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Girls And The Nude Woman
In the first season of Girls, Emily Wickersham was a bit of an unknown quantity. When it was revealed that she was pregnant with her first child, many were concerned about the impact on the character’s personality and the character development of the show.
The way the show was written implied that she would be a nanny who could be found around a lot, but that she had no social skills or even any real self-confidence. This is one of the reasons why many critics have been complaining about the direction the show has taken in recent seasons, and while I agree that the show needs to be more realistic about relationships between women and men, I also think that they need to have fun with Emily Wickersham’s character, so that there is not a clear-cut case of “The Nanny State.”
In the pilot episode, Emily’s character finds herself in New York City, a city where people are required by law to be nude inside of public areas. She takes a trip to a strip club, where she meets a man called Mr. X. He offers to take care of her children while she’s at work and in turn she will pay him $40 for the privilege.
Mr. X, who looks like a fat James Spader, is actually an agent of an illegal company. This fact makes him dangerous and he is sent to jail, which forces him to move into a small apartment near the strip club in order to escape capture. Emily is immediately drawn towards Mr. X and starts to worry about the safety of her children. As it turns out, Mr. X’s business is much worse than she had imagined, but she doesn’t really believe that he’s dangerous.
At first Mr. X seems to be playing her and acting funny, but as the series goes on, he begins to become more dangerous. It appears that he is actually spying on her and manipulating her to do things for him. However, it isn’t until a season later that we learn how he got into the job in the first place, and it becomes clear that he has been in business since the dawn of time.
Nude women are a staple of the female psyche, from Eve to Marilyn Monroe, so it is no wonder that there is a lot of interest in the relationship between Emily and Mr. X. If you’re looking for a lighter reading, try Girls by itself, but if you’re interested in exploring the relationships between characters of all sorts in a more realistic light, this is a show worth checking out.