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Published on January 13th, 2013 | by Bags Hooper


Girls Season 2 Premiere Rundown: Obligatory sex and role reversal

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If there is one thing we’ve come to expect from HBO’s Girls, it’s the obligatory sex scene.

Last year, critics spoke out on Girls’ lack of black characters in the series’ frosh season. Production responded by casting Donald Glover as a series regular in season 2. Needless to say, that meant Glover needed to do the nasty – in this case with Hannah (Lena Dunham). The opening montage in Episode 2.1, “It’s About Time,” featured Glover motorboating Hannah – a definite atypical turn from his more comical roles – such as that on Community. The in-your-face sex scene reminded me of seeing Bow Wow in Entourage Season 6, talking to Eric while a girl was riding him.

With the egregious sex scene taken care of early on, we were able to get to the comedy.

Hannah actually seems to have gotten her life together. Hannah is stepping into the role of a player. She’s taking care of Adam, while sleeping with other men. Congrats to her. At first glance, it looks as though Hannah’s finally got her life in order – even though her love life will eventually find a few hurdles. On the home-front, she’s living with Elijah (Andrew Rannells). They’re the type of roommates who complete each other’s sentences, yet don’t have to worry about any relationship drama between the two.

Marnie takes over from Hannah as the lead girl stuck in a downward spiral. Season 2 opens up with Marnie getting downsized. Later, she almost has sex with Elijah, who tries to convince her that he’s bisexual. When things don’t work out – he blamed his failed erection on her rolling eyes – she decided to spend the night with Charlie (Christopher Abbott).

Shoshanna is still delightfully neurotic as the deflowered awkward woman. Although she and Ray parted ways after he “took her virginity,” the two quickly got back together. They consummated their relationship again by kissing, while Ray tilted his beer bottle – spilling his liquor in spoof Eisenstein imagery.

As for Jessa (Jemima Kirke), she seems to be happily married. The premiere didn’t explore her honeymoon, but we did see Jess and her new husband bolting into a cab as happy as can be.

What were your thoughts on the premiere? Next to Jessa, Hannah’s story arc was the least interesting. I found myself wanting to see more of Shoshanna and Marnie (although I could do without Marnie getting back with Charlie).

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