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Old 02-25-2013, 03:46 AM   #166
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Holy shit, the scene out by the car where Lena and Jemima are talking about "sexcapades" and totally breaking character and making each other laugh is one of the best things I've ever seen.

Reminded me of some old Bledel/Graham on-screen magic.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:56 PM   #167
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The Hannah/Jessa chemistry was great in this episode. I loved them analyzing the 1979 Penthouse, hilarious scene. At times I don't buy that Hannah and Jessa would be friends, but the natural rapport between the actresses really made that relationship feel lived in.

What worked less for me was Jessa and her dad. It's a recurring problem and I think the show sometimes falls short of the emotional heavy lifting it has to do. In part it's the acting but I don't feel the writing is quite up to it yet either. An exception would be the Hannah/Marnie blowup in the penultimate episode of S1. I felt that worked because a lot of humor was interjected with the emotion instead of just going for straight gravitas.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:27 AM   #168
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Alright! Ben Mendelsohn makes an appearance

REPRESENT US AUSSIES!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:05 PM   #169
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Finally watched this week's episode. It was really good, the way it explored young adults' relationship with their parents. Especially with Jessa and her dad, that was sad.

 
This doesn't mean Jessa is no longer on the show, right?
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:27 AM   #170
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Ok, it's getting a little too intimate for me so I'm gonna stop you there.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:08 AM   #171
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I haven't seen a second of Girls, so I don't know if this is funny or not, but anyway If People Talked About Seinfeld Like They Talk About Girls - CollegeHumor Article
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:04 AM   #172
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I really enjoyed this week's episode in spite of (because of?) it being scattered among several different plotlines. The therapy scene was great, Dunham played it wonderfully and Bob Balaban was clutch as always.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:54 PM   #173
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I had a dream last night that Jessa dies, and it really sucked and I was really glad when I woke up.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:28 AM   #174
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Finally caught up after being OOTC for a couple weeks.

Two very strong episodes. The tension between Hannah and her mother feels very, very accurate to me.

And the final image of the three of them on the train with the meds was subtly devastating. A perfect snapshot of modern disappointment.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #175
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Well, that was a bit spunkier than I expected.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:38 PM   #176
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i thought this was spot-on, especially given Lena Dunham's criticisms of pornography:

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But Jeff, “topless” is putting it mildly, to say the least. We saw her lying prostrate at the end of exceedingly uncomfortable sex, the evidence of her boyfriend’s self-pleasuring draped sadly and unpleasantly upon her, as he loomed above, his face looking more than ever like that of an old-timey criminal. Were you as surprised as I was at the way Dunham’s camera—she directed this episode—lingered on Appleby like that? And what did you make of that scene?

Bloomer: I think the lingering camera had to do with Natalia feeling debased, even borderline assaulted. It was about her disgust and, what may be worse, her crushing disappointment. “I don’t think I like that,” she says. “I, like, really didn’t like that.” The scene was arguably mild in comparison to some of the other stuff we’ve seen Adam do, so it’s pretty amazing how horrifying this scene was—his most awkward sex with Hannah still sometimes managed to be erotic. This was just devastating. Their cute exchange in the episode’s opening scene was funny—at the time. “I like how clear you are with me,” he said. “What other way is there?” she replied. But like everything else in this episode, it seems dark and cruel in retrospect.

There were a lot of lingering body horrors in this episode: the OCD wedgie, the ass splinter, the Q-tips, the pathetic result of Adam’s breakdown. What gives?

Haglund: Body horror has been with the show from the beginning—it just never approached this David Cronenberg-like level before. Remember the stuff that gets up around the sides of condoms? Remember that stuff? The HPV gave way to the UTI and finally, this week, to a string of gruesome, graphic, bodily experiences.

I wonder if that shot of Natalia was on some level a rebuke to porn. Shiri Appleby is one of the most conventionally beautiful people who’s been cast on this show, and that was a money shot—a genuinely upsetting, not-at-all erotic money shot. And also a sad answer to that cruel editor’s careless question, “Where’s the pudgy-faced liquid semen and sadness?” Just you wait, John Cameron Mitchell.

Girls HBO: On All Fours, episode 9 of Season 2, is the darkest, scariest episode yet. - Slate Magazine
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Whoa, disturbing. I hope Natalia has the guts to never see Adam ever again. But kudos for this show to explore date rape.

And Marnie is insane. No wonder she and Hannah can't be friends anymore - they're both nuts.
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Good points in that article about body horror; things did get pretty Cronenbergian with that ass splinter.

In all likelihood Adam did that kind of shit with/to Hannah on the regular; interesting how the series kind darkly comments on similar scenes from S1 that were played mostly for laughs.

I really don't care for Marnie's arc, she's acting way dumber than she should be. Charlie has more or less gone from being the over sensitive wimp she dumped to being an uncaring asshole; the fact that he recognizes how low she's sunk and fucks her anyway shows how little he thinks of her.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:22 AM   #179
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The second-hand embarrassment I felt when Marnie was doing "Stronger". Wow. And the fear I felt when Adam and Natalia were back at Adam's apartment. I just knew something fucked up was going to happen.

Powerful episode, but I'd definitely take Jessa and Hannah making each other laugh over what we saw at the end of this one.
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That was a brutal episode. I almost fast-forwarded when Marnie started singing.
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