One Of The Girls Gets Found In Translation

Hannah discovers Fran's intimate collection, and Adam keeps pushing, but the A plot happens in the land of the rising Shosh.

Time to check in on Shoshanna's blissful existence in Tokyo. The place seems made for her; she's constantly surrounded by cutesy design and J-Pop; she's made new friends; she's using her first-semester Japanese in the field; and she and her immediate supervisor seem to have a sweet mutual crush. So of course she gets laid off. The boyfriend back home is looking forward to her return, but even though her blonde is growing out, she's not ready to go back to her roots quite yet. Instead, she parties with Yoshi, and ends up unpacking, possibly in the hopes of hearing for herself what Bill Murray whispers to young women in this country.

Back in the U.S., Hannah is stunned to find photos of naked women on Fran's phone. They're actually his exes, and they serve as his digital spank-bank given his lack of interest in regular internet porn on some kind of moral grounds. I can't blame Hannah for being upset about this. And as for her pout-fucking him and her sneaky decision to delete the photos from his phone later: well, if she reacted maturely, she wouldn't be Hannah. I would have preferred an actual discussion of the issue, rather than more of Hannah's self-righteous pseudo-intellectualism. Either way, I'm glad that I got married in a time when, if you wanted to put a picture on a phone, you had to get up and carry a Sharpie over to where it was attached to the wall.

Speaking of exes: Adam has his first TV credit (as a homeless man, of course), and Jessa and Ray watch it with him, supportively. Of course Adam can't leave a special moment alone. Or Jessa, either. Fortunately, the only thing that gets yanked this time around is Jessa's ejection handle.

So aside from the title card being in Japanese this week, how Girls-y does this episode get?

Girls-y Element Present?
Someone Gets Naked Oh my, there's a lot of this. Between the scene in a Japanese bathhouse, Fran's photos (which Hannah decides to add to), and Desi's shower in what Marnie obnoxiously calls "Ejuador," there's nudity in every hemisphere.
Scene In A Bathroom In Which Someone Is Performing An Actual Bathroom Function
Well, Desi is seen showering, as mentioned above, but it's outdoors at his and Marnie's honeymoon retreat. In "Ejuador."
Shoshanna Flips Out
Nobody could blame her if she did, given all the shit this episode puts her through. She gets laid off, dragged to a BDSM club, provoked and then humiliated while wearing a latex nurse costume, and she has to jilt her American boyfriend from across an ocean and a continent. I guess real problems lead to real reactions, even from her. I don't believe for a second that this week is the first time anyone has ever told her she talks too fast, though.
Jessa Is Shockingly Late And/Or Inappropriate She's supportive of Adam's television debut, and then when Adam steals a kiss she peaces out. I actually have no quarrel with Jessa this week. Which is pretty sketchy.
What The Eff Is Hannah Wearing? I like her blouse with the alphabet all over it, especially if that's the entire extent to which she's going to be a woman of letters from now on.
Hannah Takes a Backhanded Compliment As a Sincere One Elijah assures her, "Hannah, you're still Fran."
Hannah Is Consciously Embarrassed Not so much, no. She's not even embarrassed for Fran, and good on her for it.
Hannah Probably Should Be Embarrassed But Isn't Posing naked on a couch at Ray's while he takes cell phone pictures of her for Fran and Elijah holds up a filmy drapery for "privacy"? What could be embarrassing about that, other than everything?
Adam Needs A Safe Word
Quit trying to kiss Jessa, already, Adam. It's creepy and she's not worth it.
Someone Bitches About Hannah In Her Absence Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose.
Commentary On Modern Communications Technology/Techniques Obviously there's the whole B plot of Fran's archive of sexts. Plus there are not one but two intercontinental Skype calls, one of which accidentally features a man's wang in the background. Watch where your webcams are pointed, kids.
Hannah Keeps Talking When She Should Maybe Stop In fact, maybe she should have told Fran that the pics on his phone were still bothering her before they were in mid-coitus.
Shut Up, Ray Ray is more helpful and supportive to his weirdo friends than may be strictly called for. He compliments Adam's overly mannered acting after seeing it on TV, and also serves as photographer when Hannah decides she wants to update Fran's collection of boudoir shots. Where he loses me is his announcement that he's been trying to get thirteen hours of sleep a night. Jeez, Ray, people on Big Brother don’t sleep that much.
Conversation Interrupted By A "Surprise" Kiss Adam is supposedly trying to show Jessa a haiku he wrote on the ceiling as an excuse to get close enough to her for a kiss. Jessa is somehow surprised when he goes in for it, but nobody who's watching is.
Hannah Has No Practical Job Skills Not specifically, but we can add nude model to her growing list of non-vocations.
Hannah Blows Up A Current Or Potential Revenue Stream She's kind of too busy blowing up her relationship.
Appearance Of One Or More Familiar Guest Actors While Aidy Bryant and Jason Ritter return as Shosh's soon-to-be-ex-employer and soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend, respectively, Lucy Liu gets top guest billing as the lead in Adam's TV gig. Shosh also gets to check out a tight rock band called FLiP. I'm not knowledgeable enough about Japanese actors to say more, but they are certainly well-represented in numbers.
Hannah Is A Voice Of A Generation "I've worked very, very hard to overcome the challenges of my non-traditional body type and accept myself for who I am. I'm not going to be edged out of my own life by girls who don't even have any interesting fat deposits on them."
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