If anyone was having doubts about Lena Dunham‘s Girls, last night’s episode “Hannah’s Diary” might have destroyed them (the doubts, that is). Maybe it was the fact that Hannah finally confronted Adam about their relationship, or her new sassy female co-workers. Either way, Episode four was absolutely wonderful!

Find out why in our review of “Hannah’s Diary”…

The Players:

  • Director: Richard Shepard
  • Writer: Lena Dunham
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams

Episode Title: “Hanna’s Diary

Adam sends Hannah a “sext” message that sends her into a tailspin. Meanwhile, at her new office job, her boss gets a little too touchy. Shoshanna reunites with a boy from camp, while Jessa gets distracted when babysitting. Elsewhere, Ray and Charlie snoop through the girls’ apartment.

The Good:

  • Hanna’s New Co-Workers: Hannah’s new co-workers are great, but their judgement is a bit sketchy. They condone their boss’ inappropriate touching, yet condemn Adam for his penis pic. Regardless, they add flavor to the show. We really hope they stick around for the long haul.
  • Undesirable Virgin: Shoshanna finally got a storyline of her own. She got into a situation where she almost lost her V-card but unfortunately, the guy told her, “I’m not into virgins.” Ouch! It was hilarious and tragic. Shoshanna was desperate, saying things like, “I’m like the least virginy virgin ever!” But thankfully, she kept it in tact. We hope that when she does lose it, it’ll be with candles and a guy who is into virgins (but not in a creepy way).
  • Hannah’s Diary: Charlie and his insane friend Ray read Hannah’s diary. In it, they discovered Hannah’s embarrassing thoughts about Marnie and Charlie’s relationship: “How does it feel to date a man with a vagina.” Charlie and Ray perform at a dingy bar and during their closing number sing a new song called “Hannah’s Diary.” It’s lyrics were literally ripped from its pages. Once again, Dunham puts her character through a substantial amount of humiliation. The best part is when Marnie throws an ice-filled cup at her and walks away. This sets up some tension between the two best friends. Also, it was a nice twist.

The So-So:

  • Hannah Stands Up To Adam: It was painful to see Hannah give into Adam’s charms and second guess her judgement. For a brief moment, she was soaring. She actually stood up to him and told him what she wanted, “I just want someone who wants to hang out all the time and thinks I’m the best person in the world and wants to have sex with only me.” It was a beautiful moment, until she caved and had angry make-up sex with him. Still, she gave us some hope that one day, she’ll have enough self-respect to show Adam the door.

The Bad:

  • Hannah’s New Job: When did Hannah get a job? It would be silly for this show to just skip over her job search. The very first scene of the series was Hannah getting cut off by her parents, and since then, we haven’t heard anything about financial woes. Why isn’t the show making a bigger deal about her money situation? Girls prides itself on being “real,” but when it comes to Hannah’s pocketbook, it isn’t being very honest.

Overall:

The first three episodes of Girls had me second guessing the show and perhaps my love for Lena Dunham’s work. But last night’s installment was pretty great and filled with awesome moments. This show isn’t afraid to explore the reality of life’s horrible situations (jobs, boyfriends, friends). It’s fearless!

Rating: 8.5/10

Girls airs at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.

What did you think of last night’s episode?