The Girlfriend Experience Season 3, Episode 2 recap: Everyone’s Got a Price

The Girlfriend Experience Season 3, Episode 2 - Courtesy of Starz / Aimee Spinks
The Girlfriend Experience Season 3, Episode 2 - Courtesy of Starz / Aimee Spinks /

The Girlfriend Experience Season 3, Episode 2 begins with a man giving a speech at the start-up. He tells the newcomers to go out and find something, anything, “come back with something undeniable, a shift in perspective, a bridge between two conflicting principles, aim far.” And then “don’t let your imaginations be limited by what’s available.” He leaves them with a question, “what makes us get up in the morning?”

Iris gets an invite to the pub with the “cool kids” they go once a month to baptize the newbies for shots, beer, etc. Iris can’t tonight, she’s got another client.

At home, she calls the V and chats with her booker. Iris takes on her new persona, she’ll be called Cassie, and Paul has left her a review, 10 out of 10, “unexpected in the best of ways and ignitable,” on the basis of that good review, Cassie confirms her likes and dislikes with her booker, setting guidelines for what she’s okay with and not okay with, whether she wants to advertise, her rate, etc. She also gets set up with a professional driver named Leif.

The Girlfriend Experience Season 3, Episode 2 recap: Iris goes out with Georges

Iris goes on another date with another client, a powerful man named Georges Verhoeven (Olivier Masucci is the Head of the European Defence Agency, discussing why she wants this to be special for her first time. They strike up a conversation about what Georges likes in bed and things proceed accordingly.

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At work, Iris and her co-worker Hiram start working on an AI project that mirrors human emotion. They need the mirroring idea to be more about giving people what they want, less than what they need, “even if it’s bad for them, in a safe space since its virtual.” “A mirror would have to be imaged-based otherwise it’s just an echo, peach and eggplant emoji only take you so far in natural language processing.” They get their boss’s attention with this idea, he says he’ll make a few calls

The Girlfriend Experience Season 3, Episode 2 recap: Iris records her session with Georges

Iris records her first session thoughts on her date with Georges, “understandably he has a need for privacy.” She’s studied all of his movements, judging that he “orchestrated the experience for me in its entirety it’s possible his primary need is to be in control of the situation, so he can relax.”

Back to the date, we see the conversation continuing between Georges and Iris and she offers to help him relax since he says he doesn’t, Georges asks to extend his invitation to keep her for the rest of the afternoon, “I like to take my time.”

In her recording, Iris notes that while Georges asked for permission to pull her hair, but when he had the chance, it wasn’t a gesture of control but intimate and surprising. While we listen to Iris’s session notes narration, we see the meeting play out between Iris and George as they become sexually intimate

Back at the start-up, they consolidate a bunch of information from the API regarding sexual thoughts and intimacy and having a bunch of actors read the lines. Iris notes that they’re talking about what they like in bed, but she questions whether their emotions correlate to what they really want. Hiram suggests they break it down to cadence and see what matches happy emotions.

“It’s not about what they want but how they’re feeling about it in the moment, the object of desire is a foil, it doesn’t actually exist.”

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New episodes of The Girlfriend Experience Season 3 air Sunday nights on Starz.