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Girls Recap Season 3, Episode 8, "Incidentals"

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Girls Recap: Season 3, Episode 8, “Incidentals”

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Girls Recap: Season 3, Episode 8, “Incidentals”

The title of the latest episode of Girls, “Incidentals,” refers to the fringe benefits that Hannah (Lena Dunham) enjoys in her advertising position with GQ Magazine, which pays her a surprisingly comfortable wage to write pieces that occasionally require her to enjoy the luxuries of hotels (and presumably other services) otherwise out of her financial league. Girls has already observed that there’s an element of pretense to this job, which allows Hannah to write pieces that somewhat align with her pop-cultural interests, but in the context of indirectly selling products. As an amusing cameo by Patti LuPone illustrates, Hannah often resembles a jingle salesman. The perks of her job encourage another pretense: Hannah can live her fantasy of the life of the celebrity-venerated writer, if for just a sporadic night or two. This discovery coincides with Adam’s (Adam Driver) own victory, which could lead to a professional flowering theoretically less cloaked in compromise: He’s landed a role in a Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara.

American Horror Story: Coven Recap Episode 10, "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks"

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American Horror Story: Coven Recap: Episode 10, “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks”

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American Horror Story: Coven Recap: Episode 10, “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks”

“The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks” opens with a prolonged instance of “last month on American Horror Story: Coven,” as it behaves as the TV equivalent of what Quentin Tarantino once deemed a “hang out movie.” Fiona (Jessica Lange) and her extended family of witches, ghosts, and disgruntled demons spend much of the first half hour lounging around the coven, trading bon mots and reminding us who’s planning to kill or revive who, with Stevie Nicks occasionally popping in as herself to sing a song and counsel the increasingly irritating Misty Day (Lily Rabe) on her possibilities of being the next Supreme.

American Horror Story: Coven Recap Episode 9, "Head"

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American Horror Story: Coven Recap: Episode 9, “Head”

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American Horror Story: Coven Recap: Episode 9, “Head”

This week’s episode of American Horror Story: Coven steers the series into unexpected and retrospectively logical narrative and thematic directions. So far, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck have been primarily concerned with offering viewers an often frank and disconcerting parody of a race war as waged in that uneasy cultural melting pot known as New Orleans. But if “Head” is a proper indication, Coven is moving toward introducing a grander villain who’s amusingly of the times as well as indicative of the sentiment that class and money cut deeper than skin color. That’s right: Turns out that witches are as vulnerable to massive corporate gentrification as the rest of us.