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The Bounce 

Elijah prepares for an open-call audition for a new Broadway musical; Marnie tries to pawn a family heirloom; Hannah reconnects with Paul-Louis.

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Richard Shepard
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Dunham ... Hannah Horvath
Allison Williams ... Marnie Michaels
Andrew Rannells ... Elijah Krantz
Corey Stoll ... Dill Harcourt
Riz Ahmed ... Paul-Louis
Seth Barrish ... Tony
Marissa Jaret Winokur ... Patty
Rita Wilson ... Evie Michaels
Sydni Beaudoin ... Casting Assistant
Latisha Di Venuto ... Athena Dante
Alexandra Hulme ... Crystal
Richard Maguire Richard Maguire ... Guy at Audition
Jasmine Cephas Jones ... Paget
Nikolas Kontomanolis ... Pawn Shop Owner
Gregory Nissen Gregory Nissen ... Audition Pianist
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Elijah prepares for an open-call audition for a new Broadway musical; Marnie tries to pawn a family heirloom; Hannah reconnects with Paul-Louis.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The section of this episode depicting Elijah's audition for a musical adaptation of the basketball movie "White Men Can't Jump" was drawn from a true story from Andrew Rannells's past. Rannells (who plays Elijah) later told the story on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, recounting one of his own early audition experiences: "Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham had talked to me about this idea: what if Elijah was auditioning for a musical? So we started talking about my early life in New York, auditioning for musicals--because I had a good, like, ten years of trying out for stuff that I sometimes would get; mostly did not. And I told them a story about auditioning for this musical, 'Lysistrata Jones' that then came to Broadway, that involved a college basketball team. And much like what happened in last week's episode: I showed up and I sang, and that all went fine; I read, and that all went fine; and then we started dancing, which is like always a little dicey for me, because I'm not really a dancer, but I like made it through. And then they were like, 'and now we're going to introduce basketballs.' Because it's a basketball musical. So they, like, wheeled out these carts of basketballs but I was thinking like: Whatever. It's a musical. So, like, who's going to be good at basketball? Turns out all those bastards had secret basketball skills--everybody's like twirling balls and doing shit. We're all supposed to be in musical theater--we're not supposed to be good at sports! Why is anyone good at sports? So then I was terrible at it. [I was supposed to dance with the basketballs...] it was a disaster. Dribbling, and doing...passes, and things. Shots and things. Strangely, I got that job, though.... But in the show, the peak of the second act, was this basketball game that had to happen onstage, which was very theatricalized. But it involved me making three baskets that were plot points,...and I probably would like, four shows out of eight would make the baskets? But the scoreboard had to change anyway, because it was a plot point. So it would not go in, and the [scoreboard] would be, like 'Score!' and the audience would be like, 'wait, what? what's happening right now?'" See more »

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References Smash (2012) See more »

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Million Dollar Secret
Written by Holly Laessig, Jess Wolfe
Performed by Lucius
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oh those nails..
25 June 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Girls

Girls; being critically acclaimed and buzzed at Golden Globes for its originality, is a passion project of the creator and the protagonist, Lena Dunham whose creativity and genuine soul is what keeps this character driven series flow frictionless. The series is shot beautifully and the camera work is utterly pleasing which helps seek attention of the viewers. The writing is strong, witty and brutally honest sometimes, which can be inedible for viewers especially for it resonates eerily with reality that we all reside in. The characters or even the actors aren't given priority especially not at the compromise of the story-line which is what makes it different from one's usual sitcom. Addition to that, the series can afford and does offer a wider range where each notes connects and hits to the audience; from humor to intense drama. The primary reason why it works for the most part of it, is the uncertainty on its trajectory and the unflinching bold moves that writers tend to make to proves its maturity and superiority on standing on something that is equally practical as much as gut-wrenching. It is rich on technical aspects like sound department, costume design and editing. It is no short on execution as it communicates with the viewers and offers a palpable environment, that is cozy, raw, bold and uneven, in short an apt depiction of the current generation's social life. The performance is undeniably effective that helps create the anticipated impact on screen where most of the attention is drawn by Lena Dunham, Adam Driver and Andrew Rannells.

Season 06

Final season, for obvious reasons, comes with a great expectations which it matches in here and doesn't disappoint, by crawling back to its origin form that is to offer concrete material that is fueled with character's perspective and ideology in a subtle way that is layered, though-provoking and gut-wrenching that pours out essential emotions out of the screen through great performance.

The Bounce

It's a well-structured build-up of an up lifting approach towards a beloved character whose maturity is withheld by the writers and this is what helps enter it into the major league which could have easily been eerie or inedible to encounter at this stage.


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