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HBO Girls, Season 2, Episode 7, Video Games

I really liked how this episode imagines Jessa’s father’s house. It’s old, dirty, and every room is stacked full of books. Amateur paintings, half of them unframed, hang on every wall. It’s the house of an intellectual eccentric alcoholic/drug addict loser.

Was it just a weird touch that Jessa’s father and stepmother raise and eat their own rabbits? Or is there some deeper meaning to that?

I agree with commenters that this episode has far too much about Hannah’s bodily functions.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

Posted in Television

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  1. It’s actually Jessa’s father and his new-ish wife Petula, who is Wife #3 at least. Dad looks basically like a skell, and lives in a large but dirty older house near the Manitou station on Metro North’s Hudson line. Exactly what he does for money isn’t made clear, perhaps he’s living off an inheritance. It’s quickly established that he’s completely thoughtless and unreliable. Petula was Dad’s masseuse at his last drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation place and is basically a caricature of a dippy New Ager. She raises rabbits, which Hannah thinks are pets but turn out (to her disgust) to be dinner. Petula has a 19-year-old son Frank, who at first seems a bit Adam Lanza-ish but we later find out to be sort-of gay.

    Hannah and Jessa go out driving with Frank and Frank’s “friend” (whether the two have actually done anything is unclear) Tyler, which almost turns out disastrously when Jessa, riding in the front seat, puts her hands over Tyler’s eyes as he’s driving in what’s already a reckless manner. Hannah makes Tyler stop the car and goes storming off into a cemetery. Frank follows her, and as you might guess they end up Doing the Dirty Deed right there in the graveyard – though Frank, in his excitement and/or inexperience with girls, reached the Supreme Moment after only eight seconds and deposited his DNA on Hannah’s “thigh crease.” Jessa was quite angry with Hannah, saying that Frank was just a child.

    The next day, Jessa has a long talk with her father in which she expresses her sadness that he’s always been so thoughtless, and never had been there for her when she went through (unstated, but obviously bad) troubles with her mother as a teen. We see a serious side to Jessa that we hadn’t really seen up to this point. Dad then drops Jessa and Hannah off at a store to get some stuff, but predictably does not come back to pick them up.

    The next day, Hannah is on the toilet literally screaming with pain from a urinary tract infection, and when she comes out she sees a note from Jessa saying that she’s already left. Hannah walks to Manitou station, and obviously disturbed by Jessa’s troubles with Dad decides to call her own parents. Hannah’s father shows himself to be a complete idiot, asking where they can find a hotel room for $50 a night on their upcoming trip to New York (this moron’s supposed to be a professor at Michigan State?) and Hannah’s mother is suspicious to the point of being hostile over the call.

    Nudity report: all we see is a somewhat distant shot of Hannah’s posterior as she squats to tinkle behind a signal box at Manitou station (“I can’t believe there’s no bathroom at this station!”)

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    February 24, 2013 at EDT pm

    • “Jessa was quite angry with Hannah, saying that Frank was just a child.”

      You underplayed the funniest moment of the episode, when Hannah tells Jessa why she had sex with Frank.

      DaveinHackensack

      February 25, 2013 at EDT am

    • Was it just a weird touch that Jessa’s father and stepmother raise and eat their own rabbits? Or is there some deeper meaning to that?

      Raising or hunting any animals other than pheasant or venison for food == PROLE!!!!!!!

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  2. Should people take the over or under on whether the show last night and on opposite the Academy Awards had 700K viewers.

    What is amazing is how few viewers the show has considering the Manhattan-based main stream media talks about it all of the time.

    superdestroyer

    February 25, 2013 at EDT am

    • It’s not about eyeballs but the demographics behind those eyeballs. Spoiled SWPL girls have a lot of daddies money to spend.

      asdf

      February 25, 2013 at EDT am

    • The show has few viewers because most of the people are ugly by TV standards.

      Kotakoti

      February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

      • Huh? Hannah may be ugly by TV standards, but Jessa, Marnie and Shoshanna certainly aren’t.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

      • Compare the cast of Gossip girl to the cast of Girls

        Allison Williams/Marne is the only one that is okay looking by tv standards. Nobody wants to look at ugly or average people.

