‘Girls’ Recap: The Lies We Tell

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When I started watching HBO’s Girls, I hoped and wished it accurately portrayed life as a twenty-something, whether girl or boy. Season 2 has had its highs and lows when it comes to relateability, believability and authenticity. But most of the time, creator (Lena Dunham) drives it home. Sunday was one of those episodes.

Following Hannah’s (Dunham) solo episode last week titled “One Man’s Trash,” we finally get enough face time with the rest of the Brooklynites. Though not nearly enough as we should have, I won’t complain. All I need is a minute of Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and I’m sold until the following week.

The episode brought us in with some very exciting news. Starving artist Hannah has scored a book deal — kind of. She was commissioned to write an e-book. Yeah, it’s an e-book, but she has worked hard and she took the news like a natural.  And might I add, with all the backlash Dunham has received about her show loosing its impact as a show about struggling girls in New York, when it’s no news her massive success is expanding by the minute. When that publisher told her he wanted her to write a book, she almost cried. I almost cried. She’s still believable.

Her meeting ends with some very wise words said by her publisher. Words I think everyone should abide by. “Call me when you need to, don’t call me when you don’t.” I can’t think of how many relationships I could’ve saved, or job opportunities I could’ve had if I would’ve lived by that statement. But, that’s what being 22 is all about right. Trial and error anyone?

Meanwhile, Marnie’s (Allison Williams) on the other side of Brooklyn making her own errors.  Starting by being in bed with Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone). Ya’ll, Booth Jonathan was the new Hannah on “Boys.” We see Boothy in his birthday suit. There must be a rule where someone must show his or her behind in every episode. I wasn’t mad about it being Booth this time around. I’ve had too much of Hannah’s flashes, and I’m pretty sure so has America. I mean, people in Brooklyn are liberals not nudists, Hannah. Booth fired his trendy cool Asian assistant, and asks Marnie to fill in for her as hostess for his party that same night. Marnie’s thrilled and accepts the offer with no questions asked. Error No. 2.

Shoshanna’s (Zosia Mamet)  back, pastel colors and all. Now that she has dealt with her choice to be with Larry (Alex Karpovsky), she’s taking her relationship by the horns. She sets up entrepreneur workshops for Larry all around the city, only to have him shut down her plans. At a glance, this is just “Shosh” being “Shosh.” But when you look deeper, it’s more than that. Shoshanna is trying to save her relationship by making Larry someone worth fighting for.

He practically scorns her, basically revealing that he’s a deadbeat and he’s not really doing much to change that. This raises questions we’ve all asked ourselves: Do we love them as they are? Or help them be the person they can be? I don’t really know the answer to that, and on Sunday’s episode neither did Shoshanna.

After all, this is a guy who stated that writers just “eat and masturbate.” Not exactly. Or maybe not in that order for some.

The trash talker himself pays a visit to Adam (Adam Driver) at his apartment. Yes! Adam is back. This guy is the best character to hit “Girlsland,” and he’d been gone far too long. I like how Dunham takes chances. We never know whom we will or will not see on the next episode. That girl keeps me on my toes.

I forgive her for taking Adam away from me on the last couple of episodes, because this time he was back in full swing. Girls became the “Boys” show when Larry and Adam decide to have a day out. They bond, they talk, and they even get sentimental. The duo is an unlikely pair of characters to place together, and as I suspected the lack of chemistry brought home the first of the two winning scenes of the show. Adam nearly fights Larry when he insinuates that Hannah is a bad person. He also tells him how much of a loser he is for taking advantage of Shoshanna.

“What you’re doing with Shoshanna it’s not real. She’s just some kid you feel safe with, because you know it won’t work out. You’re just babies holding hands,” he says. And at that moment, I said my daily “Yes!,” because anything that Adam says when he’s mad feels like the truth.

See this is why we need Adam back. Only 15 minutes into the episode and he’s telling it like it is.  This guy is probably the only believable New Yorker on the show. His apartment can attest to this.

By this point, I had no idea which direction this episode would be heading in.

Hannah attended douchebag Booth’s soiree’ with a new self centered Marnie. These two are growing farther and farther apart. I blame Marnie, she’s been making all the wrong decisions this season. Who would’ve thought getting fired from an art gallery would spiral your life that much out of control? Hannah feels an overwhelming amount of “uncoolness” and opts to ditch the party and head home.

Meanwhile, Marnie’s in the whine cellar with Booth Jonathan having no idea of the heartbreak that’s about to follow. This girl needs to wear a bulletproof vest, or maybe just take a hint when it comes to guys.  Booth offers her $500 for the night, leaving Marnie majorly confused responding; “I’m you’re girlfriend, you don’t have to pay me.” Booth says, “I wasn’t aware that I had a girlfriend. You’re a hostess for a living, I didn’t think it was that weird to ask you to host.” Yeah, he went there. That statement was so wrong and hurtful on so many levels that Marnie couldn’t even wait to get home and cry. She got straight to sobbing, right there in the cellar! Fitting kind of? She’s trapped in a  cellar of failed flings.

The night has come to and end. And just like another night on the twenty-something universe, another heart has been broken, another dream has been shattered. Hannah lays in her bed hopelessly uninspired Marnie makes her way into the subway with only half the get-up she had at Booth’s party.

This is the moment the episode led up to. Both girls completely ashamed of the current stages of their lives, feeling the need to lie to each other on the phone about the night’s outcome. Each believing one another, but refusing to believe their own situation. This right here was gold. It’s not easy to admit to your friends that what you’ve raved about for days has come to an abrupt end. Or that it’s turned out to be a complete failure. And at the end of the day, we’re just left with the lies we’ve told.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Clearly, the scene between Booth Jonathan and Marnie in the cellar was jaw-dropping.

Thank you, TV gods.: Adam telling Larry off was the highlight of the episode. He set him straight, when its been long overdue. I like this guy. A lot.

Awk-ward: I have to go there again. Marnie telling Booth Jonathan that she thought they were exclusively dating when they weren’t is probably one of the most awk moments she’ll have in her entire life. Really hard to top that one. But then again it’s Marnie.

Hotness: At the risk of being a broken record — it was kinf of hot the way Adam flipped on Larry. Does anyone else agree?

Fab-u-lous: Marnie’s dress at Booth’s party? HELLO! Amazing, in all its plastic glory.

Can. Not. Wait.: I can’t wait until Jessa gets back into her groove, her point of view on life is vastly missed.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 7 —This episode was for sure an improvement on last Sunday’s. And although I keep waiting for the next to measure up to the fabulosity on this season’s third episode, “Bad Friend,” it has failed to do. Does anyone think we need Andrew Rannells’ spice back in the Girl-verse? I do.

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