Girls: Video Games Season 2 Episode 7 Review

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A lot about Jessa’s elusive upbringing is revealed on this week’s episode of Girls.

Hannah accompanies Jessa on a trip to the country to see her father. This episode had a somewhat similar feeling to “The Return”, but did a phenomenal job of highlighting the stark contrast between Hannah’s family life and Jessa’s.

Hannah’s role in this endeavor was sort of weak (except for the Hocus Pocus reference in the graveyard). She tries to make some sense of the incredibly foreign situation, and fails to the point where she actually ends up having a very awkward sexual encounter with the 19 year old son of Jessa’s father’s girlfriend.

Jemima Kirke was captivating this week. Jessa’s sadness was palpable the entire episode. It’s clear how much everything is weighing on her. The breakup of her whirlwind marriage, the lack of stability in her life, and her strained relationship with her father. Where we used to see Jessa as this floating free spirit, she now just seems tragically lost. But with her absentee father, who clearly has little to no interest in her, everything about her makes much more sense. She clearly yearns for real parents, you can hear it when she talks to her father and references her mother, but even when she makes the trek out to visit him, he really couldn’t be bothered with her. Her emotional confession to him, that she is the child and he’s the adult, was one of Jemima Kirke’s strongest moments in this entire series. For a split second, it seems that he might’ve heard her. But then he abandons her and Hannah at a convenience store.

Hannah had one of her most redeeming moments ever tonight. After packing to leave, she finds a note from Jessa, who has disappeared in the same token as her father. So she goes to the train station alone, where she immediately calls her parents. To thank them for being good parents. Though the phone call was typically combative, it was a heartwarming gesture from Hannah that served to remind us why we love her so much.

While this wasn’t necessarily the most enjoyable episode of the season, it was one of the most interesting. I think that’s one of Girls’ most appealing traits: they don’t try to be likable. Which makes it relatable. And even though Jessa’s bohemian, bizarre pseudo family isn’t universally relatable, the disconnect she’s feeling in all aspects of her life is. So the theme of this season continues. Grade: B

By: Meghan Coan


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