Girls Season 2 Premiere Rundown: Obligatory sex and role reversal

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).

Blu-ray: HBO’s Girls: A raw, honest cavalcade of emotional foibles

HBO’s Girls, created by and starring Lena Dunham, is a smart and boisterous take on four 20’s women navigating their way through New York City’s treacherous emotional landscape. It’s a cavalcade of awkward humor and misbegotten decisions that all seem “right” in the moment. Flirting with your older, married boss may give you a few fleeting laughs, but that’s only until he shows up at a party with a bottle of wine hoping for an intimate evening. Then, there are those unfortunate incidents where an innocent girl accidentally smokes crack and ends up running through Williamsburg half naked. Sure, reality is bent and heightened at times for comedic effect, but these Girls are truth. This freshman season is filled with nonstop fem-foibles that only get funnier with each viewing.

The Blu-ray release collects the ten episode series and bundles it with a few fun bonus features as well as a tweet booklet from Dunham.

In the Pilot, we meet Hannah (Dunham), an aspiring writer who has been living off of her parents post college. When they cut her off financially, Hannah has to figure out what do with her life next. Like any young professional artist, her mind is a jumble of conflict. She needs a job to stay afloat, but she needs free time to write. Stuck in between, Hannah blames her parents for her professional limbo.

When Hannah isn’t trying to pay her bills or figure out the meaning of life, she is daydreaming about a monogamous relationship with Adam (Adam Driver). She may be sleeping with him regularly, but he remains a mystery to her. Does he want to be her boyfriend? She doesn’t really know, but at the same time she doesn’t really ask him. Adam’s her bedroom sounding board for all of life’s quandaries that she can’t take to her girlfriends.

Similar to Sex and the City, Hannah has three compatriots: Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). Marnie is Hannah’s roommate. She has a relationship rollercoaster of her own to deal with when she’s not trying to serve as Hannah’s on-call, makeshift psychiatrist. Her boyfriend is a bland yes man, who redefines monotony. Jessa is the flower child, free spirit. She has embraced her sexuality, but little else. She doesn’t know what she wants out of life and that leads her to one misstep after another. Shoshanna is Jessa’s cousin, the 20’s virgin who makes every awkward, innocent moment an instant laugh.

The Blu-ray comes with an interview between Dunham and Executive Producer Judd Apatow. The two discuss Dunham’s first call with Apatow after Dunham’s Tiny Furniture movie made the film festival circuit. Although it’s just a regular behind-the-scenes interview, seeing the awkward jokes between the two give you a sense of how their projects must come to life – with real world experience.

Girls is the first series of its kind to capture this demographic and social environment with such raw honesty. Be warned: the sex scenes can be egregious and painful to watch at times. However, the story stays delightfully fresh throughout each episode and will make you eager to see Girls return to HBO in 2013.

Girls: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]

Starring: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet
Directed by: Lena Dunham, Jesse Peretz, Jody Lee Lipes, Richard Shepard
Created by: Lena Dunham
Studio: HBO
Release Date: December 11, 2012

Rating:
8 / 10

Girls & Enlightened set new offbeat comedy hour this January on HBO

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In January, HBO will be pairing Girls and Enlightened in an hour-long dark comedy block. Both series are returning for their second season. Enlightened will be returning after a year-long hiatus, the frosh season premiered in Fall 2011.

Starting Sunday, January 13, Girls will premiere at 9PM E/P, followed by Enlightened at 9:30PM E/P. Both shows will feature a 10-episode season.

Girls is created by and stars Lena Dunham. Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet also star. Enlightened stars Laura Dern.

