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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Recap: Girls, Season 4, Episode 3

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With episodes as purposefully uncomfortable as this one, it’s difficult to see yourself (or, indeed, anyone you know) in these girls. When their behaviour is so illogical, misguided or outrageous, it’s easy to dismiss it as removed from your own experience. Then, slowly, painfully, you remember every horrible life choice you made and the sticky, messy consequences. ‘Girls’ can be extremely depressing. It’s difficult to enjoy it, or even to watch to the end at times. But that doesn’t mean it’s inaccurate.

The episode opens with Hannah, who is using her ‘free time’ (aka time spent avoiding writing, and thereby confronting the possibility of failure) to Skype Jessa, whose contribution to the conversation involves posing with a leg in the air and asking if Hannah has met anyone she could use to fulfil her Mormon fantasy. Instead of attempting to change the topic, Hannah responds that, actually, they’re Mennonites, not Mormons.

Elijah swans around in the background and names about 5 people we’ve never heard of and reminds Hannah that they’re going to a ‘poetry party’ that evening, implying that he at least has mastered the Iowan social scene.

Hannah drops the ‘A’ word (Adam, not apples), and Jessa casually tells her she sees him at AA meetings everyday but that he doesn’t talk about Hannah. To which Hannah attempts to act all nonchalant and is rewarded with a close-up of Jessa’s bare arse.

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Recap: Girls, Season 4, Episode 2

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So. Iowa.

Deep breaths everyone.

We open with Hannah being shown round her new apartment. It is $250 a month. “But there’s lots of light”, the realtor says, reassuringly, as if Hannah isn’t already on the verge of a nervous breakdown as she tries to calculate how many of her NYC apartments could fit inside the kitchen. ‘I’ll take it!’, she screams, because, of course.

The first thing Hannah does in her new apartment is Skype Marnie, who refuses to talk about Adam at all, even though Hannah is ’totally over it’.*  Luckily for Hannah, the connection freezes before Marnie can chat any more shit about how her seedy affair with Desi is actually the greatest musical love match since Beyoncé and Jay Z, and people who think otherwise are just ‘threatened’.

*Are we to assume, then, that H+A ≠ <3? If so, Dunham & co. have denied us a break up chat and I’m not happy about it.

Skype sesh aborted, Hannah turns her attention outwards and heads off to meet the people of Iowa.

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Recap: Girls, Season 4, Episode 1


Jazz brunch, anyone?

Yesterday, I was finally able to prove the value of Twitter to myself. Yes, it causes hours of procrastination but it also allows you to spot great opportunities, competitions and events and get in there before anyone else does.

I was half-heartedly browsing the web, attempting to get over the inevitable 3pm slump, when an amazing event caught my eye. The Debrief magazine were hosting the UK premiere of the first episode of ‘GIRLS’ Season 4, a series that I – like every other English-speaking female under 25 – happen to love.

A speedy email and a few loooooong days later and I found myself in the basement of the upmarket Mondrian Hotel on London’s Southbank, chatting to the delightful Debrief editorial team over a glass of wine.  Continue reading