Girls S06E02 “Hostage Situation”
This episode has some interesting sociological observations, and the display of Hannah’s body is limited to her wearing a top that’s just a tad too short which allows the occasional glimpse of her pasty floppy stomach hanging over her large-waisted jeans.
THE MAIN STORYLINE
The episode opens with Marnie having sex with her crazy ex-husband Desi. (And I mean crazy in the sense that he has manic-depressive mental health issues.) Apparently, Marnie is pissed at Ray for staying at Shoshanna’s after she kicked him out of her apartment. Ray is not seen in this episode at all.
Hannah accompanies Marnie and Desi to Poughkeepsie (which for those not familiar with the New York City metropolitan area is a small city up the Hudson River about 80 miles north of Manhattan). It’s not clear, based on only watching once, whose car they are driving or whose well-decorated house in Poughkeepsie they are staying at.
There is a little bit of a theme we’ve seen before on Girls, why do people spend exorbitant amounts of money to live in crappy tiny apartments in New York City when they can live elsewhere for so much less money and have open space and fresh air?
The soap opera part of the Poughkeepsie jaunt is that Marnie discovers that Desi has been abusing Oxycontin for the last year, and this is consistent with Marnie’s character being so self-centered that she notices nothing about anyone else, not even that Desi was abusing drugs while they were married.
Marnie, who is unable to just let things go, throws a big temper tantrum and smashes his bottle of pills on the floor and steps on them, and this triggers Desi into having a crazy episode in response, because after all, not only is he crazy with mental health issues, he’s also a druggie.
I think that Desi’s craziness is part of his appeal to Marnie because it’s confused for alpha-ness.
THE SECONDARY STORYLINE
Shoshanna wants to go to meeting of WEMUN (Women Entrepreneurs Meet-Up Now) which happens to have been founded by two girls, who are the successful founders of a company called Jamba Jeans, and who Shoshanna used to know in college but they fell out of friendship after Shoshanna stood them up for a spring break vacation in Aruba in order to hang with Jessa.
Too socially anxious to go by herself, she convinces Elijah (Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend) to accompany her. And then Jessa, even though clearly not welcome by Shoshanna, tags along.
We see that Shoshanna is insanely jealous of the success of her ex-friends from college, and when she tries to insert herself back into their lives, she gets a rebuke because they still haven’t forgiven her for the Aruba trip, which is where they invented the idea for Jamba Jeans. The incident is emotionally devastating for Shoshanna.
Jessa has the best observation of the entire episode. She says “Here’s what I don’t understand. Why aren’t more of these women going into more practical trades. Like being a cobbler, or a locksmith [unintelligible] lady road pavers, lady electricians, lady plumbers.”
Then some soap opera drama in which Elijah and Shoshanna yell at Jessa for hooking up with Adam, which she wasn’t supposed to do because he was Hannah’s ex-boyfriend.