The people that create the promo spots for this show must have a bitch of a time picking the best bits to highlight. If you ask me, almost every other line is funny, thought-provoking, or (quite frequently) both.
Episode 2 (“Vagina Panic”) opens with back-to-back sex scenes, which, like the one in the first episode, are dark comedy gold. (Awkward sex—always funny if you’re not the one having it.)
No perfectly choreographed, Photoshopped romps here. Once again, there’s Hannah, gamely enduring having sex with what’s-his-name. This time, he’s role-playing, which is…. fine, if she was into it. But Hannah is not. I know it, you know it, Hannah knows it. Only what’s-his-name doesn’t know, or care.
QUESTION: When will Hannah realize that temporary abstinence might be preferable to bad sex with a moron?
On to sex scene II, starring Marnie and Poor Charlie. (If there were an HBO show called Guys, Charlie would be the nice one who puts up with a cold, unappreciative girlfriend because 1) he’s nice and 2) she’s pretty.) Charlie is what’s-his-name’s opposite number—thoughtful, respectful, full of everything good. Marnie is bored witless.
QUESTION: How come Hannah is so smart about Marnie and Charlie’s relationship “issues” when she’s so dumb about her own?
(Oh wait. I know the answer to that one.)
Critics have expressed outrage about the whiny self-centeredness and insensitivity of Girls, but they never acknowledge that folks in the real world are doing a pretty good job of reminding Hannah that when she thinks out loud people can hear her—and they’re not always impressed.
So far, people who have taken a pin to Hannah’s bubble include:
• The internship boss who fires her rather than offer her a salary
• The hiring manager who makes it clear that some jokes are not “work OK”
• The gynecologist who puts her foot down when Hannah points out that if she had a dread disease, she wouldn’t have to deal with such pedestrian issues as employment.
Unlike a sitcom, which I mistakenly called Girls in my last post (it’s not—but what is it?), the situations in Girls are not zany. There are no pat endings, or resolutions. There’s certainly no evidence of Hannah learning or growing or changing. (Maybe people are waiting for the “lessons learned” bit at the end?) Personally, I find it interesting that things are said or done and then just left to “sink in.”
Next week, episode 3: “All Adventurous Women Do.”