The relationship between Hannah and Jessa is rarely explored on Girls. It’s unfortunate because Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke have vibrant chemistry and their onscreen friendship is unreserved. Last night’s episode “Video Games” was set in the country; Hannah and Jessa get away from the bustling city and ex-husbands like Thomas-John.

The Players:

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

Episode Title: “Video Games”

Hannah accompanies Jessa upstate to visit Jessa’s estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn) and his other family.

The Good:

  • Humor: “Video Games” was by far the funniest episode of the season. The tone of it all was depressing, probably because it was set in the country and Jessa was dealing with her daddy issues. But there was a wave of humorous moments. Hannah, in particular, was on fire. She went off on a rant about pet rabbits, graveyards and Thora Birch in Hocus Pocus. She said, “And I’m starving because all you have to eat in your house is your pet rabbit and I’m an undiagnosed hypoglycemic. Then we come into this graveyard and I feel like we’re in Hocus Pocus and Thora Birch is gonna come and wear her little hat.” She also shared a great scene with Jessa’s stepbrother Frank, who blamed her for using him for sex. As if!
  • Random Characters: Ben Mendelsohn was great as Jessa’s dad. He played the whole “careless father thing” perfectly. And that emotional scene between he and Kirke was moving. Nick Lashaway was also brilliant as the awkward and sheltered Frank… but his haircut was the absolute best. 
  • Friendship Factor: For some reason, Dunham has chosen to focus more on Hannah’s relationship with Marnie than any of the other girls. But her real chemistry is with Kirke. The two feed off each other well (since Tiny Furniture) and bring out each other’s best. Plus, their friendship never feels dishonest or on the verge of ending.

Best Lines:

  • “Camry drivers are cunts.” –Mr. Johansson
  • “Is that really what computers use to look like? Those look like dog houses.” -Hannah
  • “Really Hannah? You really had no idea that this was not supposed to be a sexcapade?” –Jessa

The So-So:

  • Meaningless, Teenage Sex: We understand that if Frank and Hannah didn’t have sex in, then that funny scene between them would have never happened. But was the sex really necessary? Hannah’s a smart girl, but she makes stupid choices.

Overall:

We usually nag when the show focuses on one or two characters, but “Video Games” worked on every level. It had a narrow focus, but was filled with hilarious moments and real friendship. Overall, it was one of the best episodes of the season.

Rating: 9/10

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

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