Ginny & Georgia season 1, episode 1 recap – the opening chapter explained Is this Gilmore Girls version 2?

February 24, 2021
Daniel Hart 2
Netflix, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

Episode 1 seems proud at being a fresh Gilmore Girls, and so it should be — it delivers the story well for the pilot chapter.

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3.5

Summary

Episode 1 seems proud at being a fresh Gilmore Girls, and so it should be — it delivers the story well for the pilot chapter.

This recap of Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia season 1, episode 1 contains spoilers.

“We are like the Gilmore Girlsbut with bigger boobs” is one of the well-served lines in the opening chapter, and it made me smile a little because I didn’t see it at first — this Netflix series in its opening impressions is essentially a wilder, less-privileged version of the famous series. It’s Gilmore Girls but if the mother was more f*cked up, and the daughter was increasingly rebellious from the first episode. Whether it lives up to that revised brand remains to be seen in the premiere.

The opening scene shows Ginny at school. She narrates about how she got the “sex talk” at seven; her mother told her that “all men want is sex” and that she should always get something in return. She calls it a really effective sex talk as she’s still a virgin. Ginny then receives bad news that her stepfather has been in an accident, and he didn’t make it. At the funeral, Ginny’s mother Georgia has the tears flowing (it does not seem genuine), while guests whisper that she was in the marriage for the money. We get a grasp of both lead characters very early on.

A new home

In the next scene, the mother Georgina, her daughter Ginny, and her son Austin head to Wellsbury, Massachusetts for a fresh start, leaving Texas behind. When they arrive at the town, Ginny clearly likes it, and Georgia checks out the men. At their new home, neighbor Ellen introduces herself after having a meltdown with her son Marcus after seeing him smoking pot. Georgia reveals she gave birth to her first child at 15 years old. Later in the night, Ginny notices a Marcus across the road, and she’s instantly interested.

Georgia gets to know the other mothers on the first day at school

Episode 1 quickly presents how easily Georgia socially implements herself in new environments — she is clearly used to it. The next day, it’s the first day at school in a new town. Austin is nervous about it. Other parents introduce themselves to Georgia. They are worried about the fast-food options for the kids and Georgia pretends that she cares — they invite her to the school’s parent’s group.

Ginny attends her first class, and the teacher keeps calling her Virginia, and she keeps reminding him that it’s “Ginny”. She tells the teacher that the syllabus is white male-dominated, and she wants it to be a more stimulating education. The teacher doesn’t like political grandstanding and outbursts. A student named Maxine puts her hand up and defends Ginny.

Ginny’s first friend

And so, Ginny is established in school already with a new friend. After a class, Marcus introduces himself to Ginny. He tells her that her mother asked for weed off him. Maxine tells Marcus to leave her alone and then reveals he is her twin brother. She introduces Ginny to her friends and asks them to be nice. Maxine is a hyper character, and Ginny has to keep up with her.

Oh, and Georgia makes a new friend as well

Like mother, like daughter… Georgia is also making friends in the town, and she happens to bump into the mayor Paul Randolph while at a cafe. She accidentally knocks over his drink, and she offers to pay for his lunch and eat with him. Paul talks about the cafe owner Joe, who also runs a farm; he helps kids intern (unpaid) in agriculture and “apparently makes great hummus”. Georgia and Paul enjoy their lunch; Georgia asks if she can help him in politics — she calls herself a fast learner. While paying for the meal, her card is declined, so Paul pays, and tells her that he isn’t hiring right now.

Chilling with a new friend

Maxine takes Ginny out for tacos, and she sees her mother with the mayor and looks annoyed by it. Ginny then heads to Maxine’s house, and they chill. Maxine asks Ginny if she’s ever had a boyfriend because her friend Hunter is interested. Ginny reveals she’s never had a boyfriend; she then talks about her mother, and how she always wants to find a guy, and then they move. Maxine tells her not to move again because she likes her. At the house, and while Maxine leaves the room momentarily, Marcus asks Ginny if she’s stalking him and he walks up to her. She’s extremely nervous being close to him, but he was grabbing some weed that was stashed in her sister’s room.

A thrill ride and a quick kiss

While the story suggests that Ginny and Georgia are worlds apart in personality, it appears not to be true; Ginny is impulsive, but more innocently; she’s trying to discover the world for herself.

When Ginny leaves Maxine’s house, she cheekily gets on Marcus’s motorbike and rides it around the block. Marcus is angry, but Ginny kisses him to calm him down. After the kiss, another girl (Padam) drives back to pick Marcus up. When Ginny returns home, Georgia is furious at her and tells her to stay away from Marcus and that she taught her to have a better life. Ginny raises that she saw her with a new man today and slams the door on her. This felt like a Rory and Lorelai moment.

