Girls Recap: One Less Lonely Girl
Girls Recap: One Less Lonely Girl
This week’s Girls was ostenisbly about our protagonist’s dream-like one-day-stand with a wealthy, married (er, separated) doctor. But in actuality, it was more of a psychological profile asking the question: “Who is Hannah Horvath, and what makes her act — and act out — the way she does?”
The premise of the moving, meditative “One Man’s Trash” was simple and streamlined (nope, we had no Jessa, no Marnie and no Shosh this week): Unfeasibly hot fortysomething guy (Patrick Wilson) walks in to Grumpy’s and kvetches to Ray that someone’s been dumping the cafe’s rubbish in his cans. An argument ensues, dude storms out, Hannah (sporting the most hideous romper my eyes have ever encountered) tells Ray he was appallingly rude, and then she proceeds to quit her shift early (maybe forever?) and follow disgruntled patron back to his place to confess that she was actually the guilty party. Before she leaves, she plants a kiss on the total stranger’s lips, and they wind up having sex on the kitchen counter, sharing a steak dinner, skipping work the next day, playing half-naked ping-pong, having sex on the ping-pong table, touring his renovated brownstone, reading the Times in his idyllic backyard, having sex in his bed, and spilling little secrets all the while over the course of the 36-or-so-hour encounter.
On her second night with Dr. Josh(ua), though, Hannah faints inside his home-furnishings-porn steam shower and their conversation gets briefly and awkwardly real. We never learn much about Wilson’s character aside from his profession, his recent separation from his wife, and that he’s got a passion for restoring his old house. (Oh, also, he totes hates the abbreve “Josh.”) But Hannah — struck by his passion, his compassion, and to some degree his material and emotional stability — finds herself opening up in ways she’s rarely done during Girls‘ season-and-a-half run.
I loved how the episode challenged my feelings about Hannah, making me find her more sympathetic, more shallow, more complicated, mor tragic, more infuriating and more lovable depending on where her conversation with Joshua headed. There’s no way a single recap could really cover the entire dialog — suffice to say, though, somewhere a college sophomore is probably beginning her college term paper about it — but I’ll recount the four exchanges/realizations that I found most provocative:
* Hannah is, at heart, a little materialistic (not that there’s anything wrong with it). | I found it fascinating the way Lena Dunham exposed her heroine’s not-so-hidden love of the good life — from the way Hannah went in for that first kiss right after describing as nice “everything that [Joshua] appears to have” to their last night together when she marveled at his “fruit in the bowl and fridge with the stuff.” Hannah, living a carefree twentysomething lifestyle on a coffee-shop salary in the most expensive city in the world, has to know that the party can’t last forever. At some point she’ll either have to apply her intellect to a serious job or writing project that pays her a living salary, or else she’ll have to abandon the NYC dream that fuels her engine. Confronted by an adult who can’t play dumpster games for kicks had to be a stark reminder of what she may or may not be frittering away with her occasional/questionable essays.