Emmy Nominations – Who Got Served and Who Got Screwed Again

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The 2012 Emmy nominations have been announced and we’ve got all of the major categories listed as well as our initial, emotional reactions.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Boardwalk Empire
Homeland
Mad Men
Game of Thrones

Reaction: What’s to debate here? All deserve it to some degree. Even in a down season, Downton Abbey is still phenomenal television, even if it’s not your cup of tea. My only gripe is that last year Abbey was considered a Miniseries and now they take the place of an equally deserving show. Nothing is budging Breaking Bad or Mad Men, and there’s no one else more thrilled to see Homeland and Game of Thrones included. Boardwalk Empire belongs too, but again, Sons of Anarchy will sadly never be in the Emmy conversation for whatever reason even though this past season wasn’t its most consistent. There were series that were going to be left on the outside looking in and SOA, The Good Wife, The Walking Dead and Justified were left out this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
Kathy Bates – Harry’s Law
Claire Danes – Homeland
Glenn Close – Damages

Reaction: There is nothing but rage, absolute rage. Someone please take Bates out and place Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal! It’s absolute B.S. And where’s Sarah Michelle Gellar for playing dual roles in Ringer. I’m kidding about that last comment, people, I’m kidding.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad
Archie Panjabi – The Good Wife
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife

Reaction: It’s a glorious day to see Anna Gunn break into the category and get some recognition for Skylar White. It’s well-deserved and been a long time coming. Downton Abbey was a bit too soapy for me this past season but I can see why Smith and Froggatt are nominated. The Good Wife is filled with great actresses up and down that cast so there was no doubt that Baranski and Panjabi were going to be nominated. No Joelle Carter this year, but if all goes right, next year could be her year knowing her potential storylines in Justified.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Joan Cusack – Shameless
Uma Thurman – Smash
Julia Ormond – Mad Men
Loretta Devine – Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart – Harry’s Law
Martha Plimpton – The Good Wife

Reaction: Good choices, especialy with Plimpton and Cusack. Thurman was one of the few memorable things about Smash, but does anyone believe that show qualifies as a Drama series? It’s more like a comedy…

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall – Dexter
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Damien Lewis – Homeland

Reaction: This is one of the toughest categories year in and year out. Anything Homeland is hot, but Cranston is putting on a clinic each week on Breaking Bad. Hall is getting a bit long in the tooth in this category and is a bit outclassed, so I would have cheered more had Fringe’s John Noble took his place who is long overdue for some recognition for playing a dozen versions of his character Walter Bishop. We still love you, John. And Timothy Olyphant was also left out for what was his finest season as Raylan Givens.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle – Downton Abbey
Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
Jared Harris – Mad Men
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

Reaction: Again, a knockout category and I’m glad I don’t have a vote for this one. Harris had a season to remember, and I’ve never rooted for an antagonist before like I did with Esposito’s Gus Fring. What’s not to love about Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister? And both Carter and Coyle are strong on Abbey but I’m surprised not to see Alan Cumming from The Good Wife, also no Walton Goggins for Justified? Bah!

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Mark Margolis – Breaking Bad
Jeremy Davies – Justified
Jason Ritter – Parenthood
Ben Feldman – Mad Men
Dylan Baker – The Good Wife

Reaction: How the hell do you leave Neal McDonough off this list? What an absolute crime! He deserves the spot more than fellow Justified guest, Jeremy Davies who is great on the show, but McDonough was riveting. We’ll be rooting for Breaking Bad‘s Mark Margolis (DING! DING! DING!) who got to finally step out of the wheelchair and show people a great performance in the Breaking Bad episode, “Hermanos.” Ritter who got no respect in The Event, did remind people of his talent in Parenthood.

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields and McCoys
Luther
Sherlock

Reaction: Even with Downton Abbey leaving this category, it still stacked. BBC is well represented with Luther and Sherlock. American Horror Story qualified and that helped it not to get lost in the Drama series. I’m glad it’s recognized. Hatfields and McCoys made a late charge and it’s fresh on voters’ minds.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Connie Britton – American Horror Story
Ashley Judd – Missing
Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore – Game Change
Emma Thompson – The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Reaction: Lots of reliable Academy and fan favorites make this category extremely competitive this season, but something tells me that Moore will get it for portraying Sarah Palin. Judd’s action role in the canceled Missing, AKA TV’s Taken, is a bit of a odd pick.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Kevin Costner – Hatfield & McCoys
Idris Elba – Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Woody Harrelson – Game Change
Bill Paxton – Hatfield & McCoys
Clive Owen – Hemmingway & Gellhorn

Reaction: – Connect yourself to Ernest Hemmingway in any way, shape or form and you will get attention. I’ll be rooting for either of the BBC representatives in Elba and Cumberbatch because both are so clearly distinct in the massive sea of good television.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Ed Harris –  Game Change
Denis O’Hare –  American Horror Story
David Strathairn –  Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman – Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Tom Berenger – Hatfields & McCoys

Reaction: I’ll admit to seeing only Freeman and O’Hare, who I both enjoyed for different reasons. Knowing this Academy, Harris is the front runner in portraying McCain.

