Girls “It’s Back” Review

Spoilers for Girls below
Spoilers for Girls below

Judy Collins, Bob Balaban and Carole Kane graced Girls with all their glory and awesomeness. Props to Lena Dunham and everyone attached with the show for consistently landing such highly-regarded talent in its sophomore season.

That said; this was kind of a disjointed episode and not one of my favorites by the time the end credits rolled. Perhaps I got used to the smaller, more personal episodes that aired recently, and wanted more of that. Who knows, we like the things we like.

For some reason Hannah has developed an OCD problem. She’s obsessed with everything in eights. Eight potato chips, eight turns of the doorknob, eight looks over the shoulder to make certain she’s not being followed. Hannah doesn’t strike me as OCD, so I’m a bit perplexed by this.

Marnie, after having a run-in with Charlie a few weeks ago, learned some interesting news from Shoshanna and Ray: Charlie has his own smartphone app, was given a ton of money for it and has his own company complete with 11 employees.

I’m loathe to call Marnie a gold digger, and I can hardly fault her for pursuing him, but within seconds of Ray and Shosh telling her the score, she bolted for his new offices. The body was still warm, as they say in some circles, and Charlie—smart Charlie—sniffed it out a mile away when she hailed him in a loud voice down a hallway at his work.

The loud beckoning, down the hallway, was the perfect metaphor for the situation. Good on the writers for setting it up exactly in that fashion. A scene crafted by veteran show makers.

Hannah’s parents made an appearance. Yay! I really love Peter Scolari and Becky Ann Baker. They’re the perfect parents for Hannah: Understanding (dad) and no bullshit (mom). Honestly, they did her a favor when they cut her off financially in season one. She’s grown as a person and their relationship feels a little more relaxed.

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Come to find out, Hannah’s OCD is a condition from her earlier life. Her parents became quite concerned when they witnessed her counting everything to eight, and of course it caused a big fight at dinner, which really sucked because Judy Collins was busy gracing us with live music!

Shosh runs into an old friend, Radhika (Anjil Pal), who invites her to a party that evening. Ray, of course, is bitterly against the idea and his objections have everything to do with his lack of self esteem and nothing else, particularly his BS excuse of being too old for a college party. Ray needs professional help, just sayin’. It would do him a world of good.

Shosh leaves the party early, primarily because Radhika is kind of a bitch. On her way out of the building she did something I would have bet good money against: a quickie with the doorman in the mailroom. What, Shoshanna Shapiro: A quickie with the doorman? What about Ray? Okay, we know about Ray, but um, for realz Shoshanna?

On a different note, I loved learning Marnie’s dream is to be a singer. If it was her voice we were hearing, then she needs to chase that dream. She’s got the pipes for it, and with Ray’s encouragement it looks like she’s going to go for it.

Hannah sees a doctor (Balaban) about her OCD. Loved her comment to him, after she learned he’d written a book that sold a few million copies: I will do whatever you say, so long as you tell my parents I’m okay. Hannah, when the score is settled and everything about her is stripped down to its essence, she’s an honest person.

As I mentioned earlier, this wasn’t one of my favorite episodes. There was nothing wrong with it, except that maybe it was just too busy for me, but there ya have it, good, bad, or indifferent.

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[Written by contributor Emiah Gardner. Emiah is the entertainment editor for the Cable TV blog, follow her @EmiahGardner]