Girls (2012–2017)
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Queen for Two Days 

Hannah and her mother head to a retreat, with surprises in store for both, Abigail visits Shoshanna in Tokyo, and Jessa takes an important step in her relationship with Adam.


Jesse Peretz


Tami Sagher, Lena Dunham (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Dunham ... Hannah Horvath
Jemima Kirke ... Jessa Johansson
Zosia Mamet ... Shoshanna Shapiro
Adam Driver ... Adam Sackler
Aidy Bryant ... Abigail
Hiro Mizushima ... Yoshi Kadokura
Becky Ann Baker ... Loreen Horvath
Peter Scolari ... Tad Horvath
Lena Hall ... Holly
Marianna Palka ... Minerva
Maddie Corman ... Kathy
Pamela Dunlap ... Barb
Angela Reed Angela Reed ... Cathy
Kate Robin Kate Robin ... Orientation Leader
LaShonna Holloway LaShonna Holloway ... Dancer


Hannah and her mother head to a retreat, with surprises in store for both, Abigail visits Shoshanna in Tokyo, and Jessa takes an important step in her relationship with Adam.

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Comedy | Drama


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English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode's title is a reference to the 1940s radio program and subsequent 1950s TV series "Queen for a Day," in which several women would compete to determine which one's sob story was the most pitiable. The "winner" (that is, the person with the worst luck in life) would receive a typical game show prize (such as a washing machine, dryer, sewing machine, etc.). See more »


When Shoshonna, Yoshi, and Abigail are eating in the restaurant, they commit a number of Japanese etiquette faux pas' concerning their chopsticks. Yoshi appears at one point to be using mismatched chopsticks, and they show several points at which their chopsticks are crossed. Both of these are considered rude and are associated with rituals involving the dead.They also leave their chopsticks standing straight up in their bowls, which is a bad omen. Food offerings are given to the dead in the form of a bowl of rice with a pair of chopsticks sticking straight up. While Abigail may not understand the etiquette, the other two most certainly would. See more »


Abigail: [Walking around Tokyo] I mean, honestly, I feel, like, I'm inside, like, Katy Perry's vagina.
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References Queen for a Day (1956) See more »


Performed by Shugo Tokumaru
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25 June 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Girls; being critically acclaimed and buzzed at Golden Globes for its originality, is a passion project of the creator and the protagonist, Lena Dunham whose creativity and genuine soul is what keeps this character driven series flow frictionless. The series is shot beautifully and the camera work is utterly pleasing which helps seek attention of the viewers. The writing is strong, witty and brutally honest sometimes, which can be inedible for viewers especially for it resonates eerily with reality that we all reside in. The characters or even the actors aren't given priority especially not at the compromise of the story-line which is what makes it different from one's usual sitcom. Addition to that, the series can afford and does offer a wider range where each notes connects and hits to the audience; from humor to intense drama. The primary reason why it works for the most part of it, is the uncertainty on its trajectory and the unflinching bold moves that writers tend to make to proves its maturity and superiority on standing on something that is equally practical as much as gut-wrenching. It is rich on technical aspects like sound department, costume design and editing. It is no short on execution as it communicates with the viewers and offers a palpable environment, that is cozy, raw, bold and uneven, in short an apt depiction of the current generation's social life. The performance is undeniably effective that helps create the anticipated impact on screen where most of the attention is drawn by Lena Dunham, Adam Driver and Andrew Rannells.

Season 05

Unlike any other season, the fifth acts explores and offers more complex and sometimes inedible plot sequences, which can be seen clearly while the paper was executed on screen as it tends to sweat the makers to depict or create such scenes (also one of the reason why there may be few flaws in here) despite of being supported by stellar performance that usually is the heart of the series.

Queen For Two Days

It is immensely pleasing to encounter a character evolve into the behemoth of itself and nothing else, returning back to the core, the episode breathes vulnerability and rage yet is uplifting, full of hope and justifying in each and every frame.

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