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Girls Season 2 Episode 6

by February 19, 2013
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Flurt! writers Danielle and Athena review this week’s episodes of Girls.

Danielle:
Episode 5 left off with Hannah returning back to reality from her dreamlike 24 hours with Joshua. This episode started off with Hannah getting an ebook deal. The catch was that she has a month to write it.

Athena:
Okay so Hannah and the ebook. I agree with Jessa on this – it’s not going to turn out the way Hannah thinks it will. And a month is ridiculous. Who can write like that? Except maybe Stephen “neurotic” King.

Danielle:
What is she actually writing about? Do we find out? I thought it was ridiculous that she has stickers on her Macbook. Those suckers are expensive. That’s like putting stickers on your sports car.
And yeah, Coke-filled Stephen King.

Athena:
I wish there was more on the ebook. Who was that guy? How did Hannah get his attention? What is she writing about? There could have been more there.

Athena:
I loved that this episode was very disillusioning about the men. And I think Marnie and Hannah are getting close to a turning point in regards to their relationship. Maybe Marnie will gain some self-awareness, which she seems to lack.

Danielle:
I think this episode wasn’t so much disillusionment as an attempt to add depth to Adam and Ray. Until now we’ve seen them as marginal characters and there hasn’t been a lot of depth. I mean we know Adam is kind of messed up, and Ray is homeless but we got to see 2 men reaching out to each other. They talked about their relationships and we got to see some of the contradictory feelings that he has about her. There was this moment what he said, “she was accepting of my brand of difficult;” I loved that. I think in our 20s we really expect that people should be ‘putting up with us’ because we can be a bit myopic.

Athena:
Yeah I did love the depth it added. With the disillusionment I was referring to Boothe Jonathan too, and kind of building on the end of the last episode and the ending between her and Joshua.

Danielle:
Ugh Booth Jonathan – I never had any illusions about him. He’s such a carefully constructed individual that it’s no wonder he hates his friends they hold up a mirror for all the false affectations about being an artist that he clings too. Sweet truths!

Athena:
Yeah I was definitely hoping him and Marnie would break up from the start. I think that scene could potentially push Marnie forward in regards to the men in her life and the choices she makes. She’s definitely in limbo between her break up, moving out and losing her job.
I tend to dislike the view that Girls encompasses all 20-something experiences and that Lena is the voice of our generation. But I agree I also loved that line by Adam. There are some great observations there. Somewhere between reaching out and pushing away, everyone kind of seemed adrift in this episode.

Danielle:
I agree it wraps up all 20-somethings into one neatly packaged pathology. My boss said she was gaining perspectives on millennials and I was like, we are not all like that! But we are like some of the attributes.
At the end, I’m not sure the gurls were bonding. They’ve made a conscious decision to lie to one another about there lives, and I’m wondering if that is going to lead them away from each other.

Athena:
No definitely not bonding. Growing apart for sure.
That is what I love about this show. Sometimes it seems to perfectly capture the feeling of being 20-something. Not necessarily the experiences, but the psychology and the emotion behind it. The second season is doing a better job than the first. In the first I felt like there were moments where they seemed too shallow or too naive for their age. But this season i much more honest and raw.

Danielle:
Exactly. I agree that everyone did seem adrift in this episode…even the journey to the island was a metaphor for Ray and Adam. But instead of an adventure that cemented their friendship they both just ended up alone. What did you think of the end?

Athena:
I have mixed feelings about it, which could be cleared up in the next few episodes if they continue to develop Ray and his relationship with Shosh. On one hand, he’s obviously lonely and knows he’s not living his life to the fullest. It was good that they built on the emotions he began to express on the train station. And I loved that they had him being so emotional, yet not open about it (he wasn’t in the most public place, he was hiding his face and not looking at the dog). I even get why he continued to follow and argue with that girl – he’s feeling low and wants affirmation that he’s pathetic. At the same time something was missing. It wasn’t the same as watching Hannah spill her guts to Joshua in the previous episode. But I can’t quite pinpoint what was absent. Know what I mean?

Danielle:
Yeah I do know what you mean. There is something about Ray’s motivation as a character that hasn’t been revealed to the audience. The ending said to me: Stick with dogs as they are better friends.

Athena:
Haha, I really hope he keeps the dog! Sounds good to me!

What did you think of this week’s episode of Girls? Let us know in the comments below.


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