The Girls are back, and Hannah and Marnie are entering unprecedented territory: snorting illicit drugs for a writing assignment and sleeping with co-workers!
Outside The Comfort Zone
Things pick up when Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets a job writing for an online publication. The editor suggests that Hannah go outside her comfort zone in order to find material for a personal article, which translates to Hannah deciding to try cocaine for the first time and write about it. Getting excited, she brainstorms all the possibilities for her cocaine-addled trip with Elijah (Andrew Rannells). Meanwhile, we see how humiliating Marnie's (Allison Williams) job as a cocktail waitress is, as she is hit on by older male patrons.
Old Friends Return
Booth (Jorma Taccone), a New York artist Marnie knows, shows up at Marnie's workplace to whisk her away from her degradations -- into something equally degrading. After placing Marnie in his latest installation art piece -- a TV cylinder playing disturbing footage -- he and Marnie end up sleeping together, in an appropriately odd manner. Meanwhile, Hannah and Elijah go to a rave, where they're having tons of fun -- until Elijah accidentally blurts that he slept with Marnie, which makes Hannah extremely upset with him.
Hannah and Elijah run into Laird (Jon Glaser), Hannah's neighbor who procured the cocaine for her. With Laird, they make their way to Booth's place, where Hannah confronts Marnie with regard to Marnie's sleeping with Elijah. Hannah, quite upset, tells Marnie that she violated Hannah's trust by sleeping with her ex-boyfriend, and then tells Elijah he'll have to move out of their apartment because of his actions. Back at their building, Hannah and Laird start a makeout session as the episode ends.
Comedy And Drama In One
This was a particularly strong episode of Girls insofar as it brought the comedic and the dramatic into the same scenes and moments. Hannah's rave freak-out at Elijah is both hilarious in its extremity and dramatic in the validity of her emotions. Likewise, the showdown between Hannah and Marnie, while moving and clearly a portrait of real friendship, is driven into comedy regardless because of Hannah's coked-out state. All in all, a very funny, but still touching episode.
So now that we're several episodes in to Season 2, how is it stacking up to last year? Is Girls still the revolutionary voice of a generation, or has it worn its welcome?
"Regarding the threesome, I have enough trouble figuring out where to put my hands on one person's body."
--Hannah, when her editor suggests she write an article about a threesome.
"I couldn't get any sleep last night -- Ray just wanted to watch old episodes of Ally McBeal!"
"This is not going to be a night of driving around in your mom's Volvo with a bottle of cough syrup and a box of cold McNuggets."
--Elijah, on Hannah doing cocaine.
"Let's have the kind of night where it's 5AM and one of us has punched someone who's been on a Disney Channel show."
--Elijah on his and Hannah's big night.
"I want to get married wearing a veil. And I want to taste, like, 15 cakes before I do it."