In Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw wrote a column about her personal experiences with men. She really put herself out there, but most of her “crazier” articles (like those about threesomes and enhancement drugs) came from her friends. In last night’s Girls episode, oddly titled “Bad Friend,” Hannah scores a freelancing writing gig at JazzHate, an online website that pushes its writers to get out of their comfort zone. With that in mind, Hannah hangs out with a junkie, snorts a bunch of cocaine and runs around Brooklyn semi-topless.

The Players:

  • Director: Jesse Peretz
  • Writers: Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams

Episode Title: “Bad Friend”

Hannah tackles a freelance assignment with the help of her junkie neighbor. Marnie runs into artist Booth Jonathan at her new workplace, and he exposes her to some of his new art projects. Meanwhile, Elijah comes clean with Hannah about sleeping with Marnie.

The Good:

  • Cocaine Adventure: At the behest of her new boss, Hannah goes on a coke-fueled adventure with Elijah. She scores the drug from her neighbor Laird (Jon Glasser), who used to be a junkie. Hannah and Elijah start snorting lines before the workday is over, and head to a rave where Hannah loses her skimpy top for an even skimpier one. The latter is mesh and she’s not wearing a bra. Everything seems to be going great until Elijah reveals that he slept with Marnie. Reality slaps the high out of Hannah when she realizes that she has bad friends who lie to her. She quickly makes Elijah’s confession about herself, as she tends to do everything. Everyone knows that she’s obsessed with herself, and yet, they allow that awful behavior to continue because they are also secretly obsessed with her. Or maybe they don’t have the energy to find new friends. Regardless, Hannah is a fascinating character and we love to hate her.
  • JazzHate‘s Motto: Our creative writing professors got it all wrong. It’s not about writing what you know. JazzHate‘s motto is basically this: The magic happens outside of your comfort zone. So if heavy drugs and sex with more than one person makes you uncomfortable, then that’s what you should be doing.
  • Shoshanna: We love that Shoshanna’s frustrations now revolve around her boyfriend Ray and his late-night obsession with Ally McBeal.

Best Lines:

  • “I didn’t even cum in her!” –Elijah
  • “He’s not a junkie. You were misinformed. He’s clean and he’s basically my guardian angel.” –Hannah
  • “We could keep being friends just as long as you know you’re a bad one.” –Hannah
  • “You ruined my relationship with Marnie, and for that matter, my relationship with cocaine, which could’ve been my favorite drug.” –Hannah

The Bad:

  • Marnie Leaves Work: Marnie runs into that jerk of an artist Booth (Jorma Taccone) at her new job. He tells her, “I love when young people are passionate about something and they just give up the second that they have to struggle.” After that, Marnie leaves in the middle of her shift, and goes to his place. He locks her inside his twisted art project and makes her look at a creepy doll, while screwing her from behind. We can’t say that we feel sorry for her. She had the sweetest boyfriend in the world and dumped him. If a jerk is what she wants, then that’s definitely what she’s getting in Booth. What bothers us is that Marnie left her job, while she was still on the clock. How does one just do that? Did the writers just forget that that’s not something that happens in the real world? Will she be fired? Hopefully.
  • Bye Bye Elijah: Hannah totally overreacted about the whole Elijah and Marnie thing. He didn’t deserve to get kicked out. But we knew Andrew Rannells had to leave sometime soon due to The New Normal. We were just dreading it. He’s such a great asset to Girls and we’re going to miss him.


“Bad Friend” felt more like an episode of Louie than Girls. There was no mention of Adam or the 911 incident or Sandy. It all felt very random, but still worked. It’s amazing how Hannah and Marnie continue to be friends even though they seem to secretly detest each other. We’re sad to see Rannells go, but we’ll always think of him fondly as the gay guy shared a sex scene with Brian Williams‘ daughter.

Rating: 7/10

Girls airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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