"Girls" Episode 2: I Get Ideas

 “But also I can deal with your judgment, because I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drummer… ever since I cut my camp shirt into a halter top” - Hannah Horvath 

This week, “Girls” started off with a heated and uncomfortable argument between Elliot and his soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend, George. George decides that he isn’t interested in sticking around while Elijah experiments with his sexuality.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of all the airtime Elijah has been getting this season. We didn’t really get to know him last season and it feels a bit random and forced.  Also, his personality isn’t exactly making him likable.  A lot of shows have that stereotypical gay character—and yet Elijah feels a bit too extreme.  He’s a diva and reminds me a lot of Marnie.

The Adam/Hannah situation completely unravels in this episode.  Their role reversal is complete as Adam obsesses over Hannah to the point of writing depressing music and randomly showing up at her apartment.  Hannah  is forced to “accidentally” call 911 on him for letting himself into her apartment. Hopefully the creepy stalking means Adam is finally out of the picture.

When the police dragged Adam away, my heart broke a little. I hated the way Adam treated Hannah but they were also weirdly perfect for each other. Things feel a bit unresolved—but Adam will be keeping his distance for a while. This episode showed a sentimental and vulnerable Adam that we’ve never seen before.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Marnie continues to struggle to find a job.  She has a bit of an identity crisis when her interviewer tells her she’s "not sure if she sees her in the art world.” Honestly, we all face these identity crises—especially in college. I thought this was quite a relatable moment.

I saw another role reversal here: last season, Marnie seemed to be the one who had everything figured out. She was always telling Hannah to get herself together and now she is the one who needs to sort things out.  Towards the end of the episode, when Marnie takes a job as a club hostess, it is evident that she isn’t so sure who she is. Last season’s Marnie would’ve totally judged this season’s Marnie.

Shoshanna’s character is so completely ridiculous and strange. She is the only one I’ve consistently liked throughout the whole series. Who could hate a character who lovingly says things like, “ You’d be like so great at bathing a pig,” to her boyfriend.  I’m liking Shoshanna and Ray together more and more.  Together they’re like the perfect blend of horrifying, weird and socially awkward. It was nice to see them happy together in this episode.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

We finally get a more intimate glimpse into the married life of Jessa and Thomas in this episode.  It’s hard to really understand their dynamic (and Jessa in general), but they seem really happy.  I missed her presence on the show—she has such a weird perspective on the world that she seems to make the rest of the characters seem sane. And yet, somehow, the most delusional character seems to have her life the most together.

And then there’s Sandy and Hannah. After watching last week’s episode I did some research and apparently Lena Dunham, the creator of the show, got a lot of backlash for having an all-white cast. So this made me wonder: did she cast a black man as Hannah’s boyfriend solely for this reason? I’m not convinced.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Anyway, their relationship appears to be over by the end of the episode.  They start to argue about an essay that Hannah wrote and wanted Sandy to read. He disliked it and this leads to a bigger argument about her problem with his Republican political views.

Ultimately, she brings his race into the equation and he is offended. Their whole argument seems to come back to tiptoeing around race. I think Dunham was trying to make a statement with this situation, and she isn’t quite done yet. My guess is we’ll be seeing more of Sandy, and their relationship isn’t as superficial as it seems.

This episode seemed to show the characters slowly progressing. Shoshanna and Ray finally have a stable relationship, Elijah is out of an unhealthy relationship, Marnie is finally questioning who she is, and Jessa and Thomas are happily married.   The most significant conflicts seem to go back to Hannah. What’s in store for Hannah and Sandy? Are Hannah and Adam FINALLY over?

Tune in next Sunday to find out!

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