Georgia wants her money

Georgia’s card keeps getting declined, so she rings her lawyer Marty about her deceased husband Kenny’s money. She says it is hers and wants him to sort it out. Marty raises how Kenny’s ex-wife believes that she used him for the money. At school, she gets her son Austin to punch Zach in the nose because he broke his glasses. Georgia then pretends that Zach has a nose bleed and brings him to her mother. I think the series makes it abundantly clear; do not f*ck with Georgia’s kids.

Ginny needs to prepare for her first date

There’s a couple of “firsts” for Ginny in Ginny & Georgia season 1, episode 1 and they were both unexpected.

Maxine arranges a date between Hunter and Ginny; she’s nervous because she’s never been on a date before. But then Ginny is embarrassed as her mother shows up to school so they can make up after their recent argument. They enjoy a car picnic. She asks Ginny for forgiveness; she saw her making the same mistakes she did — seeing Ginny on Marcus’s bike brought back memories with a boy she got involved with. Ginny tells her mother that Marcus is a jerk and has her first-ever date with someone else. Georgia hopes the boy is a “Zuckerberg”

Hunter wants to get straight to talk about their lives on the date. Ginny is surprisingly enjoying herself. Hunter drops her off, and Ginny is super nervous; he hugs her. Georgia hoots at them, and Ginny is furious at the lack of boundaries.

The parents’ group

The series demonstrates how Georgia is a survivor; she adapts very quickly to her environment — she’s a product of her own past.

Ellen heads over to hang out with Georgia; she brings her son’s weed over. Ellen reveals that Maxine is gay. Georgia states that Austin’s father is in prison after framing him — Ellen can’t tell if she’s joking and they both laugh. The mothers then head to the parents’ group that the mayor chairs — Georgia introduces Joe (the cafe owner) to the room and tells the parents that he owns a farm and will provide a healthy, locally grown, organic lunch option to the school district. Georgia blackmailed Joe into reporting him for unpaid interns.

The mayor is impressed with Georgia after helping him out of a tight spot and asks her if she can start working for him.

Ginny loses her virginity

And then Ginny’s second unexpected moment with a “first”.

Marcus sneaks into Ginny’s bedroom and asks if she likes Hunter. She tells him she does, but then he kisses her — he tells her he can’t stop thinking about her, so Ginny returns the kiss, and they hook up. The teens get into bed together and have sex. Afterwards, as Ginny is about to tell him that she has just lost her virginity, Marcus tells her that he’s got to get going — he also wants her to keep it secret because of Padme, plus he doesn’t want Ginny to ruin her chances with Hunter. What was so honest about this scene is how it demonstrates that losing your virginity can be a common, normal event — there was no built-up anticipation in this scene that we usually see in YA series.

Georgia’s flashbacks

During a flashback, the younger version of Georgia is attacked by her father. She escapes the house. A woman notices her black eye and tells her that she should sting first if she sees a bee. Teenage Georgia ends up at a bar and talks to teenager Zion who has a fake ID. He buys her a beer and the pair hit it off very quickly.

The ending

A flashback shows Ginny telling Georgia that Kenny is not her father. Georgia points out that her birth father isn’t around. Afterward, Kenny was touchy with Georgia, and her mother didn’t seem to clock on. At school, Ginny sees Hunter hooking up with his girlfriend against the locker. Ginny narrates about power and control — she realizes that she only wants passion now after being burned, and then power starts to look good. She approaches Padma (Hunter’s girlfriend) and tells her she has something on her shirt. Hunter was nervous, believing Ginny was going to reveal that she and Hunter had sex. Ginny narrates that for the first time in her life, she’s starting to understand her mother. This feels like an early turning point already — Ginny will want power and control from this moment on.

Also, as part of the flashback with Kenny being appropriate with Ginny, Georgia gave Kenny a protein shake before he left the house, and as he was driving, he had a heart attack. It’s too early to say at this stage of the series, but the story clearly points out that Georgia gave him a drink. Take that as you will.

Ginny & Georgia season 1, episode 1 seems proud of being a fresh Gilmore Girls, and so it should be — it delivers the story well for the pilot chapter.

Additional points
  • Georgia sings the Shaggy song “It Wasn’t Me” in the car with Austin. Ginny thinks it’s inappropriate to sing that song with a 7-year old.
  • Georgia is struggling to sleep and asks the kid across the road (Marcus) for some weed, so he gives her a bag.
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2 thoughts on “Ginny & Georgia season 1, episode 1 recap – the opening chapter explained

  • February 27, 2021 at 1:10 am
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    Why does everyone keep mistaking Marcus for Hunter!? It was Marcus and Padma. And we NEED to know what the book was that Ginny packed at the end!

  • April 16, 2021 at 3:51 pm
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    I think you got Hunter and Marcus mixed up when you talked about the ending (when Ginny approaches Padme and Marcus)

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