Earlier this evening was the fourth-season premiere of everyone's favorite television show, Girls. They continue their streak of self-serving theatrics because their lives are sad, and they do sad shit.
Hannah finds herself at dinner with her parents, who are in town to see her off to the Iowa Writer's Workshop, in reflection of the first season. In fact, it is the very same restaurant. So much has changed for Hannah. Three seasons ago, she was a college graduate. Now she is a graduate student. Before she was on unsure footing with her boyfriend, Adam. Now she is on unsure footing with her boyfriend, Adam. But she has also done cocaine, had an affair with Patrick Wilson and experienced personal growth in numerous, inarticulable ways.
[At this particular moment, Desi is saying „I love [something-lingus]“ and Marnie is like, „I love you too.“ Their relationship is doomed from the start.]
Marnie gets off to a good start with her new boyfriend Desi, who is eating something out, and then putting it in something, although it was widely agreed that whatever it was it was not the Kantian thing-in-itself. However, Gawker commenters dissent on which of the two it is. In general it was not disputed that posting the clip was a good thing, and it is mesmerizing in its own way.
Shoshanna, my favorite character, graduates from college but is then caught in the middle of a petty argument between her divorced parents over who gets to have the diploma, in front of the registrar's desk at NYU for God and all the world to see. Shosh's father still uses a film camera for goodness' sake. Having now seen the parentage of the entire quartet, it's not difficult to explainwhy they grow into feelings of entitlement and delusions of grandeur, but these choices in fiction are really just an excuse to blame all of our generation's troubles on our parents. Of course Jessa is a lout, her father is a lout. Of course Shoshanna is petty, when her mother quibbles over how good she is at receiving packages. Lena Dunham is not bold enough to craft an annoying character who is self-made.
Jessa has a really weird scene with her charge, ¿BD?, the suicidal photographer whose high-strung daughter is coming to collect her. Jessa has developed an uncharacteristically selfless relationship with BD and it will break her heart to see her go but everything is cool, even the fact that Jessa assisted BD's attempted suicide, there won't be anything further on that, and the memory of the love and affection between Jessa and BD will warm their hearts till the end of days. And I'm sure now with the two most important women in her life gone Jessa will feel unanchored and fall into another 'self-destructive' spiral…
Marnie and Desi, in addition to being lovers, are also a jazzy duet that sings at brunches! And Marnie has to look Desi's legal girlfriend Clementine in the eye and pretend she was not Desi's breakfast just that morning, let bygones be bygones. Afterwards she bursts into tears after a little hipster boy tells her to shut up, and a gaggle of women named Lisa, accompanied by Elijah's boyfriend from the beach party last season, laugh at her mercilessly. Elijah follows her outside, holds her, and tells her to TOUGHEN THE FUCK UP. After all, „what do Judy Garland and Lady Gaga have in common? They're both BAD BITCHES WHO DON'T GIVE A FUCK WHAT PEOPLE THINK.“
Adam and Hannah have heterosexual intercourse, which was not GIF'd and clipped by Gawker because I suppose it wasn't as butt-humorous? Leave Marnie alone. When Hannah leaves in the early morning, she goes to say goodbye to Adam but he is asleep and she doesn't want to disturb him. But he is only feigning sleep. They have both taken pickaxes to the fossil of their relationship this early in the season and will likely sow wild oats in the absence of the other: Adam at some co-operative vegetable kibbutz in Brooklyn, Hannah in the corn and wheat fields of Iowa that will inspire her literary vision or make her really, really homesick.