Outstanding Host in Reality TV
Tom Bergeron – Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley – So YOu Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race
Betty White – Off Their Rockers
Ryan Seacrest – American Idol

Reaction: I’m rooting for White. I am not afraid to admit that I watch this show and yes, I do think it’s funny. Also, does anyone really care about the rest of these puppets?

Outstanding Reality – Competition
Dancing With the Stars
The Amazing Race
Top Chef
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice
Project Runway

Reaction: If we’re talking reality here, why is Dancing with the Stars here? The Voice could be roped into that strange celeb/reality blend too because in all honesty, our eyes are on what Christina Aguilera will wear and say next. The Amazing Race will be the odds on favorite, as usual, especially with Survivor being absent. I’ll still be rooting Top Chef and Project Runway but again, Survivor’s absence is a big surprise. Let’s just be thankful that American Idol wasn’t nominated.

Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show
Colbert Report
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Saturday Night Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Reaction: It’s the usual suspects except Conan O’Brien is missing. That move to TBS has not done much for Conan outside of security. It seems like everyone’s forgotten what network he’s moved to. I also don’t think this was one of SNL’s better years either.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Julia Louise-Dreyfus – VEEP
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Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy – Mike and Molly

Reaction: The Academy is in love with Fey, Poehler, and McCarthy. Fey can do no wrong despite 30 Rock not currently being as great as the earlier seasons. Poehler and Parks and Rec probably had its best season, and it’s probably no coincidence that both that and Veep’s  leads were nominated in an election year. Well played HBO and NBC. I like Deschanel, but I’m surprised she got nominated, then again, I’m not. Dunham and Falco are no surprises here after their seasons but I feel like this category is missing some stronger candidates.  Also no Alison Brie and no Krysten Ritter… double sigh. Waitaminute, does anyone else notice how they got seven nominations when most others had only six? Lots of gripes are going to come at this one…

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten – Desperate Housewives

Reaction: When is the Academy going to grow some balls and nominate Kaitlin Olson for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I’m eye-rolling at the Modern Family nods but mildly applauding Bialik’s nomination. Wiig is the only thing that saves SNL half the time and I have to admit that I never been desperate enough to tune into Housewives since the first season. Where are the girls of Happy Endings? Cheryl Hines or Allie Grant of Suburgatory? Bah! The comedy nominations get me pissed every single year.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Louis C.K. – Louie
Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Reaction: People need to stop recognizing Two and a Half Men, seriously. Every time Cryer and this show are recognized, it shows why Hollywood keeps making brain dead comedies for the networks. Parsons, Baldwin, and David were almost written in months ago. Snooze. Here’s where Louis C.K. gets his nomination along with his writing and directing. Him winning would be an incredible upset knowing these voters, but there’s no one else who actually deserves it more than him.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill – Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
Bill Hader – SNL
Max Greenfield – New Girl

Reaction: Again, no disrespect to MF, but the Academy should be ashamed at nominating four goddmamn actors from one show in one category. There are other shows out there you know. Damon Wayans Jr. should be on this list. Also Nick Kroll from The League should be here and I also think that Garrett Dillahunt deserves a nomination for Raising Hope. Want another diss? How about James Van Der Beek on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23. Hell, anyone but a Modern Family cast member–this season anyway.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Curb Your ENthusiasm
30 Rock
VEEP
Modern Family
Girls

Reaction: Wow, Curb Your Enthusiasm made a resurgence in the comedy awards. Was hoping Louie would crack this category once and for all but somehow 30 Rock got yet another nomination even though it’s been sitting in park for the last few seasons. The same could be said about Modern Family. I’m not sure if Archer entered as a comedy or animated series, but it should be here nonetheless. Wilfred is a cutting edge show that requires more thought than just laughing straight jokes but it seems to go over many heads. Episodes was another snubbed victim. VEEP and Girls took away spots normally held by network comedies and that’s nice, but Louie still deserves to be in this category and so does Community. Booooooo!

