It's a self-destructive week as opportunities and privileges are pissed away.
While Hannah is facing the possibility that maybe she's not a writer after all -- which, welcome to reality, Sunshine -- just like she did at GQ, she demonstrates how great she is in group settings. Specifically, how great she is at torpedoing everyone around her in a self-destructive verbal death-blossom. Nice work if you can get it, but it seems like a tough skill to monetize.
Not that Hannah's the only one shitting the bed. Shoshanna cheerfully blows up a perfectly good job interview, and Jessa gets both herself and her AA buddy Adam arrested after copping a squat to irrigate the gutter. The only ones taking a step in the right direction are Marnie, who puts her foot down with Desi; and Ray, who inspires her to do it. (Ray also bails Jessa and Adam out of jail, but nobody's perfect.)
So do additional scenes in New York make this a Girls-ier episode of Girls than last week? Let's whizz through the list.
|Someone Gets Naked||Jessa displays her ass to Hannah over Skype, possibly absentmindedly. Because who would do that on purpose? Well, Jessa would, obviously. Also, Elijah's new photography hobby -- actually outwardly-directed selfies -- empowers him to get people to flash their "diminutive little nips" at him.|
|Scene In A Bathroom In Which Someone Is Performing An Actual Bathroom Function||The opposite, in fact: when Jessa relieves herself, there is a total, conspicuous, and illegal lack of bathroom around her.|
|Shoshanna Flips Out||She's quite calm and collected as she tells a potential employer that the job interview they just concluded was for practice. We'll see if that holds up when she discovers she doesn't have the kind of prospects that allow her to do that.|
|Jessa Is Shockingly Late and/or Inappropriate||I already mentioned the ass-Skyping and the street-pissing, right? Should we get into how she volunteered to be a recovering crackhead's higher power?|
|What The Eff Is Hannah Wearing?||A sweater vest with "H"es all over it?
Is she Laverne DeFazio through a kaleidoscope now?
|Hannah Takes a Backhanded Compliment As a Sincere One||Someone would have to give her any kind of compliment at all.|
|Hannah Is Consciously Embarrassed||Early in the "poet party," she's feeling self-conscious because the other students from her program are all there. She finds a way to deal with that, though.|
|Hannah Probably Should Be Embarrassed But Isn't||She's actually pretty proud of having made brownies from scratch, using "only a mix."|
|Shirtless Adam||He's hanging out with Jessa at AA meetings and offering to spend her sober-birthday with her, so it's probably just as well that he stays covered.|
|Adam Needs A Safe Word||Although, given that he and Jessa end up on the verge of making a date, it's probably better for everyone that she gets them collared by the NYPD instead.|
|Someone Bitches About Hannah In Her Absence||Adam complains to Jessa that the increased rarity of her conversations with Hannah hasn't made them any less banal. Normally I wonder what Hannah expects from Adam, but now it's vice versa.|
|Commentary On Modern Communications Technology/Techniques||I did mention the ass-Skyping, right?|
|Hannah Keeps Talking When She Should Maybe Stop||Hannah might feel ganged up on, but becoming the Jeffrey Ross of the Iowa Writers' Workshop isn't the answer.|
|Shut Up, Ray||On the contrary, he not only tells Marnie the hard truth about Desi, he does it in a way that ends up with Marnie in his lap. And then, after bailing Jess and Adam out of jail, he gives them a well-deserved dressing-down. I may have to change this category soon.|
|Conversation Interrupted By A "Surprise" Kiss||When Ray tells Marnie that Desi's biggest character flaw is failing to choose her, the ensuing face-sucking is not a surprise. Hence the scare-quotes.|
|Hannah Has No Practical Job Skills||While procrastination is a vital part of any career, it should only be a part.|
|Hannah Blows Up A Current Or Potential Revenue Stream||It's hard to say whether her outburst has anything to do with her triple-locked bike getting stolen again, but we shouldn't rule it out. However, she is able to hitch a ride home on a Mennonite's buckboard, so...?|
|Hannah Talks About Her Writing||Hannah resents being pigeonholed as "Fifty Shades Girl," as anyone would. Unfortunately, she quickly turns her critical eye outward. Unfortunately for her, that is. I think her classmates will survive.|
|Appearance Of One Or More Familiar Guest Actors||Hannah's classmates are starting to look familiar, but only because we met them last week.|
|Hannah Is A Voice Of A Generation||"Everybody's saying it's such a gift, you know, to have all this time to write, but then how come the only thing I want to do is Google the one month where Woody Harrelson and Glenn Close were a couple?"|
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