In last night’s Girls, Matt Costa‘s “Good Times” played over the credits, and let’s just say whoever picked that song really outdid themselves. “Only Child” was only the beginning of a new transition period that awaits Hannah. So far, Season 3 has been all sunshine and rainbows for her, but as Costa’s song goes “the good times are coming to an end.” This is Girls, and things are bound to get dark.

The Players:

  • Director: Tricia Brock
  • Writer: Murray Miller
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky

Episode Title: “Only Child”

Hannah attends her editor David’s funeral and learns that her eBook deal is dead. Jessa goes looking for work, while Marnie goes to Ray looking for advice, which results in casual sex. Caroline and Adam air out their frustrations with each other, and later Hannah kicks Caroline out of the apartment due to mounting tension.

The Good:

  • Dr. Phil: Hannah decides to play Dr. Phil for Caroline and Adam, who can’t seem to stop fighting. Surprisingly, Hannah does a great job handling the two, letting each get their time to vent and tell the other what’s bothering them. The “intervention” is laced with shocking and hilarious moments that are made better by Hannah’s dragon/lizard crop top. Seriously, where can we buy that thing?
  • Help Wanted: Jessa’s life is beginning to make sense. It’s just a series of spontaneous moments, most of which are terrible, drug-infused decisions. But it looks like Jessa’s looking to make a change. As she’s walking down the street with Shoshanna, gabbing about her new e-cigarette and wanting to be different, she sees a ‘Help Wanted’ sign on a Children’s Clothing Store. Right then and there, she decides she wants that job. “I want something with a touch of innocence,” she tells Shoshanna, who hilariously reminds her “But you have a criminal record!”
  • Mindy Kaling Holds Back: After finding out that her e-book deal is over, Hannah manages to get a meeting with a new publisher who absolutely loves her book. The editor compares Hannah to Mindy Kaling, which is really funny because Lena Dunham often gets compared to her too. The editor notes that Kaling holds back, but Hannah just puts it all out there. We’re sure Dunham and Kaling are good friends, but kudos to Dunham for pointing out what everyone else is thinking.

Best Lines:

  • “You don’t know the death of someone’s power until their funeral. It’s so sad.” – Hannah
  • “I don’t want to fuck my sister.” –Adam
  • “Fine. Don’t come see the cutest thing that’s ever lived. Goodbye.” –Marnie
  • “So I guess my brand is Tombstone Pizza.” –Hannah
  • “You’re a huge, fat fucking phony.” –Ray

The So-So:

  • The Hookup: Marnie seeks Ray for advice, and he tells her some harsh realities. “You’re a huge, fat fucking phony,” he says, “But you’re also a good person.” And then, they have casual sex on atop his cheap, wooden table. (Anyone else extremely disturbed by this?)
  • The New Deal: Hannah lands a publishing house that likes her book so much they want to release her memoir as an actual tangible book. Then, in a terrific and haunting scene, Hannah, who’s just walking down the sidewalk, is made aware (by her father) that she can’t put out her memoir. Without realizing it, Hannah gave up the rights to her book to David, and now can’t do anything for at least three years. Yes, the fact that Hannah landed a book deal so easily after getting dropped by her previous publisher is totally unrealistic and bogus. But let’s move beyond that and look at what really matters. This event is the beginning of a new, possibly life-changing experience for her. At one point she even says, “This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.” And it is. Hannah’s whole life was in that memoir. She put herself through horrible situations just so she could write about them later. But now that her life’s work is at a standstill, she’s going to have to deal with it. We’re not saying Hannah will come out of this experience a better woman, but perhaps she’ll do a bit of growing up. Let the breakdown begin!


A lot happened in “Only Child,” but the overall tone was that change is coming. Our girls have been floating around, doing nothing for the first few episodes, and it’s time to put them through some life-altering situations. Is another meltdown on the horizon for Hannah? Perhaps not, but something interesting is bound to happen. Also, Marnie just had sex with the most random person ever, who also happens to be her friend’s ex. (Drama!) Jessa’s joining the workforce and smoking e-cigarettes. And Shoshanna is getting back to her 15-year-plan, which consists of becoming a very successful business lady. So much is happening, and we’re excited to see where this goes.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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