BYT is recapping Girls Season Three for your reading pleasure. Rather than a straight review, we’re doing it “he said/she said” style with recappers Svetlana Legetic and Alan Zilberman. They will both feel a lot of feelings, and A LOT of those feelings will be disparate. Enjoy!
Svetlana: Before I deal with the music-I just want to say again in writing what I’ve told everyone in person already: the Gaby Hoffman choice is perfection. All intensity and vulnerability she plays unhinged with a certain comedic flair that made me look forward to every scene she was in. If I was to recommend a future spin-off for Girls (and obviously, everyone cares about MY opinion) and family-unfriendly kids show about Caroline and Adam growing up as the most special kids on any block would be my pick. I want more of this backstory. I want to meet Grandma Helen who Caroline euthanized. I want to see it all.
Now, re: birthdays and karaoke. My opinion about karaoke is basically that it is something to both be excited for (in the right moments) and totally petrified of (in the wrong moments, which are, frankly, way more frequent than the right ones). Marnie is just looking for affirmation, as she always is, but to stick Hannah with the less enviable part of a musical duet is such a frienemy power play that my inner 16 year old self was FREAKING OUT before even a single verse was sung. Now, onto the music moments I actually enjoyed. My 2nd favorite music moments are a tie between Hannah’s parents dancing (“cool dad” hat alert!) and John Cameron Mitchell losing his shit to LMFAO (while on his “temporarily downloaded GRINDR” on Hannah’s phone) but my #1 music moment of the episode is Caroline dangerously dancing around Ray. Poor Ray. Poor Caroline. That’s HOW you make a cringeworthy moment work on TV.
Which, naturally, brings us back to Ray. I am always handing Ray off to you Alan. He has some special/awkward exchanges this episode: with Shosh’s new “boyfriend”, with John Cameron Mitchell, with Shoshana herself – which one was your favorite awkward exchange?
After the mostly successful party – people will remember the fight, not Marnie’s awful karaoke performance – the episode ends with Adam and Hannah returning home. A lustful moment goes sour when, as exactly Adam warns, Caroline implodes and brings everyone down with her. It’s a shocking scene, and not because of the nudity. Caroline is damaged goods, the sort of unhappy woman who mutilates herself for attention, yet Hannah and Adam handle her with tact. Svetlana, you said last week Adam and Hannah’s relationship is co-dependent. Do you think this episode indicates they’re perhaps good for each other? Caroline is a destructive force, but they seem to get through it.