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
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.