Sunday, March 19, 2017

What I’m Watching: Girls

Girls: Season 6, Episode 5 “Gummies” (B)

There’s a lot to this show, and for me it’s about friendships and relationships and the notion of someone just deciding to have a baby when she gets pregnant without thinking much about what it actually means. Its title has a more direct reference to the drug usage that takes place in this hour, not played up to much effect but still serving to direct its plot as Hannah spent the better part of the half-hour searching for her gummy-eating mother with Elijah’s help after breaking the news to her about being an expectant mother. Becky Ann Baker is undeniably excellent, and I hope that she earns an Emmy nomination to go along with her onscreen ex-husband, Peter Scolari, who won last year. It feels both insightful and inappropriate to be re-watching some of the show’s most iconic scenes as reinterpreted by Adam, who is having the time of his life filming his story. Jessa, on the other hand, doesn’t want to put nearly as much weight into it, partially because she sees Hannah as a supporting rather than driving player in Adam’s life, which clearly he doesn’t. Ray breaking up with Marnie was an inevitability that should have happened long ago, and good for him for standing up for himself when Marnie had to make up an excuse to avoid being with him for just a few minutes during an admittedly boring and indulgent activity that has Ray getting very nostalgic about what it means to be alive. Hannah meeting the actress playing her, who apparently has a few kids and loves being pregnant, was a poignant end to the episode that served as a far better way for her to find out about this movie than I would ever have expected.

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