to such a sweet exploration of Katy Perry’s vagina Japan in all it’s perfect Shosh-ness.
Article Submitted by Kevin Cucolo