Girls is not a show that's known for its dramatic cliffhangers, but last week's episode definitely left us in suspense. Charlie found out Marnie's true feelings about him by stumbling onto Hannah's diary, which he then read on stage during his concert. This week, Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) have managed to mend their friendship and, astoundingly, Marnie is hell bent on winning Charlie back, perhaps because in the wake of the diary scandal, he acted like the owner of a pair of testicles for the first time in their relationship.
Its far more soap opera action than we're accustomed to from Girls. Fortunately it's not long before we return to Hannah's awkward attempts at holding onto love and employment. She continues to suck in both areas, but she's grown accustomed to her handsy boss and d-bag "boyfriend," Adam. In her own sad way, Hannah is doing well for herself, so naturally she finds a way to spectacularly eff it up.
For some baffling reason, she thinks its a good idea to come onto her boss and then attempt to blackmail the guy when he turns her down. The boss sees right through her empty threats of extortion ("There's no suing app on your iPhone.") and shockingly tries to convince her to not quit. It's a difficult scene to watch as even Hannah seems to have no idea what she'll do next of why. But of course, as always, she ends up self-sabotaging in humiliating and confounding fashion.
Meanwhile, we get a little background on Marnie and Charlie's relationship via a hilarious college party flashback involving a pot brownie freak-out. It's a moment of levity in a bummer of a sub-plot, but it also serves as a reminder that these two people have been involved with each other for their entire adult lives and helps us to understand why they have such a hard time calling it quits, despite the fact that neither of them seems to be in love (they've been dating for five years and Marnie has never even been to dude's apartment).
It's sometimes hard to understand why the characters on Girls do what they do. It's not a flaw in the writing; it's simply that the characters don't understand their motivations, themselves. Jessa bangs her ex-boyfriend (in front of Shoshanna) despite the fact that she seems to have nothing but contempt for him; Marnie begs Charlie to take her back only to break up with him in the middle of make-up sex; and Hannah…well, Hannah gets involved in the sort of bizarre, degrading scenario that no other show on television would even attempt. She gets dumped by Adam then inexplicably finds herself watching him masturbate. It takes guts to end an episode with a guy who just finished pleasuring himself asking his ex-girlfriend to shake his hand. It takes the bizarre wit of Girls to somehow make that scene hilarious and all too believable.