Girls is one of those series that seems designed to provoke conversation — about whether its characters are flawed-yet-sympathetic or just deplorable, about the way it treats (or ignores) race, about whether it can even be considered a comedy anymore.
But no single episode of the show’s second season spurred more discussion than “One Man’s Trash,” a dreamy diversion that ditched most of the ensemble to focus on Hannah (series creator/writer Lena Dunham) and her surprise, two-day-long tryst with a handsome, older doctor played by Patrick Wilson. EW’s recapper Lindsey Bahr called the half-hour “the most beautiful episode of Girls that I’ve ever seen and also the most infuriating”; scads of viewers agreed, griping that a man like Wilson would never be attracted to a woman like Dunham and that the whole story played more like self-indulgent wish fulfillment than compelling TV.
Dunham herself, though, just doesn’t understand where her critics are coming from.
“It’s such a funny response, the idea that a handsome, 42-year-old man would never sleep with an awkward, 24-year-old girl,” she tells the Los Angeles Times in a new interview. “It felt so oddly mathematical, like it was a bunch of scientists who had done a calculation rather than people who had a real grasp on the realities of being alone in the city.”
And while the Golden Globe winner is “so tired of having to cry out ‘misogyny,’ ” she still thinks that word is the most accurate way to describe the vitriol. “People questioning the idea that a woman could sleep with a man who defied her lot in the looks bracket hews so closely to these really outdated ideas about what makes a woman worth spending time with,” she tells the Times.
It’s a solid point — and one that Patrick Wilson’s own wife also made shortly after the episode aired:
Clearly, we all know what this means: More Patrick Wilson in season 3! Maybe he can replace Charlie?