GIRLS recap: Season 2, Episode 8 & the lines we liked best
GIRLS Season 2, Episode 8
One of the shocking lessons of your early twenties is that success doesn’t often feel the way you think it will, both for you or the people in your life. Success doesn’t wave the magic wand over your whole life, and often the thing you’ve been dreaming of brings expectations in equal measure with joy. This is what the Girls are in for now.
Hannah Hannah’s neuroses have always seemed more like funny quirks than serious mental health issues, but the stress of her book deal is showing some deeper cracks in her foundation. Namely, as she walks down the street with tears sliding down her cheeks and ignores Adam’s call, she begins looking over her shoulder (his stalkery behavior makes this just good sense) and can’t stop alternating shoulders until she reaches eight times. Same goes for opening and closing the door when she gets home, and eating precisely eight chips. It’s unclear whether this is a new pathology until she meets up with her parents – it takes her mother mere minutes to notice the counting, and their immediate alarm makes it clear that this is a problem from her past. They are at The Carlyle to see Judy Collins, but no one can enjoy the tunes that much since they’re focused on Hannah’s visible counting tic. She denies it, but midway through the performance she is overwhelmed by her anxiety and bolts. Of course as she does she bumps a man’s shoulder and then has to bump it seven more times to make it an even eight. Pretty hard to pretend the OCD isn’t back now. Her parents drag her to a psychiatrist (the perfectly cast Bob Balaban) to get to the root of her problem, and we get more insight into her past experiences with OCD. In high school it was pretty bad, with a routine that usually took her most of the night to get through and left her exhausted at school. Medication helped, but made her tired so she didn’t want it anymore. It occurs to us that this has been foreshadowed at different points this season, especially in “Another Man’s Trash” when Hannah developed the habit of taking the Grumpy’s trash to other people’s cans. We thought she did it for a cheap thrill, but it seems more that it became a compulsion that she was attracted to for the control it provided. Now the problem, compounded by her continued confusion over the break up with Adam (She’s not sure if he is the best or worst person she knows) and the stress of the impeding deadline for book pages has sent her into a tailspin. When the psychiatrist tells her he has published a book, in fact a very popular series of books, she loses some of the chip on her shoulder and agrees to do whatever he wants if he’ll just tell her parents she is fine. His question is a good one – is she fine, really?
Shosh Shosh has always been part of a more privileged world and the choice to date 33 year-old homeless barista is brought into sharp relief with the rest of her life when they happen Shosh’s friend Rideeka ironically rollerblading (so vintage, since now that means 90’s). She infers that Shosh has been out of the scene lately, due to said boyfriend, and invites them to her “impromptu” that night. “Impromptu” means party apparently, and Shosh is determined to go – she can’t have people think she is dead or missing just because she’s found love. Ray draws his own line in the sand, declaring that he won’t attend a college party as a grown man. It’s creepy. We concur, but Shosh doesn’t and off she storms, even faster than Rideeka tottered off on her rollerblades. On her way in to the party, Rideeka’s cute doorman flirts with her. Flattering. The party however, leaves something to be desired. Rideeka is the wealthiest Hindi she knows, with the palatial pad to prove it, but all that’s on Shosh’s mind is her troubles. She is “that girl” now – the one who talks about her boyfriend/roomate problems for so long that people can’t stand listening to her. She leaves with a dampened spirit, thinking perhaps she just isn’t a “party person” anymore. What do you know, neither is Hot Doorman. He strikes up a conversation on her way out and after a little light flirting Shosh is making out with him in the mailroom. She has always been such a loyal, trustworthy person to her friends but she is discovering that relationship problems are harder to hang tough through. He may just be a doorman, but this guy at least likes something (clubs apparently) versus Ray, who seems to like nothing except old episodes of Ally McBeal. Their relationship breakdown has hit warp speed.
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Marnie Marnie is still a mess, as evidenced by the fact that she is wandering around wearing JEANS (this has to be the first time we’ve seen that) and her hair is in PIGTAILS. To recap, Marnie is no longer dating Booth, and is still working as a hostess in hotpants, so when Shosh mentions Charlie’s recent success, selling his app Forbid to an investor and suddenly becoming the head of his own company with a corner office and employees, Marnie wigs out. The only thing to do of course is to show up at his new place of business, still looking like a mess, and creep up on him as a “surprise”. Her weak cover of wanting to “support” him between all the errands she’s running and appointments she is going to is so transparent that Charlie sees through it immediately. When she says she is there for support he mutters “for me or from me?” – ooh edgy Charlie is our favourite Charlie of all. Not only has he sold his first app, but he is developing more in the same vein. Forbid was actually inspired by Marnie herself. Charlie developed the idea of an app that prevents you from contacting certain people – an unrequited love or someone that fired you, and if you change your mind you have to pay ten dollars to have access to them again, a sort of penalty for weak willpower. When Marnie fishes to find out how much he got paid for it, he assumes she must be there to ask for money. Before she can dissuade him from this idea, music starts blasting and Charlie gets pulled away by his hipster-fabulous colleagues to do a lip dub, leaving Marnie feeling even more out of the loop and pathetic. She returns home from work and as Shosh is currently sucking face in a Park Ave co-op’s mailroom, she unburdens her troubles to Ray. She thought Charlie would be crushed from their break up for at least six years, and that their roles as the tragic one (Charlie) and the one with their shit together (Marnie) would stay intact. Instead he is successful and she is wearing “a magician’s assistant” outfit as Ray helpfully points out. He can be a surprisingly good motivator however and when he presses her to say what her dream is, she finally confesses she wants to sing. He makes her do it on the spot, and as we saw during the ill-fated karaoke with Elijah she’s pretty darn good. Ray encourages her to follow her dream, immediately (not in front of him again since it is weirdly intimate) and stop wasting time. For the first time in weeks Marnie may actually have the hutzpah to do something to get back on track.