Outstanding Animated Program
American Dad – Hot Water
The Penguins of Madagascar – The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole
Futurama – The Tip of the Zoidberg
Bob’s Burgers – BurgerBoss
The Simpsons – Holidays of Future Passed

Reaction: Where’s Archer? One episode of Archer is more entertaining than all of the nominees back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
Regular Show – Eggscellent
Adventure Time – Too Young
Disney Phineas and Ferb – The Doonkleberry Imperative
Robot Chicken – Fight Club Paradise
Mad – Kitchen Nightmare Before Christmas / How I Met Your Mummy

Reaction: Knowing that Adventure Time, Regular Show, Mad and Robot Chicken all have nominations this year but Sons of Anarchy doesn’t sums up the type of twisted turmoil happiness and anger bestowed on people like us who follow television.

 

Other notable nominations and notes:

  • In the comedy writing category, both Community (Remedial Chaos Theory) and Louie (Pregnant) got nominations. So essentially the Butterfly Effect and TV’s longest fart joke got nominated. See how random the Emmys can be?
  • Louis C.K. also got a directing nomination for “Duckling” which may have been the greatest half hour of television last year.
  • Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan got a directing nomination for the series climax, “Face Off”
  • Mad Men dominated the drama writing category with three nominations; Homeland picked up one too for its Pilot.
  • Nominated for Main Title Design: FX’s American Horror Story’s creepy opening, Cinemax’s Strike Back, Starz Magic City, PBS’ Great Expectation, and Fox’s New Girl that lasts less than 10 seconds. How is Game of Thrones not nominated?
  • Burt Reynolds did not get an Emmy nomination for Voice-Over performance in Archer. Dammit!

Well, those are our initial reactions, want to share yours? For a complete list of the Emmy Nominations including the technical categories, click here.

‘Girls’ Season Finale: ‘She Did’ – A Roller Coaster Filled with Surprises

Last night was the season finale of Girls and it was filled with surprises. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) threw a mystery party that shocked us all, Marnie (Allison Williams) was still a mess, Adam (Adam Driver) wanted to move in with Hannah (Lena Dunham), and Shoshanna (Zosia Mammet) finally lost her virginity. It was a roller coaster of a season and the finale didn’t exactly end on a high note, but it was still as entertaining as ever.

Jessa invited everyone to a mystery party that she claimed would be the most important party of her life. It turned out it was Jessa’s wedding to Thomas John (Chris O’Dowd), the man she met only a few weeks ago.  It looks as though Jessa is grasping at anything to find happiness and Thomas John was her next victim. Hopefully the couple will make it but with Jessa’s flaky nature it’s not likely.

Jessa’s mystery wedding surprised everyone. Shoshanna was actually upset that she didn’t know and she was extra upset that she wore white. Thankfully Ray (Alex Karpovsky) was there to profess his infatuation for her. Good news is that the duo went home to have sex. Now Shoshanna has to figure out what her new baggage will be.

Marnie was a mess. She spent the evening downing drinks and desperately tried to seem like she was doing fine. She was still jealous of Jessa’s free spirited nature but too blind to see that Jessa is just as messed up as her. At the end of the night she made out with a random guy right in front of her ex-boyfriend Charlie. Marnie took for granted all the things in her life that were good and now she is spinning out of control.

The wedding affected Hannah and Adam as well. Earlier in the episode Adam told Hannah that he would move in with her. Hannah was nervous about it so she asked her gay ex-boyfriend to move in instead. This clearly upset Adam who then told Hannah he loved her. Of course Hannah didn’t reply. The two had a blowup and Adam was right to be pissed. Hannah spent so much time chasing him like a puppy and now that she has him she doesn’t know if she wants him. She claims she’s scared but that sounded like garbage excuse. At the end of their fight a car hit Adam. He seemed to only have minor injuries but he wouldn’t allow Hannah to ride with him in the ambulance.

