Lion of the Blogosphere

Girls S06E03 “American Bitch”

This episode was pretty unusual. The entire episode took place in the apartment of novelist Chuck Palmer (played by Matthew Rhys who you may know for his role as Philip Jennings in The Americans), except for the opening scene where we see Hannah walking into the apartment building on Central Park West, telling the doorman that she’s here to see Chuck Palmer, and then she enters a very ornately furnished elevator.

Also starring in this episode is the apartment. Throughout the episode we see different areas of the apartment shot from different angles. This is an expensive apartment. We are talking several million dollars for an apartment like this with a view of the park. Hannah is also awed by the apartment.

The premise is that Hannah has written some man-hating article about Chuck for some feminist website, and Chuck invited her to see him because Chuck is distraught about being accused of “nonconsensual” sex which he insists isn’t true (and I think you’re supposed to believe him, but it’s not always easy to figure out what Lena Dunham’s point is).

They have a conversation in which Hannah talks feminist stuff and he defends himself, it goes on for a good ten minutes, it doesn’t seem to get clearly resolved. His side of the story, basically, is that young girls throw themselves at him, and he enjoys it.

Eventually he lies down, he asks her to lie next to him, and then he unzips his pants, pulls out his penis and places it on Hannah’s leg. Yes, we see his penis. Then Hannah fondles his penis. And then there’s a knock on the door, it’s Chuck’s daughter played by a half black girl for which this is her first appearance ever in a TV show or movie. The girl tells dad about some flute composition, and she asks Hannah to listen also. The girl is a horrible flute player, and we see Hannah making faces during the flute recital.

That’s it. The end. What’s the point? I’m not sure.

Also, as part of the theme of the series to show Hannah doing disgusting things, when Chuck gets a phone call, Hannah wanders into his bathroom, grabs some toilet paper, and uses it to wipe sweat from her underarms, and then from her vaginal area. At least we don’t see Hannah’s naked fat this episode.

UPDATE

Reading up on the internet, I discovered that it was a prosthetic penis, not Rhys’ actual real penis.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 27, 2017 at 11:20 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. That really was some apartment. Hard to believe he paid for it by writing upscale novels.

    David Pinsen

    February 28, 2017 at 3:09 am

  2. I read a mean, gossipy tell all book about Christian Bale, written by his disgruntled ex-assistant, in which it was divulged that for the nude scenes in American Psycho, he wore a “cock sock.”

    The book had nothing that was damning, actually. One thing it proved is that Bale is truly straight, one of the few 100% straight guys in Hollywood. I can’t see how this book would hurt him.

    gothamette

    February 28, 2017 at 8:42 am

  3. The New Yorker just provided more in-depth analysis of this episode than a man could ever handle:

    http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-cunning-american-bitch-episode-of-girls?mbid=social_twitter

    SPWL2

    February 28, 2017 at 9:18 am

    • Uhhh, Emily Nussbaum. That woman never came across a television inter-racial relationship that she didn’t call “brave” or “transforming” or whatever. So in this review she dutifully spells out for the New Yorker readership that hey, the guy is just like Trump! Then she twaddles on. And then near the end, she is straight up duplicitous to make her point.

      “In ‘American Bitch,’ she gets trapped in Chuck’s apartment, forced to watch that flute recital: she’s furious, tongue-tied.”

      FORCED to watch? She was literally at the door leaving, all grumpy faced. He says do you want to hear the recital, the daughter says Oh please do! (which rang entirely false), and so Hannah agrees. How is she “trapped,” other than by willingly putting her foot in it? It would have been simple at that point to say no and leave. But this is Haven Monahan’s Amerika, and women are constantly “forced” into doing exactly what they want.

      The New Yorker is awash in stories about the Oscar fiasco, too. But for the sake of my sanity I won’t read any of them. And naturally, they put out an explicitly anti-white cartoon about it.

      http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon/monday-february-27th-oscars-white-dudes

      peterike

      February 28, 2017 at 11:03 am

  4. I wasn’t sure what to make of this episode, other than it was boring, and the gimmicky half-black kid was just absurd virtue signalling and more implicit anti-whiteness.

    Otherwise, it seems the “point” they were trying to make was that when women throw themselves at famous/powerful/wealthy men, it’s the man’s fault for not telling them no. Or something.

    Women are extremely unaware of their own behaviors; we know this. But this episode kind of says, “we know how women respond to powerful men, but we still want to blame it on the men because super strong wimmin are, of course, delicate snowflakes with no agency.” Leave it to Progressives to have no problem whatsoever keeping two contradictory thoughts in their head at the same time.

