Adam and Hannah’s Fight
Here’s another development that I fully bought into: Adam has finally decided that not only does he like Hannah, but he loves her. But when she’s (understandably) not on the same page as him, he loses his shit and rails on her for being selfish and cruel. Their fight rang so true for me because it unflinchingly illustrated how insecure our generation is. Partly because we have The New York Times writing articles about how emotionally stunted we are, partly because of the economy, partly because of our own pressures, we hold ourselves to impossible standards. With our psychodramas laid out so publicly on social media, we’ve fashioned a weird, self-loathing humility where we’re compelled to constantly put ourselves down.
Adam takes Hannah to task for loving herself so much, even as she protests that she doesn’t love herself. The distinction is this: Hannah is clearly obsessed with herself, but it’s ruthless self-criticism that she’s untalented, overweight, and uncool. Lena Dunham did a smart thing by heaping compliments on her semi-autobiographical character, but never having her TV self actually utter these.
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Marnie’s Love Life
Am I the only one who found Marnie and Charlie‘s awkward joking about ex sex so touching? The previews kept playing up the idea that a more carefree Marnie would gladly fuck her ex while his new girlfriend was out of town, but it turns out he’s the one who first suggests that they go fool around in the bathroom. You can tell that they’re both a step away from actually doing it, before Marnie loses her nerve and laughs that he must be joking. Poor Charlie has no choice but to play it off as well.
But that doesn’t mean that Marnie ends the season alone. Maybe spurred on by Jessa making it work with Thomas John, she instead flirts with the ordained minister—perhaps the most painfully awkward adult male on this show, played by SNL‘s Bobby Moynihan. He flirts with her over the cake but very quickly ends up basically confessing that he’d love to smear cake all over her naked body. Even Thomas John had more game than this! But instead of sneer at him, Marnie kisses him instead. Just in time for Charlie to come out and see them.
Adam Gets Hit By A Car
It’s fascinating how we’ve refined 100% realistic 3-D technology, and yet in 2012 you can still tell when a character is about to get hit by a moving vehicle. I don’t know the technical term for it, but the camera angle shifts the moment before the stunt car comes from off-frame to clip the actor, and it ruins it every time for me. Seriously, rewatch that scene.
Much as I was swayed by Adam’s love declaration, him pulling yet another 180 and calling Hannah a “monster” when he was being wheeled away in the ambulance was so unrealistic. But at least it gave us…
The Ending Sequence
Falling asleep on the train and riding it to the very end, and getting your purse stolen along the way—now that’s the quintessential Millennial New York City experience. Hannah totters off the F train at God-knows-what-hour and wanders barefoot to Coney Island, where she sits in the sand eating her piece of wedding cake. It’s a throwback to the jarring shot of Hannah munching on a cupcake in the shower from the pilot, but it’s clear that in the intervening episodes she’s matured somewhat. Plus, for a show crammed with dialogue and snappy jokes, this wordless sequence was gorgeous.
I can’t wait for season 2! So, Crushable readers—what did you think of Jessa’s wedding and all the baggage that came with it?