        Kotakoti

        February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

      • I suspect that the show has low ratings because almost all of the characters are unilkable. I watched the first episode and realized that I could not care less about any of the characters of the show.

        What should really be examined is what kind of person identifies with the characters or even cares about the characters.

        superdestroyer

        February 26, 2013 at EDT am

      • In that pic Zozie Mamet looks like she got hit in the face with a shovel, and is reacting post-blow. The nose damage says it all though. The girl who plays Jessa – “forehead”. And yes, Lena looks like Jonah Hill in drag in that pic.

        thexder

        February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  3. Ben Mendelsohn played Jessa’s father in this week’s episode. This guy is worth watching. Has anyone else seen ‘Animal Kingdom?’

    Robert

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

    • Ah! That’s where I saw him before. I was so taken with Animal Kingdom, I saw it twice. I still smile when I think of that scene in the museum.

      Christine

      February 27, 2013 at EDT pm

  4. When Hannah pulled her pants down and squatted down to take a piss for all of us too see…well that’s when I finally had to say enough is enough. I couldn’t figure out any justification for putting that scene there, other than just gratuitous and pointless nudity for the sake of shock value. Of course you can probably say that about all the previous episodes as well, but whatever, this was my limit. It’s obvious Lena Dunham has a serious compulsion to expose herself. I shouldn’t be surprised, since she comes from a line of people who think Piss Christ is art. I’m out.

    Donny

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

  5. “When Hannah pulled her pants down and squatted down to take a piss for all of us too see…well that’s when I finally had to say enough is enough.”

    She’s a disgusting pig and so are her fake artist parents. You should see their “art”. Better yet don’t it’s perverted, ugly garbage.

    Rifleman

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

    • So why are we talking about this garbage on this otherwise illuminating blog again? I really don’t think the show is making much more of a statement than the “piss christ” itself.

      Allerious

      February 26, 2013 at EDT am

  6. I think the actress who played jessa did a horrible job during the conversation with the father. And I’m not sure how to read the phone call at the end. Hopefully we see more of hannah’s parents next week.

    anonymous

    February 25, 2013 at EDT pm

  7. Lena Dunham is hot. There, I said it.

    Hotness rankings:

    1. Lena Dunham
    2. Allison Williams
    3. Whoever plays Shoshana
    4. Whoever plays Jessa

    Alex

    February 26, 2013 at EDT am

    • The Mamet girl’s eyes are a little close together. She’s lucky her dad is David Mamet. And Dunham was smart to cast her — making a deposit in David Mamet’s emotional bank account. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that get repaid in the future.

      DaveinHackensack

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

    • She isn’t hot. She is a flatso with ugly tattoos.

      ScarletKnight

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

    • Williams is the only hot one on the show.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

    • And Dunham was smart to cast her — making a deposit in David Mamet’s emotional bank account.

      Ah, the timeless art of brown-nosing.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  8. [Was it just a weird touch that Jessa’s father and stepmother raise and eat their own rabbits? Or is there some deeper meaning to that?]

    In Michael Moore’s “Roger and Me” there is a scene where he visits a rabbit lady who sells them for pets of meat. She has a big sign that says, “Rabbits Pets or Meat” on the premises. It may have been a reference to that, or, perhaps a reference to the SWPL love affair with keeping chickens in sub/urban backyards (at many times the expense of just buying eggs at the grocery store).

    islandmommy

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  9. O/T: Chateau Heartiste says you are a fat apologist.

    Comment?

    ScarletKnight

    February 26, 2013 at EDT pm

  10. Rifleman meant to say “white” fake artist parents, as he did last week. Broden Caufield will undoubtedly keep enlightening us to all things fake and white that he hates. The pattern has been established.

    Be glad the they depicted Jessa’s parents as something not to aspire to. This is significant considering the demographic the show seems to target.

    I can’t figure out if most of the characters are intentionally or unintentionally unlikeable. Hanna’s thoughts and actions are frequently are those of a mentally unstable lunatic. Now, is that what they mean to convey or are her actions held up as desirable and normal of a ‘modern girl trying to make it’ in the city? I can’t tell just how deep into satire the show delves and how much of it is serious.

    Tom

    February 28, 2013 at EDT pm


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