As if Hannah’s life wasn’t going down the toilet fast enough, she fell asleep on the subway and ended up in Coney Island without her purse. The episode ended with Hannah sitting alone on the beach with nothing, a perfect metaphor for how bad her life is going. No job, no best friend, no success, no boyfriend and now no way home. It was certainly a depressing way to end a season, but Lena Dunham painted the picture so well it was a pleasure to watch.  We can only hope Hannah grows from this experience.

Girls: Episode 9 – Marnie & Hannah’s Blowout

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The claws came out on last night’s episode of Girls. Hannah (Lena Dunham) was bitter about her old frenemy’s success. Jessa (Jemima Kike) got a visit from her old boss. And Marnie (Allison Williams) finally laid it all out for Hannah. The episode was one of the most honest of the season but all that truth was a downer.

The crew attended Hannah’s former classmate Tally’s (Jenna Slate) book launch party. Hannah couldn’t hold back her bitter, jealous attitude and it was very unbecoming. As unattractive as her jealousy was, if you see a nemesis that is more successful than you, the first reaction is usually similar to Hannah’s. Hopefully we’re all a little more discrete about it.

While at the party, Hannah ran into her old teacher, Professor Goldman (Michael Imperioli). Apparently Hannah used to be obsessed with him. With his positive opinion of Hannah you could see why. He invited her to a reading group where writers meet to read their personal essays aloud. At first Hannah didn’t want to go but then realized that if she doesn’t take risks she will never be successful. Unfortunately the risk she took didn’t pay off. She was prepared to read a piece about when she had a crush on a hoarder, which sounds like Hannah. But on the way she decided to write something about death, since it would be less trivial. The death piece wasn’t well received and Hannah seemed more defeated than usual.

Meanwhile Jessa’s former employer Katherine paid her a visit. Jessa left the job because Katherine’s husband was hitting on her. It’s understandable why Katherine would come see her, she needed closure, she needed to hear form Jessa that nothing happened etc. But then Katherine asked Jessa to come back to work. That was odd, did she need to prove that she could be the stronger woman? The scene ended with Jessa saying she couldn’t come back to work then Katherine shined a bright light on Jessa’s unhappiness. It was a great revelation at the end of the scene. The Girls writers have done a good job setting her up as the “coolest”; she travels, she lives in the moment, and she can wear a feather vest. I’m glad they finally dove into how lonely she is.

At the end of the episode Marnie and Hannah had a blowout that seemed to come from nowhere. Yes, Marnie has been suffering and Hannah has been ignorant but did she need to blow it up like that? Marnie has been supporting Hannah financially but is she really going to let a few month’s rent come between them? On the flip side Hannah has been so preoccupied with herself that she hasn’t been there for Marnie emotionally. The fight ended with Marnie revealing that she doesn’t want to live with Hannah anymore. Talk about not sleeping on it.

The fight between the two best friends was one of the most honest scenes of the series. The episode may have ended on a low note but Lena Dunham was able to weave in some wit. It’s the mix of honesty and humor that keep Girls fan’s watching.

‘Girls’ Episode 8 Review: ‘Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too’

“Weirdos Need Girlfriend Too” is one of the most appropriate titles ever for an episode of Girls. Las night we followed Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam’s (Adam Driver) strange new relationship through a bi-polar roller coaster. We also had a rare glimpse into Marnie (Allison Williams) and Jessa’s (Jemima Kirke) friendship. It wasn’t the funniest episode but Lena Dunham still keeps us watching.

Adam and Hannah began the episode truly happy. It was rare to see Hannah so carefree. She didn’t talk about herself once, which was refreshing. Plus Adam was almost charming. After a fun morning together the couple went to his rehearsal where he performed an impressive monologue. Unfortunately it all went down hill from there. Adam quit the show because he thought the production was mediocre. Then on the way home he flipped out on a driver then stormed off. Hannah was understandably freaked out by his bi-polar outburst. She took the opportunity to think in the shower when Adam decided to pee on her as a joke. It was gross for Hannah but still the funniest part of the episode.

