Girls: Season 6, Episode 3 “American Bitch” (B)
We’re in the home stretch with this series, which has just seven more episodes to go before it signs off for good. This show has undeniably fascinating characters, and they’ve been through a lot over the past five seasons. This show has had episodes before that focused on just one character, and while I see how it can be effective, it also feels like we’re missing a lot of important ground that could be covered with the other players. Throughout this entire show, Hannah has been aspiring towards success, and now she’s finally achieved it, to a degree. Getting to sit down with an author that she liked professionally and take a stand for women everywhere was an interesting representation of how this show has always sort of served as social commentary. I’m not sure I would have chosen Matthew Rhys of “The Americans” fame to portray Chuck Palmer, the author facing career ruin thanks to disparaging articles about his alleged sexual assault of women on his book tour, but he does have a certain smarmy quality to him that worked for the role. After Hannah made an argument for all of womankind and Chuck compared himself to the witches in Salem, it turned out that he did try something with Hannah, and she went for it! I don’t know exactly what to make of it, and I think this is all we’re going to see of this plotline, which doesn’t suggest that this whole episode, which ended with his daughter giving a concert on the spot, was worth diverging from normal events.