Once again, Girls has shifted its focus. “Boys” explored the funny and complex lives of the males on the show, specifically Ray and Adam’s. They bonded over women, dogs and their own “weird looks.” It was one of the strangest bromances we’ve ever seen on TV — and that’s saying something.

The Players:

  • Director: Claudia Weill
  • Writer: Murray Miller
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams

Episode Title: “Boys”

Hannah gets an e-book deal, while Marnie hosts a party for Booth Jonathan. Ray goes to Adam’s apartment in search of his copy of Little Women, but ends up alone and sad in Staten Island.

The Good:

  • The Bromance: Lena Dunham brilliantly crafts a bromance between the most random characters on the show – Ray and Adam. It all starts when Ray goes looking for his book, which Hannah forgot at Adam’s while they were dating. There he learns that Adam stole a dog, and decides to go with him to Staten Island to return the animal. During their trip, they bond. They talk about old and current lovers. They agree that younger girls and way older women are the best because they’re either too insecure or too secure. Their bromance ends abruptly when Ray starts picking on Hannah.  Clearly she’s still a sensitive subject for Adam. Oh well, the friendship was nice while it lasted.
  • The Lies: Marnie and Hannah haven’t been good friends to each other since Charlie found “the journal.” But despite how disrespectful that, they’ve always been honest about their feelings. That changed last night. Both lied about their situations, making one another believe they were happy when, in fact, they were miserable. Marnie had just broken down in front of Booth, and Hannah was feeling stressed and uninspired. We’ve come a long way from them dancing to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.”

Best Lines:

  • “Usually when people say they wanna be a writer they really don’t want to do anything except, ya know, eat and masturbate.” –Ray
  • “She keeps saying she has news, but I bet she just wrote a blog post or found a new hot dog or something.” –Marnie
  • “I’m Greek Orthodox! And I live in Brooklyn.” –Ray

The So-So:

  • Hannah’s E-Book Deal: In the opening scene, Hannah’s having drinks with a magazine editor who happens to offer her an e-book deal. Wait, what?! Yes, Hannah has been hired by someone to write something that’s like “Toni Morrison for Target.” We’re happy for her, but is this realistic? Do editors walk around offering book deals to random girls who send in essays? If so, we’d all have e-books (and we don’t).

Overall:

Ray is one of the show’s best characters. Sure he’s an intellectual snob, but also very wise. Don’t be fooled by that weird, unfriendly facade, he’s emotional and sweet under all that. We appreciate that Dunham spent time on the supporting characters because she didn’t have to (the show is called Girls after all). It’s episodes like this that make Girls so unique and great.

Rating: 8/10

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

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