One Of The Girls Steps Out

Marnie figures out what we've known all along, in the most inadvisable way possible.

When we and Marnie last saw Charlie, he was a successful tech entrepreneur and she was a messed-up chick with no idea what she wanted. Some things change (Charlie is now a disreputable-looking character with even more disreputable-looking friends and some kind of "street" voice he never had before), and some things don't (Marnie is still Marnie).

But let's back up. Marnie's feeling trapped with Desi, in case the symbolism of their unfinished wall studs resembling a cage is too subtle for you. Escaping into the city, she has a chance encounter with the former love of her life, Charlie. Maybe you remember him? He used to be on the show and everything. After a cursory air-clearing, she ends up leaping full-on into an extended fantasy date with him. If your fantasy includes hanging out with a drug dealer, following him to some high-end party in a dress he just bought you with a wad of cash, scamming several hundred bucks off some gross old dude who thinks you're a prostitute, nearly getting lost at sea in the Central Park Reservoir, being mugged at gunpoint, and spending the night in a filthy flophouse is your fantasy. Whether it is or not, it's still better than being with Desi, and I think that's something we can all agree on. Marnie seems fully prepared to abscond forever with Charlie -- that is, until she discovers a needle in his jeans. Even she isn't starry-eyed enough to believe that he's diabetic.

But if a new life with Charlie is a non-starter, so is going back to Desi. Still, she does -- barefoot, broke, and in possession of nothing but the glittery gown on her bony back -- and tells him it's over. There aren't the histrionics one might expect from Desi; maybe one histrionic. Marnie packs some stuff and heads over to Hannah's, and that's it. In case you're wanting an update on the other Girls, too bad.

So how Girls-y can a Girls episode be when it's only about one Girl? Let's check the checklist.

Girls-y Element Present?
Someone Gets Naked However, since it's Allison Williams, it's framed PG-style.
Scene In A Bathroom In Which Someone Is Performing An Actual Bathroom Function This one comes roaring back, as Marnie has to shower in the communal bathroom in Charlie's tenement.
Shoshanna Flips Out
Let's hope not, since she's probably in a plane over the ocean right now. Not that there's any sign of her.
Jessa Is Shockingly Late And/Or Inappropriate Marnie's got it covered.
What The Eff Is Hannah Wearing She's not even seen out of bed in this episode.
Hannah Is Consciously Embarrassed See above.
Hannah Probably Should Be Embarrassed But Isn't See above, again.
Hannah Takes a Backhanded Compliment As a Sincere One Seriously, Hannah is only seen in the last thirty seconds of the episode, and she's asleep. We are out of sweet rolls!
Adam Needs A Safe Word
Not on The Marnie Show, he doesn't.
Someone Bitches About Hannah In Her Absence Marnie's giving her self-absorption free rein. She's not thinking about Hannah, let alone bitching about her.
Commentary On Modern Communications Technology/Techniques Since this episode is pretty much about Marnie dropping out of the world, communication would defeat the purpose. Those are some pretty swanky headphones she's rocking, though.
Hannah Keeps Talking When She Should Maybe Stop She doesn't say a word when Marnie crawls into bed with her and Fran. Almost as if she's been expecting it.
Shut Up, Ray Ray's not around, but his reaction to this week's developments could be interesting.
Conversation Interrupted By A "Surprise" Kiss Charlie and Marnie aren't really talking when the kiss in the rowboat, but then the kiss is interrupted by a "surprise" dunking in the pond.
Hannah Has No Practical Job Skills She's an excellent sleeper.
Hannah Blows Up A Current Or Potential Revenue Stream This is something she can probably do in her sleep, but she'd need more time than this episode gives her.
Appearance Of One Or More Familiar Guest Actors Well...there's Christopher Abbott as Charlie. Does he count?
Hannah Is A Voice Of A Generation "Zzzzzzzzz."
4 / 18
Final Score
A John Hughes remake of Eyes Wide Shut
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