I have reached a happy place in my attitude toward both the show itself and that I can’t stop watching it. First, I finally accept that the show is supposed to be funny. It’s not a biopic or a documentary on today’s 20-somethings — it’s a sitcom, and since it’s on HBO, it’s a sitcom with boobs and penis pics and sex. What’s not to love, right?
Second, since I’m old enough to be these girls’
mother older sister — okay, FINE, my kids are 23 and 25, so I could be Hannah’s mom — the point is, given my age, I can’t watch this show without wanting to point out the mistakes I see these young women making and I’m not going to feel bad about it anymore. Kudos to you, Lena Dunham, for creating characters with whom I want to engage, even if that sometimes means I just want to slap some sense into them.
Raise your hand if you knew — KNEW! — that Marnie would manage to guilt Charlie into taking her back only so she could then break up with him. The conversation about their breakup was the first truly adult one (“adult” as in grown up, not pornographic) I’ve heard so far, but her begging centered around “take me back/don’t break up with me” and not “I suddenly know how much I really love you.” Charlie, bless his heart, is a mushy ball of clinging, smothering need and I could almost see the light bulb go off over her head when she realized during their sexual encounter that no, she really did not want to be in a relationship with him. I felt bad for him; he’d done the right thing, the hard thing, only to get sucked back into her web so that she could be the one to deliver the killing blow. (I’d also like him to build me a set of those descending shelves, but that’s beside the point.)
Speaking of sticky webs — I’ve been arguing that Jessa is way too smart to end up screwing Creepy Dad, but then she goes and has sex with Creepy Hipster Dude, so my argument is shot. At least Shoshanna’s bed finally saw some action, even if Sho had to watch said action from the closet. (Someone smarter than I am can speak to the imagery of virginal Shoshanna watching uninhibited Jessa having sex in her bed, and on the window sill, while she huddles behind the safety of drawn curtains.)
As for Hannah, I, well, I don’t know what I think. Calling her boss out on his sexual harassment by coming on to him was hysterical, although I’m still not sure if she meant to actually have sex with him or just shame him into changing his behavior. But the thing with Adam — what am I supposed to take away from that scene? Was that really Hannah feeling a little powerful for a change? Juxtaposed against that pitiful image from the first time we saw them in bed together, she certainly seemed more sincere letting her disdain spew than she did tentatively parroting his pathetic pedophilia fantasies. Did we just witness her discovery of a sexual identity she didn’t know she had? Or was she, again, playing a role solely for Adam’s benefit? I don’t know, and I can’t decide how I feel about that scene until I have the answer to that question.
So, my pretties, what do think? Will Hannah be investing in leather and whips? Were you surprised at the Marnie/Charlie twist? Where can I get that lipstick Jessa was wearing? Inquiring minds want to know.