Girls Episode 1-5 Review – They Don’t Like Me, They Really Don’t Like Me!
by Jill Mader on May 15, 2012

It’s odd, that I find it so refreshing that a show would feature characters you should instinctively dislike. At the beginning of last night’s episode of Girls, after witnessing a fight between Marnie and Charlie that was vaguely about her, Hannah said the douchiest thing possible. And yet, I still dig this show.

Hannah’s ‘journal’ entry, the one all about her thoughts on Marnie and Charlie’s relationship, was the catalyst for the end of their relationship. It wasn’t Hannah’s fault that Charlie had read her journal, or notebook, or what have you – that was an unacceptable breach of privacy. But Hannah’s reaction was entirely self-centered. It’s not a diary, it’s notes for a book. It’s all true, so who cares? Is the writing good? The moment in which she asked Marnie if she’d like the “essay”, you know “as a piece of writing”, if it weren’t about Marnie herself, was a hideous moment. And a moment I loved.

Hannah was possibly at her most unlikable this week, what with her lack of sympathy for her best friend and her immature antics at work. But those intense flaws are was intrigue us about her character, aren’t they?

Marnie and Charlie’s storyline was a lovely depiction of how slowly a relationship can fall apart, and I loved the flashback to when they met. The fact that Marnie didn’t know where Charlie even lived was a nice touch, because it showed how Marnie can be just as self-involved as Hannah is, just in a different way. Of all the characters, I relate to Marnie the most. I know what it’s like to want things only on my own terms, and it’s not the most flattering of personality traits.

I continue to dislike Jessa, but I did find her reaction to discovering Shoshanna had been hiding in a closet while she had revenge sex hilarious. Shoshanna’s own reactions, though, really took the cake. I want more Shoshanna.

“Hard Being Easy” wasn’t an amazing episode, but I rather enjoy seeing the world these girls live in develop. The flashback in particular, seeing how the way Charlie and Marnie’s relationship began dictated everything about it and seeing Hannah’s gay boyfriend again, was really interesting. And, I’m looking forward to further exploring the idea of how self-destructive a person’s behavior can be when they view every experience as fodder for a book, essay, Tweet, etc. What did you guys think?





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