Girls: It’s Back Season 2 Episode 8 Review

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This week’s Girls was the strongest episode of season 2. We got an in depth look at every character this week in a really different way. (Every character sans Jessa, who’s still MIA.)

The only shaky storyline of the episode was Shoshanna’s. She realizes that she’s been spending all her time with Ray, and when he refuses to join her at her friend’s party, she shows up alone. It doesn’t go well, she tries to vent to her uninterested friend about how suffocated she feels. She ends up trying to leave, but talking to the handsome doorman of her friend’s building. They have an odd flirtation, and end up making out in the mail room. It’s unclear where Ray and Shoshanna’s relationship is going at this point.

A relationship that’s clearly over is Charlie and Marnie’s. She shows up at his new office looking like a mess, especially next to him. He sold an app that forbids you from calling people and has become super successful, inspired by Marnie. It’s truly starting to sink in how much of a mess her life is. Ray, being uncharacteristically supportive, asks her what her dream is, and she confesses she wants to sing. Allison Williams actually has a beautiful voice. A dream of being a singer seems so far out there for Marnie, who’s always been the most practical of the group, but it might have more potential than anything else she’s tried so far.

Adam’s reappearance this week was refreshing for several reasons. For one thing, as talented as this ensemble cast is, Adam Driver is far and away the best actor. And Adam is one of the most complicated and compelling characters. After Hannah rejects another one of his phone calls, he talks about her at an AA meeting, and it’s clear how wounded he is from the demise of their relationship. After hearing his story, a quirky woman in his AA group sets him up with her daughter, Natalia. She ends up being not only beautiful, but interesting and easy to talk to. I’m really finding myself rooting for Adam to be happy at this point.

Hannah’s parents are in town, and the visit turns out to be very timely. We learn that Hannah had severe OCD in high school, and it’s reemerging. They take her to a therapist, and Hannah tells him about her problems in high school, her anxiety over writing her book, and her breakup with Adam. She pinpoints the feeling that nearly everyone has after a breakup, that she can’t tell if he’s the best person in the world or the worst and needs time to figure out which. I don’t know why that struck me so much, as it was far from the most articulate line on the show, but it’s such a simple and true sentiment. In the end, the therapist prescribes Hannah medicine, and both she and her parents are still ill at ease because she’s clearly not well.

This episode provided the most intimate looks we’ve gotten at both Hannah and Adam’s characters. Watching Adam in AA and Hannah in her therapy session were two totally candid, heartfelt, vulnerable scenes. They were far more intimate than any of the nudity and sex scenes. Both of them seem so emotionally stripped down, and while Adam seems to be bouncing back a little bit getting back into dating, it’ll be interesting to see if and how Hannah recovers. I loved the approach this season has taken to each individual character, and with only two episodes left I can’t wait to see where they’ll end up by the season’s end. Grade: A

By: Meghan Coan


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