tv review – HBO’s Girls, episode 3.5

Is it me or is Hannah becoming more and more unbearable this season? Lena Dunham’s protagonist did always get on the nerves of the other characters and some of the show’s viewers, but that seemed to stem from her naivety and immaturity, not full-blown selfishness and stubbornness. To be clear: all of Girls‘ characters are self-centered, but most are oblivious to that fact. Hannah isn’t: she has been told many times over the past episodes that she is being selfish and still her bahavior is only getting worse. Is there another mental breakdown in her future?

Episode 3.5, called ‘Only Child’, really wanted to emphasize Hannah’s pengant for only looking out for herself and, like the episode title and a not too subtle conversation suggested, it has everything to do with the fact that she’s an only child. Her remark that boyfriend Adam and his sister Caroline should be happy to have each other, was a telltale sign: she tried to be a doctor Phil type character, but never once managed to take herself out of the equation. Another dead giveaway was Hannah asking her late editor’s widow for advise on a new book deal at the funeral, which didn’t go over well. Girls‘ reality has always been somewhat heightened, but it’s hard to believe that a person in that world would be this insensitive and maladjusted.

Much like Hannah’s 180, Adam has undergone a similar change. He was always the crazy and blunt sex addict, but now somehow he is the most caring and mature one out of all the characters: he’s the only to realize that sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to. He hated taking care of his sister, but he did it anyway, because it was his sister and he has a responsibilty towards her. He stormed out at the end of the episode to find Caroline, who was kicked out of the apartment by Hannah. It will be interesting to see how these relationships develop.

Other than that the episode didn’t have much to offer. A conversation between Ray and Marnie was quite interesting but squandered by clichéd “You just insulted me and now I’m so turned on” sex, and Shosh and Jessa were hardly in it. ‘Only Child’ was definitely not one of Girls‘ best episodes, but depending on its follow-up it could still turn out to be perfectly serviceable. 6/10

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