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Girls recap: Homeward Bound

Hannah makes a big decision, Shoshanna returns to New York, and Ray and Jessa struggle with newfound responsibility

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Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke
Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow
Current Status:
In Season

Tonight’s Girls opened with what was quite possibly my favorite cold open the show has done this season. We open in the airport with the Shoshanna, who has just returned to the U.S. dressed like she was cosplaying as Margot Robbie’s version of Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad movie. She’s not happy to be back and loses it when someone shoves her on the moving walkaway. “Why am I here?” Shoshanna yells in the middle of the airport before letting out a loud groan. The scene is made even funnier by the direction; the camera is stationary as Shoshanna moves out of frame. 

However, Shosh isn’t the main attraction in “Homeward Bound.” So, we’ll come back to her later on. First, we must talk about our heroine: Hannah Horvath.

Tonight, Hannah does what she’s been thinking about for a few weeks: She finally breaks up with Fran. It happens as the not-so-happy couple is leaving the city for the entire summer in an RV. Fran, unaware of what’s about to happen, is happy to get away from the students and Hannah’s needy friends. Hannah’s dread at spending three months away from New York and on the road with Fran creates an interesting contrast with Shoshanna’s reaction to returning to the city. 

When they stop at a rest stop, Hannah goes into the bathroom and texts Fran telling him to leave without her. Naturally, he gets out of the van to see what’s up, but Hannah runs away. In a well-executed slapstick sequence, Fran chases Hannah around the bathroom until she runs into the field and trips. At this point, she turns around and tells him she wants to end the relationship. Hannah’s somewhat immature breakup prompts Fran to spill some nasty things he’s kept bottled up, including that he thinks she’s selfish and that his brother thought she was so rude he hand wrote a letter about it. A letter!

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So, Fran leaves Hannah at the rest stop because she refuses to go back with him. First, she calls Marnie to come pick her up, but the Marnster can’t because she’s currently in the studio with Desi. Then, Hannah calls Jessa, who just ignores her call. So, her last resort is Ray, who just bought a coffee truck to boost his business and drives it to pick her up. Confounding Hannah’s expectations, Ray doesn’t judge her decision to leave Fran like this and says she did the right thing by following her gut. Trying to prove Fran wrong (that she’s not selfish), Hannah decides to reward Ray with some oral stimulation as he’s driving. Ray says no at first, but Hannah keeps going because screw boundaries.

Unfortunately, Ray gets too into the under-the-wheel action and drives his truck runs off the road. But, that’s not the worst of it. Then, the truck tips over with both Hannah and Ray still inside. This episode is bringing the visual comedy like it’s nobody’s business, and it’s so much fun. Oblivious as always, Hannah doesn’t understand why Ray is so pissed. 

NEXT: Jessa and Adam fail at playing house