    I liked how the apartment had a painting of itself hanging on the wall. That was pretty cool. I wonder who really lives there? One of the best things about “Girls” is that it always shoots on location and you get to see some interesting places.

    Otherwise, I would need to watch it all again to get a better idea of what Dunham was going for (other than praise-by-proxy with the man character telling Hannah what a great writer she is), but I don’t care enough to do so. Hey, my policy is “no Shosh, no Ray, no re-watch.”

    peterike

    February 28, 2017 at 9:37 am

    • “Leave it to Progressives to have no problem whatsoever keeping two contradictory thoughts in their head at the same time.”

      Ah but that just means they understand dialectics and you don’t.

      Dain

      February 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

    • Re location, I think the street shots were Fifth Ave looking north at 79th Street, with the French Consulate sans flags next door.

      Blessent

      February 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

      • I recall seeing a “W” on the street sign. Besides, writers live on the West Side and not the East Side which is for investment bankers.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

    • I don’t think we are unaware of our behaviors. I think it is more a question of us not having a full understanding of male behaviors and reasoning. Men are more animal like in their behaviors.

      Just the way men behave to a woman they find attractive is almost incomprehensible to most women.

      Be a dear Peterike and leave the mixed race kids alone. It is not their fault that their parents couldn’t ignore that wild animal attraction they experience when looky at dusky colored skin 😂.

      Lola

      February 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    • The Silvercup Studios in Queens get mentioned in the credits, so some interiors are likely filmed there. That’s the biggest studio complex in New York, so interiors for The Sopranos and Sex and The City were filmed there too. Also where the climactic sword fight in Highlander was set.

      David Pinsen

      February 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      • It seemed like too elaborate of an apartment to be a fake set for a single episode of a low budget series, but maybe they borrowed it from a movie or another TV series.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm

  5. There was a serial killer and rapist who terrorized the Sacramento area in the 1970’s and 1980’s known as the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker (not to be confused with Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker). He was never caught, and because he may still have been in his teens when he started he’s probably still alive and relatively young today.
    While he always wore a mask, surviving rape victims all said that he had an abnormally small schwantzstucker. If the police ever capture a suspect it would make for the most awkward lineup in history.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    February 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

    • Maybe they had an unrealistic view of how large a penis should be based only sleeping with alphas.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

  6. OT: while STEM workers are expected to be grateful for the chance to toil away in monastic environments, the value-transferred salesbros live it up…

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/02/27/hundreds-former-workers-company-behind-jared-kay-say-culture-fostered-harassment/hsBpL49yWysFzAu93EksXL/story.html

    Fiddlesticks

    February 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

    • I’d say that company is in trouble because the promoted proles and guido types to high positions in the company.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

    • Sales isn’t “value transference”. Nothing is of more value to a business than sales.

      David Pinsen

      February 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      • True dat. Especially when one has to sell a shitty product or service.

        Daniel

        February 28, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    • I would have guessed that a significant percentage of the men in a jewelry company aren’t interested in chix.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      February 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm

  7. Related. I watched “Big Little Lies.” I loved it because it’s a trashy soap.

    dsgntd_plyr

    February 28, 2017 at 10:08 am

    • I don’t think I am capable of becoming bored enough to watch a show like this.

      Ice Hole

      February 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

    • That one is heating up. Nicole Kidman’s story especially. Whew!

      Dain

      February 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

  8. Another episode with a striking well done ending. I mean the coda street shot with the montage (?) of young neatly dressed –heels, skirts, fit girls going into his apartment. Really striking image of hypergamy.

    Blessent

    February 28, 2017 at 11:27 am

    • After all these years it’s still unclear whether she is conscious of her own hypergamy, or if she’s just making astute observations and artisitic notes on what she sees going on – unwittingly laying out the clear case for the existence of red pill truths.

      rdorsey

      February 28, 2017 at 11:55 am

  9. I think the flute was a metaphor. I must watch this episode as it sounds pretty interesting.

    Lola

    February 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    • He was the Pied Piper, with all the young, hot girls filing into his apartment as Hannah was leaving.

      rdorsey

      February 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    • I believe it was an allusion to the recorder Picard plays at the end of The Inner Light.

      David Pinsen

      February 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

  10. Yes, we see his penis.

    Nasty, dawg!

    Strabismus, a Stealth sockpuppet

    February 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

  11. It’s riverside between 78th and 79th. Surprised you didn’t know that, thought you had lived in Hells Kitchen and would have been familiar with Riverside Drive.

    dontmatter

    March 1, 2017 at 12:34 am

    • I think (now) we have a winner –at least with regard to the opening shot, which is featured for a couple of second on the promo trailer video on YouTube.

      CMC

      March 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm


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