Hannah lands a book deal, well an e-book deal which is kind of like a real book deal except she has a month to get it done. It’ll be interesting to see if she gets it done and where it leads her, since she’s not exactly the most disciplined worker we know.
Even after Ray‘s heartfelt loser admission two weeks ago, Shoshanna is still dead-set on making him her own personal fix-it project. Can you picture Ray at a Learning Annex class on how to “make yourself happy every day of your life” and listening to Donald Trump lecture? Note to Lena Dunham: I want to see this.
Another reason to adore Ray: Ray loves Little Women. Hannah borrowed his personal copy and left it in Adam‘s apartment. He cherishes the book so much because his aunt wrote “a bunch of shit” in the back of it just for him. Hannah refuses to go to Adam’s apartment and retrieve it for him because she’s still afraid Adam might kill her, and Shosh declares that it’s Ray’s “duty as a man” to go and get his copy of Little Women. (In case you were wondering, Ray declares himself a “Marmie” but Hannah rebuffs this notion by telling him he’s the “absent March patriarch.” I cannot express enough how much I loved this entire exchange.) At this point, we know a Ray/Adam confrontation is going to occur. What I did not see coming was the Staten Island bonding sesh the episode turned into.
While Ray accepts his mission to go to Adam’s apartment/hipster manhole of death, Marnie is romping around Booth Johnathon’s apartment, her lust-filled admiration crush still in effect. I’m glad it looks like the Booth Johnathon storyline has come to a conclusion, because we all knew Marnie would end up hurt because when you can’t be in denial about something anymore, it hurts; and Booth would still be small and smug. Long story short, Marnie thought she was Booth’s “girlfriend” even though there were a million red flags suggesting she wasn’t, and Booth accuses her of only being fascinated by the idea of him and not really in love with the “real” him. I know we’re supposed to sympathize with Marnie this season, and while it’s nice to see a perfect girl with a perfect life suddenly face a series of non-perfect life events, I’m bored by it already. Now back to Adam and Ray!
Ray is inside Adam’s apartment with an Angry Adam, whose erratic behavior isn’t nearly as attractive to Ray as it is to Hannah. Adam says his copy of Little Women, “that book with a bunch of shit written in it” is in the bathroom because “Hannah probably read it while taking a dump.” When Ray opens the bathroom door, he’s greeted by a Satanic Dog From Hell, which Adam admitted to stealing and aptly named “Dog.” Of course. Right. So somehow the unlikely duo of Ray and Adam hatch a plan to return to dog to its rightful owner after Ray convinces Adam that dogs are like children to some people (or better than children, but I digress). The dog hails from Staten Island, so the two set off on their rogue adventure together.
Ray’s thoughts on Staten Island: “All of these people want to live on Manhattan, so they live on this fucked-upped little island.” It all seems like it’s going well and that the boys have a lot more in common than they (or we, for that matter) realized but because it’s Adam and Ray we’re talking about here, it doesn’t end well. Adam has one of his crazy anger meltdowns after they get into a debate about Hannah, and abandons Ray on Staten Island with Dog. (Sidenote: was anyone else disturbed by the sock muzzle this dog had to wear for the duration of the episode?)
Ray tries and fails to pass off Dog to his origninal owner, and is left sitting next to Dog on a bench on Staten Island, overlooking the NYC skyline while engaging is some major self-loathing. Poor Ray.
While I thought last week’s episode spurred some interesting dialogue with its fans and non-fans, this week was a welcome change. The best episodes are those that include all four girls and their individual stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed a little focus on the boys of Girls.