Meanwhile Marnie was a mess. She threw herself a pity party alone in her room. Hannah was too happy to console her friend but Jessa was around to join the party. The two haven’t spent much time alone this season and last night they didn’t disappoint. Marnie wanted to be a bit more adventurous so they went out for drinks where they were joined by guest star Chris O’Dowd. Marnie fell for his hotshot businessman persona but Jessa wasn’t interested. Marnie convinced her to go back to his place. He was hoping for some three-way action but Marnie and Jessa only wanted each other. That’s right the two girls had a make-out session.  Maybe it will strengthen their friendship.

By the end of the episode things were looking bleak for Hannah and Adam. In a big surprise Adam actually apologized for his behavior. He posted hundreds of “sorry” posters on the street corner. It was unconventional but extremely romantic. He may be bi-polar but he is growing on me with every episode. With only two episodes left in the season who knows if he can keep up the good work.

‘Girls’ Episode 7 Review: ‘Crackcident’ is Just as Funny as it Sounds

In an attempt to find the hottest party ever, the girls hit Bushwick’s party scene in one of the best episodes yet. Marnie (Allison Williams) finally unraveled and it wasn’t pretty, Shoshanna (Zosia Mammet) accidentally and hilariously smoked crack. And Lena Dunham may have accomplished the impossible: She made Adam (Adam Driver) likeable.

The hottest party of the weekend was at a warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn and everyone they’ve ever met was in attendance. Marnie took the opportunity to see how her ex, Charlie (Christopher Abbott), was doing. All was going well until she found out he’s already seeing another girl.  Marnie completely lost it; she ended up complaining about the situation to anyone who would listen. She even cornered Hannah’s ex, Elijah (Andrew Rannells). Thankfully he told Marnie how selfish she is, and then smacked her in the face. She deserved it, Marnie seemed like she had it together at first but she’s just as selfish and confused as Hannah. At least Hannah is aware of her own vices.

Shoshanna had her best episode ever. While waiting in line for the bathroom she smoked a glass cigarette of crack. As if we didn’t already have a hard time keeping up with Shoshanna add some crack and she turned into a verbal tornado. Instead of staying with her “crack spirit guide” Ray (Alex Karpovsky), Shoshanna ran away though the back streets of Bushwick. When Ray finally found her she attacked him for following her.  Watching tiny, pants-less Shoshanna take down Ray was one of the funniest moments of the season. Eventually she realized Ray was only trying to help her. Maybe Ray will save her from her virginity as well.

Meanwhile, Hannah (Lena Dunham) saw Adam (Adam Driver) at the party and even though he hasn’t called or answered her texts she still wanted to see him. Then Hannah learned from one of his friends that Adam is in AA. She was upset that she didn’t know much about him. When she confronted Adam about it he said the only reason he hasn’t told her anything about himself is because Hannah never asked. Turns out the reason we thought Adam was so terrible was because he thought Hannah wasn’t interested in knowing him. Talk about major miscommunication.  After a little fight Adam bluntly asked Hannah is she wanted him to be her boyfriend. Hannah’s response was a huge child like grin that every girl deserves to have at one point in her life.

There are only a few episodes of Girls left but this season is getting better with each one. Lena Dunham has successfully created multi-dimensional characters that you can love and hate at the same time. She’s also somehow made unbelievable story lines, like accidental crack smoking, relatable. Sure we may not have accidentally smoked crack but we’ve all had to hunt down a friend who tried to escape a party. Dunham has proven her talent and I’m excited to see what she comes up with for the rest of the season and what she plans on doing next.

*This article has been updated

‘Girls’ Episode 6 Review: ‘The Return’

Last night on Girls, Hannah (Lena Dunham) headed home to Michigan for her parent’s anniversary. We saw a few signs of growth though we learned a little too much about her parents.  The episode was topped off with some awkward sex scenes that we come to expect from the HBO show.

