There was a smorgasbord of confrontations and bickering on last night’s Girls. In “Leave Me Alone,” Hannah attended the book party of a former classmate/nemesis where she made no attempt to hide her envy. Jessa’s old boss Katherine showed up at her apartment and shared some violent dreams she’d been having about her. And the unseemly best friends, Hannah and Marnie, got into a squabble about money, personalities and boyfriends (or lack-thereof).
- Director: Richard Shepard
- Writer: Lena Dunham, Bruce Eric Kaplan
- Cast: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams
Episode Title: “Leave Me Alone”
Feeling resentful of an old classmate’s success and unable to make rent, Hannah’s forced to take a job at a café. Meanwhile, Marnie has trouble handling Hannah’s emotional and financial needs, Jessa runs into her old boss and Shoshanna meets her online match.
- Green Monster of Jealousy: Seeing others succeed isn’t particularly easy. Especially, when you’re still figuring out what to do with your life. Hannah has a run-in with an old classmate at her book party. For most of the night, she’s making jabs at the newly published author saying how untalented and lucky she is. She’s obviously jealous and many of us can probably relate. She then has a conversation with her “nemesis” (as Hannah calls her) and says, “It’s such a big deal to finish a book. It doesn’t really matter what’s in the book.” Hannah’s pious excitement is hilarious and well-executed.
- Katherine’s Advice To Jessa: While it’s unlikely that Katherine would show up at Jessa’s apartment, begging her to come back after her husband made a pass at her, the advice she offers is honest. Katherine explains what she already knows and probably doesn’t want to hear. “You probably do this all the time,” she tells her. What she means is that Jessa is probably always making drama for herself, only because she’s trying to avoid becoming who she is. Deep. All of this washes over her. Jessa doesn’t need saving (she’s a tough cookie), but she is concerned about growing up.
- Best Friends Fight: The fight between Marnie and Hannah has been an event in the making. Not only did Hannah instigate the breakup between Marnie and Charlie, but she also hasn’t been paying rent or any bills. Marnie was supporting her, literally. So the two get into a heated argument, which starts off strong and significant, but eventually fades into something meaningless and goofy. At first, Marnie calls out Hannah saying, “You are so selfish, this is why you have no friends from preschool.” Then Hannah turns the tables on Marnie and tells her that she’s overly obsessed with success, who’s who and what they have. “I like being around people who know what they want,” Marnie argues. Which makes us wonder, what the hell is she doing being friends with Hannah then? Eventually, the two make it clear that they’re tired of living with each other. But not before engaging in a very odd toothbrush attack. The fight ends with both going into their rooms, slamming the door behind them. Since we’ve never really seen these two act like real best friends, will their weak friendship overcome all of the hurtful things that were said?
Last night’s episode of Girls got serious. Mainly, it was a bunch of women dealing with different issues surrounding their questionable careers, friends, romances, and self-identities. It got into some deep territory, and it was all well-executed. At the end, it didn’t really matter that the episode wasn’t that funny.
Girls airs at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.