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HBO Girls, Season 2, Episode 3, Bad Friend

This episode was actually quite funny, although I wish that Hannah didn’t spend so much time wearing a mesh shirt. Although, as I pointed out in an earlier review, or maybe it was a comment in an earlier review, a major point of the show is that we have to see a lot of Hannah’s body and that real people aren’t always Hollywood perfect in that department, but they still get to have sex. But I was worried that she was gong to get arrested for indecent exposure.

Booth Jonathan, the short artist, is as weird as Adam, except he’s a cool alpha male and not a beta-male who read some “game” blogs on the internet.

The cool hip and urban Republican boyfriend, Sandy, is gone. Maybe he was a one episode gag? In any event, I like Hannah’s new love interest, Laird, better. I think he’s hilarious, and he looks like a character you might actually find in Greenpoint. I thought it was funny that he has a refrigerator full of that overpriced pomegranate juice. How does he afford it when he doesn’t have an obvious source of income?

And of course, there’s the interesting angle that Hannah looked down on Marine for taking a job as a hostess at some “club,” but Hannah thinks it’s OK to snort coke in order to appease the editor of some internet magazine called “jazzhate.com.”

I liked the location shot in front of the entrance to the Bedford Avenue L station. It’s always fun to see places I recognize on TV, and every episode Girls seems to have that.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Posted in Television

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  1. Last week Girls episode 2 was not in the top 100 cable programs as ranked by ratings. It is amazing that a show like Girls received so much press while less than 700K are actually watching it. Is anyone outside of the five boroughs watching it?

    superdestroyer

    January 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

  2. Nudity report: we see Hannah’s unspectacular hooters through a mesh tank top. Booth Jonathan the short artist nails Marnie in the canine manner, but as always we don’t see anything of her.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    January 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    • Fine sir, would you venture to use your expert opinion and guess how Marnie does her hair?

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      • If any one of the girls has even a single hair follicle I would be more surprised than I would be to see the Sun rise in the west tomorrow morning.
        Note: it just occurred to me that most men under age 25, maybe even 30, have never nailed a woman in her natural state no matter how sexually active they may be.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        January 28, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      • If any one of the girls has even a single hair follicle I would be more surprised than I would be to see the Sun rise in the west tomorrow morning.

        You’re one of the last great Americans.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 30, 2013 at 12:18 AM

  3. This one was pretty funny.

    DaveinHackensack

    January 28, 2013 at 1:40 AM

  4. The portrayal of Elijah as a narcissistic and promiscuous (and diseased!) must come from a very specific person Lena Dunham knows. No gay men are actually like that. /sarc One might even use a little crimethink to reason those are the very traits Dunham doesn’t need around herself, which is why she throws him out at the end of the episode.

    Also, cocaine must be a helluva drug. If I tried it, I know I would love it. Therefore, I will never try it.

    Booth as Alpha was an interesting turn (checking his email after he locks Marnie in his “creation”), but leaving her ultimately disappointed was a bit surprising.

    Dunham’s tits being you used as a comic device is LOL-funny. Is there anything less sexy than Lena Dunham in a see-through mesh-halter top?

    klejdys

    January 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    • Dunham’s tits being you used as a comic device is LOL-funny. Is there anything less sexy than Lena Dunham in a see-through mesh-halter top?

      There’s so much Dunham nudity, especially in season two. Is her approach anything for a laugh? Or is it political? She surely realizes she’s not conventionally attractive.

      Mohammed Chang

      January 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

  5. The more I watch the show and the more I learned about where Lena Dunham comes from (both parents are NYC artists), the more I understand how desperate she is to live and work in NYC as an artist. You can see it in the show: she is unwilling to work a normal job, but perfectly willing to whore herself out for a story, whether it’s buying and snorting coke, sleeping with a junkie, dating a black guy, exposing herself constantly- everything is for the sake of the story, and it informs everything she does (plus it’s clear that she will pander to outside pressure- I’m waiting for the Asians and Latinos to start complaining about under-representation) . There is no Lena Dunham or Hannah, she’s just a void, a vampire, seeking out shocking experiences for $200 bucks a pop.

    The scene with the artist was interesting in the sense that he’s a total fraud and his art is garbage, but if enough people like Marnie buy into what he’s doing, that’s all it takes to be a legitimate artist in NYC. Warhol was conning us, and so is the Dunham family…the mother, the father, and now the daughter.

    If you don’t believe me, take a look at this:

    http://www.carrolldunham.net/paintings/2000-2009/thumbnails/

    Donny

    January 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    • Nice find. Explains a lot, doesn’t it.

      Buzzcut

      January 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    • Ms. Dunham graduated from Oberlin College. Not exactly the higher education choice of someone who really wants to always stay in NYC. A more likely scenario is that she tried going to college outside of NYC and decided that she did not like it.

      Does anyone born and raised in NYC area ever willing decide to leave anymore since southern California

      superdestroyer

      January 29, 2013 at 5:49 AM

      • Actually Oberlin College is an ultra-liberal’s wet dream as far as colleges go. It’s a very insulated and historically “progressive” school (first to allow co-ed dorms, one of the first schools to regularly admit female and black students), so it totally fits that someone like her would go there. Very expensive, less than 3,000 students, political correctness run amok, etc.

        Donny

        January 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

  6. It’s too early to say that Laird is Hannah’s new love interest even though they started making out at the end of the episode. My prediction is that Adam will be back in Hannah’s life. I also disagree, to an extent, with the classification of Booth Jonathan as an Alpha, he’s pretty much sui generis and defies easy classification.

    I read elsewhere that JazzHate is most likely a parody of xoJane.com

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    January 29, 2013 at 12:12 AM

  7. Marnie’s character was very disconcerting to me. After a season as the nice hot girl with the nice dork boyfriend, she has trebled her notch count in three episodes (while still deigning to spend one such night in her ex’s bed). Booth Jonathan raw-dogged her and ejaculated inside her, which was quite a peripheral consideration for them both in the heat of the moment, shown to be rather more calculated and choreographed than hot and spontaneous. And she skipped out (quit?) on her new job for this? To get fucked on a weekday evening by some niche-market layabout?

    There is something much more insidious about this to me than when Samantha gobbled down some new runway queermo every week on SitC. Maybe my high school girlfriends couldn’t actually behave that, but nowadays the 20-somethings I date can very easily behave just like this.

    Phall

    January 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

  8. Re: indecent exposure, it is entirely legal for a woman to be topless in public in NYC. As far as Ms. Dunham being a fake, I think she’s genuinely funny. Tiny Furniture was a laugh a minute.

    islandmommy

    January 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM


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