And then there is Adam
Adam doesn’t seem to worry too much about success. Or expiry dates – his first scene is taking a big sip of sour milk. What he does worry about apparently is his sobriety. Hannah’s rejection is still affecting him, mostly because it crept up on him – one minute she was just this girl who showed up at his place all the time, and then he slowly began to realize he liked having her there. She didn’t know about things and he liked teaching them to her. When she changed her mind and bailed, it left him feeling less sure of himself, and less secure in his sobriety. Adam has become a character we truly like and admire. Yes he is a weirdo, but he is honest and introspective without being abrasive or naval-gazing. It’s admirable. Someone else agrees with us. After he shares at an AA meeting he attends, and agrees to bring the cookies next week despite not liking them himself, (See? What a gent!) he is cornered by an aggressive admirer. She isn’t there to woo him for herself, but instead pitches a blind date with her daughter. She likes his height and how honest he is. She does not usually encourage her daughter to date because she is “a very nice, busy girl” but Adam is “cuter than a dimple on a bug’s ass” and she can’t resist setting them up. Despite her diminutive size she terrifies Adam into agreeing to call her daughter – apparently Adam’s kryptonite is wacky moms! He calls the girl – Natalia – as Cloris, the wacky mom told him too, and has the requisite awkward first conversation, in which he refers to himself as “a creep” and signs off with “adios”. The good news is that she is into meeting him. A real life date is afoot. When Natalia arrives she is beautiful, and genuinely happy to see Adam. She also has a dream girl job, at least for a weird bird like him – she works for a private eye and sometimes even gets to be the distraction girl while he is solving a case. This is the exact kind of bizarro thing Adam loves. The date seems to have rhythm – they are laughing and chatting and in complete agreement that her mother, Cloris, is ferocious and fantastic due to her superior matchmaking skills. Seems this is the girl who will get Adam out of his Hannah funk.
1) Hannah: “Did you hear that mum? I’m not hungry. Maybe I’m anorexic. Oh God. Maybe we should see another specialist.”
Hannah’s Dad: “Hannah that’s ridiculous, you’re not anorexic. I’ve seen you in a bathing suit.”
Hannah’s Mum: “Tad, she was kidding.”
2) Shoshanna: “I just can’t stop thinking about Jessa you know? Like, where is she? What is she wearing? Is it linen? What language is she speaking, you know? Is she in a tropical climate or somewhere up high? Omigod is she warm enough?”
3) Cloris: “Oh my God’s teeth you are tall!”
Adam: “Yea, a little taller than average.”
Cloris: “Ahaha! How tall are you, 6’2?”
Cloris: “Ha! That’s a very respectable height, oh my God. Yeah, that’s good.”
Adam: “I’m enjoying it, yeah.”
GIRLS recap: Season 2, Episode 7: “These women should be really proud because in a way it’s the most noble thing you can do – to help a boy find his sexuality, help a boy become a man you know?”
GIRLS recap: Season 2, Episode 6: “I don’t like the idea of it cohabitating with that sociopath.”
GIRLS recap: Season 2, Episode 5: “I could really be putting myself in like a Ted Bundy situation. He also looked handsome and clean and probably had a brownstone.”
GIRLS recap, Season 2, Episode 4: “I’m going to look 50 when I’m 30!”
GIRLS recap, Season 2, Episode 3: ”It’s a Wednesday night, baby, and I’m alive!”
GIRLS recap, Season 2, Episode 2: ”I’ve always thought he was sexy in a murdery way, but what if he’s murdery in a murder way?”
GIRLS recap, Season 2, Episode 1: ”When you love someone, you don’t have to be nice to them all the time.”
GIRLS recap, Season 1, season finale: ”Are you punking me?”
GIRLS recap, Season 1, Episode 9: “YOU are the wound.”
GIRLS recap, Season 1, Episode 8: “I’ve never been this miserable in my life.”
GIRLS recap, Season 1, Episode 7: “I can just tell when someone thinks that it’s spelled with a ‘c’.”
GIRLS recap, Season 1, Episode 6: ”I have been dating someone who treats my heart like it’s monkey meat.”