Gallery Girls, Episode Three: Drunk Girls and Daddy Issues
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Gallery Girls isn't about the New York City art scene. It's not about young girls following their dreams. It's not a real-life Sex and the City, where women band together to get through their daily lives.
Hell no. Gallery Girls is about the girl fights.
There haven't been any physical altercations (yet), but there's been enough shit-talking, eye-rolling, and general dislikery amongst the group of Manhattanites and Brooklynites, two groups pitted against each other by the show's producers in an attempt to stir up some drama at the outset. As the show evolves, that tension is becoming less rooted in where its characters live, and more rooted in actual personality squabbles.
Guess which is more fun to watch.
Previously on Gallery Girls: Flying pasta! Amy whining! Cash troubles at End of Century! Amy can't get laid! (See: whining.) And Maggie loves Eli, maybe?
We Toaster-filter our way into Eli's gallery, where as usual, Eli and Liz are chilling at their desks while Maggie does the important work of keeping strangers' dogs hydrated. Eli tells Maggie her next task is to count the tiny pebbles in the bins where his bonsai trees are growing, ensuring that there are exactly the same amount of pebbles in each one. Even by stupid, pretentious art standards that sounds totally insane. "Eventually it has to be done by someone," Eli says matter-of-factly.
Maggie actually does this, which shows that she's a) nobly invested in doing her job the very best she can, or b) convinced it'll make good TV, because seriously, Maggie, you know he's not going to check your work.
While Maggie counts away, Eli returns upstairs and tells Liz about his latest expression of borderline fetishy dominance over Maggie. Liz looks genuinely stunned, which is an appropriate reaction to a man who just forced an unpaid staffer to count muddy rocks for his amusement. "Better her than you," Eli reminds her. "Yeah, I guess," Liz agrees, which is an appropriate reaction to the casual threat of becoming Eli's punching bag. Not that that would happen to Liz. You know who her father is, right?
To her credit, Liz does call Eli out about the pebbles at dinner ... which they take without inviting Maggie ... who is still at the gallery counting pebbles. Eli also takes this opportunity to say the word China about a million times in a row.