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'Girls' Recap: Hannah Horvath And The Double Date From Hell

March 2nd, 2015 8:45am EST
'Girls' Recap: Hannah Horvath And The Double Date From Hell
Hannah, Hannah, Hannah. A hot guy asks you out and what do you do? You bring him to your ex-boyfriend's current girlfriend's art show. No, really. For those of you who didn't watch the episode, that's exactly what Hannah did. This handsome, funny, sweet dude asks her out in the teacher's lounge...

Oh, wait. If you'll recall, last week Hannah decided to be a teacher because writing wasn't working out. "Those who can't do, teach." That's what Jessa said in response. Jessa is the worst, but that pretty much sums up this storyline.

Moving right along. Fran asks her out, and she actually radia...

'The Americans' Recap: Phillip's Job Crisis

February 26th, 2015 1:45pm EST
'The Americans' Recap: Phillip's Job Crisis
In this episode, we learn that Phillip is as screwed up as his wife. Sure, Keri Russell’s Elizabeth character was separated from her family, brutally raped by a superior, and forced into a fake marriage with a guy she didn't know. But Phillip had to do the dirty with a guy with manboobs as part of his training. He’s straight. And did I mention manboobs?

His seduction of the CIA program head’s underage daughter Kimberly (and how far he might have to take it) is torturing him. It’s especially squicky because she’s around the same age as his daughter. Isn’t turning her to the cause almost a d...

'Girls' Recap: Hannah's Here To Help

February 23rd, 2015 10:26am EST
Girls Season 4 Ep 6
Hannah Horvath is free. For maybe the first time on Girls, she’s untethered by boyfriend or career pressures. Even her therapist comments on how well she seems to be doing. And indeed, except for a minor meltdown over perma-roomie Elijah eating all of her cereal, she does seem unburdened. Big dopey Adam ending their relationship combined with her decision to leave writing behind has opened up realms of possibility. Scary, yes. Exhilarating? Kinda.

During a lunch with her less than helpful friends, Hannah realizes what the next step in her personal and professional growth should be. Her tr...

'The Americans' Recap: Elizabeth And Phillip Argue About Paige Some More

February 19th, 2015 8:40am EST
'The Americans' Recap: 'Dimebag' - Elizabeth And Phillip Argue A
Early 80s electropop duo Yaz ,and their seminal debut album Upstairs at Eric’s, figure heavily into this week’s episode. Kimberly, the CIA chief’s daughter whom the Jennings have decided to turn, is listening to Yaz when Phillip first insinuates himself into her life. He later buys the album for his daughter. Is he trying to win Paige's favor from Elizabeth? Or is he softening the blow for when Paige finally finds out who her parents are? He’s using one child and trying to protect another. The spy game is really not a place for parents. The late nights alone! Mom has to go recuperate in som...

'Girls' Recap: Sympathy For Hannah

February 16th, 2015 10:16am EST
Previously - Hannah abandoned Iowa and returned to NYC, only to discover that Adam has a new girlfriend and they live together. In Hannah's apartment.

Have you ever been dumped? Have you ever been dumped and it came as a no-warning-at-all, jack-in-the-box activated, boxing-glove-on-a-spring-to-the-face? I actually felt bad for Hannah right up until she peed in the trashcan. Then I was reminded that she tends to be kind of a childish animal. She’s like a whiny baby platypus.

We resume a couple minutes after the end of the last episode. Hannah suddenly returned from Iowa and was introduced...

'The Americans' Recap: Danger Continues To Mount In 'Open House'

February 12th, 2015 9:26am EST
'The Americans' Season 3 Episode 3 Recap: Danger Continues To Mo
Previously - Phillip and Elizabeth are still at odds over Paige's potential recruitment into the family business. They tailed and photographed a group of CIA agents who are affiliated with the CIA's prescence in Afghanistan for further identification. Oh, and it's important to note that Elizabeth is still having a dental issue from when she got her face slammed off a car in the premiere.

This episode is all about the unspoken things that hang between people, whether they be a couple, friends, employees, co-workers, or complete strangers. In the case of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, it's...

'Girls' Recap: Goodbye Iowa

February 9th, 2015 8:43am EST
'Girls' Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Goodbye Iowa
Previously - Hannah and Iowa aren't working. Someone (Adam) finally told Jessa she sucks. Shosh's psychotic honesty isn't helping her career options. Marnie's dissatisfaction with being a mistress nearly sunk a record deal for her and Desi.

It's unusual to type this, but this is one of the less offensive episodes of Girls. Let me put that in a different way - the characters weren't making me sick to my stomach as a matter of course. Even the other Mr. Harvey (who hates Girls more than shoveling snow and moving combined) remarked "I actually didn't hate that episode." Go, Girls. You didn't...

'The Americans' Recap: Elizabeth And Phillip Don't Pack Lightly

February 5th, 2015 10:15am EST
'The Americans' Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: Elizabeth And Phillip
Previously - In our third season premiere, Elizabeth trounced Frank Gaad and another agent, but lost an important CIA asset list. Phillip is way leery about Paige being recruited into the KGB. Stan is trying to get Sandra back. Oleg is trying to get Nina back. Speaking of Nina, where is she?

There's a scene in this episode of The Americans that rivals that of most horror flicks in content. The truly nausea-inducing action in this scene is made even worse because of the almost nonchalant way in which it's carried out. You get the impression that Elizabeth and Phillip have done this before. ...

'The Americans' Premiere Recap: Keri Russell Is Everything

January 29th, 2015 11:01am EST
'The Americans' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Keri Russell Is Everyth
Previously - Claudia informed Elizabeth and Phillip that Paige will be groomed to be a spy like them. Elizabeth was for it, Phillip against. Stan was forced to betray Nina, and she was arrested by her embassy. Paige got heavily into her church, and protesting societal ills. Frank Gaad was annoying.

The recap's titled that because the Season premiere of The Americans opens with this audacious sequence wherein Keri Russell's steely yes sensitive KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings throws down with two FBI agents. One of the agents she battles is Richard Thomas' terminally annoying Frank Gaad. He gets...

'Girls' Recap: Someone Finally Tells Jessa Off!

January 26th, 2015 9:09am EST
'Girls' Recap Season 4 Episode 3: Someone Finally Tells Jessa Of
Previously - Hannah discovered that she's not exactly a revelation as a writer. And Elijah came to stay.

This episode of Girls finds the majority of the characters just talking and talking and talking these BS touchy-feely circles around everyone else as a way of masking their own selfish wants and needs. You’re like “uh, that’s pretty much the show, J.” I know, but it felt a lot more prevalent this evening.

Hannah has been in Iowa for pretty much a day when she’s all of a sudden deep into a personal crisis over writing. Maybe she doesn’t WANT to be a writer, she questions? As she tells ...