Lion of the Blogosphere

Girls penultimate episode “Goodbye Tour” with WGWAG!

This episode repeats a theme that keeps coming up on Girls. New York City sucks so bad compared to other places, why can’t we just move to one of those other places?

Hannah interviews for a job teaching an internet writing seminar at a college somewhere in the Hudson Valley with a SWPLy town center. And then receives a job offer while riding the train back to the city.

Elijah tries to talk Hannah out leaving the city. And Hannah sees too younger girls (who in my personal opinion are radiating with sexual desirability) talking to each other, with one saying she doesn’t care if the apartment they found smells, as long as she can live with her best friend. This makes Hannah remember the feelings of friendship and hopefulness for the future that she had when she first moved to the city, but have now been lost.

Hannah wanders around the city very happy, she has the happiness of someone who’s going to be making a big life change and his hopeful for the future again. That is until she tries to stop in at Shoshanna’s apartment because Shoshanna’s phone number is disconnected, and she discovers that Shoshanna is having an engagement party. Hannah, of course, is really pissed that Marnie, Jessa and even Elijah were invited to the party, but not her.

Who is Shoshanna marrying? I was wondering if maybe she got back together with Ray. But no, she’s marrying an Asian guy with a WASPy name!

But where is Ray? Shoshanna would have invited Ray to her engagement party. She doesn’t hate him the way she hates Hannah.

This season isn’t about Shoshanna, and it’s pretty clear this is the last episode with Shoshanna in it. At least we find out what happens to her. I hope that in the final episode next week we get to find out about Ray’s future. I would hate to think that the last we saw of Ray was when he was hanging out with the fat girl.

Some questions for the final episode:

1. Will Paul Luis show up? [That’s the father of Hannah’s baby for those who forgot.]
2. Will Hannah really move to the Hudson Valley, or will she chicken out?

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I feel really stupid for not realizing, until now, that Hannah’s dad is played by Peter Scolari, the same actor who played Tom Hank’s buddy in Bosom Buddies, and Julia Duffy’s boyfriend in Newhart. I bet I’d also be disappointed to see how Julia Duffy aged, so I’m not going to try to look her up.

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In the after-discussion, Lena Dunham mentions how the actresses who played the two girls that Hannah sees in the store, were so excited about being on a TV show for the first time, and they were even excited about the great food they served on the set. Every time I walk buy a shoot going on in the city, I’ve always looked with envy at the great buffet setups they have. How do the actresses stay so skinny with all that free food? (Well, most of them. Obviously, Lena Dunham has helped herself to a lot of the food.)

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Did I miss anything really deep about this episode? I hope not. Sorry it took so long for the write-up.
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I couldn’t resist the temptation

Julia Duffy

She still has nice hair, and I’ve seen many cases of much worse aging, but she still looks like an old woman in her 60s and not the pretty young Stephanie Vanderkellen from Newart. I would not have realized who she was if I saw her.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. The theme about it being better elsewhere is certainly not new. It was the subject of a song in Rent, about opening a restaurant in Santa Fe.

    But Hannah was already elsewhere (Iowa Writers’ Workshop), and it didn’t work out for her.

    Who is Paul Luis?

    Hannah getting a college teaching job, with no advanced degree and little relevant experience — and not just an adjunct gig, but one that pays enough for her to afford a house — is unrealistic.

    Dave Pinsen

    April 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    • It’s realistic that you can afford a house in a small town with a regular middle-class salary. But yes, the job offer in real life wouldn’t have happened.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 12, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      • The real life Hannah would make $1000 a month for this gig and her parents or significant other would subsidize the rest of it.

        Fact Checker

        April 13, 2017 at 4:33 am

      • “The real life Hannah would make $1000 a month for this gig and her parents or significant other would subsidize the rest of it.”

        No, the real life Hannah wouldn’t get the gig at all.

        Dave Pinsen

        April 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    • Wouldnt Hudson Valley itself be super expensive? I guess she could continue to live in student-type lodging into her 30-‘s but thats just another sad commentary.

      I would like to see Lion’s review of the Lena’s original pitch for the show

      Lion o' the Turambar

      April 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm

  2. “Penultimate:” That means the greatest, right? ; )


    April 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    • It’s a word that Paul Fussell specifically mentioned that proles don’t know.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      • Then antepenultimate must be even more elite.


        April 13, 2017 at 1:51 am

      • given how much tv proles watch these days, they’re going to be very familiar with it very soon


        April 13, 2017 at 2:08 am

      • I consider penultimate to be one of the funniest non-swear words in the English language, simply because it is misused so often and because the offenders only employ that word to make themselves seem more sophisticated.


        April 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    • I never hear penultimate misused – I never hear it used at all. But the San Francisco Giants have two TV broadcasters, both ex-players, who’ve been misusing benefactor/beneficiary for 25 years – no exaggeration. They’re extremely popular, so nobody wants to correct them.

      Mel Belli

      April 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

  3. Shoshanna’s fiance is obviously gay. For an Asian male to score an attractive white girl as a fiance is such a coup that the dude is willing to throw aside his gayness – for a few months at least – so that he can impress his incel Asian friends with his catch.

    This episode highlights the basic immaturity of self-abosrbed young women. Hannah is frozen out of the group by Shoshanna because she didn’t tell Shoshanna that she is pregnant. The others went along because they have a bone or two to pick with Hannah, so they are all ganging up on her. It’s back to 7th grade for these girls.

