Episode 1 of Ginny & Georgia begins with a quick recap of our family structure at school. Georgia had Ginny when she was 15, so naturally Ginny was only having love when she was 7. Ginny’s inner monologue is interrupted by her teacher entering the classroom. It turns out that his stepfather, Kenny, is dead.
Ginny & Georgia Season 1 Episode No 1 Recap
While at the funeral, Ginny listens to conflicting dialogue about the family structure, especially the inheritance money, before leaving.
The family makes a fresh start and leaves for Massachusetts. They arrive at a large house that Georgia has prepared for a new beginning. It starts with meeting the neighbors, Ellen Baker takes the lead, and Georgia shocks herself at her age. She also has two children Ginny’s age, Marcus and Maxine, who smoke weed.
When Ellen leaves, Georgia and Ginny talk, but the latter is still distant towards her mother. After a silly joke about Gilmore Girls, the two go to bed, but have trouble sleeping. Georgia sneaks out and decides to meet Marcus, collect some weed from him.
In the morning, Georgia drops the kids off at school, where she meets various parents, including Cynthia, who appears to be the Queen Bee of the town. They encourage Georgia to come to a meeting with Mayor Paul the next night.
In addition to all this, Georgia’s history of abuse is scattered. The story then continues as Georgia meets a boy named Zion at a bar. He’s underage and has a fake ID, but he doesn’t tell anyone about Ginny. She also notices the facade of makeup around her eyes and encourages her to slap her hand when she slaps it on her face.
In later flashbacks, we see Kenny getting a little too involved with Ginny while doing yoga. It’s on the back burner for now, but I’m sure we’ll come back to it later.
Ginny shows up and immediately points out that the books they are studying are only written by white men. Well, Maxine clings to the girl, deciding to take her under her wing.
When they get out of school, Ginny meets Mayor Paul at a bar, and her mother immediately finds herself moving up the political hierarchy.
Ginny isn’t exactly thrilled that this is happening, and between her mother calling the children by their birthplaces, it turns out that they’ve been moving a lot. Ginny takes her seat with Max, but approaches Marcus and suddenly kisses him after taking the boy’s bike for a ride.
Georgia tries to give Ginny some words of wisdom, but given how bad of an influence she is, it’s not so easy to do. Anyway, the next day Georgia runs into trouble while shopping because her card is declined. It turns out that Kenny’s will is disputed and therefore the inheritance is delayed. Ginny announces that she has a date with Hunter, another kid from school. This is enough to distract Georgia and allow her to fuss around the girl instead.
Ginny goes on her date, where Hunter drops her off. Things are awkward, but they end it all with a hug.
Georgia attends a school reunion with Ellen, but they both smoke weed beforehand. He catches Joe on the way and threatens to report him to the Department of Labor for exploiting unpaid interns if he says no to cooking an organic lunch. Joe is reluctantly forced to comply.
Anyway, Georgia’s manipulative ways do the trick when Paul approaches and asks if he can start work on Thursday.
Back home, Marcus and Ginny become involved, which eventually leads to the two having love. Ginny feels jealous when she sees Padma and Marcus at school the next day.
Ginny & Georgia take the idea of the “cool mom” archetype from Gilmore Girls and turn it into a more modern, low-spirited mother-daughter relationship, as this 10-part Netflix series gets off to a slightly shaky start.
Ginny is actually pretty likable, with enough quirks and some interesting subplots to tease and back-to-back conflicts with Georgia in the coming episodes. Meanwhile, Georgia is not pleasant at all. At least until now.
Not only is he manipulative and a liar, he openly admits to blackmailing the cafe owner by accusing Austin’s father of fraud and threatening to sue him for malicious rumors if he doesn’t play ball. It’s not exactly the makings of a lovable hero, and the fact that the show has mischievous music underneath that moment suggests it’s fun.
Nevertheless, the first episode sets the stage for some interesting drama to come. Any and all comparisons to Gilmore Girls should definitely end with that stupid joke at the beginning of the episode, because this series is about to march to the beat of its own drum. It remains to be seen if this drum hits the right tempo.