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BYT is recapping Girls Season Three for your reading pleasure. And this week after a brief break, Alan returns and we’re back in the he-said-she-said saddle.

CHECK OUT EPISODE 1 + 2 RECAP HERE EPISODE 3 HERE , EPISODE 4 HERE , EPISODE 5 HERE , EPISODE 6 HERE and EPISODE 7 HERE

Alan: This episode takes a closer look at Hannah’s fancy new job perks. Now that she’s abandoned her idealistic writing career for pseudo-journalism at Conde Nast, she gets to have fun and make a lot more money. The first big perk is an interview with Broadway legend Patti LuPone: in a funny scene, Hannah and Patti improvise a narrative so they can sell pharmaceuticals. They wordlessly abandon any sense of journalistic ethics, which is a counter-intuitive way to get close with someone you don’t know. If they share this secret, then the moment is just theirs, right?

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But the big perk of the episode is a night at the Gramercy Hotel. Hannah is there so she can write an advertisement disguised as a genuine news article, and she longer cares about her being a Serious Writer. She uses her hotel night to celebrate: Adam just got his first Broadway part, in a Shaw play no less, so this is Hannah’s chance to do something special. Of course she ruins it by inviting all her friends. Or maybe I’m being too harsh? What do you think, Svetlana? If you got a room in a luxury hotel, wouldn’t you want to make the evening more intimate than Hannah does?

Svetlana:  I think the episode is a big step for the show for a few reasons:

1. it finally takes EVERYONE out of their comfort zones (read: Greenpoint) and into the “real” world (read: Manhattan)

2. it gives Adam’s character finally something to do aside from be Hannah’s chambermaid

3. it really feeds into everyone’s insecurities in a whole new, thrilling, HILARIOUS way (I loved this one)

As we’ve mentioned before, everyone at BYT loves when the boys get some room to play and this one is a good one. Adam is up for a role in Major Barbara, and a definite mancrush happens in the audition room where Ebon Moss-Bachrach’s Desi is there to read for Bill Walker. They both get the part and literally drive into the sunset on Desi’s motorcycle. The sunset, as the case may be, leads them to that room at the Gramercy where Hannah, in a legitimately GIRLS moment, is planning a surprise party vs. a romantic evening for Adam (populated exclusively by people Adam finds annoying, natch) and is brimming with her own insecurities (partially fueled by Patti LuPone’s delightfully candid behind-the-scenes Broadway sex fun facts) but it is ok, since Adam gets to hang with Desi.

And yes, my absolute first instinct for this evening would be a staycation-for-2 but you have to bear in mind that this is Hannah’s first taste of any kind of luxury: she wants to show it off, she wants everyone to know “she’s made it”, even though this is really an episode about ADAM MAKING IT.

What did you think of the little party that unravels in the room? (and the little anti-party that unravels in Ray’s room beforehand?)

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Alan: As much as it pains me to say this, the anti-party and subsequent fit made me feel sympathy for Marnie. Her scene with Ray is quietly heartbreaking – she shows up with pizza, then freaks out when he lets his guard down and admits he’d like an actual girlfriend – so she leaves in a hurry. Her bad mood persists even when she gets to the hotel. The reason I feel bad for Marnie is that she’s stuck: Ray is not her answer, and she knows it. Everyone who’s dated knows what that feeling is like, and I suspect she actually cares about Ray in a roundabout way.

There are lots of parties in Girls. Some of them are awkward (remember when Charlie brought Audrey to Hannah’s for dinner), and the unifying thread is that I almost never would want to go to there. Other than the secret party in season one where Ray’s band plays, this impromptu hotel party is the only social gathering in Girls I’d like to attend. Marnie notwithstanding, everyone is in good spirits and seems to have a good time. But then Jessa shows up with Richard E. Grant and things go all weird. He’s the Withnail to her Marwood, except with an age difference and more awkward sexual tension. Grant makes the most of the role, however, and Dunham does not shy away of the exciting destruction of relapse.
Would you hang out with this crew, Svetlana? How would you handle a high/horny Richard E. Grant in a similar situation?
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Svetlana:  I would like to think that I’d want to hang out with Richard E. Grant ALWAYS.  But more on that in a sec. The big thing in this episode, I think, is the moment when Elijah tells Hannah how funny/sad it is that it is Adam who gets to fulfill his (professional) dream and while Hannah gets defensive the rest of the episode speaks to this being true. Marnie is not only being rejected by Ray (favorite line of the show btw, “And then, if things go well, maybe we can come back here and I can put on some “Roxy Music”), she is being rejected by the world. The fro yo place where “something awful inevitably happens every day” serves as a run-in with her Booth Jonathan’s old assistant who is opening her own gallery (granted, with her parents’ money, but that doesn’t make Marnie any less upset), and the Ray rejection is just the final drop in the bucket.

In the meantime, Shosh is about to graduate and has no clue what to do next, and Jessa is so bored at her retail job she defaults to performance art in the shop window and naturally, jumps at the chance of a an adventure (with Richard E. Grant) even if it comes with a risk (guarantee?) of relapse.

After last week’s episode it was clear there were cracks in their relationships to each other, but this week makes it abundantly clear the girls are, well, not all right.

But at least they have a fancy hotel room to mourn it all in.

Alan, what do you think needs to happen to maybe get them all our of their slump?

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Alan: There’s this line in Grosse Pointe Blank where Minnie Driver tells John Cusack he needs, “a swift, spiritual kick to the head that alters your reality forever.” While none of the characters in Girls are professional killers, they could all use Minnie’s prescription. Even when the girls are slumming it, they’re still bathed in economic privilege. Life needs to kick their ass, big-time, or they’ll wake up when they’re thirty-four and all their friends and married. This is especially true of Marnie, who needs to learn when she should give someone a chance and when she should not (this is a hard lesson, to be fair).

I’m not sure how, exactly, they’ll receive a spiritual kick to the dome. Maybe Adam will find out how Hannah re-purposed Caroline’s story? Maybe Marnie will realize Ray is not so bad, only to have the proverbial door slammed in her face? Maybe Shosh will find better friends? Either way, things aren’t going to better until they realize, for a little while, they didn’t have it so bad.

Svetlana: I agree. Having said that-the last two episodes have gone a long way to humanize Marnie to me personally.
All in all, I am at least glad the group dynamic is getting shaken up a little in the last few episodes. So much of GIRLS is the core relationships being inert and them just reacting to the outside world that it is good to see them shaken up from within the inner circle a little.
For me, the next few episodes would HAVE TO be about a crack in the Hannah/Adam relationship – this episode is full of humorous paranoia freak-outs on her end of things, but the fact that Adam is officially stopping being the house-boyfriend and going into the world (a shiny, glamorous, Broadway world no less) is bound to cause some waves.

How was it for you, fair reader?

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