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A year older but none the wiser – that’s Hannah Horvath for you. In last night’s episode of Girls, Hannah turned 25, and Marnie threw a party in her honor. And of course there was drama (surprisingly though, no drugs). As we’ve seen in the past, celebrations on Girls never end well. In “She Said OK,” it was Adam’s emotional mess of a sister who stira up some trouble.

The Players:

  • Director: Jesse Peretz
  • Writer: Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky

Episode Title: “She Said OK”

Hannah turns 25 at a wild party thrown by Marnie and her parents at a local bar, but the festivities are marred by an unexpected visit from Adam’s sister and Ray’s clash with Hannah’s editor over the soundtrack.

The Good:

  • Adam’s Sister: Adam’s sister Caroline came for a visit after her boyfriend dumped her on the side of the road. And let’s just say that now we know where Adam gets all his oddities from. Caroline is one of those extremely weird girls who you see at bars and/or music festivals dancing by themselves and going up to strangers and getting all touchy-feely. She’s annoying to the max, but also entertaining to watch. She and Adam have a very aggressive relationship, and though their backstory wasn’t totally clear, it now makes sense why Adam’s such a great caretaker to Hannah, during her time of need.
  • The Party: There were a lot of great moments during the party sequence – from seeing old, random face to Hannah’s parents’ little dance. But perhaps the highlight of the whole thing was when Marnie forced Hannah to come up to the stage to sing a Rent cover in front of all her guests. Dunham’s face is hilarious, full of anger and annoyance, which, again, just shows us how great and funny of an actress she is.
  • Shoshanna’s Remarks: Shoshanna didn’t have much going on in this episode, but she did get some good lines in. In one scene, she subtly points out that Hannah, Marnie and Jessa have been out of college for years, but have managed to accomplish nothing with their time. “Four years is nothing,” Hannah states defending herself.
  • Ray’s Crisis: Ray, however, does have a big arc in this episode. In the beginning we see him stressing over work. It’s nice to see him finally acting like a real adult, who takes his responsibilities seriously. But just when he starts showing signs of maturity, he reverts back (obviously) and makes a scene at Hannah’s party. He’s still heartbroken.

Best Lines:

  • “Being 25 is great.” –Hannah
  •  ”It’s not fair to end things in the middle.” –Ray

The So-So:

  • The Marnie Dilemma: By now it’s been established that Marnie is the most unlikable character on the show. But this whole thing has become a parody in and of itself because it’s just the same old story with this girl. Marnie talks a lot about being different and grounded, but she’s still the same selfish friend, who gives backhanded compliments and brings everyone down. Marnie’s just one of those friends who needs to be shooed away because all she ever does is hurt people. But as we stated above, Hannah’s not very wise yet. It’s going to take a lot for her to realize that she needs to cut ties with people who keep her down.

Overall:

Compared to previous celebrations and/or parties, Hannah’s 25th B-Day Bash was tame in terms of drama. Things are still going great for Hannah – she’s in love and doing okay career-wise – but the arrival of Caroline is certainly going to shake things up. Adam’s relationship with his sister looks extremely complicated and knowing Hannah, it won’t be long before she starts overanalyzing the details. Let’s just hope their home doesn’t turn into a nuthouse.

Rating: 7.5/10

Girls airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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