Timing can be a real bitch. One minute you’re smugly in a long-term relationship, and the next you’re alone, your ex is in love in Rome, and your terminally single best friend is happily enjoying her new boyfriend within earshot.
This is the plight of Marnie, whose certainty that she was the winner of her recent breakup with Charlie has been shaken by an ill-timed Facebook album on her ex’s feed. Couple this with Hannah and Adam’s newly official relationship status and she is in for one long summer. The debut season of GIRLS has hinged on the relationship between Marnie and Hannah as they navigate their changing lives, tastes and opinions. In that spirit, this week we’ve divided the recap into the two sides of young love, blissful and broken.
On the blissful side:
Hannah finally has what she wanted all along—Adam is officially her boyfriend. This means watching childhood home movies in bed, attempting to join his quest for fitness (with ice cream breaks, of course), and of course lots of happy couple sex. It’s the time in a relationship for discovering new things, and we certainly learn a lot of surprising things about Adam—he gives surprisingly earnest relationship advice to despondent Marnie, and is genuinely excited to include Hannah in his life, including inviting her to join him at a rehearsal for the play he is in.
Despite being a devoted wood-worker, Adam is still an actor, and his performance impresses Hannah—until he suddenly quits and storms out. Adam feels that if the play isn’t exactly what he wants it to be, he’ll torch it. His impetuousness is shown again in a screaming altercation with a driver who nearly clips him and Hannah as they cross the street. His bombastic response to things not going how he wants puts a damper on their honeymoon phase.
Another thing that puts a damper on romance? His choice to hop in the shower with Hannah and pee on her, thinking it will lighten the mood. Hannah has always appreciated his puerile sense of humour, but a golden shower isn’t exactly hilarious. Despite his attempts to smooth things over—outfitting Hannah in long-johns that match his own and making her a bedtime snack—their blissful idyll is clearly strained, with Hannah pointing out that he’s “not a very good apologizer.”
As she tries to convince him to rethink the play, it becomes clear that the exact thing Marnie finds so unsettling about Adam—his true blue weirdness—is just what Hannah likes so much. Is this why Hannah and Marnie are growing apart? Marnie is looking for the socially acceptable trappings in a boyfriend: a job, looks, good manners and good taste. Hannah just wants to love a weirdo, and have him love her weirdness back.
On that front, she’s succeeding. Adam wakes her in the middle of the night and drags her into the street to show her what he made for her. He obviously took her criticism about apologies to heart—he has papered an entire wall with homemade “sorry” signs (directed at the driver who he told off earlier in the day), and tells her he will do the play so she can watch him in it. While Adam may not be everyone’s cup of tea, he really seems to be Hannah’s. And possibly ours too. This new side to Adam is weird, awkward and overwhelmingly sweet. Perhaps Hannah saw glimmers of it ages ago, even though from the outside, he seemed hopeless.
And on the broken front:
Marnie’s decision to dump Charlie has rebounded on her. She believed she was the desirable one in the relationship, and now has to face the fact that he already has a new girlfriend (and a couples getaway to Rome), while she is alone and listening to Hannadam’s (new couple name!) disturbing sex talk. It is terrible timing for her best friend to be so completely occupied with her new relationship—Marnie doesn’t really seem to have anyone else. Until Jessa, that is. She arrives looking for Hannah to comfort her over her job loss (I guess the broken nose of her skeevy ex-boss didn’t go unnoticed by his wife), and instead stays to comfort Marnie.
While the two have never been close, they bond over their common ground—poking fun at Hannah. This progresses into Jessa mocking Charlie’s new girlfriend, listing why she admires Marnie, and dragging her out for drinks. Who knew Jessa had it in her to be a good friend? They continue the female bonding ritual with martinis and virginity stories. While they are still making comments about Hannah (and her “teensy breasts”), they seem to be approaching a real sense of friendship.
A round of drinks are sent over by “the guy in the grey suit” and they find themselves approached by a thirty-something venture capitalist, whose “I’m new to the neighbourhood” and “special bottle of wine for a rainy day” lines work instantly with Marnie, and leave Jessa looking bored and dubious. While the Jessa we saw at the start of the season would have had no compunction about taking off and leaving Marnie heading to a stranger’s apartment, new Jessa tags along not wanting her friend to be in a dangerous situation.
Marnie’s wounded ego needs a boost, and the fact that “he looks like he’s a boss” doesn’t hurt. There is nothing she wants more than to be a grown-up woman who appeals to grown-up men, even if the reality is somewhat less shiny than the picture in her head. Much less shiny as the case may be—their new friend Thomas turns out to be an amateur DJ, making mash-ups of songs and random sounds (one terrible example, Len’s “Feel My Sunshine” and the sound of children playing in a field). He is also clearly convinced that a ménage-a-trois is imminent.
Alas, he is stuck on the sidelines while Marnie dives in to kiss Jessa. This seemed less like an actual attraction and more like a forum for the energy that they have both gotten from discovering that they could be friends. Thomas’s attention made Marnie feel good, but the attention she received from Jessa who she has always felt was “too cool” to be her friend spurred Marnie into acting out of character. Poor Thomas is trying to find a way to slide in on the action until an ill-placed wine glass spills on his special carpet.
This unleashes his inner Hulk, with a diatribe beginning with a demand to be “balls deep” in something, anything, followed by a scathing lecture about hard work. While his righteousness may be displaced, he does echo the thoughts of some of the show’s older viewers, questioning whether the girls understand what living and working in the real world is all about. They may not, but they will likely never forget that night, and it seems like they’re on their way to a real friendship, which is a very good start.
The lines we liked best:
1. Jessa: “You look really gorgeous. I love you all stripped down.”
Marnie: “I’ve never been this miserable in my life.”
Jessa: “It’s totally working.”
2. Adam: “I was an amazing child”
Hannah: “Could you fly?”
Adam: “Could you fly?”
Hannah: “No I couldn’t fly, but then again I didn’t have ears that big.”
GIRLS recap, Episode 7: “I can just tell when someone thinks it’s spelled with a ‘c’.”
GIRLS recap, Episode 6: ”I have been dating someone who treats my heart like it’s monkey meat.”
GIRLS recap, Episode 5: “I’ve got a boyfriend. You know what? Adults try things. That’s what I’ve learned.”
GIRLS recap, Episode 4: ““I just want someone who wants to hang out all the time, and thinks I’m the best person in the world.”
GIRLS recap, Episode 3: “How often do you think a guy is looking at you with love eyes, then realize he’s special ed/traveling with a caretaker.”
GIRLS recap, Episode 2: “Obvi! We’re the ladies!”
GIRLS recap, Episode 1: “It doesn’t taste like Twix!”