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Letting go is hard, especially for someone like Hannah. In this week’s Girls, she tries to cope with Adam’s absence, but it doesn’t  go well for her. Meanwhile, Marnie is doing things! She’s in her natural habitat, working at a trendy art gallery in Manhattan, and performing her music. Career-wise, things are going great for her, but Marnie’s still unlucky in love. Here’s what happened in “I Saw You.”

The Players:

  • Director: Jesse Peretz
  • Writers: Lena Dunham, Paul Simms
  • Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky

Episode Title: “I Saw You”

Hannah invites Elijah to join her in her quest to complete an assignment. Meanwhile, Jessa looks for a new job. Hannah, Shoshanna and Elijah attend Marnie’s performance.

The Good:

  • Old Woman’s Tale: “No one looks at me because I’m old,” says B.D., an elderly artist who’s having her work featured at the Marnie’s gallery. This episode isn’t about B.D., but her reflections are important. Here we have a show about women in their mid-20s, who are trying to figure out where they belong. And along comes this older woman, who’s been there, done that and reveals that being old sucks. “I hate watching television because all of the old women are shells… and it just hurts to be a shell,” B.D. adds. We got a bit of the “older perspective” with Hannah’s grandma, and now we’re seeing more of it.
  • Jessa’s New Groove: The sight of Jessa dancing is pure gold, and slightly spiritual. She’s been through a lot lately, but isn’t submitting to her addictions. Now she has a new job “sorting out archives” for B.D. Isn’t this just perfect? Could B.D. be the guardian angel Jessa’s been waiting for?
  • The Bathtub: Can we just point out that bathtubs are a motif on Girls? Meaningful conversations always seem to occur while someone is in a bathtub. In “I Saw You,” Adam bathes while Ray shaves, and the two have a conversation about being single, needing space and girls. It’s very bromantic.
  • Second Wheel/Insecurities: Hannah’s insecurities begin to kick in, not only about her relationship with Adam, but her artistic career. She becomes so paranoid that she actually quits her job. Hannah thinks that if she works a 9-to-5 job, she won’t have time to do what she really wants to do, which is write. Is it a smart decision? Probably not. But this is Girls, and we’re all for the adventure. Kids, don’t quit your day job. As for her relationship with Adam, she might be onto something. There’s no doubt that Adam loves Hannah dearly, but maybe he needs a break. Maybe Hannah needs a break too. Relationships take time and energy, and if Hannah wants to be a true artist, she must focus on that and only that.
  • Against Privacy: The truth about Ray and Marnie is finally revealed when Hannah barges in on them having sex. Hannah’s reaction is hilarious – she screams in fright. Marnie rolls off the bed and yells, “He made me!” Meanwhile, Ray makes some weird comment about privacy in America. Oh, come on Ray, don’t you know that nothing’s private in this country? You’re smarter than that.

Best Lines:

  • “I’ve given you like 33 chances to be in my life so cut me some slack.” – Elijah
  • “I hate watching television because all the old women are shells… and it just hurts to be a shell.” – B.D.
  • “Do you think we were gonna grow up and be in a sweatshop factory for puns? Maybe this is a cooler for dead souls.” –Hannah
  • “Does it make you feel good to have a chubby girl paying attention to you? I’m not the right conquest.” – Hannah
  • “Everything’s my business.” – Hannah
  • “You will never judge me again.” – Hannah

The So-So:

  • The Voice of Reason: Shoshanna is the voice of reason on this show. She has officially earned that title. She bluntly tells Hannah, “Are you gonna be okay? Adam’s about to be on Broadway, and Marnie’s clearly about to be a pop star, and you were suppose to be the famous artist in this group, but now you’re just working in advertising so…” Seriously, how does Shoshanna’s mind work? She has no filter, and it’s awesome but also irritating. It makes it hard to believe that these people are still friends with her, especially after all those bad hair accessories.

Overall:

Look how the tables have turned: Hannah’s out of a job and Marnie’s actually doing okay. In what universe are we living in? Last night’s episode was one of the strongest to date. There was a lot going on, but truths were revealed and changes were made. We can’t wait for the finale.

Rating: 9/10

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

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