Screen: HBO

Will Hannah Fly In Flyoverland?

Hannah's ongoing fish-out-of-water tale finds another kind of non-water to drop her into.

Hannah's inaugural week as an Iowa grad student is not without hitches, and lots of them. Her apartment is large and cheap, but it's ill-connected and susceptible to bird invasions; she doesn't get how the Midwest works anymore; she's a shitty writer in a graduate writing program; and she's feeling disconnected from her loved ones back home, leaving her vulnerable when Elijah shows up to resume his usual role as her bad-decisions spirit animal. But aside from the appearance of Hannah's gay ex, how Girls-y was this episode of Girls?

GIRLS-y Element Present?
Someone Gets Naked Elijah has a towel around his waist when he emerges unannounced from Hannah's shower. And even Hannah's paint-wrestling opponent at the frat party keeps her bikini on.
Scene In A Bathroom In Which Someone Is Performing An Actual Bathroom Function
Hannah sleeps in her bathroom to escape the bird that flew into her house, and then Elijah gives some frosh a handjob in a frat-house biffy. But that could happen anywhere.
Shoshanna Flips Out
Shosh doesn't know how to handle receiving a collect call, especially when she's trying to watch Scandal. Not that missing the chance to talk to Hannah seems to ruin her evening.
Jessa Is Shockingly Late and/or Inappropriate
All she does is watch Scandal with Shosh, and know marginally more about collect calls.
What The Eff Is Hannah Wearing? Oversleeping the morning of her first class leads to Hannah showing up still in her pink paisley pajama pants, accessorized with a Pepto-pink bike helmet and a mustard-colored sweater and a...Livestrong!
Hannah Takes a Backhanded Compliment As a Sincere One She seems to appreciate it when the star student, flush with praise, magnanimously defends Hannah's right to…be Hannah, I guess. That's literally the nicest thing anyone in class says about her or her story.
Hannah Is Consciously Embarrassed A fellow student's intense gaze forces Hannah to announce, "I'm going to break eye contact with you now."
Hannah Probably Should Be Embarrassed But Isn't When the writing class dismantles her terrible story, she can't seem to stop defending it, contrary to the rules of the class. However, screw her antifeminist classmate in the Hawkeyes sweater who puts me in the position of having to agree with Hannah about something.
Shirtless Adam
Adam may or may not be wearing a shirt this week, wherever he is. We'll never know.
Adam Needs a Safe Word
In fact, he's totally incommunicado. Hannah's pining about it is surprisingly subtle, until she drops some home truths about long-distance relationships on a weepy coed. Or at least Hannah's version of home truths, which by definition will have been distorted by her experiences with Adam.
Someone Bitches About Hannah In Her Absence
No, just right in front of her, during the workshopping of her story in class. In fact, it's less workshopping than behind-the-woodshedding.
Commentary On Modern Communications Technology/Techniques Hannah gives Marnie a Skype-tour of her new place, and then a conversation about their respective dysfunctional romances is interrupted by screen-freeze. Hannah gives up and closes the laptop almost immediately, which is the one decision she makes that I agree with. Later, she discovers that her house is usually a wireless dead zone, which might explain the cheap rent. And while Shosh doesn't know how to accept a collect call, Hannah doesn't really know how to make one either, after her phone breaks.
Hannah Keeps Talking When She Should Maybe Stop She babbles on about how young people thinks she looks when someone teasingly asks her if she's a first-year, and later tries to flirt with an uninterested bookstore cashier, until her credit card fails to work.
Conversation Interrupted By A "Surprise" Kiss Nnnope.
Shut Up, Ray Ray isn't in this episode, but we can assume he's having a better time in New York now that Hannah is no longer there.
Hannah Has No Practical Job Skills However, when a bird flies into her house in the middle of the night, Lena Dunham proves to have limited physical-comedy skills.
Hannah Blows Up A Current Or Potential Revenue Stream Hannah's student lodging is $250 a month for the entire first floor of a pristine Victorian house, so that's good. Unfortunately, she also believes the first person who tells her there's no need to lock up her bike in Iowa, and busts her iPhone while allegedly "creek-walking." Those might not be cheap to replace.
Hannah Talks About Her Writing In writing class, yes, and defensively. And then also at the bar later, also defensively.
Appearance Of One Or More Familiar Guest Actors Hannah's parents get a collect call from Hannah and aren't remotely alarmed by her "casually curious" questions about suicidal urges, and blow her off so they can continue their Scrabble game. Fired SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan is not much more helpful.
Hannah Is A Voice Of A Generation "TMI is such an outdated concept. There's no such thing as too much information. This is the information age!"
9 / 20
Final Score
45%
Girls
55%
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