Sunday, November 4, 2007

'Girlfriends' S8.5 Review: "Good Grief"

The fifth episode of Season 8 of 'Girlfriends' focused on the aftermath of the miscarriage of Maya and Darnell's baby.

"Good Grief" picks up a few days after Maya had the miscarriage and sees Maya just sitting on the couch and Darnell attending to her every need. The tension is thick, but no one says anything. Everyone's walking on eggshells because of the sensitivity of the subject, and only Joan is willing to go over to the Wilkes' residence to try to lighten the mood. Joan's wack story about the cheese woman was funny but in a pointedly-awkward way, and Joan kind of scurries off and out of their home.

Back with Lynn and Monica, Joan asks how their visits to Maya have been, and both women feel guilty for not actually going to check on Maya in her time of need, but they are nervous about the situation and how to handle such a sadness. When Joan says that they have to go see her, Maya comes bouncing into Joan's house looking fresh and fine. The girls share odd glances but decide to carry on normally and Maya even suggests that they talk normally and not focus on the sadness. And of course Lynn takes it one step too far and half-jokingly asks Maya how life is after the miscarriage. It's not a disaster though which is great, and Monica moves on to planning her and William's first dinner party.

The dinner party, meant to thank Joan and Darnell for being the maid of honor and best man in their wedding party, should be a good distraction to what's going on, and everyone seems onboard with the idea of a fun friends night. When Monica reveals she hasn't done much planning, of course Joan kind of freaks because she's the party queen. In her freaking, Joan continuously makes snide comments about the underpreparedness on Monica's part and the incorrectness of ordering Chinese take-out. By the end of the night, Monica has had enough and puts Joan in her place by pointing out how rude she was when everyone has always supported her "lame" parties. Joan apologizes and William makes her pick up the Chinese noodles from the grass with chopsticks for her punishment.

Throughout the night, Maya seems way way way too okay with her miscarriage and Darnell is clearly hurting. When he brings it up, Maya accuses Darnell of blaming her for the miscarriage, but he insists that he doesn't blame anyone and that the doctor even said they couldn't have done anything differently to alter the outcome. By the end of the episode, all the emotion was released when Darnell breaks down and cries about the loss of their baby. After Maya finds a book that Darnell bought to read to their child, Darnell really brings out all the emotion of the situation and mourns the miscarriage. I actually teared up when Darnell was sobbing because the situation is so sad, and it was nice to see someone really dealing with the miscarriage.

Oh and Joan finally convinces Lynn to open a bank account with the help of William but by the end of the episode, we find out that Lynn has split her money in two piggy banks. A funny moment after the emotion of Darnell's scene. I really liked this episode although I expected something different from the look of the preview. Still a great arc for the season and another great 'Girlfriends' episode.

Here's the episode preview uploaded by me!

Next week: 8.6 “Spree To Be Free” - Monday, 9pm on the CW

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