Last night’s episode of Girls felt like a shorter version of Tiny Furniture. “The Return” focused all its attention on Lena Dunham‘s Hannah, omitting the rest of the cast. Hannah traveled back to her hometown where she encountered lots of people from her past, much like the aforementioned film. We also saw the reappearance of her parents, played by Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari.

Check out our review below…


The Players:

  • Director: Lena Dunham
  • Writer: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams

Episode Title: “The Return

Hannah visits her parents in Michigan for their 30th anniversary. But she winds up going on a date to a fundraiser for a local family who suffered a tragic loss.

The Good:

  • The Return: The best part of “The Return” was seeing more of the relationship between Hannah and her parents. It’s a shame they can’t be around more often. They bring out the best and worst in their daughter. At first, she behaves like a brat, yelling at them for not understanding her life. But later, she shows signs of growth when her mother asks if she needs financial help. Hannah’s out of a job and rent is due, but she turns down the offer. That showed that she’s actually trying to take matters into her own hands.
  • Pep Talk: Hannah’s little pep talk before going on her date was hilarious. She tells herself, “You are from New York, therefore you are naturally interesting.” This feeling of superiority over everyone else follows Hannah throughout her date and entire visit home. It’s interesting to hear what she thinks of her high school friend’s intent to move to Hollywood and become a professional dancer. She doubts that she’ll be able to succeed in a place where she knows no one, yet she forgets that she’s struggling to be a writer in a city that doesn’t want her.
  • The Tolerable Adam: Adam is becoming more and more tolerable. It doesn’t bother us that he calls Hannah “kid” or that he thinks Ohio is her hometown (it’s actually Michigan). He shows honest signs of affection towards her this time around. It’s not that he’s a jerk, it’s that he’s also a young 20-something trying to figure it out.
  • Side Note: Peter Scolari’s impression of Woody Allen was very amusing.

The Bad:

  • No Marnie, Jessa, or Shoshanna: Mmmm, we don’t know how to feel about this. Dunham is a strong actress and her character is the driving force behind Girls, but this show is supposed to be about a group of friends. Without Marnie, Jessa or Shoshanna, “The Return” felt more like a short film and less like an episode of the HBO series.


Hannah’s trip back home showed us that she’s maturing. It proves that all of her terrible experiences in New York aren’t in vain. Still, “The Return” could have used some additional spice from the show’s other three leads.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

What did you think of last night’s episode?