'Camping' episode 2 recap: Four things to take stock of before diving into episode 3
The second episode was more of a revelation about the characters' vulnerabilities, however, in Walt's case, it was more a case of a release
HBO has already released some new photos of the Lena Dunham-Jenni Konner produced show, 'Camping', starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant. While the pictures reveal that the gang is all set to go fishing, it might also mean some real-time drama is about to begin for Kathryn, who has organized the entire trip to celebrate her husband Walt's 45th birthday. However, things go completely wrong when the hippie, Jandice, shows up and turns Kathryn's world upside-down.
'Camping' follows the story of a group of friends (and their children) who go out into the wilderness only to get even more claustrophobic in each other's company. As Kathryn tries to run the camp according to her well-organized itinerary, Jandice's presence disrupts all her plans and drives the rest of the gang to follow Jandice on her impulses. While Lena Dunham had sketched Kathryn out of her own experience with hysterectomy and chronic illness, the story certainly does not revolve around Kathryn alone. Every character has its individual plotline and in the last two episodes, it is established that no character gets shortchanged in 'Camping'.
As the third episode is set to air on HBO on October 28, at 10 pm, here are the top four things that we should remember before joining Walt and his gang for the fishing trip:
1. The Jandice-Kathryn-feud
Kathryn has been skeptical about Jandice's presence in the camp ever since she arrived as Miguel's rebound date. Jandice, a complete opposite to Kathryn, was an instant attraction among the other camp members who were already reluctant to follow Kathryn's daily itinerary. She has been breaking every rule of Kathryn's ever since the first episode, where she candidly walked naked into the lake in front of the whole gang. In the second episode, which aired on October 21, the two got into some pretty nasty vibes when Jandice by mistake pushed Kathryn's son, Orvis, during a game of rugby football.
Kathryn immediately asked Jandice to stay away from her son, as she carried him to the hospital. Jandice, who already thought it all to be nothing but a big fuss, led the rest of the group to a nearby bar where they feasted on some jelly donut shots. While the gang partied along with Jandice, Kathryn warned Walt about Jandice who "[she] think[s] is dangerous." The feud between the two strikes a perfect balance as the two characters always seem to pull the story in two different directions.
2. "Black emojis" are bad
As the gang tried following Kathryn and Walt to the hospital, they were immediately distracted by Jandice's offer of jelly donut shots. However, what followed next wasn't something the gang was prepared for. While Lina-Joy and George seemed to enjoy their time drinking, Carleen and Joe seemed to have got on some unstable grounds. Joe, who is clearly struggling with his recovery from being an addict, is hit by the first two shots and does not hesitate from addressing Nina-Joy as a "little chocolate". Joy is taken aback by the comment and passes it on to her husband, George, who is immediately infuriated by the fact that people have also been sending her black emojis.
Joe and George engage in a little feud where things get politically charged between them, as George blames Joe for the racial tension that the country is experiencing. Dunham's sense of human vulnerability truly touched its zenith in this scene where the victim is both the enemy and the suspect. The feud between Joe and George upheld a very sensitive issue where one person is clearly not aware of what he is being blamed for and the other person is clearly too sensitive and less aware of political ideas.
3. Jandice and Miguel go to the mall
Although Jandice has always portrayed herself as the Flower Child who is free from all the shackles in the world, she has time and again shown signs of being an extremely insecure person. While her and Kathryn's relationship is pretty much on shaky grounds, Jandice cannot help but want to gain Kathryn's attention...and to some extent, her expectations are just the same from Miguel. While the entire gang partied at the bar, Miguel joined Jandice to explore the town. The two sneaked into a clothing shop where Jandice fancied a chain worth $5,000. Being unable to pay, the two decide to walk out but not without creating a little scandal of their own.
As they tried escaping, Miguel realizes he has to get back to the shop to get his wallet but Jandice does not accompany him. She immediately looks for a chance to escape and when the time arrives, she does so without any hesitation. Jandice's fear of being caught and being looked down upon was highlighted in this scene, and this is exactly where the character added yet another layer to her.
4. Walt, the better half
Walt has been probably the only sane character in a show which deals with a handful of dysfunctional junkies. Being considerate of his wife's condition following her hysterectomy, Walt has submitted himself entirely to Kathryn's regulations. He never complains about Kathryn's obsession with things in spite of doubting if all her anxiety is just in her mind or if it genuinely is the result of the pain. However, when the time comes he supports her and takes her side. He did so with George who claimed that Orvis' condition was not all that serious, but Walt mentioned that it was important for Kathryn.
However, when Harry asked Walt to claim back his position, Walt probably got a second thought in his head about what his position actually is in the family. He does not say anything much to Kathryn but does not seem to agree with every statement of hers. Towards the end of the second episode, Walt seems to have considered that fact he is, after all, an individual himself.