Things aren’t going well for anyone on Girls lately, and this week, “On All Fours” saw most of the characters reverting to old, bad habits. Charlie sleeps with Marnie. Hannah uses a Q-tip a little too aggressively. And Adam decides to have a few drinks with his new girlfriend. Even though season 2 began as though our leads were moving on from their season 1 hangups, lately everyone has been stalling and backpedaling.
Hannah’s stressed. Her parents are in town. Her e-book deadline is looming. And her OCD is back.
Jessa is the enigma of Girls. Everyone else is somewhat peaceable. Well, maybe not Booth Jonathan, but he’s more of a satire and a crutch for ridiculous situations than anything else. This season we’ve lingered with various characters in places outside of their normal routines. Adam and Ray went to Staten Island. Marnie visited Booth’s loft/gallery/life. And Hannah spent that time playing naked ping-pong, among other things, with the wealthy doctor.
After Hannah’s lost weekend episode, Girls returned this week with “Boys.” Don’t let the title necessarily deceive you. Though things are a little bit more focused on the men - namely Ray, Adam, and Booth - everything comes back to the girls and how their expectations, their actions, and their assumptions all work to destroy, frustrate, and captivate the men around them.
Hannah gets it on with Patrick Wilson! It’s pretty hot, no?
On this week’s episode of Girls, Hannah gets a look at the good life when she takes a retreat from her own life in a fancy brownstone in Brooklyn with a handsome older guy. This is Girls’ meat locker episode; only one of the characters is a stranger to Hannah and the audience.
Every story about New York is ultimately a story about money. Having it. Not having it. Wanting it. Getting it. In the television world, though, the logistics of life in one of the world’s most expensive cities is often pushed to the side. Think of the Friends and How I Met Your Mother apartments. But authenticity in sitcoms is hardly a requirement. Girls, on the other hand, is striving for something different, and has had a scattered relationship with money so far. The series started with Hannah’s parents cutting her off.
“Here’s your comfort zone. This (you know, over to the side) is where the magic happens.” Or so says the editor of an online magazine who’s just promised Hannah a freelance rate of $200 an article. She suggests that Hannah could write about having a threesome with some people that she met on Craigslist. Or about doing cocaine. Hannah takes both suggestions seriously. Neither is actually that shocking in the world of confessional personal essays. It was probably only a matter of time before Hannah started orchestrating experiences for her writing.
When we are dancingAnd you’re dangerously near meI get ideas, I get ideasAnd I want to hold youSo much closer than I dare toI want to scold you‘Cause I care more than I care to
“I Get Ideas” cover performed by M.Ward (version from the credits)
Girls is back. And the title of Sunday’s season 2 premiere was right: “It’s About Time.”
It’s hard to say how long it’s been since we left them. All we know is it’s been a few months. But things in Girls-land feel very different. The tone has even shifted from season 1’s manic irreverence and preciousness – the premiere was almost melancholy. Overall, the episode wasn’t concerned with giving viewers much exposition. Life has continued for our four heroines, and we’re just dropping right back in the middle of things, picking up clues along the way.
So you didn’t make it onto ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” you’ve accepted that even if you see it four times, you still won’t be able to figure out the last scene of ”Blair Witch,” and you’d rather clean your closets than read about Princess Di’s bipolar disorder.
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