The tables have officially turned on Girls this week. Marnie has taken Hannah’s place as the show’s resident lonely loser and it’s jarring to see the shift in roles as one roommate broods over an ex, while the other (loudly) takes pleasure in a new relationship.
Needless to say, Marnie is less than pleased that Adam has basically taken up residence in her apartment and Hannah has entirely lost herself in her new, douchey boyfriend. It’s not that Adam is a jerk, necessarily. As Marnie puts it, “He’s not un-nice, just f*cking weird.” (She then shares a graphic account of Adam’s bathroom habits that might mark this season’s comedic high point). Almost as hilarious is the bizarre monologue that Adam delivers as part of some weird Brooklyn hipster play. The show might be called Girls, but Lena Dunham consistently reserves many of the best scenes for the cast’s one male regular.
Up to this point, Marnie and Hannah have been the series’ primary focus, but this week the spotlight shifted to some of the more under-utilized cast members. Not only did Adam Driver get to shine as Hannah’s strange-to-the-point-of-mental-illness beau, but Jemima Kirke received her best chance to let her freak flag fly as the unapologetically narcissistic Jessa. Her attempt to console the heartbroken Marnie, may be the first unselfish act we’ve seen from Jessa, but her ego quickly overshadows her good intentions when Marnie catches the eye of a handsome venture capitalist, and Jessa is forced to let someone else take center stage for a night.
Being the, um…outgoing lady that she is, Jessa finds a way to jump back in the spotlight when she and Marnie find themselves making out on the Douchey McHedgeFund’s floor. The ladies – who had not even been friends up to this point – find themselves suddenly attracted to each other, much to the chagrin of their host who finds himself on the outside looking in.
Despite the (extended) girl-on-girl action, the relationship between Hannah and Adam remains the show’s focal point. The courtship is as cringe-worthy as ever (Mr. Big never peed on Carrie in the shower), but there’s some genuinely tender moments between the two this week, and the beginnings of what could be a meaningful relationship. Of course, given what we’ve seen from Hannah thus far, don’t be surprised if/when she finds a way to mess things up.