Last week’s Girls was a bit of a diversion, focusing mostly on dance sequences and weirdo artists, and though I was disappointed in it at the time, “It’s A Shame About Ray” more than makes up for it with the way it really digs into things. It’s an easy trick for a show to pull, throwing everyone into a dinner party together after everything has been continually falling apart all season, but it’s extremely well executed here.
But first, alongside the dinner party, Jessa finally meets Thomas John’s family, and it goes exactly as well as you may think. Which is to say, the whole things blows up, the way we’ve all known it was going to from the moment she came out of nowhere with the wedding last season. The dinner itself is a nasty piece of cringe humor, and when they get home and explode, it only gets nastier. Neither of these people are particularly likable, and they’re both right about each other: Thomas John is boring, and Jessa is obnoxious and entitled, and both of them were trying each other on like costumes. It’s all rotten, and the performances completely sell it.