Telediciton: “Girls,” What Are You Doing To Me?

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I’m really trying not to be a downer, but it’s hard when you review “Girls” every week. I was also reminded by AMC that “The Walking Dead” will be returning tonight. For a while, I had some peace thinking that I wouldn’t have to deal with the show until next year. On this plus side, the Netflix original series “House of Cards” returns on Valentines Day! That’s so unromantic, but ultimately worth all the chocolate consumed while binge-watching the entire season in one sitting. As promised, I’ll review each episode of the political drama on here so be patient – or not (Just come back if you want to read what I thought.).

Let’s pick things up before I rain on your weekend parade …


Girls

To be perfectly honest, I don’t particularly look forward to “Girls” every Sunday. The season seems thematically sound, but it’s stuff we’ve seen before – Hannah being selfish, Marnie needing attention, Jessa: the free-spirit, Shoshanna: the burgeoning wild child. These literary tropes are pushed each week into our understanding of the show that “Girls” may be falling into a rut. While always a show where characters come first, how far can “Girls” go by marginalizing plot? We’re left in the dark as to what happens to each girl for the majority of her life in the time span of one episode and yet we’re supposed to care each week about their developments.

This week, Hannah continues to fret about her book at David’s funeral. She manages to take selfish to new levels when she inappropriately asks David’s wife for career contacts in the midst of her grieving.

Marnie transfers her affection to a kitten she picked up out of some kids backpack. Whatever this means (probably nothing), it’s irrelevant in the short time frame of the show. Marnie has a greater adventure when she shows up at Ray’s and asks him to tell her everything that’s wrong with her. “Girls” does this a couple of times throughout their seasons – that is, they have someone vocalize the viewers’ thoughts to prove they’re concrete and on the right path.

Ray tells Marnie: “You come across like you’re better than everyone and want no part of their lives, and when you’re excluded from things you’re outrageously offended and hold on to this grudge. Also you’re unbearably uptight.… You’re a huge fat fucking phony.”

Watching this scene, typically sunken into the couch, I actually said a loud “Oh my God, they’re going to do it. They’re going to do it.” This escalated to a squeal once they were hugging. I can always tell when things like this are going to happen based on the lack of a soundtrack ending the scene and the lingering camera. Then they tease you with a few seconds of silence until it happens. When it’s all over, “Girls” reverts back to its signature awkwardness, until Ray tells her to keep it on the “down low”, and Marnie responds by insulting him and sarcastically asking if he seriously thinks she would advertise what just happened.

People never really change – like Caroline, Adam’s sister, who despite her injection of crazy-thoughtfulness into each episode still has issues with Adam. They spend their days fighting in Hannah’s apartment turning every semblance of peace into a vortex of negativity. Hannah decides to intervene à la Dr.Phil in a comically self-aware performance of how these things are supposed to go. She does a good job though and acknowledges it. She tells Adam she’s not on anyone’s side though to be clear, Adam, “I’m on your side. If I had to pick a side it would be your side. This is something I’m doing for us,” she tells him.

Adam and Caroline continue fighting until the fight reaches its climax when Caroline suggests Adam has repressed sexual feelings for her. In her mind, this is obviously why he is in a relationship with Hannah. Even Hannah looses her Dr. Phil cool here. She throws her hands up in the air, surrendering to the weirdness of a situation she’ll never fix. Caroline then pounces at Adam and they physically hash it out until they end up in an oddly sexual position in front of Hannah.

I can’t help think Hannah would use this material for her memoir. This is gold for her. “We’re having a very real moment over here,” she tells Marnie, refusing to visit her and her cat. But that real moment dies when Hannah simultaneously gets offered a real book deal and has her future crushed when her cousin Rudy, a sandwich lawyer, tells Hannah’s dad that by contract, even though Hannah’s eBook is dead, it is still under the rights of Mill Street Press for three years. Outraged, she tells Caroline back home that she can’t just write another book – this was her memoir. She can’t wait another 25 years wondering if the walls still have asbestos. Hannah’s way of coping is to bring every voice of positivity down with her. She tells her father he is insane for trying three years to conceive Hannah and furthermore, doesn’t care about his medical procedure (surely to come up again this season). She tells Caroline that her story has nothing to do with her because she had something real – a book people wanted to read – and Caroline only had failed remnants of a made-up acting career.

Upon being kicked out, Caroline pulls a Ray and, in a moment of spite, tells Hannah that she will never write anything worth reading because she doesn’t know what real struggle is.

Hannah thinks she does the right thing by kicking Caroline out but physically can’t take it anymore once Adam returns and gets mad at her for doing the one thing he wanted to do since the beginning. It’s another episode of things not working out for Hannah, but isn’t that all of “Girls”?

 

 

 

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Author: Claudia Marina View all posts by
Journalism student at the University of Florida. Sally Draper is my spirit animal. I love writing about TV and how it affects culture. Occasionally I watch bad TV, but reviews make it better.

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