Girls aired its second episode of season 2 tonight, and things got kind of political! “I Get Ideas” saw Hannah (Lena Dunham) go head to head with her republican boyfriend. Again, let’s divide up the bulk this recap and review things girl by girl. This show is never afraid to push the envelope.
Firstly, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) only popped in for a single scene, unfortunately. Although, it was nice to see that she and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) are attempting to work things out. Also, Elijah (Andrew Rannells) and his sugar daddy called it quits after his awkward trist with Marnie (Allison Williams). With rumors swirling that one of the girls will end up pregnant sometime during season 2, could it actually end up being Marnie?
Marnie: Poor Marnie has become the punching bag of Girls in its sophomore season. Isn’t that great? I mean, I’m grateful because Allison Williams is never funnier than when she’s playing “shortchanged and sideswiped”- Marnie, right? Marnie hit the ground running right out the gate and attempted to land herself another job as a gallery curator. Unfortunately, curators are going extinct. As Shoshanna and Ray put it, we only need, like, three of them. It’s not like they’re in demand like pop stars! This revelation saw Marnie hunting for a “pretty person” job, and she landed a hostess position at some high-end restaurant for geezers. I have to say, I was kind of with Hannah when, after all was said and done, all she could muster up to ask was… “Why?” Don’t they have a spot open on Gallery Girls? I don’t think any of those ladies actually work. I like how all of these girls act as each others inner conscience for us an an audience. We know that’s what Marnie was asking herself when she took the job as a hostess.
Jessa: It was good to see Jessa (Jemima Kirke) back in full form this week. During last week’s premiere, we didn’t get nearly enough of her. Things appear to be going swimmingly well between Jessa and her new hubby, Thomas-John (Chris O’Dowd). We know that’s not going to last very long, though. Jessa played advisor to Hannah this episode, guiding her on her path towards happy relationships and self-fulfillment. Jessa is Hannah’s spirit guide. Still, I think Jessa’s signature brand of unbounded insight is tainted by her marriage to a white collar worker she barely knows. I appreciated her advice to Hannah, but I thought some of it missed the mark because of her current grip on true happiness. Truth; you should end up with someone who fosters your creativity, and both republicans and democrats can be dirt-bags. Still, is this current state of “almost getting it kind of together” really all that Hannah can ever hope for? Is Jessa ”together”? Probably not.
Also, three puppies give Thomas-John bonus points, especially little Hanukah.
Hannah: Alright, where to begin. Firstly, Hannah has crossed the line from being done with Adam to being legitimately frightened by the guy. She thought that he was “murdery” in a sexy way, but now he just seems “murdery” in a murderer kind of way. Of course, leave it to Hannah to get upset with Elijah for not believing that Adam loved her enough to murder her.
Hannah’s repulsion to Adam sent her straight back to Sandy (Donald Glover); whom Elijah continuously reminded us was of the republican variety. Sandy lied about not having time to read one of Hannah’s essays, when in actuality he just didn’t like it. In his words, it was well written but went nowhere. Hey, that’s what a lot of people say about Hemingway, Hannah, so keep on chuggin’. I’d originally thought Girls was getting creative in their approach to a young African American republican, but in the end we didn’t really get to hear Sandy explain himself. He was just… a republican. I do, however, appreciate the fact that when pressured to add more diversity to the cast, Girls went the extra mile and added an African American character with a twist. The fact that Sandy, a minority, would allegedly not be in support of women’s/gay rights agitated Hannah. Again, we didn’t get much of an explanation from Sandy, so it was somewhat hard to sympathize with him at all. Although, Hannah never really attempted to pry one out of him, either. I did enjoy when he went off about how many white girls like Hannah he’d dated, only to have Hannah throw his “fetish” back in his face with “lay this thing down, flip it, and reverse it!” as her punch line.
I think the point is that Hannah’s writing is her heart and her vulnerability. If a guy can’t understand her personal essays, then they’re not for her. We can be critical of Hannah’s stubborn and self-centered ways otherwise, but I think her writing is the exception. Jessa said it best.
Lastly, Hannah found herself dealing with a surprise attack from Adam as she attempted to trim her own bangs. The show’s attempts to make Adam look like a serial killer (the “I saw you turn off the light” text) were pretty hilarious, no? In an act of panic, Hannah dialed 911, only to hang-up before it actually rang. Still, Hannah’s second dumping of Adam was accentuated by a drop-in from the police. Because Adam had a few unpaid tickets, he was arrested.
What did you all think of Season 2 Episode 2, “I Get Ideas”? Who’s shaping up to be your favorite girl this season? What do you think of Marnie’s new higher paying gig? Do you think Shoshanna and Ray will stick together this time? Where will Jessa’s “perfect” marriage go wrong? Are you happy to see Hanna kind of getting it together? Do you think Elijah and Marnie need to tell Hannah that they barely had sex?
Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of Girls Season 2 Episode 2, “I Get Ideas,” and congratulations Lena Dunham on two Golden Globe wins!