This week’s episode was hilarious, the funniest and best episode to date. And it goes to one of the reasons why I like television better than movies. Because television series stretch out over a much longer period of time, you get to know the characters a lot better. One of the reasons why this episode is so funny is because we see how the characters we all know behave at a huge warehouse party in Bushwick. But if I had watched this one episode never having seen the previous episodes in the series, it wouldn’t have been half as funny.
What each character wore to the party is perfectly indicative of their character. At the one extreme, there’s Jessa who always wears outrageous outfits, and she’s wearing some crazy outfit to this Bushwick party. Jessa does whatever she wants, acts crazy, and doesn’t worry about being embarrassed or of the possible consequences (such as what happens when you throw a bottle of wine off of a walkway above people, and then insulting those people you almost hit with the bottle of wine).
At the other extreme is Shoshanna, who is dressed like a JAP and she looks completely out of place, like she belongs on the Upper East Side or Murray Hill and not in Bushwick. Almost as unhip as Shoshana is Marnie, who is just too stuck up to wear a hipster outfit. Hannah is dressed hipster but without Jessa’s outrageous flair.
Charlie already has a new girlfriend, a short, vivacious scantily-clad girl named Audrey who is dressed appropriately hipster. Thus is Charlie revealed as a greater beta. His prominent position in a band, which was playing that night at the Bushwick party, gives him a high status among hipsters. He might be an alpha if he had a more aggressive personality, but he’s too nice of a guy to be a true alpha. Dominance over other men as well as women means you can’t be nice to people all the time.
I think that Audrey is a downgrade as far as looks, but no doubt Audrey has a much prettier personality.
Marnie is incredibly pissed that Charlie has a new girlfriend. Then she goes finds Elijah, who was Hannah’s gay boyfriend from college, and she starts telling him all of her “problems,” as if he’s a cool gay sidekick character like Stanford from Sex and the City. But Elijah wants no part of it, and he tells her how selfish she is and reminds her of how she made out with him while Hannah was sick with mono, pointing out what a crappy friend she is.
Last week I was going to write about why Adam seems beta, and one of the reasons is that he appears to be a shut-in who never leaves his apartment. But tonight, we see him at the party! Another reason I was going to say he is beta is because he has no apparent male friends. And this still holds true tonight, because Adam attends the party with a group of lesbians (who are better looking than most real-world lesbians). Also, we see Adam dancing with abandon and with complete disregard for how dorky he looks dancing. I think that Adam is beta who is too clueless to realize he’s a beta, which tricks Hannah into liking hm.
For comic relief, Shoshanna accidentally smokes crack, and goes running out of the party on a crack high, with Ray (who is revealed as a nice guy like his friend Charlie) following after her because Jessa abandoned Shohanna after promising to be her “crack spirit guide” in order to flirt with her boss (more on Jessa’s boss later). When Ray catches up to Shoshana, she uses her self-defense training on him which appears to effectively knock him into the ground, and then she realizes that he was there to help her, so she makes it up to him by giving him a “non-sexual” groin message which she learned how to do from her “sports therapy class.”
Jessa accidentally invited her boss, Jeff, to the party because she gets a text message from an unknown number asking her if she wants to hang out, and Jessa being the way she is (flirtatious and unconcerned with anyone else’s feeling and beyond embarrassment) invites the uknown texter to the party, and he turns out to be the father of the children she looks after as a nanny. Jessa does hang with him at the party for a while, but by the end of the episode, after the guys she dropped the wine bottle on punch out Jeff, she seems to see him as a creepy old pervert. Is this the end of the Jeff storyline? We never found out about his mysterious non-job.
Also at the end of the episode, Hannah has this big stupid grin on her face riding in the taxicab with Marnie, Adam, and Adam’s bicycle; apparently Hannah thinks she got some sort of boyfriend commitment out of Adam (after a funny conversation with Adam’s lesbian friend Tako and after Hannah leaves with Adam to go “scrapping,” riding in front of Adam on his bicycle). But Marnie’s not happy, she wanted Adam and Hannah to break up because Marnie doesn’t like her new role being the one who’s not part of a happy couple.
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The address, “45 Bushwick Place,” is actually in Williamsburg and not Bushwick, although that’s the bad part of Williamsburg near the Bushwick border, and near the housing project where my mother lived when she was a girl. However, I think this is just a fake address the writers made up because it sounds like it’s in Bushwick.
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There were no non-white people at this party that I noticed. The whiteness crisis continues! Tako, despite the Japanese sounding name, might be a white Hispanic, but it's hard to tell. I also have the suspicion that the character who plays Adam might be a small part American Indian. But the point is, here we are in one of the blackest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and there's this big party where everyone is white. I presume there are real parties just like that in Bushwick, but I'm not hip enough or young enough to attend.
OK, I lied. Re-viewing the party scenes, there were a handful of obviously black extras. But there must be hundreds of extras at the party and the vast majority were white. I didn't see a single Asian extra. Realistically, there would probably be one or two Asian girls at a party like this. I think the elite white writers and casting directors don't like Asians very much. The only three Asian people we encountered so far have been the know-it-all girl who worked at Hannah's internship, the unseen girl that artist was sleeping with, and one of the nannies at the park.