While home Hannah met a sweet young pharmacist, Eric, who asked her out on a date.  He actually took her out of his apartment into society, which is much better treatment than Hannah received from Adam. The pair went for pizza then attended a fundraiser held by Hannah’s high school friend Heather. It turns out Heather is moving to Hollywood to be a dancer. Too bad her dance moves are that of a stripper. Maybe she’ll have better luck planning awkward fundraisers.

I didn’t like how Hannah talked smack about her friend moving to L.A. Yes, Heather’s plans were a bit delusional but Hannah is off in New York living her own dream why can’t Heather go off and live hers? I’m sure less talented people have made it. Hannah lost points for that one; she of all people should support a dreamer.

After the event Hannah and Eric went back to his place for sex. Since Hannah’s most recent experiences have been with freaky Adam she doesn’t fare well with straight-laced Eric. She tried to stick her fingers in some unwelcome places and made inappropriate comments about her er … tightness. There isn’t a future for Hannah and Eric but at least she got a taste of how a girl is supposed to be treated.

When Hannah returned home she found out she wasn’t the only one having fun in the bedroom. Well in her parents case it was the bathroom. Hannah’s dad fell out of the shower mid-thrust and was knocked unconscious. Hannah walked in to the bathroom to find her dad naked on the floor and her mom hovering over him screaming. When he came to he threw out his back and couldn’t get up. Next, Hannah had to help move her naked father into his bed. The entire scene was hysterical. No one wants to see their father’s penis, no one wants to know their parents have sex and no one wants to touch a naked parent. Hannah hit the trifecta with that one.

After her dad was tucked safely in bed Hannah and her mother shared an intimate moment in the hallway. Her mom asked how she was doing and instead of breaking down and asking for money she told her mom that she was making it work. Maybe there is hope for Hannah after all.

Hannah’s whirlwind day finally ended when she got a call from Adam. He was a little easier to digest this week, probably because he was only on screen for two minutes and made an effort. Maybe he does care for her a little bit but he still doesn’t deserve her, he doesn’t even deserve a hamster. But I’m sure this minuscule gesture will keep Hannah going for weeks.

Girls Episode 4: “Hannah’s Diary” is the Best so Far

Hannah (Lena Dunham) took two steps forward and three steps back on last night’s episode of Girls. She finally stood up for herself only to fall right back to square one. At least we got some time with Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Marnie’s (Allison Williams) boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbot) is finally in the loop. The episode was satisfying, funny and relatable making it the best so far in the series.

Shoshanna met a guy who seemed to like her even with her hysterical lack of game.  The couple ended up making out on her couch and it looked like our girl was finally going to get laid. Unfortunately her friend wasn’t a nice guy, and when he found out she was a virgin he bailed. Poor Shoshanna, she’s one of the more unbelievable characters but her innocence, high energy and speech patterns make her one of the most likeable characters on the show.

Adam (Adam Driver), another jerk, sent Hannah a picture of his penis, then quickly apologized for sending it to the wrong person. What? Instead of being annoyed, Hannah decided to send him back a picture of her boobs. Eventually Hannah mustered up the guts to tell him off. She delivered a strong emotional speech about how she deserves a guy who think’s she’s great and only wants to sleep with her. Just when it seemed like Hannah was taking charge Adam gave her a look and she melted. Any girl watching was yelling “No Hannah!” She was so close to becoming a strong woman, then one kiss from Adam and she was right back to square one. At least she told him how she felt. He didn’t even apologize. I hate Adam.

Speaking of terrible couples, the cat is finally out of the bag with Marnie and Charlie.  Charlie’s friend Ray (Alex Karpovsky) found Hannah’s diary while he was snooping around her apartment. Hannah wrote the truth about Charlie’s smothering love and Marnie’s unhappiness. The boys went on to write a song about it and read her diary aloud at their gig . It was a nasty, bold move by Charlie that proved to be some great T.V.

The girls are shunning the good guys only to fall into bed with the bad ones – what twenty something can’t relate to that? I’m looking forward to seeing how Marnie and Charlie pan out and I’m secretly praying for Adam’s character to get hit by a car.  That may be the only thing that could free Hannah from him.