• Mon, Jan 21 2013

Girls Is Terrible, And Such Small Portions: Well, That Was Fast

donald-gloverEveryone claims to hate Girls, but everyone watches it, even my commie boyfriend. So I figured the above title was appropriate. Like any young, politically minded, Brooklyn-dwelling female, I have a semi-fraught relationship with the show, but I also love it immensely, so let’s dive in.

Elijah tells George he “fucked” Marnie, hence ending their relationship, but he won’t tell Hannah because he knows it would upset her. What this says to me is that he likes to have drama in his love life but not with his friends. Or, conversely: he cares about Hannah more than he cares about George. Or possibly: he thinks Hannah is way more fragile. Did it even really count as sex? He wears it like a weird badge of pride, like being bi would make him special and exciting.

Speaking of which…the way George says “bisexual” is just dripping with disdain.

Adam‘s love songs for Hannah are epically creepy and you know she secretly loves every second of them.

Of course the evil art gallery boss lady is on the damn Blueprint cleanse. Product placement, or product sabotage?

Even though I generally find her to be an exhausting, uptight bitch who hates her friends and tries too hard to fit some preconceived mold of what it means to be a grown-up, I feel kind of bad watching Marnie be told by the worst potential boss ever that she is too square for the art world. Then again: she could stand to stop buying suits the same place as my mom, who only wears them because she is a lawyer and has to.

Hannah can’t even tell Sandy she likes having sex with him without a toothbrush to muffle the sentiment. This does not bode well.

Can we give Shoshanna and Ray a medal for Best TV Couple Of All Time? Their conversation about bathing a pig is just amazing. And the way they deflate Marnie’s looming ego re: actually being a model vs. having a “pretty person job” is aces.

And now it’s time to visit Jessa at The Edge! Fucking finally.

1.) I love how fake Hannah can be with her friends. The mixture of jealousy and judgment lingering just below her shorter-alls-clad surface is palpable. I think we’ve all witnessed this type of thing in our early 20s (or in general)…maybe we’ve even been guilty of it.

2.) Thomas John got Jessa a basket of puppies?! I love their crazy love.

3.) Jessa is supposed to be a beautiful, flighty fool, yet she’s by far the smartest of the group politically. She accurately fingers Bill Clinton for precipitating the financial crisis by killing the Glass-Steagal Act in one breath, then says some dumb shit about astrology the next. In a previous episode, she had the “crazy” idea to unionize New York’s nannies (which would actually be a very positive development if anyone could pull it off), right before losing a whole child. Is this Lena Dunham’s way of getting radical politics onto a mainstream show via their only acceptable vehicle? Or are we supposed to think Jessa’s ideas are naive? Dunham’s widely known to be a bougie Obama liberal, so I’m guessing the latter, but who knows?

And then Jessa says something like “Thomas John looks at my paintings the moment I show them to him,” and all is lost in a sea of mean laughter. It is supposed to be the latter, isn’t it?

OMFG, two characters on Girls are talking about race!

1.) Yes, Sandy’s politics suck. But Hannah has no clear idea why, and this isn’t about that, anyway. It’s about the fact that he didn’t like her essay.

2.) Sandy accuses Hannah of exoticizing him because he’s black, and she says several things in a row that basically amount to “you scan as white to me,” hence making things worse. The line “I don’t live in a world that is separated like that” especially makes me laugh, because duh, yes you do, it’s just more along class lines than color lines, and also, that is something that Stephen Colbert says, in character, to make a point about conservative hypocrisy.

And then Hannah says “you look like a slutty Von Trapp child” to Marnie, and we remember why we put up with her. And then Elijah says “you look like a slutty Von Trapp child” to Marnie, and we wonder how he could ever be confused about his sexuality.

Now that we’ve talked about race, it’s time for Hannah to demonstrate her shitty brand of Liz Lemonism! Marnie has gone and gotten herself a pretty person job, because what young and attractive person in New York city hasn’t wanted to make a ton of money in the service industry, and Hannah is jealous and judgy. Like many “liberal” feminists, she blames the individual women who use their sex appeal to survive in a patriarchal society for bringing all women down, as opposed to a more systemic critique that blames the patriarchy itself. This is painfully, myopically wrong. Maybe she has more in common with Sandy and his Ayn Rand-reading ways than she thinks. (My favorite image of the episode? Hannah snorting “I’m not cashing in on my sexuality” as she eats Cool Whip out of the tub with a spoon.)

But enough talk about politics, for Adam is back and being murder-y in a sexy way. Sure, he was not that nice to Hannah when they were dating, and sure, he should respect her wishes and leave her alone. But to let himself into the house, speak the line “as a man living my man life, my desire for you cannot be repressed,” and then demand a glass of milk before he goes? I can see why Hannah loves this weirdo. Maybe someday they’ll get over themselves enough to feel the same thing at the same time.

And now she has gone and gotten him a night in the tombs, oh dear. And the power balance shifts once again! Tune in next week, when Hannah visits Adam in jail and tries to apologize, and it is her turn to be frozen out by him.

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  • CG

    I think this show would be better viewed all at once. I think I might stop watching every week, and just wait until the end of the season. It’s so weirdly short (as in nothing happens) it seems almost like it should be a web series…

  • Resi

    I really don’t like this show. There is so much whining about problems which aren’t really any and are just self-imposed. I hate something like that. So I stopped watching after the first few episodes.

    Is Donald Glover new in the second season? And how much screen time does he have? Because he would be a reason to watch again.

  • dfelix08

    It was actually Elijah that told Marnie she looked like a slutty Von-Trapp child when he warns her not to tell Hannah about their hook-up

    • jamiepeck

      oh snap, I will fix that

  • Lara

    Spot on! This is the show I want to really like and be obsessed with but can’t quite love it.

  • Candace

    Shoshanna and Ray <3 <3 <3

  • ChrisBaron42

    You are so right about Hanna’s latent jealousy of her friends, and little character traits like that are what makes this show such a revelation. Also the completely irrational way Hannah acts after she calls the cops on Adam was a perfect representation of how the rash decisions we make as 20-somethings don’t take into account the way the world actually works. I missed the show because I was working late a DISH last night, but fortunately I was able to catch up on the ride home. I use the DISH Remote Access App nearly every day on my train ride home to watch the programs that I recorded earlier that evening. Catching up with all of my favorite Girls really makes the time fly!

  • Sitting-pretty

    I absolutely love the show because everybody feels real and at the same time are trying not to be human but be the best of themselves. Except Jessa. That whole marriage thing is going somewhere but I really can’t work out how it will ultimately end. Also agreed episodes far too short and most definitely need a film. And also heart Adam for doing complete character turn around and being a massive werido.

  • Amy

    I just think Girls is hilarious. I laughed this entire episode!

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