Alan: He’s not without his flaws, but I’m convinced that Dunham feels that Adam is the show’s moral center. There a parallels between this episode and “Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too,” the episode from season one where Hannah realizes Adam is a person, except now the wounds cut deeper. After an ill-advised bender with her Vanity Fair colleagues – one that includes vomit, kissing men that aren’t Adam, and a night in Joe’s apartment – Hannah does not what to do next. She’s worried about Adam after Patti Lupone poisoned her mind, and she needs affirmation badly. The trouble is that Adam is too focused on his play to notice, and, well, he thinks things are fine.
It is like a veritable check-list of “omg, I have to look away now” moments:
- her insecurities
- the least sexy role-play of all time
- the Shosh/Jessa/Jasper dynamic
- the Shosh/Jessa/Jasper’s Daughter (Felicity Jones, who I love) dynamic
I just kept hiding behind my bangs through it all.
But, the episode does address something that most young people do encounter for the first time truly around that age: the notion of being with someone long enough and not knowing what to do when certain comfort levels are achieved. Her and Adam are, in theory, happier than ever (last week, when he stormed over to Ohio the second he got her “car crash” text should have eliminated any sense of nagging doubt the maybe had in this week’s episode, but…) and yet, she can’t recognize that/be content, and is instead essentially seeking drama:
- drama in these silly, frivolous outings (Which, as anyone who has ever been out in their lives, don’t have to end in making out with people who are not your boyfriend. It is not that hard to do, trust me, I go out and make out with no one all.the.time.)
- drama in WANTING TO BELIEVE essentially that Adam is ignoring her (instead of being happy/supportive that he is experiencing some success in his dream field)
- drama in this awful blonde wig/role play scenario
- drama everywhere
The problem is that, naturally, not everyone around her needs her drama and the finish of the episode is as heartbreaking of a moment as any I’ve seen on TV of late (not so much because I feel for Hannah, but because you can see the disappointment in Adam’s face).
The only reason she may stop is if Jasper and everyone else just stop paying attention.
Speaking of which-in this episode of emotional turmoil and humiliation, Marnie is forming a new bond with Adam’s costar. What did you make of it?