Shrill: Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Ryan is given a chance to really step up, show he is boyfriend material, as Fran’s brother Lamar shows up and brings up something done in the past.


Network
Hulu
Director(s) Andy DeYoung
Writer(s) Dave King
Air Date 3/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Bill Daniel Stern
Lamar Akemnji Ndifornyen
Cindy Leslie Grossman
Kayla Esther Povitsky
Amadi Ian Owens

Things Were Going Good: Vera, Bill, Gabe, Annie, Fran, Lamar, Ryan

It seemed like Annie could finally be living her best life. Yes, her first big article, one with over 14,000+ views topped Gabe, had a troll in its comments, but it was still a time to celebrate. Fran’s younger brother, a chef, brought Annie chocolate turtles, Ryan and her were scheduled for a second date, and Annie almost shut up her mother. Didn’t get to fully, because a guy she had a crush on was brought up, and her dad, Bill, joined in on the joke, but it was a good day or so.

You Aren’t The Only One: Kayla, Cindy, Amadi, Ryan, Annie

That is until Ryan decides to not show up to a company event, thus embarrassing Annie, but then he learns some child who works at the hardware store, Kayla, is also having sex with Ryan. With that, she’s done. Amadi’s friend Cindy is going to hook her up with someone, and she is going to put herself out there.

The Best Way To Get Over Someone: Lamar, Annie

Lamar (Akemnji Ndifornyen) before he kisses Annie.
Lamar (Akemnji Ndifornyen)

And as an opening act, Lamar confesses he has long had a crush for Annie and not only do they make out but have sex.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Fran and Annie have known each other, at a minimum, since junior year of college.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Highlights

Is Annie Really Done With Ryan This Time?

Growing as a person who has dealt with teasing that evolved into trauma is hard. And in case you think trauma might be a bit much, consider how Annie quickly can go to jovial and upbeat to serious, and like she’s in an abusive relationship with her mom. Vera may have never laid a hand on her, but she triggers the hell out of Annie nearly every time they share a scene and note how small Annie gets to try to make it stop. To perhaps guilt her mother in hopes that social cues will make her realize what she is doing.

That thought aside, here is hoping with Ryan not showing up, her skipping on some form of closure conversation, and her having sex with Lamar, she is moving on.

The Clothing

Outside of Kristin Chirico of Buzzfeed’s Ladylike, R&B icon Jill Scott, Oscar winner Mo’Nique and very few others, I can’t say there are a huge amount of women in media (that I know of) who are big girls, fashionable, and we see that on a regular basis. Which is a bit of a problem since representation means everything. Hence why Annie probably followed that woman around who looked like a model and was fancy looking like one. For while Annie is now slouch, clearly that woman was next level and #Goals for Annie’s future.

The same thing goes watching a show like this. Seeing Annie quit someone like Ryan, always dressed to the 9s, not a slouch at all, surely is inspirational and a reminder that any body type can stunt on you. Making me kind of wish they would name drop brands or stores. Unless Annie is the type to mostly wear vintage.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 4 “Pool”Annie finds herself taking on her insecurities, even Gabe, after going to an inclusive pool party.
Director(s) Shaka King
Writer(s) Samantha Irby
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right: Lamar, Fran, Annie, Ryan
  • Paradise: Annie
  • Do You Hear Yourself Right Now?: Vera, Gabe, Annie
Season 1, Episode 5 “Article”Annie hits another post out of the park, but the fallout from her article may unravel many relationships she has built.
Director(s) Gillian Robespierre
Writer(s) Sudi Green
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • Who Works For Who?: Gabe, Annie, Amadi
  • Bullies & Trolls: Annie, Vera, Bill
  • One Step Forward & Two Steps Back: Annie, Fran, Ryan
Season 1, Episode 6 “Troll” [Season Finale]In the season finale, Annie meets her troll, Vera has a bit of a breakdown, Fran and Annie have a fight and so much more.
Director(s) Shaka King
Writer(s) Craig DiGregorio
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • You And Him Aren’t That Different: Annie, Fran, Ryan
  • Burning Bridges With Minimal Ability To Swim: Gabe, Annie, Amadi, Vera
  • Awesome: Annie
Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”Ryan is given a chance to really step up, show he is boyfriend material, as Fran’s brother Lamar shows up and brings up something done in the past.
Director(s) Andy DeYoung
Writer(s) Dave King
Air Date 3/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Bill Daniel Stern
Lamar Akemnji Ndifornyen
Cindy Leslie Grossman
Kayla Esther Povitsky
Amadi Ian Owens
  • Things Were Going Good: Vera, Bill, Gabe, Annie, Fran, Lamar, Ryan
  • You Aren’t The Only One: Kayla, Cindy, Amadi, Ryan, Annie
  • The Best Way To Get Over Someone: Lamar, Annie
Season 1, Episode 2 “Date”While Annie gets to celebrate her first published article, things get kind of weird with Ryan. Actually, very weird as he attempts to do a 180 on their relationship.
Director(s) Carrie Brownstein
Writer(s) Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Air Date 3/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Janelle Gretchen Corbett
  • The Bigger, The Better: Annie, Gabe
  • New Attitude: Annie, Vera
  • Second Chances: Annie, Fran, Gabe, Ryan, Janelle
Season 1, Episode 1 “Annie”While diversity has come in the form of different skin tones, ethnicities and sexualities coming to the forefront, Shrill breaks ground.
Network
Hulu
Creator Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Director(s) Jesse Peretz
Writer(s) Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Air Date 3/15/2019
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama
Good If You Like Stories About Growth

Perspectives Rarely Focused On

Isn’t For You If You Fatphobic
Introduced This Episode
Annie Aidy Bryant
Gabe John Cameron Mitchell
Ryan Luka Jones
Fran Lolly Adefope
Vera Julia Sweeney

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