Screens: HBO

Scenes From A Breakup

Adam accomplishes the impossible: making us feel bad for Hannah.

Now that Hannah has come home to find Adam with another woman, it's no surprise that the whole episode is going to have to deal with that -- even if Hannah doesn't, or not very well, anyway. The structure of the episode is pretty straightforward: after Hannah's initial shock, her variously horrible friends come by to help her get through it. That cycle starts and ends with Adam, but the win actually goes to Marnie. The "cell phone diet" that places her out of Hannah's reach at the start of the crisis is probably a good thing, because it means that Hannah doesn't hear Marnie's advice until she's ready to. That advice? It's time for Hannah to let Adam go. And I know Hannah wouldn't have listened before then because she hasn't listened for the last 3.4 seasons.

So does the death of Hannah's relationship compare to past TV deaths? Or is it more like the death of hope we experience most Sunday nights on HBO? Let's run the checklist and find out.

Girls-y Element Present?
Someone Gets Naked Hannah dropping her pants to pee in a metal trash can so that she doesn't have to leave her bedroom doesn't really count.
Scene In A Bathroom In Which Someone Is Performing An Actual Bathroom Function See above. Also, Hannah hides in the bathroom pretending to take a shower to avoid Marnie, which doesn't fool Marnie for a moment because Hannah is not Desi.
Shoshanna Flips Out She's righteously unimpressed with Adam and reasonably supportive of Hannah, and doesn't even get that mad when Hannah dismisses her with a blind tit-kick.
Jessa Is Shockingly Late and/or Inappropriate Oh my God, what an asshole. Jessa matter-of-factly informs Hannah that she was the one who set Adam up with Mimi-Rose; says this is good because Adam is opening up more in AA; and when Hannah quite understandably slugs her for being condescending about it, Jessa has the nerve to hit her back, harder and on the head. When Jessa storms out, I sincerely hope she doesn't come back.
What The Eff Is Hannah Wearing? It would seem like piling on to criticize the veggie-salad shirt Hannah is wearing when she says goodbye to Adam.


Besides, I actually kind of dig it.

Hannah Takes a Backhanded Compliment As a Sincere One While Adam's sister Caroline says that Hannah was perfect for Adam because she's the kind of lost, broken loser that Adam needs to take care of, Hannah is in no mood to appreciate it.
Hannah Is Consciously Embarrassed Disoriented, confused, betrayed, angry...embarrassed is actually pretty far down the list.
Hannah Probably Should Be Embarrassed But Isn't But really, peeing in a trash can?
Shirtless Adam In fact, it may be time to retire this category.
Adam Needs A Safe Word This one too, depending on what happens in Star Wars Episode VII.
Someone Bitches About Hannah In Her Absence Although Hannah is in almost every scene, she's not in the one in which Adam tells Mimi-Rose that Hannah is "stubborn as fuck and she likes to be in bed a lot."
Commentary On Modern Communications Technology/Techniques Googling your ex's new love isn't unusual, but getting a YouTube hit probably is. Or is it? I don't know, I've been married since before YouTube. And Google.
Hannah Keeps Talking When She Should Maybe Stop Giving her a pass this week.
Shut Up, Ray Ray unfortunately uses his shift with Hannah to mount his recent traffic-light hobbyhorse instead of paying attention to her, but he makes up for it by referring to Desi as a "Mumford or son."
Conversation Interrupted By A "Surprise" Kiss And thank God, too. If Hannah had latched onto Ray I don't know which of us would have been more horrified.
Hannah Has No Practical Job Skills Not really relevant at the moment, is it? Besides, she ends up sleeping in a storage space on someone else's dime, so she's practically a kept woman.
Hannah Blows Up A Current Or Potential Revenue Stream It's not really her fault that there's a half-finished archway in her apartment.
Hannah Talks About Her Writing She does make a passing reference to having figured out what she wants to be, but that's left hanging for the moment. I just hope it's something other than a writer.
Appearance Of One Or More Familiar Guest Actors In this fairly intimate installment, the only guest actors are familiar: Gillian Jacobs, Jon Glaser, and Gaby Hoffman.
Hannah Is A Voice Of A Generation If so, that's a pretty miserable generation.
5 / 20
Final Score
Country song set in Brooklyn
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