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.