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There are two things that are inevitable in life – taxes and death. Last night’s episode of Girls explores the latter. A “close friend” of Hannah’s unexpectedly dies, but instead of grieving and feeling sad about it, she’s more concerned with other, less important things. Adam, shocked about her callous reaction, attempts to make Hannah feel something, but it doesn’t really work. Hannah’s situation makes Jessa remember the time she lost a close friend, and so “Dead Inside” also features her looking for some answers of some kind.

The Players:

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

Episode Title: “Dead Inside”

When Hannah’s editor is found dead, Adam finds her to be insensitive when she becomes more concerned about the fate of her eBook. On Shoshanna’s advice, Jessa tries to visit the grave of her late friend, only to learn that they’re still alive. After catching Ray and Hermie streaming her music video during a shift at Grumpy’s, Marnie quits.

The Good:

  • Jessa/Jemima Kirke: Jessa is probably the most interesting character on Girls, so learning about her is always a treat. Plus, Jemima Kirke is wonderful as the character. When Adam finds out how “callous and disconnected” Hannah’s being about her friend’s death, Jessa narrates their situation because she does get it. Jessa knows that death is inevitable, like “Jury Duty and floods.” We also learn that she doesn’t think time is linear. She believes anything that’s happened or will ever happen is happening now, but that we just choose to live in this moment to create a sense of continuity. So to her, we’ve already died and not yet been born. It’s a beautiful, confusing and senseless philosophy, sort-of like her. All this talk about death eventually leads Jessa to one of her former friends, who died a while back, but she’s shocked to find out that her friend didn’t actually die. It turns out, they faked their death to avoid Jessa because she was an enabler. It’s not clear how this makes Jessa feel, but we see her smiling toward the end, so perhaps a positive change is coming.
  • A Gawker Argument: Adam’s hate of Gawker is totally believable. He can’t believe Hannah gets her news from Gawker, and calls the writers of said website “a bunch of judgmental creeps” who are “celibate against their will” and “snarkily” report the news. Hannah defends the site calling it a “web portal that celebrates the written word.” And what’s even funnier and brilliant is that Hannah also praises Gawker‘s sister-website Jezebel as a place feminists can go to support one another. (In case you haven’t heard, Jezebel recently shamed Vogue for photoshopping Lena Dunham’s cover, but not in a nice way.) So to hear Hannah, who’s played by Dunham, give Jezebel props for the job its doing is just sweet, sweet irony.

Best Lines:

  • “If you would die, the world would blur. I wouldn’t know where a tree was.” – Adam
  • “I think about you dying all the time.” – Hannah
  • “I know I can’t believe I’m still alive either.” – Jessa
  • “Fancy people want to work with me.” – Marnie

The So-So:

  • Hannah’s Reaction To Death: Much like Adam, we’re very thrown-off by Hannah’s reaction to death. At the same time, it’s understandable that she’s concerned about the fate of her e-book because that’s the thing that linked her to her editor. Once Hannah becomes aware of her non-existent feeling towards David, she starts telling everyone she runs into that “a close friend” of hers just died. It’s sort of annoying but again, understandable. It seems like Hannah shares this event to try and trigger some kind of emotion, but it doesn’t work. And it’s not entirely her fault. Many of us aren’t great with death, and we all process it in different ways.

Overall:

“Dead Inside” was absolutely great. Though David appeared a few times on the show, he was still somewhat of a stranger. And it’s amazing how Dunham and Apatow took this sort-of whatever character and made him so meaningful to the cast. Through his death, we found out so much about Hannah, Adam and Jessa. And it’s always great to see more of Jessa because, as stated above, she’s so damn interesting.

Rating: 9/10

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

What did you think of last night’s episode?