Hannah’s stressed. Her parents are in town. Her e-book deadline is looming. And her OCD is back.
Ever since Hannah agreed to write a book in a month, she’s been deteriorating. The self-imposed pressure of not only writing your first novel, but doing so in a month and attempting to capture the voice of a lost generation is just too much for her to handle all at once. This is the first time we’ve been told that Hannah had or has OCD — unless she mentioned it once during a rambling aside, but even so, when she reveals information like that, it’s hard to tell when she’s kidding. Apparently it was bad in high school, she got help, she got medicated, and everything was fine till she decided that her medication was making her tired — something she couldn’t afford to be while writing the book.
Hannah can be cloying and charming and infuriating all at once, but she’s confident, even when she says she’s not. So to see her mind betray her — the one thing that she had control over — is distressing, and it’s clear that she doesn’t want to admit that it’s happening to her again. In “It’s Back,” Hannah’s parents are in town and trying to do nice things for themselves and their daughter, but it’s all interrupted when they realize her OCD is back. Suddenly, they all revert to their traditional roles. And you feel for her parents. Their primal concern for their daughter comes to the forefront, but they can’t hide their complicated annoyance that it’s gotten in the way of their visit and plans.
Even though it was an interesting storyline, and I liked seeing how Hannah chose not to deal with something she already knew she had, I also wonder what was the point was? We already knew that Hannah was a brat with her parents, and this just exaggerates that fact. Are we supposed to empathize with her because of her condition? Is Hannah headed towards a breakdown? Perhaps we’ll find out in the final two episodes.
Meanwhile, Shoshanna’s world is closing in on her. She runs into a friend in the park who invites her to a party. Ray refuses to go (“It’s creepy for me to go to a college party. You have to understand that.”) and Shoshanna ventures out alone. And with barely any effort or intrigue at all, she ends up making out with an attractive doorman who said she was pretty. It’s funny how the most exaggerated character is sometimes given the most relatable themes. Shoshanna just kind of drifted into cohabitation and an incredibly serious relationship with someone she’s not really ready for yet, and she’s restless and desperate. Ray is, in some ways, the opposite of everything she wants. He’s goofy looking. He has no money. He’s condescending. She wants the magazine spread and the romantic comedy and the candlelit dinner. Appearances mean everything to Shoshanna right now, and she’s just now realizing it.
NEXT: Marnie finds out what Charlie’s been up to…