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Girls Season 3 Episode 10 “Role Play”: Stuck, And In Costume (NSFW)

March 10, 2014

Like many of you, I had trouble watching Girls last night due to the HBOgo disaster (I also haven’t seen True Detective yet, which is why I’m using the internet with extreme caution today). I ended up watching Girls this morning, and it was a pretty depressing way to start the week.

The episode begins with a fun-but-quickly-sad scene: Hannah gets drunk — no wait, WASTED — with her co-workers. After puking on the street (and herself, it looked like), she ends up spending the night at Joe’s house, where he cleans her up and puts her safely to bed. She wakes up the next morning, disoriented.

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But when she gets home, Adam has hardly noticed that she’s been gone.

What’s happening here can be seen two ways. The show has goaded us into the obvious: Patti Lupone warned Hannah about it, and it’s coming true — Broadway turns people into assholes. But the other way to see it is that Adam is evolving and Hannah is not.

Hannah’s life looks somewhat better on paper now than it did in the first two seasons. She has a regular job, a regular paycheck, and a live-in boyfriend. But she seems to have lost her drive entirely. Remember after her first day of work, when she vowed to write for three hours every night? That, now, is a broken resolution, a distant memory. On the other hand, remember how Adam used to sit around his apartment in his pajamas all day? Now he’s found his passion, and he wants to work hard at it.

It’s not that they’ve entirely switched places, but more that they’ve swapped some pieces, and they happen to be the pieces that kept them together. Hannah was a crazy mess but she wanted things, she needed things, she had to be a writer. Adam was a crazy mess with no discernible desires other than to break walls and stuff. Now Hannah is a somewhat put together girl whose book dreams have disappeared, and Adam is a somewhat put together guy with an artistic future. He’s less attractive to her because he has what she doesn’t; she’s less attractive to him because she’s no longer trying. They’re both too involved in their new realities.

This has transferred to their sex life, and the show plays it out that way. Adam used to be a sexual maniac because he needed something to keep him from drinking, but now, he has acting — and he wants just to be sweet. Hannah views that sweetness as their connection fading. After all, the guy she initially fell for was that crazy, messed up, sexually deviant guy. She needed that because it made her feel on the outskirts, and it made her feel like a writer even when she wasn’t writing.

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It all comes to a head in Marnie’s apartment, while Hannah is wearing an insane sex costume of some kind and a blonde wig. But the fact that Adam already has a place to go (Ray said he can stay there for a while) shows that he’s been thinking about this and planning his move, which made me really sad. But what is keeping them together, really? She wants to create fake narratives that don’t even line up, and he just wants to memorize his lines.

In the Shoshanna/Jessa plotline, this duality is also evident: Shoshanna is evolving and Jessa is not. Jessa is apparently jobless again (although not in any evident trouble for stealing from the store), and she’s spending her time getting high with Jasper. When Shoshanna tries to put a dent in this existence by reuniting Jasper with his daughter, Jessa is left alone, smoking on the sidewalk, looking like a junkie.

Finally, we have Marnie, who’s life is stuck, too. She’s still trying to sing with boys who aren’t into her, and she’s still being offered assistant jobs (except this time by a 24-year old — “2-4 girl!” — yikes).

Our Girls (excepting Shoshanna, who is still in college and thus an example of a different generation) are stuck. They are drunk, they are high, they are alone and singing.

A few observations:

– Sun-Jin is having trouble being a “woman and a girlfriend and a gallery owner and an electronic musician all at once” which makes me just HATE NYC twenty-four year olds (sorry to all involved).

– Joe, Hannah’s co-worker who bathed her to sobriety, is probably her next love interest. I don’t think it’s going to go well.

– Marnie’s jean shorts and blouse and beanie are too much for me.

– Just a nitpick: I know that it’s all for the sake of the story, but it’s ridiculous that Adam is on Broadway, and featured prominently on the poster, and getting pre-reviews, after having been in no other plays.

– Where did Caroline go?

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