By Bryan Hood, Craig Hubert, and Chloe Wyma | After a week upstate, “Girls” returns to Manhattan and Brooklyn, along with most of the cast, a rare occurrence during the series’s season. Back in friendlier confines we got to watch Hannah’s O.C.D. derail her parents visit, a rather large crack form in the Shoshanna and Ray union, and Adam ask a random girl out on a date (don’t worry, she’s a private eye’s assistant, so it makes complete sense). Here’s what we had to say, over GChat, about the latest episode of HBO’s “Girls.”
Craig: Let’s start with Hannah and her O.C.D.
Bryan: That came out of the blue, right?
Chloe: I wasn’t all too surprised.
Craig: It seemed pretty serious all of a sudden. Does anybody remember any hints of this?
Chloe: No, besides just general neurosis. What I found less believable was that Judy Collins would interrupt her set just to ask Hannah where she’s going.
Bryan: Yeah, that was a bit ridiculous. Also, has Hannah’s mom always had such contempt for her daughter?
Chloe: I don’t remember her being like that in season one.
Bryan: The last two episodes she’s seemed a bit, well, like, she almost like hates Hannah.
Bryan: She was the tougher of the two parents.
Chloe: She’s become caricaturishly mean.
Bryan: But now she just seems bothered by Hannah’s existence.
Chloe: And her dad’s bathing suit comment.
Craig: I found that comment by her father to be incredibly weird. My question, really, is what is the point of introducing the O.C.D. this late in the season?
Chloe: Well, this season seems really invested in giving each character some kind of origin story, for why they are the way they are.
Bryan: I just thought it was a way of showing how stressed she was. I expect it to be gone, not because of the meds, but once she finishes the book.
Chloe: Yeah, I think it’s a combo of the book and Adam.
Craig: I think it has more to do with Adam. I was surprised she told the therapist that she couldn’t figure out if he was the greatest person in the world or the worst, or something like that.
Bryan: I mean, I thought part of the purpose with that was showing that she is actually open to Adam still. She’s not 100% terrified of him, which of course finally comes out during the episode he maybe starts to move on.
Chloe: He’s going to move on, and Hannah will be heartbroken, obviously.
Craig: So are they saying that the work on the book won’t be enough for her?
Bryan: I don’t think it will, but that’s in part because I think she’ll finish it and it will be met with disinterest.
Chloe: Also, I don’t think she’s actually getting very far with the book.
Bryan: We really have no idea, do we?
Chloe: I think it might be a “The Shining” kind of situation.
Craig: I like the idea that “Girls” can become “The Shining.” All Work and No Play Makes Hannah a Dull Girl.
Craig: So Jessa really disappeared? Last episode, I thought she just went back to the city.
Bryan: Really? I felt like that was a sign of a trademark bounce. They’re roommates, after all, you don’t say bye to someone if you’re just going to see them back at the apartment.
Craig: I don’t know what a “trademark bounce” is, I guess.
Bryan: They talked a lot in the first season, and Marnie rehashes it, of Jessa showing up and then disappearing for long periods of time. That’s what she’d come back from when she arrived back in the first episode.
Chloe: It’s all very Serena Vanderwoodsen, to use a completely obsolete reference.
Craig: Who is that?
Bryan: “Gossip Girl”’s Serena Vanderwoodsen, duh.
Chloe: Just another token flighty bohemian character.
Craig: Yeah, I think my 12-year old cousin watches that show.
Chloe: Well, Bryan and I are in good company.
Craig: My cousin is cool, that’s true.
Chloe: Where in the world is Jessa? Let’s play a guessing game.
Bryan: Jessa is in Boston – she will have picked the most boring spot possible.
Craig: Maybe Jessa is with her mom?
Chloe: You don’t think she went to work on an organic leek farm in the south of France or something? Or in an organic mayonnaise factory in Prospect Heights?
Bryan: Nah, she did that at 21.
Craig: You think she’s gone for the rest of the season?
Chloe: I think so. Just because Jemima Kirke is getting quite pregnant.
Bryan: I think there will be some trace of her in the finale. Maybe not her, but some sign that she’s not dead.
Chloe: I don’t think I would care to watch the show anymore if Jessa were dead.
Bryan: So everything has happened in a month pretty much? Like, this entire season sort of starts with the breakup, and she tells the therapist: I went through a breakup like a month ago. I sense some sort of time warp going on here. Which for some reason I got hung up on, clearly.
Chloe: Maybe it’s just your O.C.D. kicking in.
Craig: Wait. If Bryan=Hannah, who are we?
Bryan: Thanks, Craig. Though, I did have to constantly set alarms 60 to 100 times each night in college. Not even kidding.
Chloe: I’m Judy Collins.
Craig: I feel like I might be Laird?
Chloe: I feel that.
TEACH ME HOW TO DOUGIE
Craig: Let’s talk about Charlie and his new app. By the way, was his office in our building?
Chloe: I thought it might be. That’s why I laughed hysterically when Marnie said it was “centrally located.”
Bryan: Charlie=Mr. Moneybags, now.
Craig: Charlie seemed smug as hell.
Chloe: I hate to say it, but don’t you think he’s kind of earned it?
Craig: Maybe. It just seems really quick. Even before I realized it all happened in a month.
Chloe: Yeah, it’s absurd.
Bryan: I mean, maybe this has been in the works in a bit, but we only really get Charlie as filtered through Marnie, and she was thinking about other things.
Chloe: As an aside, I think there really is an app like “Forbid,” isn’t there?
Craig: I need it if it’s available. Someone send me a link.
Chloe: Here it is.
Craig: I thought Charlie’s office doing the Dougie was hilarious.
Chloe: Yeah. I don’t know why we don’t do that more.
Bryan: I also like how the guy Charlie met with was so psyched about Jack Johnson.
Craig: Right. The writers were definitely going out of their way to make fun of Charlie.
Chloe: I loved the scene where Marnie and Ray are hanging out.
Craig: I love the fact that Ray can give advice about doing something, about being proactive, but can’t do it himself.
Chloe: Yes, that was hella ironic. Also the fact that Marnie’s dream is so lame and unobtainable. The show can be so cruel to its own characters.
Craig: I found that whole thing lame. Allison Williams is a singer, so I found it forced that that is what Marnie wants to do with her life.
Chloe: But she’s supposed to be terrible, right?
Bryan: Is she a singer? I had no idea.
Craig: This was how she got cast in the show.
Chloe: Wow. That’s like diet Lana Del Ray.
ADORABLE ADAM, P.I.
Craig: First, I thought this was the best part of the episode. Adam’s phone call was great. And the fact the she works for a private investigator. And seems to like him.
Bryan: I thought they did a good job of capturing what it feels like to call someone up the first time and ask them out.
Chloe: I’m happy we’re not seeing scary dog-stealing Adam anymore.
Bryan: Yeah, slightly whimsical Adam is great.
Chloe: I much prefer adorable blind date Adam.
Bryan: How will he and Natalia fare?
Craig: Maybe they will solve crimes together?