Girls: I Get Ideas Review

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How Girls can deliver shockingly true to life episodes week after week is the most incredible thing about this show, and this episode was one of the most real and relatable that they’ve delivered so far.

George breaks up with Elijah, less because of his indiscretion with Marnie and more because of the immaturity and confusion that tryst indicated. Elijah is one hundred percent resolved not to tell Hannah about it, and we get another taste of the brilliant chemistry between Andrew Rannells and Allison Williams when he ensures that Marnie is going to keep it a secret as well.

This week finds Marnie searching for a new job. She has an interview with a museum curator, portrayed by Lena Dunham’s mother Laurie Simmons, who tells her that she doesn’t see her in the art world. Marnie sans direction is pretty captivating to watch. She ends up finding a “pretty person job” as a hostess.

Ray and Shoshanna have one short scene together, in bed discussing washing a pig. It’s as strange as it sounds, but their relationship is quirky and adorable and seems to make sense.

We get to catch up with Jessa this week, fresh from her honeymoon with Thomas John. It’s hard to tell where their relationship will go this season, how genuine either of their happiness is in this whirlwind marriage, but I’m surprised to see how natural they made it appear this week.

The chat in the park between Jessa and Hannah in the park was one of my favorite parts of the episode. Hannah tells Jessa that Sandy is a Republican, and while we saw early in the episode what a huge problem that was for Elijah, Jessa’s real problem with Sandy is his reluctance to read Hannah’s essay because Hannah’s writing is such an extension of who she is. (Jessa also schools Hannah on the Glass Steagall Act which seemed so out of character yet so wonderful.)

Naturally, Hannah confronts Sandy. Not just about her essay, which he essentially tells her is well written but lacks substance, but about his political beliefs. The discussion that ensues pretty perfectly encapsulates the sometimes ridiculous notions about politics in our generation. In a nutshell, Hannah is baffled that Sandy can be a young black Republican, but not as baffled as Sandy is when Hannah says she never even thought about him being black. They break up in a somewhat abrupt manner. It was another uncomfortably real conversation, and that is the kind of situation Girls is best at portraying. Uncomfortably real.

Her breakup with Sandy isn’t the only obstacle Hannah faced this week though. After sending her a series of terrifyingly depressed music videos about his heartbreak, Adam takes it upon himself to visit Hannah inside her apartment. Him demanding milk was funny, but what struck a chord with me was Adam tearing up when Hannah makes it crystal clear that it’s over between them. Seeing Adam, the usually stoic borderline sociopath, display that sort of raw emotion was jarring and surprisingly moving. It was short lived though, because Hannah had halfheartedly called 911, but let it ring long enough for police to show up. And arrest Adam for unpaid parking tickets and an outstanding warrant for public urination.

This episode was the epitome of why this show is the only on television that truly understands an entire generation. Politics, employment, self-image, friendships, relationships…it’s all complicated for us. And Girls gets all that, and portrays it in a way no other show is capable of. The writing is definitely the show’s strongest suit, but this episode in particular was one of the best, every single line was well thought and memorable. Jennni Konner and Lena Dunham truly are the greatest writing team we’ve seen in a long time. Grade: A

By: Meghan Coan

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