Room 104 season 4, episode 11 recap – “Fur”

October 3, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
HBO, TV Recaps
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Summary

“Fur” turns to animation for a simplistic coming-of-age metaphor as young girls unite to tackle a particularly beastly form of masculinity.

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Summary

“Fur” turns to animation for a simplistic coming-of-age metaphor as young girls unite to tackle a particularly beastly form of masculinity.

This recap of Room 104 season 4, episode 11, “Fur”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


After some high-quality episodes, “Fur”, with its simplistic animated visuals and basic coming-of-age theme, feels like a bit of a downgrade. But it’s nonetheless a perfectly serviceable installment of Room 104, with some strong voice work from Jordyn Lucas and Natasha Perez as best friends Finley and Grey, and Jake Green as the insistent jock, John, who forces them both to grow up a little quicker than they thought.

It’s obvious where “Fur” is going right from the beginning, as the two girls enjoy some indulgent time together while conversation turns to “it”, and whether “it” will happen sooner rather than later, and what it might mean if it doesn’t. It isn’t a particularly subtle conversation, but the episode comes up with a pretty interesting metaphor for “it”, as we’ll see.

In that way that young girls – and indeed boys – on the cusp of puberty tend to, Finley and Grey egg each other on to call a handsome jock they pick out of their high school yearbook and, after plucking up the courage, invite him to the motel room, believing he won’t arrive. Of course, he does, and when he gets there he immediately drives a wedge between the two girls, who compete for his attention by swigging his beer and bickering over how cool they are (or aren’t, as the case may be).

This, obviously and quickly, takes a turn. Grey, sick of the dynamic, locks herself in the bathroom alone, and John sees her absence as an excuse to make a move on Finn. When she rejects him, he doesn’t take no for an answer, becoming increasingly physically monstrous as his true intentions become clear. In response, Finn transforms into a werewolf in order to try and fight him off. Eventually, Grey emerges from the bathroom and, in a pleasant surprise for her, also turns into a werewolf. They fight him off together, eventually merging into one. The fur, you see, was “it”. They both came of age and in so doing united against John’s aggressive, domineering, beastly masculinity.

This isn’t a sophisticated metaphor, but it works, and keeping the episode entirely animated gives it a different feel. The animation itself is also – one assumes deliberately – simplistic, keeping the focus on the broader concepts and the vocal performances, which are strong across the board. The final song-and-dance number and fur-sure puns might be a bit on the nose, though.


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