This is the episode of Girls that I’ve been waiting for. Partly because I think the idea of a warehouse party is equal parts hilarious and terrifying, something that Lena totally captured, but also more importantly because we finally got four distinct, well done stories of all four girls. (Especially Jessa, I think I’m coming around on her.)
First I think I might be in love with Zosia Mamet, which is awkward because I’m straight and I really don’t like her father, but her acting of the “cracksident” (word credit to Julia) was so hilarious and perfect. She should totally go to the front of kick boxing class. And she should also have an awkwardly enduring non crack induced relationship with Ray. That would make me happy.
Jessa’s inappropriate flirtation with the dad of the kids she nannies for came to a head this week. (I hate that phrase…what’s a better alternative?) And thankfully, and I think realistically, she didn’t sleep with him. Yes she crossed a few lines, and he might not actually be wrong in calling her a tease, but she ultimately made the right choice. I think she needed to get right up to that line before she even really knew that she wouldn’t cross it. I think I might be starting to respect her?
Poor Marnie, she looked so out-of-place in that (admittedly really pretty) dress. Yes she was being really selfish last week, and she shouldn’t have gone to talk to Charlie at the party. (Honestly she probably shouldn’t have gone to the party.) She was just so out of her element, and when she tried to play the roles she so used to – love-object of Charlie/mother of Hannah, it just blew up in her face. Even her attempt at trying to make Elijah (Hannah’s gay ex) into her confidant turned into a speech about she was being selfish. But her comeback “Hannah’s the selfish one” really summed something up for me.
When they are walking into the party Hannah says she’s not going to know anyone because she’s “a loser” which Marnie dismisses as part of the “weird mythology” Hannah has invented for herself. But Hannah as “the selfish one” is just a piece of her own weird mythology. Not that Hannah isn’t selfish – of course she is – but so is Marnie, so is Jessa, so is Elijah frankly. And so am I. They’re all young and don’t have anything figured out and because their own lives are so up in the air, they can really only care so much about everyone else’s problems – even though they clearly love each other.
Which leads me to Hannah…and Adam, poor simple and yet – as we learned this week – actually complicated Adam. We finally see him with a shirt and outside of his apartment, hanging out with his lesbian friends. His friends that know Hannah’s name, so he talks about her, which might seem strange except as I realized throughout the episode, is that all we’ve seen of Adam up until this week is through the prism of Hannah’s disappointment with him. But this week we see him being goofy and kind of hilarious (and as a full human with his own problems) and we see his disappointment with her. I’ve said from the beginning that he treats her like shit because he lets him, but it honestly didn’t occur to me that that’s what he thought she wanted, probably because I’m a girl.
(On a side note: I hate the line “you never asked,” but that’s probably because I tend not to ask important questions, because I don’t want to ‘push’ anything. I guess that means I’m a little like Hannah – I guess that makes me the selfish one.)
I’m interested to see what an actually-in-a-relationship-Adam is like, because Hannah’s smile in the back of that crowded cab? So hopeful and so inappropriately timed.