Girls recap: She Just Likes to Fight
When we are dancing
And you’re dangerously near me
I get ideas, I get ideas
And I want to hold you
So much closer than I dare to
I want to scold you
‘Cause I care more than I care to
“I Get Ideas” cover performed by M.Ward (version from the credits)
One of the most interesting threads of last week’s comments had to do with whether Hannah was actually happy and changed, or if it was just a performance of selflessness. I’m not sure that this episode really addresses that, but we do get to see Hannah making more decisions for herself and figuring out where she is and is not willing to compromise. But it is something I want to track for the remainder of the season, and I hope you’ll continue offering perspectives on it.
As for Sunday’s episode “I Get Ideas”…
Elijah and his boyfriend break up, because not only did Elijah sleep with Marnie (“it was like three pumps!”), he also identifies as bi. Interestingly, though Elijah doesn’t seem to mind justifying his three pumps to his boyfriend, he does NOT want to tell Hannah, and goes so far as to confront Marnie about it before she has the opportunity to share it either…but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Injured Adam has gotten up the energy to write and perform some sad sack songs on a guitar that he emails to Hannah. Obviously he does this shirtless. We wouldn’t want Adam any other way. Hannah wonders whether or not she’s supposed to be flattered by the gesture. Elijah doesn’t hesitate with a “nope,” adding, “he’s not going to shoot himself at the end of this, is he?” Hannah says, “I haven’t made it to the end.” They seem fairly serious. Adam is kind of a psychopath. Or maybe he’s just passionate. It’s interesting that he’s sober too. His behavior could be more easily written off if he was high or drunk, I think. But without substances, it’s just him. “I know I always said he was murder-y in a sexy way, but what if he’s murder-y in like a murderer way?” Is she actually scared of him? When Elijah says that Adam’s probably not going to murder her, Hannah finds a way to take offense at this, because it would mean that he didn’t love her enough. Oh, Hannah.
But she’s ok. She clearly likes the attention, but she also says she’s happy with Sandy, telling Elijah that it’s not a big deal that he’s a Republican. I like how Elijah deals with Hannah. He seems to enjoy her company, and he tolerates her crazy without coming across as condescending. Things are starting to fray with Hannah and Sandy, though. Elijah ribs him in a sort of joking, but mostly serious way about being a Republican. Sandy defends himself but chooses not to engage. But we find out he also hasn’t read Hannah’s essay yet. Neither bode well for Sandy.
NEXT: The Republican issue comes to a head…
Meanwhile Marnie is off being class-shamed at an interview to work at an art gallery. The interviewer is some sort of high profile curator, played by Lena Dunham’s mother Laurie Simmons. Poor Marnie Michaels from Montclair, New Jersey. She’s too middle class for the hip New York gallerist, but she’s also not completely aware that Simmons’ character is being condescending. Her questions seem sweet, but they’re veiled with delicious judgement. “Where does one GET a suit like that,” Simmons asks with a smile. “Ann Taylor,” Marnie replies. Ann Taylor is not the right answer, but Simmons knew that, and by that point of the interview, Marnie knows it too. Simmons not only does not hire her, she says that she’s not cut out for the art gallery world. I call this getting Rory’d.
We see Jessa only briefly again. She’s painting a shirtless, fedora-wearing Thomas-John. They still seem somewhat happy. But this CAN’T last, can it? Hannah swings by to see the place, has a strange interaction with Thomas-John (he hasn’t seen her since the wedding, meaning they’ve probably only met once, so there’s a kind of forced joy to the meeting, where both perform excitement to see each other even though they’re essentially strangers. It’s pretty great.) She and Hannah go to the park with Jessa’s three REALLY ADORABLE puppies that she names Garbage, Pucker, and Hanukkah. They talk about Jessa’s happiness, and Sandy’s politics. I love Jessa’s sincere “what’s wrong with a Republican? It’s the same as a Democrat. They’re all dirtbags.” Jessa’s only problem is that Sandy hasn’t read Hannah’s essay.
The mix-tape. The essay. The favorite movie. You want to share these things with the new person that you’re excited about. But you only want the other person to love it. It’s embarrassing if they don’t. We all know this, and yet we all keep doing it and telling ourselves that it means something if they don’t love it. Well, you can probably guess where this is headed. Sandy did read the essay. He just didn’t like it. So he hid behind the excuse that he had been too busy. Hannah says she’s okay with this and that she wants notes. “Ultimately it just felt like waiting in line and all the nonsense that goes through your brain when you’re trying to kill time,” Sandy tells her. They reach a compromise, but then Hannah compares him not liking her essay to her not liking his politics. And then it turns into a fight. It starts out as something about politics. But it turns into something else, as most fights do. It becomes a fight about their relationship, a fight about why they’re with each other, a fight about their own stereotypes of one another and the stereotypes they think the other holds about them. Sandy tells her to get out.
NEXT: Could you survive in Greenpoint making $40 a day?
Meanwhile Marnie took Shoshanna and Ray’s advice to get a “pretty person job” and, well, she does, as the new hostess at the Wedgebrook Club. She comes over to talk to Hannah, but, as I mentioned before, Elijah intercepts her and talks her out of telling Hannah about their drunken get together. It is mystifying how their catty, fast-paced “omg” banter isn’t annoying, but I could truly watch Marnie and Elijah argue all day.
Hannah’s still in a fighting mood, and doesn’t approve of Marnie’s new job because she’s “catering to rich old men” whereas Hannah’s $40/day at Grumpy’s is “clean money.” This was Marnie’s fight to win (she was unemployed, she needed a job, and that is that) but they both take it to an obnoxious place. Instead of money, they fight about looks. “Oh, you don’t think I’m pretty enough for a pretty person job,” Hannah asks, while eating mouthfuls of cool-whip. The fight was a low-point in the episode for me. I just think they can do better. Marnie and Hannah are more interesting than that.
The episode ends when Adam barges into Hannah’s apartment uninvited. He still has a key “for emergencies.” They fight. Hannah types 911 on her phone and hits end before it starts ringing. They continue fighting and we hear a male’s voice from the hallway yelling “Hannah.” I thought it was going to be Sandy and that we’d see Adam and Sandy throw a few punches. But it’s the police. They respond to hangups. Hannah and Adam handle the situation infuriatingly poorly. Adam ends up being taken away in handcuffs because he has some outstanding parking tickets and a public urination citation.
Personally I thought seeing how everyone dealt with The Republican was a pretty interesting tangent for Girls, however, if this is the only episode where anyone talks about it, it’ll feel too much like a gimmick.
So, what did you think of Hannah and Sandy’s fight? Do you hope to see Sandy again? What about Adam? We’ve had a lot of Marnie and Hannah in these first two episodes, if you had to choose between Jessa and Shosh for the next episode to focus on, who would it be?
Quote of the Night:
“You look like a slutty Von Trapp child.” -Elijah