In this episode Hannah’s parents show the first sign of any trouble in their marriage. In the opening scene Hannah’s dad – Tad – comes out to Hannah’s mum Loreen announcing that he is gay. Loreen is understandably heartbroken. They attend her tenure party which is meant to be all about her work and success but ironically she feels it is anything but. Tad gives a very compassionate speech, exclaiming his deep respect for Loreen but she laughs in mockery.
This episode was great and took such a refreshing angle. Hannah has started her new job as a substitute teacher where she meets Fran – played by Jake Lacy who was also on the Office. He asks her out for drinks and Hannah says yes. Her first official date post-Adam and she can’t believe that she’s dating again like a 45-year-old whose just got out of a bad divorce; “My Pilates teacher inspired me to take a chance.”
The audience gets a more ‘close up’ look into Adam and Mimi-Rose’s relationship in this episode, where they are all loved up and happy living together in Mimi-Rose’s apartment. Mimi-Rose says completely nonchalant “No I can’t go for a run because I had an abortion yesterday.” Her complete acceptance of this shocked me. As we are only just learning her character, I initially wondered: is she a complete psychopath devoid of emotion (or “evil” as Adam says) or perhaps an extremely emotionally stable, healthy person?
This is a brutally honest and intense episode of Hannah confronting the reality of her break up with Adam and Adam’s new girlfriend. This episode was refreshing as it was filmed slightly differently to the others. As Hannah has an immature meltdown, her world literally revolved around her in this episode as she refuses to leave Adam’s apartment and the storyline follows each character dropping in on Hannah. Much of the filming has been done hand held and slightly rocky, reinforcing that Hannah’s world is unstable and she’s losing her stability and grounding in life.
This has got to be one of the funniest Girls episodes I have I’ve watched in a long time and had me in tears of laughter. Each of the characters are still struggling with their direction in life; Shoshanna is rejected by more interviews, Marnie is harshly criticised for her song, Hannah debates whether she should stay in writing school and Ray screams at the honking cars on his street.
In this episode of Girls we see all the characters falling behind the standards that they set for themselves. Hannah confronts the reality that maybe writing isn’t the right career for her, Marnie’s career starts taking off but she demands more in her relationship from Desi, Shoshanna ruins her job interview, ignorant of how hard it is for graduate students to gain employment and Jessa celebrates her fourth month sober by getting arrested.