Something I really liked about "Hard Being Easy" is that the writers made it clear in this episode that our Girls leads are supposed to be selfish and completely unaware of what other people actually think of them or how they present themselves to the world... who knew?! That said, it wasn't my favorite installment so far this season -- I'd chalk it to up to too little Shoshanna -- though it did finally get me to realize that Jeff (Jessa's babysitting boss who obviously wants to sleep with her) is a dead ringer for Sister Wives star Kody Brown. So there's that. Let's get down to business and look at what did and didn't work.
As per usual, I really liked Hannah's character arc this episode. Sexual harassment is an extremely confusing thing to experience and all of her interactions with her boss were perfectly awkward and funny. I liked that the whole Rich disaster, as well as her habit of taking advantage of scenarios and people just for the sake of a story, was then carried over to her relationship with Adam. He's just as confused as she is by her feelings, and instead of trying to guess what she wants or mold her into what he thinks they can be (see: Charlie to Marnie), he's been giving her space to figure it out -- that is, until he caught on that he's also another one of those stories... and found the objectification to be pretty damn sexy. Maybe Dunham can't write an African-American character because she couldn't do justice to the experience (or so she said to NPR) but she sure can craft the hell out of a character whose got a thing for sexual humiliation, eleven-year-old junkies and Mexican teenager eyebrows.
Speaking of cute couples, Charlie and Marnie's breakup was pretty great too, in that sad and accurate way that this show can nail -- especially when their faces were close mid-sex (they were having sex, right? Hard to tell, what with the parka Allison Williams was wearing), after Charlie listed off his (completely fair) needs from her and Marnie realized she couldn't possibly be with him anymore. And before that, all of the things she never did before that she's willing to do now: "I'll do whatever you ask. Honestly, I will... I'll kick Hannah out. I could even move in here. I'll answer your sister's IMs. Do you want blowjobs? Is that what you want? I'll give you blowjobs, okay. I don't care. I will do whatever it takes just.... do not break up with me. Please." There are a lot of reasons I would never be friends with this fictional character, but right now, not having to clean up after that mess is topping my list.
On the flipside, I have two big complaints: Why would Charlie make Hannah read the diary out loud? Much as I like how sitcom-y Girls is getting, this felt just way too forced to me. And would Marnie really not know her long-term boyfriend's address, let alone never once go to his apartment? How long have they been living in New York? I will give the show credit in that the broken buzzer in Charlie's crappy loft building was tagged by North Brooklyn's beloved graffiti artist, DICKCHICKEN.
Marnie, Her Dad and Her Boss
Hannah: "I hate everyone who loves me."
The Ultimate Compliment
Marnie: "Seriously it looks awesome in here. It's like a Target ad!"
Flashback to '07
This was a fun scene all-around, the best part being:
Elijah, slobbering all over Hannah: "Oh, you did you makeup like I told you to!"
The Mind of a Man
Charlie: "You had these bangs and that headband. And I swear to God, you looked exactly like this girls that I saw in this porn. It was called Sophomore Sluts, and I literally that night went back just to check it out, because I swear it was you."
I Could Sue You, You Know
Rich: "Hannah, you barely have the wherewithal to get to work at 10 AM, let alone sue somebody. There's no suing app on your iPhone."
And later, Hannah: "Someday, I am gonna write an essay about you, and I'm not going to change your name. And then you can sue me!"
Freaky Scene Stealer
Jessa: "Oh my god. Shoshanna! You're a batshit little perv."
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