Thursday, October 25, 2007

'Girlfriends' S8.4 Review: "Losing It"

The fourth episode of Season 8 of 'Girlfriends' focused on the relationships between the main characters of Joan and Lynn, Maya and Darnell, and William and Monica, and the way they interact with each other.

This episode saw Joan and Lynn butting heads over Joan being Lynn's landlord. We all know how stubborn and uptight Joan can be sometimes, which is why we love her, but she was trying to control all of Lynn's actions around her house. While it was understandable from a landlord's perspective, Lynn really isn't all that bad. It was really funny when Lynn's chimpanzee came walking out of the back room... I loved Joan's reaction and the funny banter between Joan and Lynn when she would barge into her old home. At a later point in the episode, Joan calls Lynn all kinds of nasty slut names for what kind of seemed like no reason, but I guess Joan was just fed up with the rental. Eventually they made up, but by the end of the episode, Joan was watering Lynn's plants for her in the middle of the night, which was a funny way to end a heavy episode.

Before we get to the heart of the episode with Maya and Darnell, let's recap what's going on with William and Monica. Since they are still in the "honeymoon" phase of their marriage, they have been with each other nonstop and both William and Monica needed some alone time. But because they thought that they were being selfish, no one said anything. William asked Joan for relationship advice (wrong! haha) and picked a fight with Monica so they would have some personal time. It worked, but poor Monica was called fat by William just so he could get some time to himself. But it worked out for the best because Monica realized she wasn't and actually had time to enjoy a book. When William came to apologize, Monica acted hurt because she hadn't yet finished her book! Once they both admitted why they were fighting, they obviously made up and gave each other their personal space and realized that it's okay to want to be alone sometimes.

Now for the heavy of the episode. As we have seen in the last three episodes, Maya has been really high-strung and has had a nonstop agenda. Even in this episode, even though she had a baby doctor appointment, she postponed it to get her hair did and to go shopping, and Darnell had every right to be angry with her. The doctor said that because of her fragile fybroids (Season 1), Maya has to be off her feet for a certain amount of time each day. She has not been listening and she has even been avoiding calls from her publisher which was has been stressing her out even more. She answers her publsher's phone call by accident one day at Lynn's and is told that her third book option has been dropped because of low sales on her second book. Maya freaks and is determined to show them that her book is worth publishing, so she gets to writing immediately. She has Joan and Lynn type for her in shifts so that she can just spit out whatever comes to mind and it'll be a chapter. And of course she is on her feet and under a lot of pressure during this whole process.

When Darnell sees that Maya still isn't taking this pregnancy seriously, he gets infuriated and kicks Joan and Lynn out of their house to have a talk with Maya who isn't hearing any of it. She says that she can't not be an authoress and that this book has to be finished and published, but Darnell serves her up a real helping of truth and says that no one is checking for her book and that she needs to calm down immediately. To pacify Darnell, she agrees, but in the middle of the night, she is still back on her computer typing away. Darnell takes the computer away from her as they argue heatedly. Maya starts yelling and tells Darnell that she is in such a crazy state that she has just peed herself because of all the arguing. When she stands up, Darnell says that it is blood...

So I guess that does it. Maya just had her miscarriage :(

The next week's preview looks so sad. Be sure to tune in next week for "Good Grief" to see how this tragedy unfolds for 'Girlfriends'.
Other than the heaviness of the ending, I really thought this episode was good. I keep saying this, but I love how 'Girlfriends' always pairs some funny with the sadness. It helps lighten the mood a bit without distracting or simplifying the sadder parts of life. I really can't wait for next week's episode... it is sure to be important.
Here's this current episode's preview uploaded by me!

Next week: 8.5 “Good Grief” - Monday, 9pm on the CW

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