This was one hell of an episode, focusing mainly on how season one was theoretically the best time ever (really? nostalgia does funny things to Israeli brains) and how you can never get it back because Nati is self-destructing, Amir and Yifat can’t stop making out, and Hodaya is totes secular now. However, little Nati (shoutout to Dovid and Elie for an excellent post viewing rehash) is promising and since Reut is the only stable one left, we’re all for the two of them hooking up. Here’s to getting drunk at the Shabbat table! Hope our little brothers don’t have to carry us home after we make asses of ourselves.
Realer a cute male teacher getting hit on by his ulpana students and enjoying it
It seems that Amir and Yifat finally got some loving! woohooo! Plus only 10, because the constant making out got kinda annoying, if not realistic because everyone knows newlyweds are hella annoying with thier PDA.
Of course Amir doesnt want to leave the bed for all of Shabbat even to make sure that Nati isnt on the path to self-destruction. Oh men, you are all the same. However, if Nati were in the right state of mind, he’d probably let this slide given his general tendency to the sketch. + 5
Ok, lets discuss these hats. Amirs hat is kinda awesomely retro and ironic, and not nearly as ugly as that monster Yifat pulls out. Yifat is annoying enough to pull a stunt like this to make a stupid point. Yifat’s discomfort is because she, the prototypical Ashkenazi Israeli isn’t ready for Amir’s Sephardi jelly and is symbolic of tensions in the religious community in Israel. (Ew, sorry for getting academic there. It happens) But by far the best part is the gratitious Sallach Shabbati references, aka the best Israeli movie ever. Seriously. Mar Shabbati! we love it. Thanks for being awesome comic relief otherwise we might have comitted ourselves after the depression in this episode. +50, especially because Shayna is watching Sallach Shabbati in her Israeli film class tonight and is so stoked to talk about intertextuality in Israeli cinema with her cute professor, who also loves Srugim. yes!
When Amir wears his Sephardi hat of power,magic things happen! He bonds with old Sephardi men in the shuk (everyone knows these are the funniest most hilarious people in all of Israel), finds random Tunisian synagogues, and becomes an expert on Mizrahi geography! Blair from Gossip Girl wears headbands of power-maybe the beret is the headband of the middle east. +15
Amir loves arak, and the old man at shul gave it to him. this demonstrates a rule that cuts across time and space and ethnic boundaries. Old men at shul drink terrifying beverages, and Arak is the Slivovitz of Sephardim. +5
Speaking of GG, Nati took a page from Chuck Bass’s playbook of destruction by going on one hell of a bender. This is some major acting out, and its powerful to watch. That scene at the Shabbat table was pretty awesome (in that cringing sort of way), especially because like all good drunks he spoke only the truth about everyone’s hangups. However, check yourself before you wreck yourself. You already started telling your feelings to little Nati–good start. Hodaya has always been nice to to you, and don’t ruin your little bro’s chances with Reut. But everyone knows the the only way the Chuck Basses of the world redeem themselves is via the selfless love and devotion of Blair Waldorfs. Nati needs a love interest, stat! +25 because death doesnt improve a lot of people but only makes them worse
Datlash bartender, you ruin EVERYTHING. You clearly cannot share Hodaya with her friends, but we hate you even more for predicting how jerky religious peeps can be when a friend goes off the derech. We hope that Hodaya doesnt become bitter and sketchy like you, but perhaps it is the fate of all datlashim. +15
Uch we hate this, but good point about the non relig being asked to bring the wine, sketchy datlash. +5.
When Hodaya left and turned off the lights, we wanted to cheer! Nice move. They totes deserved it. But Hodaya isnt that mean, and saves the day with her hiloni ways. Plus 30 for one the best exits we’ve seen in a while.
When Reut is being given her assisgment about pasta salad, there is the hottest blond kippah clad man in the history of Zionism in the office with her. Bring him back, stat! +10
Amir pretends to be all cool when he finds Nati at home, but isnt. +15. They are frenemies. The bromance is over. Bring it.
The shnitzel story is both sad and true. It made many of us want to cry. Freezer leftovers, you bring back the memories. Plus, boys have no idea how to cope at life, even when they are doctors. +20
Faker then an Israeli owning a white church hat
– Amir is being kind of douche. So Amir has consistently being the nice guy of the show and yes it is kind of grating but we are used to it. So in this episode when he is constantly provoking Yifat with that seems odd. Also, what’s with that preachy “this is what love is about” speech. Blech. Remember the time you got divorced? Stop pretending you know about love more than anyone else. Also Amir is Nati’s best friend. He should be the one inviting Nati for Shabbat, not spazzing out about it. Bros before hos! Maybe he saw some sexual tension between Yifat and Nati. I know we did. -20
– Speaking of which Yifat and Nati would not be hanging out alone in the apartment. What will the neighbors think? -10
-How did Nati get drunk over a cup and half of wine? His animus towards Hodaya is a little intense–she actually never did anything to him. He should direct it towards Amir and Yifat. -5
– How did Amir and Roi get those full beards in 3 weeks? Wash because Israelis are hairy.
-Why does Hodaya’s Shabbat outfit look like it is a costume from a 1950’s sock hop? – 10, but we like the scene where she thinks about wearing a tank top and chickening out because we’ve totally done that
– Yifat didn’t get the whole memo that the whole point of being married is having your shabbat meals taken care of
you never have to plan again! Seriously, that’s the best part.- 100
– Wait Israelis eat marzipan? We thought this was a weird American hang-up. Amir should go to Paer where the rugalch are better and you dont need to be stormed by yeshiva kids. -50
– When Hodaya was upset she wasn’t invited to Friday night dinner, we were like obviously Yifat wouldn’t invite you. She got the call to move the plot forward but Yifat would have taken her off the invite list months ago. -10
So this episode was a little Debbie Downer, but totes real. We saw show Nati’s continuing spiral, Roi’s abundant patience and Yifat’s controlling nature. We need some more Reut, because as shown from the dinner table scenes she is the coolest. How far will Nati fall, and will he bring Amir and Yifat’s marriage down with it? Stay tuned, and comment away!
Also, in Srugim related events, there will be a JCC showing of the first season starting this wednesday. Afterwards, there is a Jewschool afterparty where they are taking suggestions for Srugim cocktails! This is a great idea. Leave us your ideas for Srugim cocktails below as well. See http://jewschool.com/2010/01/26/20258/srugim-debut-at-the-jcc-in-manhattan-with-jewschool-after-party/ for more info.