Girls haters have another loss to groan about this week: Lena and the gang have been picked up for a third season. And if virgin viewers took that news to heart and decided to check out the show starting with this week's "Bad Friend," I'm pretty sure they will never ever be back.
To be clear, I thought this episode was, like a few before it, really special in that only Girls as a feminist show on HBO could have explicit cocaine use (now I understand why anyone would go to a Brooklyn dance party -- drugs!) and a powerful interaction/fight between two very hurt best friends and one of the most bizarre sex scenes I have ever seen and, of course, Lena Dunham's boobs, which were revealed to us 15 minutes and 11 seconds in (modest for her)! I also like that it's taking us to a new stage in Hannah's professional life while bringing back last season's most intriguing character: Booth Jonathon (Jorma Taccone).
Also, the more I think about this episode, the more I realize executive producer Judd Apatow probably took his inspiration for This is 40 from watching Dunham get raw about being in your early-mid '20s on Girls and thought, "I should do this with my marriage, but make it a mostly boring movie instead," or something like that. In any case, let's get to it:
Just so we're all clear, this jazz-hate site that Hannah's now freelancing for is a direct parody of the loathsome xojane, right? Both the tone of the editorial character's (another bizarre woman in her 40s, by the way) cliché "comfort zone" mantra and her asking Hannah to do drugs as an experiment felt very shades of Cat Marnell to me. (On that note, I'm kind of a bit frustrated that Girls is missing the most obvious freelance opportunity for self-obsessed Hannah: Thought Catalog! They would love her piece about not knowing how to have sex with another person, or really anything she's ever referred to.) In any event, I'm glad that Hannah is getting some freelance work, given there's no way you could have a show about writers in their 20s and not have a gig like this... or one without coke.
Obviously, I'm not saying everyone in Brooklyn does cocaine, but yes, of course Hannah would want to indulge in the hallmark experience of getting really high at 4 PM, drawing on her walls and making out with a hilarious "former" junkie (played by Jon Glaser) in the name of self-discovery and $200's worth of inspiration. (By the way, I love that Parks and Recreation's Councilman Jamm is a junkie here more than I can say). I liked that her partying with Elijah served purpose beyond the article, too, allowing for her to learn about Marnie and Elijah's hookup and finally stand up for herself to both of them (especially dumping Elijah as a roomate). I loved what I thought was a pretty liberating scene of Hannah euphorically dancing to Icona Pop's "I Love It," finally having a moment to herself free of friend and relationship drama, even if the low that followed obviously really sucked... and not just because of the drugs.
And I've got to say, I can't exactly tell you what happened between Marnie and Booth, which I think is mostly the point, but still. Booth is this season's Adam the same way Marnie is the new Hannah, so I guess this means listening to Duncan Sheik's "Barely Breathing" while crushed in between TVs playing disturbing images is the new getting pissed on in the shower. Marnie and Hannah share a fetish in being submissive to these strange and powerful guys, but based on the mortifying sex scene that Taccone so willingly committed to -- where Booth had Marnie stare at a creepy doll and then finish inside of her with basically no warning -- I think Adam was supposed to be more of a confused young guy filled with shame while Booth is a self-important asshole who gets off on his power. It actually makes a lot of sense that this is the difference in the characters' toxic crushes, really.
Two things drove me crazy this week: Hannah doesn't know how to write a check? Really? And more importantly, I hate how Marnie just left work and that didn't seem to have any repercussions. Hopefully she gets fired for that, lest the TV gods allow for such an enormous continuity oversight.
Even with very minimal Shoshanna and Jessa, thanks to power clashing, shirt trading, a reccurring thread of references about Elijah being from Colorado and a few really great lines -- no pun intended -- there were still lots of laughs:
Elijah: "This isn't gonna be a night of driving around in your mom's Volvo with a bottle of cough syrup and a box of cold McNuggets."
And later: "Let's have the type of night where it's like 5 AM and one of us has definitely punched someone who's been on a Disney Channel show."
Hannah's First Confession
"I wanna get married wearing a veil. And I wanna taste, like, 15 cakes before I do it. And I know that I said that I was against the industrial marriage complex, but that's what I really want."
Kiss from a Rose
Elijah: "When did you eat jerky?"
Hannah: "That is not any concern of yours"
I Just Really Like This Kind of Joke
Laird: "[I'm following you] to protect you... like the mom in Extremely Close and Extremely Loud."
Elijah: "I heard that movie was so sad. I didn't get to see it, but it looked so sad."
"Hi, is Marnie here? We're friends of Marnie's. We need to talk to Marnie about some things."
Get It, Girl
Hannah: "I don't need to play by your rules anymore. I don't want to walk with you to the faraway Rite Aid to pick up your Cipro prescription. And I'm sorry I don't want to go to Serendipity and drink Frozen Hot Chocolates with your uncle's girlfriend who is a stewardess named Elodie."
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