Sunday, March 20, 2016

Girls recap: Season 5 Episode 5: "Queen for Two Days"

The uncharacteristically tidy march that Girls's main characters have been making toward maturity and relative happiness gets satisfyingly disrupted in “Queen for Two Days,” which focuses on the surprising difficulty of figuring out who and what makes us feel at home. In the episode's main storyline, Hannah (Lena Dunham) reluctantly spends a weekend at a tony spa with her mother, Loreen (Becky Ann Baker), who wants a time-out to figure out whether to stay in her marriage now that she knows that her husband is gay. Loreen tells Hannah about her decision in a speech that's a realistic, if rueful, acknowledgement of what home means to her: “I know it sounds sad to you,” she says, “but I like our house, and your father's very nice, and he makes me laugh when he does that Chris Rock. And he plays Scrabble really well. These things count for a lot.”

Hannah's reaction to her parents' changing relationship is typically messy and awkward, as she ping-pongs from her initial horror at the thought of their separating to urging them both to divorce and keeping her father in the dark about her mother's softening feelings. Her sexual experimentation with Paula, Hannah and Loreen's group leader at the spa, is probably part of that reaction as well, spurred by a confusion about her own sexuality that's been stirred up by the news about her father's.

The relationship between Adam (Adam Driver) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) also gains complexity and intimacy. Read the rest in Slant Magazine

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