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Book Clubbed

Hannah's editor isn't all that's dead and buried in one of the Girls-iest eps of the season.

Turns out Hannah's concern about the fate of her e-book in the wake of her editor's death was, if not entirely appropriate, also not entirely unfounded. At the funeral, she learns from David's widow (!) that the publishing company is killing all of David's projects as dead as David himself. Hannah now has to shop the book elsewhere, which actually goes amazingly well. Until she learns that the original publisher still holds the rights, effectively putting her opus in limbo for the next three years. And this, to Hannah, is the real tragedy. Shall we suffice it to say that she acts out predictably, yelling at everyone who dares talk to her? And then unilaterally and summarily kicks Adam's sister out of her apartment? And then completely shuts down? No, we shan't; we shall go to the chart to see just how Girls-y things got. Shall we?

Girls-Y Element Present?
Someone Gets Naked Hannah changes out of her funeral clothes on-camera. Also, we get a glimpse of Ray's ass, but more on that below.
Hannah Has No Practical Job Skills Turns out Hannah's got some killer networking chops. Alas, they emerge during the funeral when she asks David's widow (!!) for the name of a replacement publisher.
Scene In A Bathroom In Which Someone Is Performing An Actual Bathroom Function I'm starting to wonder if Lena Dunham just got tired of cramming into biffies with camera equipment.
Jessa Is Shockingly Late and/or Inappropriate Jessa's actually kind of trying to get her act together, in a half-assed kind of way. In fact, she applies for a retail job, where we can no doubt look forward to her being shockingly late and/or inappropriate.
Shoshanna Flips Out She finally runs out of patience with Jessa's shiftlessness, especially when it interferes with her own studying. The roommate honeymoon is over.
What The Eff Is Hannah Wearing? As tensions between Adam and his sister Caroline come to a head, Hannah tries to step in as their impartial, Dr. Phil-type mediator. But while Dr. Phil may not be everyone's cup of tea, he seldom plies his trade in a crop-top with lizards on it.
Hannah Is Consciously Embarrassed Hannah seems to realize belatedly that she has gone too far in soliciting a publishing lead from David's widow (!!!) at his funeral.
Hannah Probably Should Be Embarrassed But Isn't Hannah cuts off whatever her dad was going to tell her about his recent "procedure" in her excitement over her new book deal.
Hannah Takes a Backhanded Compliment As a Sincere One David's widow (!!!!) mistakes Hannah for another author in David's stable -- one whom David clearly liked a lot more. And who could blame him?
Shirtless Adam Possible sign of the apocalypse.
Adam Needs a Safe Word Caroline manipulates Adam into pinning her to the sofa by escalating their argument to the physical level, but we wouldn't have minded seeing him get off her rather more quickly.
Someone Bitches About Hannah In Her Absence Marnie, pissed that Hannah doesn't want to abandon the Battlin' Sacklers to come see her new kitten, hangs up on her and immediately promotes the critter to best-friend status.
Commentary On Modern Communications Technology/Techniques Hannah's opinion on e-books becomes openly scornful when another editor wants to publish a dead-tree edition of her...memoir? Novel? Does even Hannah know anymore?
Hannah Keeps Talking When She Should Maybe Stop With remarkable self-awareness, Hannah tells her potential new editor that she can't ever keep her mouth shut. And then says that she and her assistant laugh too much.
Conversation Interrupted By a "Surprise" Kiss Marnie visits Ray at his apartment to ask him what's wrong with her. Ray delivers some home truths, then offers a hug to soften the blow. And then something gets hardened. And possibly blown. Between Ray and Elijah, Marnie's now one Jessa-ex from screwing the trifecta.
Shut Up, Ray He was doing so well when Marnie stopped by to invite him to tell her what's wrong with her. Which he did -- comprehensively, accurately, and well enough to get into her pants. Unfortunately, he couldn't let her leave afterward without uttering two ill-advised letters: D and L.
Hannah Blows Up a Current or Potential Revenue Stream Looks like David's death did that. Evicting Caroline would have counted, if she'd been paying any rent.
Hannah Talks About Her Writing Non. Stop.
Appearance of One or More Familiar Guest Actors David's widow (!!!1!) is played by Jennifer Westfeldt, whose performance creates a startling contrast between Hannah and a human being with feelings.
Hannah Is a Voice of a Generation "My whole life was in that book! Everything that's ever happened to me...What if nothing happens in the next twenty-five years?"
16 /20
80 percent is the new high-Girls-y mark for the season.
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