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Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Episode 1-07

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 29th 2008 8:42PM
Billie Piper(S01E07) So that was a pointless episode. And to think, I was just complimenting the show on how they are using their twenty-two minutes wisely and balancing character development with intriguing bits about call girl life. I'm actually glad that next week is the season finale. If next Monday wasn't the last episode and we had say, three or four more to go, I would be abandoning Secret Diary of a Call Girl. My feeling is that some of you readers have already done so.

For those of you who enjoyed last night's episode, sorry, but my review doesn't get any better after the jump...

Here's what has me so annoyed. If you saw the previews for "Episode 1-07," you didn't even need to watch last night. You could have turned in after Weeds or watched something else. I'm sure HBO was replaying Generation Kill or VH1 was replaying I Love Money, or Food Network was airing Ace of Cakes or some challenge show.

We found out from the previews that Belle's clients were a longtime couple and wanted a couple for their services. We also found out from the previews that Ben wanted to be Belle's beau for the night. We also found out that Belle ended up agreeing to letting her best mate and ex-boyfriend participate. Then we found out that Ben, in the heat of the moment, wanted to have sex with Hannah, but she either refused him or was uneasy about the idea.

And that's it. Nothing else happened during the show. Why watch the full twenty or so minutes when you can get the whole show in two from a Showtime preview. It was like having microwave pizza except the microwaved cardboard stuff was just as good as the stuff you get from a real pizzeria.

Other than our learning some more about the life of London hooker, I'm not sure if this episode had any redeeming qualities. What do you think? Is it just the way Showtime is advertising this show? Is it the show's length? I think Call Girl could benefit from being a full hour or at least a full half hour like Weeds or Curb Your Enthusiasm. But that's not Showtime's call.

And what was with Ben at the end of the episode? What did he learn from the experience? Is he mad at Hannah for not giving herself to him? Does he think more or less of her now that he's seen her in professional mode? I could see that he was disappointed that he didn't get more action or pleasure out of it. But other than that, nothing was really furthered in their friendship.

I'm predicting that next week's Call Girl will be the same. We saw a good amount of next Monday's plot last night.

Will you be watching the finale?
Yes, but only because I've watched it so long.40 (30.5%)
Yes, I didn't think last night's episode was bad at all.71 (54.2%)
No, I'm giving up.20 (15.3%)

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July 30 2008 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, not sure we even watched the same episode.
But first - point one - never watch the previews. I don't care which broadcaster is showing the program, BBC, ITV, Showtime, whatever, they WILL spoil the episode/movie. The shorter the show, the more of the episode they will spoil.
Point two. This was a great episode - the viagra-induced light sabre scene alone was worth the price of admission. It shows Hannah's best mate trying to come to terms with how she now makes a living. She was the consummate professional, he was the enthusiastic amateur. Anita's point is valid - through inexperience Ben thought he was supposed to be having sex with the female client, when it was obvious to Belle that they were really into each other. The limited contact between Ben and Belle was purely for the clients' benefit, to make them feel more comfortable. Remember, they had told the clients that they were a long established, swinging couple when they first walked in the door.
I think, maybe, you were fooled by the previews into seeing an episode that wasn't really there.
Well worth another watch.

July 30 2008 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was a great episode. It advanced the story arc of the first season, which is Hannah's revelation to her best friend and ex-BF Ben that she is a prostitute. Furthermore, it set up the finale and probably the second season where I am sure we will see the fallout as a result of them being in a sexual relationship that was not consummated, thereby raising the sexual tension.

July 30 2008 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ben should have been mad because he got blue-balled. Then he got screwed because she only paid him 200 euros or whatever. You know she got alot more than that for the same amount of work.

July 29 2008 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to MERVE-THE-PERVE's comment
Kristin Sample

I think she should have given him more too. However, we know she makes $1500 pounds for a whole night. That first night we met Ashok, she said, "1500 good reasons to do the night shift." So, maybe she gets 400 pounds for shorter amount of time. It's not like they were there more than a few hours.

July 30 2008 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agreed on the first part, but she gets an agency fee for setting it up, plus a training fee and a location fee and he gets docked for the booze and drug expense.

July 30 2008 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't this show an ITV property which Showtime just acquired the rights to broadcast in the US. They don't control the length of the show and would probably like it a little longer than 22 minutes.

July 29 2008 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about you do your job and review the show instead of the previews? Just don't watch them! Problem solved.

July 29 2008 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, halfway through the show Ben wanted to have sex with the client not Hannah. Then, he turns to Hannah because he's in the heat of the moment. However, Hannah lets it pass to avoid reigniting a relationship she already turned away from (and to avoid having sex with an almost married man who still has feelings for her at a job wants to separate from her private life).

I liked this ep, because (allegedly) Belle is the ultimate seductress, this time it is her job, not Belle, which slowly seduces Ben to the dark side -

I also liked the increasing complexities their relationship incurs from Ben's remaining attraction to Belle, his impending marriage, his discovery of her job and now his inclusion into one of her gigs. Their relationship seems almost twisted, considering Ben's willingness to prostitute himself for a night to protect/be close to Belle. And Belle's willingness (despite her desperation) to allow a newbie, who only recently accepted what she does, to participate even though she knows it violates her public life-private life role on top of the other complexities I already listed -
Also, at the episode's conclusion, the writers make it clear that Ben finds more respect for her position. Going in, he saw it as 'just sex', but going out, he realizes it's about what the 'client wants' and knowing how to give it to them - a mantra Belle repeats throughout the series. There's about a 2 minute interchange where he says just that 'wow - I didn't realize so much was involved' - 'yes, that's why I'm good at my job' -
Overall, I really liked it for the shippy moments and the dark foreshadowing of Belle's future relationship with Ben -

July 29 2008 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kristin Sample

Some good points.

July 30 2008 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I suppose the whole thing is a set up for Ben breaking it off with his current gal.

The episode was rather dullish, but the preview for the next episode really looked like something I won't enjoy.

July 29 2008 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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