Girls S06E01 “All I Ever Wanted”
SEASONS 4 AND 5
I haven’t written about this show in a long time.
In the previous two seasons, I think that the show got substantially worse. It seems like the point of every episode was for Lena Dunham to disgust us with her putridly fat naked body.
Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend, Elijah, got a bigger role during the previous two seasons and became more of a regular character with his own independent arc. And gay sex. How shocking to see gay sex on an HBO series.
The only likable characters on the show are Ray and Shoshanna.
I enjoyed all of the episodes where Shoshanna is in Japan.
It should be pointed out that Shoshanna is the only character on the show who has a career in corporate America. She sees work as a place to show off her outfits and attend meetings rather than to do real work, but that’s a pretty accurate portrayal women in the workforce, I think.
So about the first episode of the final season.
This is primarily a Hannah episode. Hannah shows us more of her disgusting naked body, and her unshaved pubic region.
After her success at getting a column published in the New York Times (about how she lost her best friend to her ex-boyfriend—that’s right, Adam and Jessa are now a couple), she gets a writing assignment to go to a surf class in Montauk, where he’s like a great white whale out of water. She feigns an injury to her arm so she can get out of the class and go back to her hotel room.
For inexplicable reasons, the super-cool Pakistani-looking surfing instructor takes a liking to her. Now that doesn’t make sense. Surely the super-cool Pakistani-looking surfing instructor has been laid by many girls, every single one of them better looking than Hannah. I don’t see what Hannah possibly has to offer him. Not only does she look horrible, her personality is even worse than her looks. She’s just a cesspool of toxic negativity and sarcasm.
Everything seems to be going well, with the Pakistani guy imparting his positive easy-going athletic non-intellectual vibe onto Hannah, but then in the morning (after a night of passionate love-making) he mentions that his girlfriend is coming to visit later in the week.
The secondary story focuses on Ray and Marnie. They are now sort of living together, but Marnie kicks him out, and when he says he will go over to Shosh’s, Marnie gets jealous and tells him that he shared an apartment with Adam. (To be honest, I don’t remember the details of how that came to be.) Anyway, Adam and Jessa’s apartment is dirty, they have moved all of Ray’s stuff into a corner, Jessa is sitting on the couch totally naked, and Ray feels very unwelcome.
The final scene shows Ray very happily sharing morning coffee with Shoshanna in her extremely neat apartment, as they discuss current events while reading the newspaper. Marnie comes in with Starbucks coffee for Ray, which Ray doesn’t drink because Ray doesn’t believe in big corporate coffee chains, and she is jealous that that Shoshanna and Ray have so much more to talk about with each other than Ray and Marnie talk about. Marnie doesn’t even know that Ray won’t drink Starbucks, but that’s an example of Marnie’s extreme self-centeredness which has been her consistent personality trait since the first season.