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Girls in Essex are on my nerves. With a few minor exceptions and a great laugh, this episode of The sexual life of college students It felt like you were setting your resistance at zero on an exercise bike. It was a period of many discoveries but not much plot development. Bella discovers someone off a frat or comic magazine to explore cadavers with, Whitney discovers production failures, Layton discovers the gay community on campus, and Kimberly discovers another avenue for a potential university push.
Still trying to find something to do in college when there are like dozens of things to do all the time, Whitney decides to take biochemistry. It’s one of the most challenging classes on campus, with a failure rate that hits the roof. Bella definitely takes it, but only to please her parents, and she hardly pays any attention. Even Whitney’s mom says she shouldn’t have to deal with it that Many! But Whitney sticks by, barely managing a passing grade on the first exam, and decides not to drop out. She also tells a sponsor man named Andrew, who snaps at her and Bella for not paying attention at the lecture. It may not be a win for her GPA, but it is a win for Whitney. Also, as her senator mother reminded her, Whitney’s grades Did not matter. She can have her baby on the way to a job if she has to after graduation. She is in a better position than most to challenge herself. Studying your ass in a class you might fail anyway isn’t the most traditional way to turn down privilege, especially for someone who’s super competitive, but it’s great to see Whitney learn from that failure and get curious about something new like science.
Meanwhile, after Kimberly is advised by the loan office to transfer to another school (in a cruel way, Taylor), she picks up a brochure on becoming an egg donor. You could make $80,000, but it would require surgery and it would probably be a big life decision. I like the idea of her selling her eggs as a cross not really but kind of with him Mindy Project – Convincing college girls to freeze their eggs was a long arc in that series. banter between the girls as they discuss the possibility of Kimberly kissing her long-lost son when he takes a job as her personal trainer and Bella writing the script based on New York Magazine An article based on Kimberly’s tale is also top notch.
Will Kimberly continue to sell her eggs to stay in school? For me, the struggle with Kimberly Arc this season isn’t that it needs the money; She needs to come to terms with her parents about losing the scholarship. Even if the egg donation worked, she would have to tell them eventually. This is a huge burden for a first-year college student to bear! I don’t want her to sign her life away on student loans if she doesn’t have to, but treading on water with money scheme after money plan stresses me out. I’m ready for something to go wrong and for Kimberly to get hurt. But who knows? Maybe you’re used to watching more conservative TV shows or even a program like this issue a week degrassi That would turn this into a teachable moment. Can The sexual life of college students It’s no big deal, she tells me, and Kimberly does the smart thing by getting herself out of her own financial mess And the Help families in this process.
You know, like the teachable moment that is Lytton’s spiral in a story. She hooks up or chats with over 30 girls on campus. I just got out! She tries things! She embraces the slut era! She’s… suddenly among dozens of girls who are all ex-friends of each other and don’t realize that their relationships with Layton aren’t exclusive. Her roommates can’t keep track of who they should and shouldn’t be friendly with on campus, which is a shame for them because so many of these girls came with GoodReads gifts and friendships. Three different girls show up at Layton’s dorm and start fighting. The way Leighton talks about these relationships with her roommates while pointing out who they can talk to and who they can’t, it’s no surprise that some of them can’t take a hint. But maybe Leighton is bad at communicating her intentions and needs, too. She is, after all, fairly new to dating women without a shroud of secrecy.
Then Lytton learns that one of the girls gave her chlamydia. Now the nurse wants her to communicate more and communicate the bad news to her sexual partners (half of whom she was grieved or actively upset about). Yikes! I will say it’s great to see Whitney and Bella reassure Leighton that she doesn’t need to justify her mingling with them. Sure, these consequences aren’t pleasant, but the stakes aren’t great.
Bella learns, last but not least, that short men are good at sex, too. This is it. That’s pretty much her all deal. Her super compact rower hits the gym, and she becomes obsessed with how they fit together like puzzle pieces in a sack. She also decided to turn the revelations into an article on her website. Everyone wants to be praised for their sexual prowess in an online comic magazine, right? While I think it’s very funny to be run by a guy who does a backflip, I don’t like this story. Her article is about how “Short Kings are unexpected sex goddesses,” which begs the question: Why do you think they’re called KingsMadam ?? There is no punch line to this arc or anything. Her conversation with Eric about the short king ends with her saying that having sex with Eric is better, anyway. So what was the point? It’s just kind of… what Bella is up to. down to? I don’t know.
• “Did you get 62? I have four. “
• What is the way in which Jackson casually mentions the hurricane that destroyed his school? something with him? Is it your fire? I know Kaling’s jokes are often dry, but no one gets dry when talking about a tragedy they’ve experienced.
• Biochem Andrew was rude and possibly sexist, and I worry about his dynamic with Whitney down the line. Sure, she’s with Canaan now…but my shipping radar is always Bing. I really hope this isn’t where this is headed. what can i say Enemies of lovers are great and all, but I have a firm anti-denial stance.
• I love that Leighton makes proper videos. I, too, was drawn to BamaTok last fall. But the special thing about these videos is how much the girls ask Shein, how “Shein” sounds with a deep Southern accent, and Leighton won’t get caught. dead In SHEIN.
• Please, please, let Bela end up going to Phoebe Bridgers party with ex Leighton.
• I try not to overthink how Pauline Chalamet is Timothée Chalamet’s sister because they are completely different performers with their own talents. But it’s weird that because of that, Timmy C probably isn’t a pop culture reference The sexual life of college students will ever use. Looks like he would have come in a short discussion between the king and the prince nerd/straight blink between Bella and Eric.