    This episode was less unpleasant than most of the others because neither Ray nor Adam make an appearance. These two losers bring down every episode that they are in. Elijah is a more interesting and engaging character than these two, and that is saying something low.

    As you mentioned Ray was flirting with a fat girl in the previous episode. All fat actresses look the same. I thought that the chick was Melissa McCarthy.


    April 13, 2017 at 1:20 am

  4. “Did I miss anything really deep about this episode?”

    Not possible.

    Ice Hole

    April 13, 2017 at 2:38 am

  5. She still has nice hair, and I’ve seen many cases of much worse aging, but she still looks like an old woman in her 60s

    She’s aged a lot better than Mary Frann.


    April 13, 2017 at 3:48 am

  6. I like Ray ending up with the fat girl. Ray is probably the most (only?) really redeemable character on the show and deserves better than Shosh and certainly Marnie. Fat or not Abigail is the kind of woman who fills gaps with a guy like Ray, and vice versa. I know some awkward guys like Ray who end up with less-attractive-but-more-open girls like Chubs. Sometimes it even works.

    Plus she’s not exactly unattractive, at least IMO.

    Cookie Monster

    April 13, 2017 at 7:45 am

    • She’s got a prettier face than Shoshanna (not that that’s a particularly high bar). And Ray’s already had the pretty shrew and is ready for someone nice.

      Dave Pinsen

      April 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

  7. As Daniel notes, Shosh is weirdly marrying an obvious Gaysian. Though I assume this is just more in-your-face race mixing that Hollywood is obsessed with. Always, always, always, the white girl has to get with the non-white guy. On the other hand, maybe he’s not gay. If you spend any time with the late 20-somethings and younger, there has been an enormous drop off in testosterone and manliness. Many straight guys of that demographic signal as gay: high voices, effeminate mannerisms, obsessions with fashion and celebrities, and so on. Yet they are straight. I can’t imagine what they are like in bed, but that’s the sitch out there today.

    Still, I had hoped for better from Shosh. She should have married a hedge fund brah on the way up, making several mil a year. But it was nice to see her finally reject the rest of the losers and move on. She was always the most stable and sensible one of the bunch (and the cutest).

    Yes, Hannah getting that job — what, teach 20 somethings about THE INTERNET??? — is absurd. Though the Professor was aptly shown as kind of a lunatic, as many of them are. On other chat places I heard that the college was Bard, which is one of the hotbeds of the multi-cult cray cray Prog universe. The fact that they would have a class on “internet writing” makes sense, but they would hire some adjunct for peanuts. And it’s hilarious how Hannah is just like “oh yeah, Imma have muh bebbe, that won’t affect a thing about my teaching!” Sure, sure.

    Elijah gets the gig in “White Men Can’t Jump,” so hopefully he’s on his way to Broadway fame and fortune.

    I’m pretty sure we aren’t seeing Adam again, so I guess he stays with Jessa. Is he still acting? He seems to have never had a problem with money, though he never seemed to do anything.

    I don’t think we’ll see Ray again, and I think it was pretty obvious that he’s now with the Plus Size girl and that’s his endgame. Well, she seems nice and Cookie Monster’s insight that she “fills gaps” for guys like Ray is spot on. They probably will make a good couple for each other, even if Ray might lie awake at night remembering how he nailed two hotties and now he’s got this.

    “Will Hannah really move to the Hudson Valley, or will she chicken out?”

    She already moved, didn’t she? Or is the moving in montage at the end a dream sequence? I think she’s already there. And in a very nice place, too (I guess they are paying her like $60,000 a year or whatever over there in Magic Unicorn Land).

    My guess is the final episode will wrap up the Marnie story line in some way or other, though I can’t guess how. We also have Hannah’s mother’s story line hanging out there — will she meet a nice man? And of course there will be some goo-goo shots of Hannah with her moccachino baby which will be repulsive. I don’t think Paul Louis shows up, because “you go grrrlllllll” fantasies have to win the day. Or will they show Hannah as haggard and miserable juggling a baby with work? Or will they show Wee Little Moccachips gurgling happily in the baby carrier while mommy teaches class? Yes, you CAN have it all.

    I’m going to miss this show.


    April 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

    • The show will end flash-forwarding to the year 2086. The US is a feminist paradise, and the MFA program at Columbia has been renamed the Horvath School in honor of the late Nobel Prize winning woman.


      April 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm

  8. Column by the normally worthless Digby about how Bannon really doesn’t matter:

    I like Bannon and I want him to stay on the team, but as long as Sessions and Miller are there I feel confident.

    I do like the pro business strategy Trump is pursuing. We need to get big business on our side so we can have a free hand to implement the destruction of the immigrant community.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm

  9. Did I miss anything really deep about this episode? I hope not. Sorry it took so long for the write-up.

    hannah said she witnessed a man defecating in the street, and that was the last straw in her decision to leave nyc.

    • Jess’s comment about that was hilarious.

      Dave Pinsen

      April 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    • “hannah said she witnessed a man defecating in the street . . . .”

      First time I visited New York, I saw the same thing. The guy was bowing and grinning like he’d just executed a particularly well-received piece of performance art.

      Ice Hole

      April 13, 2017 at 5:22 pm

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