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Ebb And Flo

Is a visit to Hannah's dying grandmother Girls-y? Yes and no. Mostly no.

Hannah takes her third trip of the season outside New York City, this time to pay what looks to be a final visit to her ailing grandmother. Grandma's three daughters, including Hannah's mom, are increasingly at each other's throats. And it looks like the conflict is going to be passed down to the next generation, as Hannah's uptight med-student cousin Rebecca still hates her for something Hannah said when she was seven...or is it something she thinks Hannah did? Hannah's mom asks her to tell Grandma that she's going to marry Adam, leading to an awkward phone conversation between the not-yet-and-possibly-not-ever betrothed. But when Adam rushes to join Hannah at the hospital after she's involved in a fender bender, he ends up telling Grandma himself that he and Hannah are getting married next year. Whereupon Hannah's mom becomes the second person in as many episodes to warn Hannah about Adam. But maybe that did the trick, because Grandma undergoes a miraculous recovery. And, it turns out, a brief one.

Will Hannah have a more human reaction to her grandmother's death than she did to her editor's? Actually, the real question is, how Girls-y was grandma's first and last Girls episode?

Girls-y Element Present?
Someone Gets Naked Aunt Cassie loudly claims that Grandma is "NAKED AND DYING," but that is fortunately kept offscreen.
Scene In A Bathroom In Which Someone Is Performing An Actual Bathroom Function Adam ducks behind a door labeled "Isolation Room" for a slash, but the camera doesn't follow to find out if there's a toilet in there. We shall just have to hope.
Jessa Is Shockingly Late and/or Inappropriate Jessa presumably both, but we don't see it.
Shoshanna Flips Out No sign of Shoshanna, either.
What The Eff Is Hannah Wearing? Actually, Hannah's navy dress with big cherries on it is kind of awesome. There, I said it.
Hannah Takes a Backhanded Compliment As a Sincere One Hannah's family is too busy going from passive-aggressive to aggressive-aggressive to bother with backhanded anything.
Hannah Is Consciously Embarrassed /td>

A blowout in the hospital hallway between Hannah's mom and her two aunts would embarrass anyone.
Hannah Probably Should Be Embarrassed But Isn't She's keeping up pretty well with the numerous hits to her self-esteem this week.
Shirtless Adam Although he arrives at the hospital in a shirt so sweaty it might as well be gone.
Adam Needs A Safe Word All he does is a little dressed dry-humping of Hannah while she's packing to go see her dying grandma.
Someone Bitches About Hannah In Her Absence Rebecca shares that Grandma once said Hannah is "loose." We don't know when it happened, but we just now learned about it so it counts.
Commentary On Modern Communications Technology/Techniques Rebecca texts while driving. Fortunately for responsible storytelling, an accident ensues. Unfortunately, it's staged like something right out of a Wes Anderson movie.
Hannah Keeps Talking When She Should Maybe Stop Apparently Hannah revealed that Rebecca's dad was going to jail for insider trading, which was true. And that Rebecca would never see her dad again, which turned out to be true. To be fair, Hannah was seven at the time.
Conversation Interrupted By a "Surprise" Kiss Thank God.
Shut Up, Ray No Ray in this episode.
Hannah Has No Practical Job Skills She clearly knows how to take family illness leave.
Hannah Blows Up A Current Or Potential Revenue Stream She and Rebecca get pretty snotty with each other while out for drinks, but it's not clear whether Rebecca bought her the beer or not.
Hannah Talks About Her Writing Hannah claims that the reason Rebecca didn't find her pieces funny is that she didn't send Rebecca her funnier pieces. Rebecca's a dick, but I'm with her on this one.
Appearance Of One Or More Familiar Guest Actors Nebraska's June Squibb plays Grandma, while Deirdre Lovejoy is one of Hannah's aunts.
Hannah Is a Voice of a Generation "I always promised myself I wouldn't get married until I had a swimming pool in my living room."
6 / 20
Only three-tenths Girls-y? Then why didn't I like it more?
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