Tuesday, October 9, 2007

'Girlfriends' S8.1 Review: "Range of Emotions"

As promised, here is the review of the eighth season premiere of 'Girlfriends' for the episode titled "Range of Emotions." [Note: I will be using pictures of the cast who the episode revolves around which may not be from the specific episode I'm reviewing because they may be unavailable at the time.]

Well the episode kicks off with Maya & Darnell and Monica & William having a picnic at a big open-air concert which features Lynn and her band, called Indigo Sky. Monica is drunk and Maya is a dancing fool who looks real cute in those overalls. Anyway, they're all talking about where Joan & Aaron are because they're missing Lynn's long-awaited set.

Cut to Joan and Aaron yelling at each other over the expensive stove that Joan bought for their home without the approval of Aaron. Once they arrive at the park where the concert's at, the tension between them is obvious, so of course the others question what happened and coax them into spilling the beans. Everyone pretty much agrees with Aaron because they all told Joan not to buy such an expensive item when Aaron didn't want it.

This forum turns into a discussion between Joan and Aaron about money, which is always a touchy subject. And then Joan gives Aaron the ultimate low blow... she insults him by making a snide comment about Aaron not making "head of the household money." Wrong move! Oh Joan, everyone knew that was way too low, and I think even Joan knew it but she was fed up because Aaron was being pretty stubborn too, talking about man of the house and all that, when Joan was saying that marriage is a partnership.

So anyway after all that, the whole episode is a huge fight between Joan and Aaron, so Joan goes over to Lynn's place, which is Joan's old home, to talk it out. Lynn has completely transformed Joan's home and it looks awesome! Lynn's tastes are definitely represented throughout the home. After their talk, Joan makes it difficult to reconcile because both she and Aaron don't want to budge from their side. After another small fight, Joan says she packing up and actually starts to pack up her things from the kitchen area to move out. Ahhh! We all know Joan is crazy, but c'mon! She can't give up on her engagement just yet!

She doesn't though because a move Aaron makes in the kitchen makes both of them realize how much they love each other and how stupid the fight was, which I think was such a realistic part of this episode and the show in general. People fight over silly things all the time, and this episode was so realistic and really showed an important aspect of being in a relationship. So they make up and as they do the long hug, Aaron spots a piece of mail from the National Guard. He quickly tears it open to find that his Unit has been called in and that he's going to Iraq.

WHAT?! The show comes to a close at that moment and we are left hanging, wondering what's going to happen to Joan and Aaron's relationship.
Here's the episode preview uploaded by me!

I thought it was a great season premiere! This show is always staying fresh to me and this episode, while not laugh out loud histerical like some episodes, made me so excited for the rest of the season to see how it's all going to unfold. The thing I love about 'Girlfriends' is that it's not always about the funny, everything's not always going to work out by the end of the episode. It's so much more than any average sitcom, and that's why it's lasted for so long. I can't wait for the rest of this season to unfold and go down in history!

Next week: 8.2 "Baghdad, My Bad"

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