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Esther Zuckerman
November 03, 2014 AT 05:39 PM EST

The new promo for the upcoming season of girls gives us a lot to take in: Shoshanna’s mom played by Ana Gasteyer, Hannah heading to Iowa, and, most terrifyingly of all, Marnie offering to rap. “If you guys are really lucky maybe I’ll scat for you, do a little rap,” she says during a performance with Desi, with whom she is performing/having an affair. Oh, Marnie, no. 

Lena Dunham explains that the fourth season is “the girls making smarter choices and realizing that life is still hard.” Hannah goes to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, concerned about how her relationship with Adam will fare, and appears to be “justified” in that concern. Elijah goes to Iowa with Hannah and they attend a frat party. Marnie pursues a career in music with Desi, who still has a girlfriend. Shoshanna’s bickering parents enter the picture, and her mother is played by Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer, which is, of course, ideal. The promo also gives a glimpse at other guest stars including Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs, Marc Maron, and Jake Lacy.

“We tried to take it to a new notch with Marnie singing embarrassing songs in public places,” Dunham says. That’s all we could hope for.

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