Recap: Girls, Season 4, Episode 5

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After the little spark of hope for Hannah’s redemption at the end of last week’s episode (that is, before the door to her apartment was opened by Adam’s new girlfriend), I had high hopes that she would show a little dignity in this episode and that we would get to see how her experience in Iowa has helped her to grow.

I was disappointed.

Instead, we see Hannah confronted by a parade of friends who attempt to coax her out of her cocoon of self-pity.

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Recap: Girls, Season 4, Episode 4

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After a Girl-less week thanks to a little-known televised event they call the Super Bowl, our favourite dysfunctional personalities are back in Episode 4.

We open on Shoshanna in a cold, bland room, being interviewed by a cold, bland woman for a job that she actually quite wants. Sadly for Shosh, she’s ‘not right for the role’, despite her passion for Chelsea Clinton. Instead of running home and burying her woes in a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream like any self-respecting job seeker, she holds her ground and asks for critique. This admirable desire to improve herself backfires somewhat when her would-be-employer reels off a long list of shortcomings: Shosh sees things in ‘too simplistic a manner’, has an ‘off-putting style’  and ‘lacks a certain sensitivity’. Ouch.

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