HBO’s Girls :: The Final Three
**EDITOR’S NOTE :: For all you DVR-watchers, this article contains spoilers.**
Much has been written about this season of HBO’s "Girls" - the naval-gazing show by creator and star Lena Dunham that has polarized audiences. But in its defense, this is a pretty original show that has captured a generation of young adults in all their self-involved insanity. While older watchers might find their insistent "me" conversations annoying, the fact of the matter is... this is the world right now and Dunham has managed to capture that and throw it back at her own group.
Further complaints have been Dunham’s constant need to be brave in showing her "normal" body in all its naked wonder. (It did get old.) As well as the fact that the four friends that this show revolves around weren’t communicating. But hey, this isn’t "Sex & The City" where four career gals seem to have endless amounts of time to have boyfriends and lengthy lunches and cocktails at every whim. This is a real look at young woman trying to find their way and as annoying as they can be at times, it’s pretty truthful.
That said, the last three episodes started to take a (sometimes) stranger turn. Not only did it delve a bit deeper into some pretty big issues, but it also found a tone that wasn’t as off-putting. Suddenly it has become a lot more relatable to people outside of the post-college years.
The first noticeable change was the addition of Hannah’s OCD. I’m not sure if it was really talked about before, but it did seem to come out of the blue; mostly because the problem is pretty extreme. She has become unbelievably twitchy and to such an extent it’s uncomfortable to watch, which I guess gives it its power. While it took a few episodes for me to be on board with this change, I felt it really did add a great layer to the character and I was suddenly intrigued to see how she dealt with it.
Meanwhile, Charlie (Christopher Abbott) has sold an "app" and has become a pretty wealthy hipster business owner, much to Marnie’s (Allison Williams) chagrin. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is realizing her relationship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky) is not fulfilling and even has a make-out fling with the security guy at the building of a party she attended. "Don’t be offended, but you’re really good looking for a door man." Adam (Adam Driver) is set up with Natalia (Shiri Appelby) after a run-in with her mother (Carole Kane) at an AA meeting and suddenly he’s full on with a girl he seems to connect with - but that also challenges him.
Soon enough, Hannah’s mental state is causing her to fall behind on the biggest break of her career - an e-book she’s been asked to write. To quote her new boss, "These pages. I have to admit I didn’t finish them. Not because I didn’t have the time, but because I didn’t want to." Then she sticks a Q-tip too far into her ear and scratches her eardrum causing her to end up in the hospital - further delaying her book and causing her parents to both worry and annoy her.
Marnie visits Charlie’s new offices and ingratiates herself to his guests at a celebration party. There she sings to him an inappropriate song in front of the entire office. Clearly not the best choice. But did I mention, Marnie wants to be a singer now? Thank God she can actually sing. (The problem is that this seems like a cheap plot to show off her talents while bringing in the American Idol crowd. But for twenty-somethings, being a singer seems to be the dream-career of choice, so... it’ll work.) Regardless, Charlie has sex with Marnie in his office and Marnie is full on smitten with him once again.
Sadly, in a huge city like New York, Hannah runs into Adam while on the way home from the hospital. There she discovers he has a new girlfriend and finally realizes things have changed; for real.