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S01.E08: Episode 8

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At Melissa’s book launch Frances struggles with her growing feelings for Nick. Her jealousy frustrates Bobbi. Feeling alone, Frances seeks intimacy elsewhere but the reality of her feelings for Nick cause her to behave in a destructive way.

Original Airdate: May 15, 2022

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Eight episodes in, and Normal People is the more enjoyable show. This is very slow and the script is poorer. But it has two things over Normal People:

1. It's all about the female character. It's Frances' journey, so we get to see her parents, her friends, her trip to the hospital, and her mistakes and fuck-ups. I appreciate that.

2. Alison Oliver is a lovely looking young woman but she also looks like a million other Irish women and girls. She looks like people I went to school with. And for this show, they style her in a really basic, ordinary way!

Although I loved Normal People, I felt that both of those things applied to Connell but not to Marianne ie. His journey was excellent and varied; hers was not. And he looked and dressed normal and average, while she was always pretty and stylish.

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