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'Girls' recap: 'Close Up'

Adam and Mimi-Rose have the perfect relationship—until they don’t.

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Jessica Miglio

Girls

type:
TV Show
genre:
Drama
run date:
04/15/12
performer:
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke
Producer:
Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow
broadcaster:
HBO
seasons:
6
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-MA

If last week was all about how Hannah was dealing with the revelation that Adam has a new girlfriend, this week we learn what Adam and Mimi-Rose’s relationship is all about. Plus: Hannah has a new calling, Desi sucks, and Shoshanna meets someone new.

Adam and Mimi-Rose

The episode opens with Adam and Mimi-Rose in hipster bliss. He wakes up, caresses her, and tucks her in before he gets out of bed. He then cooks her a beautiful breakfast, which he serves to her outside. Around her, he’s basically the sweetest, most perfect person.

Despite the fact that these two lovebirds have even combined their books, this dreaminess will not last—not even for the length of this episode. Why? Mimi-Rose’s blunt statement: “No, I can’t go for a run because I had an abortion yesterday.” Adam smiles at first, almost as if she’s joking. But she’s not. “I didn’t want to talk about it beforehand—I just wanted to do it,” she explains. “But I haven’t shared with boyfriends in the past, I’m trying to be more open with you.” Adam’s bewilderment turns to anger, a hint of violence seeping back into his personality as he pushes items off a table.

On one hand, Mimi-Rose’s react is almost comically straightforward given the subject matter, making Adam’s frustration understandable. On the other hand, Adam’s is being completely ridiculous. Mimi-Rose knows what she wanted to do and she did it. Did he actually want a child? “Maybe,” he says. They haven’t even been together for seven weeks. “Okay, so we should have the baby in put it your toolbox as a cradle and feed it sardines and tell it that you don’t know my middle name,” Mimi-Rose responds. (For what it’s worth, her middle name is not Rose. Mimi-Rose is her first name.) Adam is livid, “I don’t understand how you could do something like that without talking to me first. That’s evil.” Mimi-Rose remains composed. “You’re right,” she says. “You don’t understand.”

The next time we see Adam, he’s packing up his books and leaving the apartment. He runs into Mimi-Rose on the way out. “You know how I always sleep 15 minutes later than you?,” she asks. “I really wake up before you but I pretend to be totally asleep because I love it when you tuck me in and you kiss me. I’ve really coming to depend on that.” She depends on him, but she doesn’t, however, need him. “Wanting you like this, that’s better than needing you because it’s pure,” she says. And that’s what’s unfathomable to him. Adam didn’t want Hannah to need him, but he’s used to having that in a relationship. Mimi-Rose’s independence is likely part of what attracted him, but he also doesn’t quite know how to deal with it. What Caroline said about him being someone who needs to nurture the “profoundly damaged” (or at least feels the need to nurture) is somewhat correct.

The last we see of Adam and Mimi-Rose, they are in bed again. He goes through their morning routine, but there’s something forced about it. He is now performing for her. (We talked at length about the Adam and Mimi-Rose of it all in our weekly video.)

Hannah

Hannah, meanwhile, is back in her apartment living with Elijah, and having breakdowns over empty boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (“I ate the f–kers, sue me.” God, I’m glad to have Elijah back.) But it’s not all misery for Hannah. In fact, her therapist (Bob Balaban!) thinks she’s doing quite well. Hannah admits that she has “no idea” what is next for her, but during this therapy session, she comes upon the realization that maybe her calling is helping people. “The writers who I love really helped me to form my worldview, so I don’t know I guess I wanted to help other people the way those writers have helped me,” Hannah says. “You’re a helper,” her therapist says.

Hannah’s friends—and likely every Girls viewer—aren’t so sure about this career move. At a brunch, Elijah and Marnie (mostly) truly lay into her for her selfishness. When Hannah and Marnie were living together, Hannah kept the fire extinguisher in her bedroom. That’s how selfish she is. “I’m very skeptical of anyone who wants to help others. There’s always some sort of hidden agenda,” Elijah says, being horrible. “100 percent. Mother Teresa loved being famous,” Marnie adds, being worse.

But while Elijah is mockingly listing jobs Hannah could hold given her “look”—including “girl who gets killed in a Lifetime movie” and “Mayim Bialik’s stunt double”—Hannah stops on “schoolmarm.” She’s going to be a teacher, and the episode ends with Hannah walking into a school, résumé in hand.

Marnie and Desi

The key thing we learn about Marnie and Desi in this episode is that they have sex to their own music, which truly takes their terrible narcissism to a new level. But despite the sex and their shared self-involvement, these two seem truly incompatible. Marnie thinks they should open their showcase with their song “Close Up”; Desi firmly disagrees. A love song does not define who they are—at least not to him. He thinks they sing “modern American folk with an indie edge.” She thinks they’re like “She & Him with actual romance.” This suggestion is offensive to him.

Marnie poses that he doesn’t want to open with that song because she wrote it and not him. “Recently it’s just been me writing while you tinker with your motorcycle,” she says, and that sets him off: “That’s my mode of transportation.” She throws her head back in frustration. By brunch she’s conceding that he’s a “total asshole.”

Shoshanna

And we get another stop on the disastrous Shoshanna job interview tour. She’s brilliantly prickly when interviewing for a position at a soup start-up run by an adorable Harvard grad played by Jason Ritter. She tells him she hates the name, that his “fancy Cup of Noodles” smells like “badussy” (“butt, dick, and pussy”) and tells him, “Harvard alum makes good: That is such an exciting story. Do you mind if I write about it for Holy Shit magazine?” And while he doesn’t offer her the job, he does ask her out for a drink. Now Shoshanna’s ambition is to be “Mrs. Madame Tinsley.” (The name of the soup, named for Scott’s ex-girlfriend.)

Ray

Finally, let’s check in with Ray, who is still fixated on his traffic problem, so he goes to Community Board 8 armed with a detailed model. Ray spends the day waiting for his chance to appear before the board—led by Marc Maron—but they decide to adjourn before he gets his chance to speak. This gives Ray his Mr. Ploshansky Goes to Brooklyn moment as he declares, “You call this politics? This is a circus.” This in turn creates chaos on the board when some start to agree with him, and it prompts Ray to go home and start his campaign for chairperson.

Extras

One of Marnie and Desi’s songs is called “Song for Marcus Garvey.” Let that sink in.

“She’s a somnambulist.” —Mimi-Rose on her friend who went with her to get the abortion.

Why Elijah decided to leave Iowa: “I had just gone as far as I could go in Iowa. I was practically running that JCPenney, I was dating a guy who was the frontrunner in the mayoral race, and I had just put a bid in on 16 acres, but I thought, I don’t know, I just feel empty so I might as well come back here and be with you losers.”

“Ew, like a not-for-profit job?” – Shoshanna

Hannah’s friends’ suggestions for what she could be based on her “look” (Elijah, unless otherwise noted): Bus and truck of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ice Capades, clock maker [Jessa], clog model [Shosh], school marm, Tennille in a Captain & Tennille cover band, girl who gets killed in a Lifetime movie, Mayim Bialik’s stunt double