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After a season chock-full of insecurities and instability, Girls ended on a rather optimistic note. Hannah, who’s been feeling like she’s living in the shadow of Adam’s artistic success, receives exciting news about her future as a writer. “Two Plane Rides” doesn’t end with anyone eating cupcakes or having a nervous breakdown, instead we’re left with a feeling that big, positive changes are coming.

The Players:

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

Episode Title: “Two Plane Rides”

On the day of Adam’s opening night, Hannah gets news that could change the direction of her career and relationship. Marnie chooses an inopportune moment to divulge a secret to Shoshanna, who’s dealing with her own unexpected news. Jessa’s boss asks for an unusual favor.

The Good:

  • Marnie’s Love Life: In the matters of love, Marnie never seems to learn. She loves to get tangled up in messes. After revealing to Shoshanna that she slept with Ray, Marnie visits Desi (the musician with the girlfriend) in his dressing room and gives him a gift showing how much she cares for him. And he finally buys into her whole thing and kisses her. Later, Marnie runs into Desi’s girlfriend, who apparently can see right through her and calls Marnie on her dishonest intentions. But Marnie can’t understand that what she’s doing is wrong. She’s too close to this awful situation to make sense of it. Hopefully she learns to steer clear from these disasters sooner rather than later.
  • Hannah Takes Control: Hannah got accepted into Iowa Writer’s Workshop, which is the best thing to happen to her since her book deal went south. All season, Hannah’s been struggling with her artistic endeavors. She’s been overshadowed by Adam’s success on Broadway and Marnie’s sudden music career. Yes, Hannah made a mistake by telling Adam she got into grad school minutes before he went onstage. That was selfish. But this is huge for Hannah, and for this show. Last season, she had to be rescued by Adam because she was having a nervous breakdown. She was in a very dark place. Now, Hannah is trying to be her own hero. This is her story after all. We love how she tightly holds her acceptance letter and smiles at the end of the finale. It shows us that she’s somewhat in control of her life.
  • The Breakup?: For a few episodes now, Hannah and Adam’s relationship has been rocky. He moved out of the apartment in order to concentrate on his play, leaving Hannah confused and insecure. Now, Hannah has this huge, life-changing opportunity on her hands, but he doesn’t seem happy about it. And why should he be? Hannah announced it very abruptly and selfishly. This situation just goes to show that Hannah and Adam aren’t meant for each other, or perhaps they need another break. But then again, how many breaks do they need before it’s really over?

Best Lines:

  • “This is where I live. I’d have to find new friends. I’d have to find a new place to buy yogurt.” – Hannah
  • “I’m really intuitive about these things. I’ve predicted two of my friends’ divorces, one pregnancy and a couple of natural disasters.” – Elijah
  • “Can’t one thing ever be easy with you?” – Adam

The So-So:

  • Lack of Jessa: Jessa’s one of the most interesting characters on the show, and we didn’t get enough of her this season. In the finale, she spent her time with Bee Dee, who officially hired her to do some archive work. Actually she wanted Jessa to help her kill herself. Why is it that Jessa always attracts the oddest people? For whatever reason, she agrees to grant Bee Dee’s wish only to have her regret it after she’s swallowed a heavy amount of pills. Jessa’s rehab stint was fun and all, but we didn’t learn much about her this year.
  • Shoshanna Learns the Hard Way: Like Jessa, Shoshanna didn’t have a whole lot going on in Season 3, but she did make a number of crucial contributions – with her sharp tongue. Sadly, she was too busy judging others and forgot to take a good look at herself. However, we got to see a very vulnerable side of Shoshanna in the finale, when she practically begged Ray to take her back (and he rejected her). It’s time for her to learn the age-old lesson: We never appreciate something good until it’s gone.

Overall:

Despite the unfortunate events that took place during “Two Plane Rides,” the overall tone of the finale was hopeful, at least for Hannah. Hannah is sad about Adam’s horrible reaction to her news, but in the end, it doesn’t matter what anyone says or thinks. This is a choice she has to make for herself. As for the rest of the girls, it seems like they’re getting tired of their bad habits – partying too hard, falling for the wrong guys, doing drugs. It feels like some big, personal changes are coming to Girls, and we’re all for change.

Rating: 8.5/10

Girls will return in 2015.

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