March 18, 2014
Here’s what’s going on this week: Adam IS pulling away from Hannah, even as he tells her, to her face, that he is not. Hannah is realizing what she previously had seemed oblivious to — that she’s not working on her book and that she’s what she always swore she wouldn’t become (a person with a regular job). Marnie is, surprisingly, coming into her own a little bit, even though Jessa’s version of “her own” is still strong enough to squash Marnie’s in an instant.
After we left things last week, I was surprised to find this episode opening with Adam and Hannah in bed, and seemingly both into being there. But just a minute later he’s up and leaving, and Hannah is naked (of course) and alone. Like Hannah, I found myself buying Adam’s reasons as genuine at first — maybe he really DOES just need space for this specific moment in his career! — but as the episode went on that became pretty clearly untrue. And it makes sense, too: Adam has never been single and not crazy before. He’s grown up in lots of ways and really doesn’t seem as crazy as he did, but now he’s still tied to the woman he met while he was crazy, and that suddenly seems stifling. Still, it’s very heartbreaking when Hannah shows up at Ray’s that night, in shorts and a tank top, and begs to spend the night with Adam. Who hasn’t spent a night in sleepless anxiety over a guy who isn’t there? (What I’m saying is that I have, and I could relate to it.) I get what Adam is doing, and it’s a realistic thing for a 20-something guy to do, but it’s really horrible; a measured kind of cruelty that might send Hannah off the deep end.
Since things aren’t going well with Adam, Hannah then decides to quit her job. She doesn’t just quit though; instead, she insults everyone she works with (who have all been nothing but nice and welcoming to her, as seen last week). She questions the integrity of everyone who sits in that office, and then she slides herself out of the glass door, and straight into unemployment.
Hannah now has almost nothing. She has no job, and no book deal. She is very very close to having no boyfriend. Is this where she thinks creativity has to stem from?
Meanwhile, Marnie is actually doing pretty well. She has a job at Soojin’s gallery, and she gets to hang out with a cool old artist (played by Louise Lasser). Plus, she’s preparing for an open mic with Desi, and it’s actually sounding solid. The only thing is that she hits on Desi even though he has a girlfriend, and when that doesn’t pan out she heads straight to Ray’s for some good old fashioned self-esteem boosting. Marnie’s growth here is actually pretty realistic — certain pieces are falling into place and others are still all out of whack.
Things got pretty heavy-handed, though, during Hannah’s second visit to Patti LuPone‘s (with Elijah in tow). They are there under the guise of getting a few more sentences about bone density, but they’re really there to introduce a couple that Hannah can equate to her relationship with Adam. Patti LuPone, star, married a writer who could not also be a star so instead became a professor in the CUNY system. Because two spectacular creative forces do not make a good match. Message received.
Hannah seems to take this new information as a challenge: she has to be the Patti in her relationship with Adam. She won’t become the Mr. LuPone to his Broadway star. Hence the job quitting, and the awkward announcement of said quitting while out with Adam’s Broadway friends — she needs to be the crazy, wild, unpredictable (and thus, she thinks, genius) one. She thinks that will win Adam back AND establish her desired role within the relationship, but I think she’s probably going at it all wrong.
The episode ends with Hannah bursting into Ray’s room to catch Ray and Marnie doin’ it. This is, of course, insanely rude and weird and inappropriate, even if one of the parties involved is your best friend. Hannah’s final line — “You can NEVER judge me again” — suggests that we might be heading back towards crazy Hannah territory.
– I liked watching Jessa headbang. Especially after this feature on Jemima Kirke in Vulture, it seems more and more like she’s hardly acting and more just being one side of herself.
– Shoshanna was on the sidelines this week (and has been most of the season), with the exception of her pointed observation at Marnie’s open mic: “Marnie’s clearly about to be a pop star, and you’re supposed to be the famous artist in this group,” she says to Hannah.
– Desi’s girlfriend, Clementine, was played by Natalie Morales — I figured out that I recognized her from a stint on Parks and Recreation as Tom’s brief girlfriend Lucy, but she’s also on Trophy Wife and was in a few episodes of The Newsroom.
– Despite his going along with the Marnie stuff, I can’t help but be in to Ray. Watching him shave was the best.
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