This is an episode about Hannah, and not about Hannah and her boyfriend Adam, or about Hannah and her parents, it’s just about Hannah.
It starts out at a book party for a girl, Tally, who Hannah knows from college. Hannah is jealous of Tally’s success, and Tally uses the opportunity to dish out some backhanded compliments to Hannah. Then Hannah meets her former writing professor, Professor Goldman, who is played by 46-year-old Michael Imperioli, yes, that’s Chris Molitisanti from the Sopranos, and I also enjoyed his role as Detective Ray Carling in Life on Mars. He’s also the best actor to ever appear in Girls. Professor Goldman invites Hannah to a reading.
In the next Hannah scene, she shows up for her first day of work at Ray’s coffee shop. Ray acts sort of like a dick to her. This is surprising, because I thought Ray was a good guy. I also thought Ray and Shoshanna would get together, but that apparently never happened, because Shoshanna went on a J-Date with someone who we don’t get to see. And while we are talking about the non-Hannah parts of this episode, the mom whose kids Jessa used to watch comes to pay her a visit, and alternatively begs her to come back to work and expresses her anger with her for possibly contributing to the wrecking of their marriage.
Because Ray, who doesn’t appear to have Hannah’s best interests at heart, convinces Hannah that the essay she has chosen to read is a bad selection, Hannah writes a really crappy essay about meeting some guy on IM, and then finding out that he’s dead and reads that. This is probably supposed to demonstrate that Hannah hates herself so she deliberately sabotages her chance of success.
Then Hannah returns to her apartment where she has a big argument with Marnie who strangely looks better when she’s not wearing a bunch of makeup. As much as I dislike Marnie, I found myself agreeing more with Marnie than with Hannah. I hope that’s not because Marnie is tall and beautiful while Hannah is overweight and dumpy and has ugly tattoos. Interestingly, this episode made more of a point than any other of showing how bad Hannah looks. The episode ends with the girls telling each other they no longer want to be roommates. Where will Hannah live without money?
While I enjoyed this episode for seeing how the characters arcs are progressing, I agree with the commenters that this show becoming more a soap opera and less biting social commentary. And this will probably be the last good season, because next season they will have to introduce a lot of unrealistic minority characters because the show is too white.
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It occurs to me that Shoshanna is probably in this series only for comic relief, and that Lena Dunham doesn’t think that a girl like Shoshanna, a Jappy virgin non-hipster, is worthy of being explored more deeply.