Happy New Year! Hope you enjoy Mahlers5th and Valksy‘s analysis of Episode 5.04.
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We cannot be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
There is a narrative circulating about episode 504 that goes something like this. With Kenzi gone and in the absence of any meaningful contact with Lauren, Bo has regressed to being a thoroughly unlikeable, uninspiring, confused, self-serving, arrogant, insensitive jerk, totally lacking in compassion and humanity, ruled solely by her sexual appetites, screwing whomever she wants whenever she wants, with no regard for who gets hurt, exploited, or abused in the process. In this episode alone, she screws — with dubious consent — some random dude Tamsin brought home. Was it Tad or Frank? Who cares — he was a stud-muffin with a penis, that’s all that mattered. Then she banged a teenager who turns out to be Dyson’s son. Along the way, she makes out with Tamsin several times in front of Lauren who is apparently stuck to her chair with Crazy Glue, unable to escape yet another heartless exhibitionistic display by her soi-disant ex. For this Bo, the world is her oyster and everyone else is there to cater to her every narcissistic whim: “I want, I’ll take.” She really doesn’t deserve Lauren. Never mind that Lauren seems to think Bo deserves Lauren — she’s just a victimized character in search of more talented writers.