Here’s the thing about Ginny & Georgia – it’s not perfect, but it’s raw. It’s real. And sometimes the realness in television takes things a little too far and makes it a little to much to deal with, like in Ginny & Georgia 1×08 “Check One, Check Other.” Sometimes it is things that I understand, and sometimes it’s things that I don’t.
This episode of Ginny & Georgia was a lot to handle. It was a lot of things that I don’t understand, but I am fully aware that it is because of my privilege.
And this episode reminded me of it and just how much I need to check it.
In this episode of Ginny & Georgia, Ginny’s Dad is back. And lord, he’s hot as fuck. He’s the kind of Dad that would be classified as a DILF. I love a DILF.
He shows up at Ginny’s school and she’s happy as fuck to see him. I would be too if my Dad wasn’t always around. She introduces him to Hunter and I have to admit that I admire him because he sees Hunter for the snooze that he is.
But when he takes Ginny home he sees her with Marcus, and knows that there is something going on. His fatherly instinct tells him that they are attracted to each other. And mad respect because he doesn’t punch the kid in the middle of the street for macking on his teenage daughter.
But the thing is – the chemistry between Marcus and Ginny is palpable. Just like the chemistry between Zion and Georgia is palpable.
Paul, of course, wants to meet Zion, which personally, I think is more of a pissing test of whose dick is better. The most awkward of dinners happens with Ginny, Georgia, Paul, Zion, and Austin. Like AWKWARD. Paul is trying so hard to stake his ground, but he finds a common ground with Zion really quick and I can’t help but laugh cause Georgia looks like she’s about to freak out.
At school there is an essay contest and Ginny reads her Dad her entry. He questions her, but isn’t that what Dad’s do? He takes her to a poetry slam in Boston and it changes Ginny’s life. She asks him to stay and before you know it he’s on the stage performing and telling her that he’s going to stay.
And not going to lie, I teared up.
However, while they are out, Georgia is in Ginny’s room getting laundry and sees Marcus at the window. So when Ginny gets home, she’s so excited – but excitement can change when your Mom tells you she found a boy outside your window. That’s definitely going to lead to a fight between those two.
At school they are reading their essays and Ginny does the most amazing essay. Her teacher, who is a sexist asshole, treats her like shit and calls Hunter the winner. And later that day, Ginny is trying to explain it to Hunter and they have an argument. Hunter tells her that she doesn’t follow the rules and she causes drama in class. She calls him out for not recognizing the racism that she faces as a Black woman. Hunter wants her to recognize the battles that he faces with his heritage. They have “Oppression Olympics,” as they call it, but if I am being honest, I don’t know what to think of it.
I’ve had conversations with several POC in my life who come from different backgrounds, as well as other minorities, and asked if this the type of conversations they have. Because if it is, it is something that I want to learn from, so that I can do better. Not one of them told me this resembled something they’d ever discussed.
Hunter leaves, and they aren’t on the best of terms. Hell, they are on bad terms. Except, we didn’t think they needed to be on bad terms in that way, there are so many different ones to make teenagers fight.
Abby calls a SOS meeting at Blue Farm, and MANG shows up. The girls aren’t always there for each other as of late, but when they need each other they are there. Abby lets them know that her parents are getting a divorce. Abby is deeply hurt by the fact that the girls have been so wrapped up in their own lives that they haven’t noticed hers. Ginny says sorry, but she reminds Abby that they are all going through stuff too. And the next thing you know there is a lot of slapping going on.
And the next thing you know the TV has Norah’s Mom on it, and she’s telling everyone that Georgia has guns. Norah is trying to apologize, but Ginny switches the subject really quickly. She focuses on the fact that Max admitted that she just had sex.
Here’s my thing – Ginny is a kind person. She wants to be there for everyone. She wants to be accepted. She lets things go because she wants to fit in and I actually feel sorry for her. She doesn’t need to keep letting everything slide. The brutal truth is okay. Being honest is okay. Letting people know who she is – that is not a bad thing.
But I get why she is being guarded. She’s been hurt a lot and the hurt is about to be more.
That dumb ass PI is still hanging around and Georgia thinks she isn’t giving him anything, but she is. He notices the flowers and does a google search and finds that it’s wolfsbane. The flower can cause heart issues.
You know, like that heart attack that Kenny had.
It wasn’t the first time that she offed someone. Remember that horrible landlord/boss that she had. She had to marry him to make sure she didn’t lose Ginny, and then she ended up killing him so that she could get rid of him.
She’s got men trouble everywhere. Paul is pissed as fuck over the gun shit. He tells her not to come to an event, and she is mad. And who does she turn to? Zion. And I mean I can’t blame her – you know, except for her daughter specifically asked her not to do that.
And sure, I would think that she could keep it a secret, but in this family – secrets have a way of rising to the surface.
Or you know, people have a habit of walking inside doors. Ginny catches her parents and turns to self harm. She is pissed. Pissed as fuck.
And as she’s about to burn herself, Marcus comes through the window – stopping her. She is so pissed that she takes it out on him and hurts him. I don’t believe she realizes what she is saying, but none the less, she’s saying it.
He leaves and speeds away on his motorcycle, and we hear noises, realizing he’s been in an accident.
Sticks and stones may break bones… but words and actions really hurt.
Ginny & Georgia is streaming now on Netflix.