Recap: Girls Season 2, Episode 2 [A Bro's Thoughts]
I think Lena Dunham truly heard the criticism from last season. This episode was not only particularly strong, but also not written by her. I think it’s the first episode that hasn’t had her name in the ‘Written By’ credit. Maybe that’s a sign for things to come in the second season. Like the Fall Out Boy song says, ‘Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year?’ Only time can tell, but Dunham and Co. seem to be on a good pace.
In Which Hannah’s Racial Diversity Is Expanded In A Politically Correct Manner
While last week I was complaining about how Hannah’s black boyfriend Sandy was handled; this week I think I’m okay with it. Hannah, for all intents and purposes, seems to not know what a “slam piece” or “booty call” is. Maybe girls in general don’t want to associate themselves with such adultery, but come on, if you’re between the ages of 20-30, I still think it’s common practice.
If Dunham wants to expand Hannah’s character by having emotions about every guy ever in order for her to rationalize completely smashing Adam’s heart to pieces, then I’m okay with that. Obviously Hannah needs to stop trying to have her cake and eat it too when it comes to relationships. Either get on the slut-wagon that Marnie seems to be slowly embracing and just commit to someone already, because two episodes in and you can’t handle just some nice physicality. Don’t keep gushing about your sex with Sandy if you’re looking for something more, you know? It was just a little bit frustrating as a viewer to see her crash and burn with him like that over her own writing.
It’s stupid, and you know you don’t want a full-blown relationship, so like, what are you doing? I feel like I’ve had exact conversations like the one between Sandy and Hannah and just went to my friends later and said, ‘Ugh. Girls, bro.’
In Which There Is Supposed Like 1%-Er Commentary But I’m Not Sure
Jessa’s “dream life” of a beautiful apartment, a loving husband, more money than she knows what to do with and brand new puppies means something deeper than just having at least one character on the show get everything she wants, right? Like not everyone’s life on the show can be complete poop. While Jessa is used minimally on the show, her ‘ignorance is bliss’ vibe is a rather stark contrast from the previous season’s ‘blasé is the new cool’ personality that got her a great nanny job and landed her husband to begin with. (Speaking of her husband, I love Chris O’Dowd from The IT Crowd days, but this dude has really got to work on his American accent. It keeps breaking and I hate that.)
I feel like there has to be something deeper going on with Jessa. Maybe it’s a slow burn reveal to an epiphany that no matter how great you have it from a materialistic basis, you’re never happy. Maybe it’s really just to cover up the IRL pregnancy that actress Jemima Kirke was going through during the filming of season 2. Or maybe I’m just thinking too hard into this. Whatever.
In Which Hurricane Marnie Keeps Moving Closer And Is Only At Tropical Storm Power
The slow train wreck that is Marnie is seriously what keeps me coming back to the show. Seriously. Besides the hot mess that was the three awkward “pumps” with Elijah from last episode, the whole idea of Marnie being a hostess in hot shorts in a purely physical/superficial manner in order to make sure that she can expand her horizons in the meantime and find herself is total bullshit and I love every minute of it.
The way Marnie’s feeling right now, she’s either going to fall into porn because she’s vain enough to think that, as long as someone out there thinks she’s beautiful, she’ll be okay or she might, like, die. Either way, it seems like every episode is going to have Marnie making at least one bad life decision, and I’m completely okay with that because it adds an element of surprise/drama to Girls that I wasn’t expecting. Next week I’m proobably going to ask myself “Huh, I wonder what trouble Marnie’s gonna get into,” and hope the show delivers. That’s all I can really ask for, right?
Overall, even though this show is called Girls, we had a lot of action from the boys. Sure, each piece of my recap broke down the main characters of the show, but when you think about it: Elijah just went through a major breakup and isn’t sure of his sexuality, Adam just got arrested, and Ray is sleeping with Shoshanna again due to v-card cling. We might have lost the minority on the show, but frankly, the story lines are WAY more interesting already than anything that happened last season. Hopefully, Jenni Konner can keep writing episodes and Dunham can stick to directing, but only time will tell. Am I kinda understanding Girls? Or am I missing the point? Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter.