“Girls" Episode 8: It’s Back

If you’re not going to Punta Cana or some wild Mexican destination with your friends or getting away from home in some way, break can get pretty rough.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that books, TV and texting are the only things that are going to get me through this week. And of course, my weekly dose of Girls.

“I can’t decide if he’s the greatest person in the world or the worst.” –Hannah Horvath

Adam is back!

I wasn’t sure when this moment would come. I thought maybe we had gotten rid of him for good, but no such luck.  From the opening scenes of this episode it becomes clear that Adam is back with a vengeance. But he isn’t the disgusting, desperate and destructive man we saw earlier this season and all of last season.  He seems to be tackling his problems—the main one being Hannah.  When he goes to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting he is the most vulnerable we’ve ever seen him. He finally puts his sentiments into words, and for once, I didn’t completely hate him.

  • I’ll admit I almost shed a tear when he reflected about Hannah: “I wanted that chance to show someone everything. But she changed her mind about me and it was that fast…. I’m so exhausted.”
Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

 

Hannah has OCD?

Say what? I think they might have previously hinted at Hannah’s problems with OCD in high school but it was never made completely clear. Oh no. Hannah really doesn’t need any more problems. Just when she’s beginning to get her life together, it all unravels again. Then her parents come sweeping in to fix things. Does anyone else really hate her mom? I can stand her dad because he seems fairly oblivious and sincerely worried about his daughter.  But there is some deep disconnect and hostility between Hannah and her mom.

Anyway, all of the stresses in Hannah’s life are building up and the result is the return of her OCD. She sees a psychologist and receives medication.  It does make for some humorous scenes, but the episode left me wondering if this is the last we will see of her condition. And is she going to get her book done on time?

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

 

Dealing with Jessa’s disappearance?

At the beginning of the episode, Marnie, Shoshanna and Ray discuss Jessa’s disappearance. Ray and Marnie seem more irritated by her than anything else, because this is extremely typical behavior. Hannah is too busy dealing with her own problems to obsess over Jessa (and maybe Jessa’s disappearance is one of the things pushing her over the edge). The only one who is outwardly upset about the disappearance is Shoshanna, but I question her sincerity. I think Shoshanna is insecure about a lot of things in her life and Jessa was always there to put things in perspective. Her problems were always bigger and weirder, and they made Shoshanna feel normal.

Ray and Shoshanna

How have these two not broken up yet?  After last week’s breakdown, I thought we might get a dramatic breakup this episode. Once again, their numerous problems surface—the main one being their age difference. While Ray wants to sit at home and read, Shoshanna is still a college student who wants to go out and party. She feels disconnected from people her age, and suffers from fomo (the fear of missing out).

But when she goes to a friend’s party she realizes that she doesn’t quite fit in with the people her age either. Thankfully, the doorman is there to comfort her. All of Shoshanna’s insecurities come out as she proceeds to hook up with him. Didn’t see that coming! We all know that Shoshanna will not be able to keep this a secret for long, and I’m thinking that she’ll confess everything to Ray in the next episode. And then they’ll break up.

  • Best Shoshanna quote of the episode: “I’m sorry if this is like really insulting but you’re like really good-looking for a doorman.”

 

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

 

Charlie and Marnie

When Marnie goes to visit Charlie at work, things get very awkward. I was actually squirming in my seat as I watched these scenes. I wanted to grab Marnie and beg, PLEASE LEAVE, THIS IS HORRIFYING.  She claims to be visiting him to congratulate him on his new success. But we all know she’s just going there with the hope that he’s not over her.  Marnie can’t stand the thought that Charlie has moved on and that everyone around her is moving on, except for her.  When she talks to him at this fancy office, it becomes clear that he actually might be over her. And this is hard for Marnie to face, because she always depended on Charlie being a mess compared to her. I’m curious about the future for their relationship. Something tells me it isn’t over.

Natalia

WAY TO GO ADAM.  After Adam’s AA meeting, an older woman comes up to him and says that she wants him to call her daughter (and take her out on a date).  It’s a funny scene where she compliments him on his height, handsomeness and honesty.  We haven’t seen Adam happy (or remotely normal)…ever. So it was interesting to see him go through he typical nervousness and excitement associated with courting a girl. Natalia is beautiful, sweet, and everything Adam needs.  As much as I’ve detested Adam in the past, I was happy to see him happy.  It feels like there’s always a dark cloud hanging over him, and for once, during their date, it wasn’t there.

 

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Marnie can sing?

Wait, what? This was news to me. I always assumed her dream was to become an art gallery curator, so this was a bit of a shocker. She’s actually talented but I don’t know if I see a career coming out of it.  It was interesting to see someone like Marnie, who has always been so realistic and put together, having such childish dreams. This season we’ve slowly seen her unravel and she’s not that straight-edged, stuck-up girl from Season 1 anymore; she’s falling apart just like the rest of them.

The saddest moment in the episode was when she said, “You know who end up living their dreams?…sad messes like Charlie. And the people who end up flailing behind are people like me…who have their [stuff] together.”  There was something so real about these words. It says something about growing up and facing reality. We naturally compare ourselves to the people around us and it’s devastating when it feels like everyone is moving forward but you. And I think there’s a point in your life when you realize that life doesn’t favor certain types of people.  Some people accomplish their goals and others get left behind.

Sing it Marnie! Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Sing it Marnie!
Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

 

Marnie and Ray

Did anyone else feel some sexual tension in their scenes together? When Marnie first walks in after work, he sort of checks her out, and then he helps her work through her life crises. Things get pretty intimate (he even says it) when she proceeds to sing for him.  I’m kinda hoping I imagined all this but I guess we shall see.

"It’s Back"

All of the characters have something from their past that is coming back. Adam starts the trend off at the beginning of the episode. We haven’t seen him for a while now, and he was actually featured pretty prominently in this episode. I’m foreseeing some uncomfortable interactions between him and Hannah in the near future.

Then we had Charlie and Marnie.  He isn’t back in her life but he’s on her mind.  I’m not sure if their relationship is going to go any further but he has definitely brought up some old conflicts. Marnie’s forgotten dreams of singing are also back. Hannah’s high school issues are back, and Shoshanna’s identity crisis is not going away. Evidently, the characters’ problems (sometimes in the forms of people) are coming back to haunt them.

Judy Collins

For some reason, they decided to feature Judy Collins in this episode. Hey, I’m not complaining. This is a great song—and if you look up the lyrics they are pretty applicable to this episode.

 

Keep gettin’ your Girls on!

 

HoshiYa-Banner-Final133

Comments