Last night’s episode of Girls picked up right where “Hannah’s Diary” left off. A lot of the half-hour was spent on Charlie and Marnie’s relationship, and Hannah’s search for stories. Once again, she puts herself in embarrassing and humiliating situations just for the sake of it.

Check out our review of “Hard Being Easy”…

The Players:

  • Director: Jesse Peretz
  • Writer: Lena Dunham
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams

Episode Title: “Hard Being Easy

Hannah tries a different approach with her boss to counter his inappropriate behavior. Meanwhile, Marnie does some soul-searching about her relationship with Charlie, and Jessa wants the last word with an ex-boyfriend.

The Good:

  • For the Story: Does Hannah like being humiliated? First, she tries to seduce her boss Rich, a.k.a. Mr. Harassment, with the line, “I am disgusting and so are you.” And he reacts by laughing uncontrollably. She’s insane for coming on to him, but the whole scene makes for good comedy. Who can forget, “Someday I am going to write an essay about you and I’m not going to change your name, and then you can sue me?” Later, at Adam’s apartment, we learn that the whole “sex scandal” was “for the story.” She admits she puts herself in these situations just to have something to write about. And in the end, Adam gave her more material. He jerks off while she verbally abuses him. It’s an odd moment, but strangely believable.
  • Flashback: It’s 2007. Hannah, Jessa and Marnie are at a rowdy Oberlin College party. Marnie has taken a drug that’s freaking her out and forcing her to stay stuck to a pole. Hannah’s gay-boyfriend Elijah makes an appearance, and we see that it was he who first introduced Charlie and Marnie. It’s that initial meeting that explains the root of their relationship woes. He’s been her footstool from the very beginning. Also, this was the first flashback of the series. It’s always interesting to see what the characters were like before we met them. It allows us to get to know them better and understand why they do the things they do.

The Bad:

  • Marnie’s Selfish Plan: Marnie finally shows her true colors. She’s not the mature, level-headed character we all thought she was. She’s actually extremely selfish and cruel. After being dumped by Charlie, she attempts to rekindle the relationship by going to his apartment. There she begs, begs and begs for forgiveness, promising to be a better girlfriend. She even offers to give him blowjobs. At first he’s reluctant, but eventually falls for her “sorry face.” Then, during their awkward make-up sex scene, Marnie utters the words, “I wanna break up.” (Gasp!) Marnie’s intentions were obvious from the beginning. She planned to get Charlie back only so she could dump him and be the one who ended the relationship. We were just hoping that wouldn’t happen.
  • Awkward Tension: Girls is about living the dream, one mistake at a time. One mistake that we’re really hoping the show will avoid is an affair between Jessa and Jeff, the creepy dad/employer guy. It’s obvious that Jeff is attracted to Jessa. And that makes sense. Jessa is young, outspoken and beautiful. But there’s so much awkward tension between the two that makes us question Jessa’s intentions with her babysitting gig. We know that Jeff is going to make a move sooner or later, but we’re really hoping Jessa will turn him down.

Overall:

“Hard Being Easy” is filled with uncomfortable and awkward scenes. It wasn’t the best episode, but we did get a glimpse into the characters’ sordid pasts.

Rating: 7/10

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

What did you think of last night’s episode?