Srugim Episode 7
So the reoccurring themes were projection and rootlessness. Everyone spends their days wandering around the streets of Katamon. Hodaya takes out her life insecurities on Asaf, Amir unloads his job insecurities on Yifat and Roi and Reut– we will get there later. Pretty much everyone on the show has turned into major disappointments. We are eagerly awaiting some redemption. But until then….
Realer than a man being punished for having no children with a trip to Auschwitz
Even Nati’s voice message is douchy. He needs some help stat +10
Hodaya totally Debbie Downered Asaf’s dream of becoming a journalist. When you are insecure you do try to make everyone else around you feel like a failure as well. (although discouraging someone from joining the journalist profession– good call) +40, especially because we hope this makes Asaf move to Tel Aviv
Hodaya is also passively aggressive forcing Asaf to break up with her because she feels guilty about Avri. Once he does she can run to Avri guilt free. Classic move. But it seems the more she acts like a bitch the clingier he gets. This will not end well. +25
Dati girls having no sense of humor, although if Amos Tamam was our teacher we would be all after-hours as well.+ 30
If we have learned anything from movies set in the eighties it is that gay men go to parks for sex. The gay in Roi is clearly being drawn there subconsciously. +25
Amir’s growth as a character seems to be to unload on Yifat anytime anything bothers him. When she says she needs to concentrate on his work the only thing he can say in response is who will cook for Shabbat. He seems to have settled into his Sephardi gender roles pretty easily. No wonder your first wife dumped you. Yifat finally got some spunk and told him to do it himself or get take out. Come on Amir, you are having the same 2 people over you have every week and you can never get through the meal without someone leaving in a huff. How important is the food really? At this point you might as well just buy challah and wine, you never get much further then that. +10
All right, not to get in trouble here but Amir and Yifat’s marriage seems pretty bad. Roi and Reut seem to have more romantic tension then these 2. We are not married but married readers weight in? IS this typical? Is the romance gone and you are left with 2 people who seem to kind of hate each other but live together?
So it seems clear that gay men being encouraged to get married in order to have families and work their issues out is not so out of the ordinary among datiim in this community. You know who it also not uncommon for— right-wing Mormons. They even have a term for it (we learned this from Big Love). Good job Modern Orthos. +5
When Reut and Gay Married Friend have coffee, the song Geulah is playing in the background. Maybe Reut is Roi’s redemption. Nice touch. Laizy,this is why we love you. +10
Also, we like how Roi goes from spending ten years in yeshiva to holding reut’s hand. +10 because welcome to the dark side roi and Reut is adept at magically turning her boyfriends away from shomer negiah, which just makes us like her more (remember when Yohai kissed her?)
Amir even though you are a tool you have nice arms. +5 for the gratuitous shot in the tank top
Next time we want to get out of something in Israel, we are going to say we have reserves. + 5
Faker than a B.A. Bible student being able to read an entire book in German
Hodaya, what the hell is wrong with you? We understand that your waitress job sucked, even though it’s totally obnoxious to leave everyone like that when shit gets tough. But you run away from an interview and seem to think you can survive on thin air. Look, we understand that guy at the Bible museum was boring as hell but please. grow up. And when you do, bring back Avri. -15
Also, who falls asleep on a bench and Jerusalem and sleeps until morning? The cats would eat you alive and you wouldn’t make it. Also, when you sleep outside you wake up at dawn. Duh. We know this from camp. Also, don’t act suprised when your friends think you have gone bat shit crazy. Maybe it was the german–lay off of those foreign books for a while. My friends who are getting psychology PhDs say she’s bipolar. I’d believe it. Maybe that’s why Roi and Amir don’t see her because she is currraaaazy and is just imagining them.-50
Why can’t Roi just text Nati that he is locked out of the apartment, or borrow someone’s phone to text or even go to Hadassah hospital which is not that far. Basically it seems pretty stupid that he would spend the entire day outside, especially because we learned he is a high-powered lawyer in another episode.-10
Amir, you are a tool. You are mean and cannot deal with women more successful than you. Good thing your wife is only really good at bar mitzvah invitations. hahaha. Go be mediocre together. Maybe thats why you are perfect for each other. -10
Nati, YOUR BROTHER IS GAY. Deal with it. It’s not a reflection on your overbearing heterosexuality, because god knows we still think you are cute and we kind of hate ourselves for it. (Ok, maybe just Shayna). -20
Roi’s weird friend is really…weird. As Dovid says, he looks like Wooly Willy, those things with magnet shavings for facial hair. Ew. Stay away. Also, are you really going to trust the guy who waits until the second kid? We just think you want Roi for yourself. -only 10 because we can’t blame you too much because Roi is hot
Also we’ll admit that sleeping on the roof is cute (why is everyone sleeping outside this episode? ) and we maybe even liked it when Reut watched Roi daven because he’s so frum and he’s cute when he davens. But again, when you sleep outside you wake up at dawn and its never as fun as it sounds because its gross. Also, shouldn’t Roi be going to shul to say kaddish? Not cool. -15
Oh lord Roi and Reut. We don’t even know what to say. Reut is awesome- SHE IS NOBODY’S BEARD!!!!!!* We can’t believe this plot line is even moving forward. -1 billion
Do you think, you readers, that this kind of situation could ever work out? We don’t but we know that some of you readers (looking at you Mr Greene) think its ok as long as you tell the girl. Consider the wise words of Murray, circa 1995 from Clueless.
Murray: Your man Christian is a cake boy!
Cher, Dionne: A what?
Murray: He’s a disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde reading, Streissand ticket holding friend of Dorothy, know what I’m saying?
Cher: Uh-uh, no way, not even!
Murray: Yes even, he’s gay!
Dionne: He does like to shop, Cher. And the boy can dress.
Truer words were never spoken. ROI IS GAY. Reut, we know it sucks but you gotsa to get away before he brings you down too. You deserve so much better.
So this episode seemed a little more fake than real. We think the writers may be sacrifincg character consistency and believability for new plot points that examine “real issues” facing datiim. Hopefully Reut will soon realize she is fierce and no one’s beard (ala Jennifer Aniston and every guy she dates) and Hodaya will stop being a five-year old. If not, Yifat will officially be the fan favorite. Crap.
* Definition of beard, taken from Urban Dictionary : a man or woman used as a cover for a gay partner
Till next week….