“Girls” returned with the all-new episode, “On All Fours” on March 10.
In this brilliantly dark installment, which is co-written and directed by Lena Dunham, Hannah continues to crack under her book deal pressure, Marnie (Allison Williams) makes a surprising mockery of Charlie’s (Christopher Abbott) success, things heat up between Adam (Adam Driver) and Natalia then take a strange turn, and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is still keeping her secret from Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and flirts with other guys at a party.
Next week’s episode marks the “Girls” season two finale and we can’t help but wonder if things will turn around for our girls and if Hannah and Adam will somehow connect and pull each other out of their downward spirals.
Hannah’s Heaping Pile of Pressure
To quote the infamous Lady Gaga song, Hannah is “on the edge of glory.” She’s got a bonafide book deal. Now all she has to do is deliver the goods to get there.
Here's the problem: She’s struggling to get the words out and the deadline looms ever so near. To make matters worse, her editor isn't connecting with what she’s turned in so far and he asks her to change the book to a fictionalized account.
Hannah isn't really in an emotional state conducive to writing at all. She's battling OCD and is still processing a break up. We have to give her props for trying to write--then she gets a splinter in her butt while scooting across the floor. She yanks that out – ouch – and then breaks a Q-tip off in her ear – double ouch!
She panics and calls her parents and they are totally unsympathetic. We feel her misery and wish we could give Hannah a big hug. She goes to ER alone and we wince along with her as the doctor sort of scolds her and extracts her Q-tip.
Many of us have this version of Hannah in the ranks of our friends. The one who is the victim of all sorts of nonsensical, random injuries and misfortunes. (For example, they step off the porch to get the newspaper, hit ice and go sprawling in pajamas for the entire neighborhood to see, they lock themselves out of the house with the car keys inside, then get stuck trying to climb in through the house window to get them, etc.).
We’d laugh with her, if she wasn't in such a fragile emotional state. We have to smile a little, though, when she asks if she can keep the Q-tip.
Adam and Natalia have sex for the first time at her place, and it’s sweet and romantic and we’re already thinking it’s so un-Adam. But, it’s nice, and we’re actually rather proud of him and rooting for his progress.
Then he goes to a party with her and feels uncomfortable around her friends, so he orders a drink. Uh oh.
Adam gets drunk and they go back to his place and she’s surprised its so dark and depressing. Uh oh again. She obviously hasn't seen the real Adam—and then he decides to show her.
He orders her to get down on all fours and crawl to his bedroom. We’re kind of surprised that she complies. Then he proceeds to have degrading sex with her, and she tells him she didn't like it at all. His crude behavior is clearly unexpected. He realizes he screwed up, and asks her if she's done with him. Frankly, we don’t blame her if she is.
Here’s the thing: Adam is dark and Adam has issues. But, Adam has grown on us and we like Adam, despite his un-likeable qualities. He can be smart, charming and even romantic. In fact, we feel the same way about Hannah. She has so many annoying traits, but underneath all of her flaws, she really just wants to be happy, loved and successful.
Does this mean that Hannah and Adam are perfectly imperfect for each other?
They are equally rattled to see each other when Hannah walks home from the hospital and Adam steps outside the party. It’s tender and bittersweet when he calls her “Kid” and she remarks that it’s nice to hear him say it. He tells her he's there with his girlfriend and she's thrown by it. Their encounter prompts Adam to go inside and get drunk and Hannah goes home and starts aggressively cleaning her non-injured ear with another Q –tip.
On their trip to Staten Island, Adam told Ray that Hannah gets him and accepts him. Last week, Hannah told her therapist she can’t decide if Adam’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her or the worst.
Season finale previews show Adam throwing a fit and then hurriedly grabbing a call, saying, “Hannah?”
Are Adam and Hannah going to reach out to each other to try and pull themselves out of their funk? If they do, will it work? Are they really good for each other? Or, is being together ultimately unhealthy?
Marnie’s Manic Melody
Marnie’s upset because Charlie forgot their lunch date. He invites her to his office party as a means of smoothing things over. They’re celebrating the fact that his app reached a milestone of 20,000 monthly average users.
Charlie is surprised (and so are we) when Marnie grabs the microphone and announces she’s got a “treat” for the crowd. She’s going to sing something in honor of their “premature success.” She sings a dark and twisty version of Kanye West’s “Stronger.” The crowd, including Charlie, stares at her in pity and we’re cringing at the spectacle she’s made of herself.
We feel sorry for Marnie. She’s being immature, insecure and inappropriate. Haven’t we all been there at least once?
Charlie confronts her, tells her she needs to get it together, and then proceeds to have spontaneous sex with her in his office. Wait. Just. A. Minute.
Marnie is confused and vulnerable and Charlie is definitely taking advantage of her. According to a preview summary for next week’s season finale, it seems like Marnie misinterprets his intentions.
Marnie and Charlie have the longest history and deepest connection out of all of the “Girls” couples. Did they hook up because they are familiar with each other? Is Marnie subconsciously (or very consciously) reaching out to Charlie as a port in the turbulent storm of her life?
Marnie ironically broke up with Charlie because she felt like they had outgrown each other. Maybe she also thought he would never grow up. He’s certainly proved her wrong on that one. The tables are turned. Marnie’s life is a mess and Charlie is suddenly an overnight success.
Is Marnie correct in assuming their hook up is way more than a casual thing? Was she wrong in breaking it off with Charlie to begin with? Or, are they in two different places in life, and don’t really make sense anymore?
If they are going to stay split, it’s probably best that they don’t blur the lines by trying to maintain some sort of friendship. Maybe it’s best if they each go their separate ways …
Shoshanna’s Sexy Secret
Shoshanna and Ray go to Charlie’s party too, and Ray notices her flirting with other guys. He asks her why she’s been so different lately and then she starts to tell him about her dalliance with the doorman. But, she chickens out and tells him she held his hand and that she was afraid he’d think she is a whore.
He asks her if she still wants to be with him. She says yes, but we’re not too convinced.
Here’s the problem: Shosh is really young and Ray is considerably older. She needs time to experiment and experience life. She needs to flirt and have fun. Ray can be anti-social and Shoshanna really doesn't need someone holding her back.
A person is eternally connected to the person with whom they lost their virginity. Ray will always be her first. But, this doesn't mean Shoshanna is obligated to stay with him forever and marry him. Is she going to find the courage to tell him? We hope so!
Overall, “Girls” season two has given us an in-depth look into the hearts and minds of these beautifully flawed people. We see them as they are, getting out of one mess and into another; struggling to make sense of things as they plot a course for the future.
Lena Dunham and Adam Driver have particularly shined in showing us completely different sides of Hannah and Adam this season. They’re both a little out of control at the moment, and we’re rooting for them to get a foothold somewhere to turn themselves around.
We look forward to what happens next, but it already feels too early to part ways and wait for another season.
What do you think? Should Adam and Hannah get back together? What about Marnie and Charlie? Should Shosh break up with Ray? Share your comments below!
“Girls” will air the season two finale on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.