‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ season 1, episode 4 recap

Being concerned in Greek life as a girl makes you attuned to being alive in the best way just a few locations are succesful of. You may really feel hyper-aware of your physique, your thoughts on excessive alert for stray arms and handed drinks you by no means noticed being poured. The relaxation of your senses get smothered by the teenage bullshit round you — the suction cup stick of the flooring, the head-sized hairball in your bathe drain, and the truth that the whole lot smells just a bit bit an excessive amount of like piss. Just a liiiittle an excessive amount of piss.

It’s like being in a fish bowl, and also you’re the prized plump goldfish. Sorority ladies know this higher than others, and on this episode, which has our ladies difficult and submitting to the varied males that attempt to rule them, Leighton will get a bitter style of why that’s. Comedy ensues.

It’s rush season at Essex College, and each Leighton and Whitney get slipped an invitation to the Kappa Beta Rho “pre-rush brunch.” Kimberly dismisses Greek life as unique areas that promote “woman on woman warfare,” however actually, she’s simply grumbly that she didn’t get an invite herself, and Bela, additionally ignored, commiserates. Leighton is shocked that Whitney shall be brunching with the Kappa ladies as a result of Whitney “wears sneakers with dresses” and never a TJ Maxx cardigan that claims “I AM FROM NEW YORK” on the sleeves like her. I suppose Leighton has by no means had brunch in Bushwick.

But let’s pause right here. I’ve questions. Is Kappa the one sorority at Essex College? Why did all 4 roommates with very totally different personalities (and pockets — there’s no method Kimberly can afford sorority dues) hope to hurry the identical sorority? Does Kimberly know not attending one pre-rush occasion gained’t disqualify you from really dashing? Of course, I don’t count on any present to be 100% correct to actual life, however this one may no less than make jokes about faculty that display it is aware of how faculty works.

In any case, Whitney and Leighton go to brunch, Leighton makes extra aggressive feedback about sneakers, and, as anticipated, the sorority is generally populated by blonde white girls sporting knee-length florals from The Pants Store. Whitney rightfully calls the entire thing “Get Out shit,” however I’m considerably stunned at her naivety at what a New England sorority appears to be like like. Especially since she’s a senator’s daughter — isn’t she used to seeing that many Ella Emhoff’s in a single place?

She has a horrible time schmoozing with the Kappa sisters that drool over her. There’s a two-minute bit about everybody within the sorority being named “Ashley,” which is famously my title. Whitney talks to an Ashlee, an Ashleigh, an Ashleye, and at last, an Ashlie, and appears like she’s about to puke a bodily copy of Ashlee Simpson’s 2004 album Autobiography, or, even higher, a hyperlink to a The Daily Mail article about Ashley Olsen’s Lyme illness. What can I say? We had been all born within the ‘90s.

The sisters complement Whitney’s notorious sneakers that I assume are Yeezys made out of floor Cheetos or one thing else like that on the brink of tradition and technology. Thoroughly Ashley-ed out, Whitney leaves early to catch the soccer workforce’s bus to an away recreation, leaving the embarrassingly earnest Leighton to fend for herself. This brunch is our first time seeing Leighton specific explicitly constructive feelings: pleasure and uncomplicated want. Maybe her physique isn’t used to it, and that’s why she goes somewhat overboard with the sisters, desperately prepared them to love her and failing.

The sister she appears to be like as much as probably the most, um, “Quinn Canon” (let’s rename her to Ashley Ashlerson), pulls her apart to inform her that. Quinn additionally discloses that Nutrigrain Nico’s frat brother that gave him COVID (COVID title drop!), Colby Strong’s Cory, has an enormous straight crush on Leighton, who then depressingly pretends to have an enormous straight crush on him to get the sorority sisters to love her. By forcing herself to have intercourse with a random, COVID-spewing frat brother. Is he even vaccinated?

Honestly, I discovered the entire thing exhausting to look at. It was sure to occur since Leighton’s up to now deep within the closet she’s about to grow to be a lost sock, however nonetheless, it doesn’t really feel good to see Leighton betray herself and her physique.

Dalton and Whitney’s continued romp equally makes my tummy gurgle, primarily as a result of I really feel just like the present needs us to assume it’s cute. The two share a yucky little steamy kiss within the bushes earlier than Dalton will get enthusiastic about “all the hot hotel sex” he plans to have with Whitney throughout their away recreation. Whitney, bless her coronary heart, remains to be utterly satisfied that Dalton will go away his spouse, who he isn’t going to depart. The present then tries actually exhausting to persuade us that Dalton is fascinating.

When he stands up in entrance of the soccer workforce on the bus to inform them to stick to their curfew (except it’s to have scorching resort intercourse with him), a number of ladies name him — maintain on, I’m swallowing my acid reflux disorder — “daddy,” inform him to take his shirt off, and ask him why he’s “so fine.” He tells them that he’s not their — sorry, there’s that reflux once more — “sexy daddy” however their coach, who deserves respect. What we’re taking a look at right here, people, is simply your common “sexual harassment disguised as a joke because it’s happening to a man,” however with the difficult extra layer of “the man in question is also using his power to prey on a teen girl” and “we’re supposed to think this whole thing is hot.” Just smile and preserve strolling. Maybe it gained’t harm us.

Whitney by accident finally ends up spilling the beans about her affair to teammate Willow (Renika Williams) by scrolling too far and displaying Willow a shirtless Dalton pic she had saved to her digicam roll. She tries to defend herself by crying, “I can’t help myself! I think I, like, love him!” Whitney, don’t strive that shit with me. On the opposite hand, Willow is a disconcertingly supportive pal, assuring Whitney that she gained’t unfold her secret and inspiring her to have “gross straight sex” with their coach. If nothing else, this episode is an enormous win for straight intercourse.

While everybody does missionary, Bela and Kimberly spend the episode getting ready for after which attending a Catullan alumni occasion the place Bela hopes to persuade a fictional comedy god to be her mentor. Unfortunately, like many males in comedy, he seems to be a misogynist and a racist and will get Bela’s hopes up by calling her humorous, solely to make use of her because the butt of his alumni speech jokes. He says that “people like her are the future of comedy,” however solely as a result of she’d be capable to promote a TV present “about a quirky ethnic woman trying to balance her love life and her career.” Okay, Woody Allen, simply rewatch New Girl if you need a present a couple of quirky white lady.

Bela is devastated that her idol would so publicly humiliate her (to not point out, in such a lazy, deeply unfunny method), however, placing apart all of the self-deprecation of earlier episodes, she’s utterly assured in humiliating him proper again. She calls him an asshole, humorous like a “toxic podcast,” and, simply to make issues actually clear, instructs him to eat shit. Sex Lives can definitely be shallow in its interpretation of feminism, however generally you simply wish to take pleasure in a lady telling an previous man to eat shit, and this was definitely a satisfying second.

Kimberly is generally simply alongside for the Catullan experience this episode, and we don’t get a lot of her. She does, nevertheless, purchase an costly LBD at Bela’s urging with the intention of returning it, solely to tear the tag proper off when Nico leaves this touch upon her Instagram: “That dress tho. 😳” God. Who let him out of the Guys Who Love NFTs Of Animals Vaping Weed conference early? Put him again and take away his telephone. She did look nice in that dress, although.

Each woman begins to point out extra of her emotional core on this episode, though a lot of it appears to be made up of dangerous males and the women’ creating relationships with them, besides within the case of Kimberly and Nico, of course, who will in all probability develop as much as personal land and a muesli cupboard in Idaho. He’s a muesli man. Let’s preserve the sentiments coming.

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