"Girls" Episode 3: Bad Friend

“Hey, let’s have the type of night where it’s like 5 a.m. and one of us has definitely punched someone who’s been on a Disney Channel show.” - Elijah Krantz

 This week’s episode of “Girls” left me speechless.  By the end of the episode, I was sitting in my bed mumbling various expletives.  While I generally expect a certain level of weirdness from the show, this episode took things to a new level.

We’ve definitely seen some big changes in Hannah’s life since the first season of the show. The conflicts of the previous episodes seemed to be building towards some major confrontations—which finally presented themselves in this episode.

The episode started off with Hannah’s unconventional job interview with an obscure blog.  I was excited to see Hannah venture back into the working world. However, her new “boss” was a total weirdo. She encouraged Hannah to get outside of her comfort zone by having a three-some or experimenting with cocaine. Clearly, Hannah took this advice a bit too seriously.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

We see a nice (but brief) moment of sanity when all of the girls finally united at Jessa’s “Vintage Boutique.” Jessa was her usual self, preaching her strange philosophies  to the girls.  Shoshanna complains about Ray keeping her up all night. Marnie provides her snooty commentary, and then we have Hannah trying to find a way to score some cocaine.  To me, this part of the episode felt a lot like last season’s “Girls.”  They seemed like a normal group of girls, just being girls (for only a few moments).

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

We also meet the show’s newest character, Laird, in this episode. Laird is a blend of creepy, stalkerish and love-struck.  Hannah goes to him to ask for cocaine, because she knows that he is a junkie. It becomes clear that he’s been obsessed with her for a while.

As the episode progresses, he literally follows her through her journey with cocaine. The episode ends with Hannah and Laird making out, implying that he is her newest love interest.  I’m not sure how I feel about his. Hannah doesn’t really need another insane man in her life, but this never seems to stop her.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Now, let’s get to the heart of this episode. Hannah and Elijah do cocaine! They do all of the typical cocaine-doer deeds. Their behavior was so ridiculous that I forgot, for a few minutes, how much I hate Elijah.

But then, as they were doing lines of cocaine off of a public toilet, I remembered—he is a horrible friend!  He spills the beans about his “meaningless” hookup with Marnie, and Hannah is devastated. Her fun adventure with cocaine ends pretty abruptly. The two people she trusts most in the world have completely betrayed her.  She can no longer ignore her problems.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Ultimately, she tells Elijah that he has to move out. I’m not sure if this really means their friendship is over but I’m hoping that we see less of him.

While all of this craziness is going on, Marnie is having a little fling with the famous artist Booth Jonathan. First of all, what kind of name is Booth Jonathan? Second of all, he is completely psychotic. She has been interested in him since last season, because of his reputation as an artist. Marnie was clearly pleased with herself.

Anyway, Marnie is at Booth Jonathan’s house when Hannah confronts her.  She basically turns the tables on Marnie and tells her that she is the bad friend. Hannah lets all of her anger out, and there is really nothing Marnie can do but sit there and take it.

She ends her speech by saying that this doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t friends, but she just doesn’t want the role of the bad friend anymore. It’s unclear what is going to happen with their relationship.  I could see them starting fresh, now that all of their problems are out in the open. But it is going to take time.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Honestly, I didn’t like this episode at all. It was too much to take in. The last few episodes have been slow to reveal conflict—and this one just seemed to throw it all at us at once. I think the creators of the show were trying to take us, as viewers, out of our comfort zones as Hannah ventures outside of hers.

Nevertheless, this episode just felt ridiculous. The whole beauty of “Girls” was its relatability. Last season, it was a show about a group of friends who were struggling through the post-college years together. But this episode seemed to completely venture away from the main themes of the show.

Yes, Hannah is dealing with relationship problems, but it was hard to focus on that.  The whole cocaine extravaganza just felt unnecessary and completely un-relatable (for most of us).  And Marnie’s whole fascination with Booth just felt slightly disturbing.

It seems like the elements that originally drew me to the show are slowly disappearing. I miss the days when Marnie and Hannah were just having normal arguments, like best friends always do, in their shared apartment.

Also, I hate to be that person, but what kind of message is this show sending to its viewers? At this point, aren’t they just promoting horrible decision-making?

Tune in next Sunday to see what happens to Hannah and Marnie's friendship!

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