Okay, So now Shosh is living a candy-colored dream of ice cream parlors and pink hair in Japan.She's crushing on her boss, the shy Yoshi, while doing the long-distance thing with Scott(Jason Ritter). Japan fits her like a glove. So, of course, she gets fired, and has to decide whether to return to the open arms of Scott.
After a punk rock show, a trip to BDSM club with Yoshi's idiot friends (we don't often see this usage of candle wax - even on HBO), and a forbidden kiss with Yoshi, Shosh makes her decision, leaving Scott at the airport tossing his flowers into the trash.
To which I say, good riddance! Scott is the epitome of vanilla. Shosh hasn't been this endearing since she fell for Old Man Ray.
Speaking of that rabid Marnie chaser:
We need that Ray, beleaguered City Government Official - "Night Court"-type spin-off, and we need it now. Somebody make this thing happen. Or how about a series where he and Elijah right the wrongs of New York City, with nothing but their combined powers of outrage and bitchiness? Moving on...
"We have an essential belief that being complex, annoying and multifaceted is the right of women on television, so therefore to see characters you don't necessarily adore all the time is hopefully in some ways an inherently feminist action because it's a form of representation that we've been lacking for a long time."- Lena Dunham, PaleyFest panel, March, 2015
One of the clever aspects of "Girls" is its endless self-commentary which serves as a way to insulate itself from criticism. And "Japan" was chock-full of it.
At one point Shosh's Japanese girlfriends are surprised to learn she's not rich, saying "You seem very wealthy because of your spoiled attitude". Dunham succeeds again by acknowledging that "yeah, my characters, like people in real life, can be self-absorbed, annoying sometimes and caught in their first-world problems, but you know what, I love'em anyway."
The episode's meta commentary continues with Jessa, Adam, and Ray watching Adam's appearance as a homeless witness in an "Elementary"-type cop series, with Lucy Liu as one of the detectives. Driver scores big laughs and has that over-the-top cop show supporting performance thing down pat.
Meanwhile, things continue to heat up with him and Jessa. Again, the show calls itself out, with Jessa stating she won't do the "will they/won't they shit". Hello, Sam and Diane.
"I really feel good with my size now, I know when I say that people are like, 'mm hmm', but I just do! It used to be when I went into a room with all thin women I felt like, what's wrong with me? Now I just feel special."- Lena Dunham, People magazine, September, 2014
The other story line/meta jab comes when Hannah discovers the naked pictures on Fran's cellphone of his exes, which he has saved for masturbatory purposes. Hannah is livid and conspires to have her picture taken to replace them. Here we have Dunham saying FU to the Twitter trolls who have spent the last four years bagging on Dunham's weight and her frequent nudity on the show.
At an impromptu shoot at Grumpy's, with Ray as photographer and Elijah being Elijah, Hannah delivers the episode's best line:
"Paint me like one of your French girls, Ray."
Hannah's decision to delete the other photos off of Fran's phone will no doubt escalate things.
Oh, and the Desi-Marnie nightmare continues, as Hannah skypes Marnie for advice, and we see Desi's dong.
A random thought on last season's Adam and the Mimi-Rose Situation: what is it with Apatow-produced shows where previously-amiable weirdos pull major dick moves out of the blue (I'm looking at you, Gus on "Love".)
Until next week, this is your Shipping News.