S5E9/S5E10 “Love Stories”/”I Love You Baby”
I’ve come to realize that Girls is this little show (if it wasn’t for Lena would it be as buzz worthy?) that is telling this little story (four girls live in New York after college), and trying to show you how big these little things are. Over the course of five seasons we have seen tiny character shifts in our main four, yet big events have happened to them. Shosh has graduated, lost her virginity (”I’m the least virgin-y virgin”), got a job in Japan, lost a job in Japan, and moved back to New York. Hannah has lost many jobs, broken up with Adam, fell in love with Adam, refused to get back with Adam, got a book deal, lost a book deal, left Fran, left her teaching job. That’s just my two favorite characters. It’s a testament to the writers that this show feels as small as it is. Which is probably why these two episodes feel so big, and beautiful. They end with a big emotional change and release.
In the first episode of the night, Fran gets his things and leaves (in an Uber Hannah is totally willing to pay for).And for the first time, this doesn’t feel like Hannah being rash, there is a spark in her that has been released with her not being tied down to secretly awful Fran. Which I’m not sure is completely accurate. Fran has problems-he force graded her students papers because he felt it wasn’t the right way to grade it- but is Hannah the one to diagnose him with secret crazy? With Hannah your crazy has to be out at all times, you don’t get to be creeping in a dark ally waiting to whip out your crazy and flash her. So they’re over and after quitting her job, she runs into Tally. Her nemesis, played by the absolutely perfect Jenny Slate. They run about and Hannah tells her what’s been going on, and Tally is totally cool and they eventually steal a bike together, and have a free ride around New York. Meanwhile Elijah is getting his heart broken by Dill. Let’s take a moment to watch a hilariously heartbreaking GIF.
“I feel so supported.” Oh Dill. Oh Elijah. So these two didn’t work out, but man is Dill what Elijah needed. Dill had it all together and was sweet and was perfect. Elijah has never had a nice guy, or a guy that’s got his shit together, but maybe it’s because Elijah isn’t together. In the Girls universe you tend to attract what you put out there. This is Elijah’s last big moment for the season. He becomes a needy mess with Tad in the second episode tonight, and then a drunken confidant to Loreen. Which hopefully means he won’t get himself a mess of a man next season, but Charlie totally made Marnie better, so maybe that’s exactly what he needs. Speaking of Marnie, this episode we learn she loves Ray, and Shosh is back helping to fix Ray’s coffee shop. I’m not a fan of anything involving Ray’s love life, so I’m tapping out to talk about the moment of the episode/maybe night.
So Tally and Hannah have been smoking, and Tally starts to talk about how her life isn’t all cumming from all the awards. She’s frustrated that she hasn’t been living, and she sees that Hannah has been having this life, and she’s jealous that she’s been living truth. Hannah says that “It doesn’t feel like much” and Tally says that it is much. Which damn. This is the reason for this show. This is the reason to tell any story, really. It’s to show the truth you’ve lived, and to proudly say that it may not feel like much but it is so much. They eventually end up dancing and then laughing at Jessa and Adam, and then the second episode. Which. Yes. So good.
If the first episode was about everyone realizing what they want, than the second episode was about take the first step towards it. Adam and Jessa fight for the entire episode. This is after Jessa finally tells Adam what she is really upset about with them: Hannah. She will always be a part of their relationship, and that sucks so they smash things and then fuck in the carnage. All their scenes were so domestic abuse-y and uncomfortable, and I hope that they get some therapy next season. What will happen is that they’ll probably fight with Hannah and then break up. Hannah is doing good though. After finding her writing spark with Tally, she gets ready to do the Moth. While she’s doing this Shosh is fixing Ray’s coffee, and it’s cute, and Marnie is kissing Ray.
So I made this GIF and I have looked at it for too long. Making GIFs is a way too tedious process and it makes me hate things sometimes. This time I hate them. That’s extreme, but I feel so meh about them. So meh, in fact, that when Ray eventually meets Desi, and then tries to get him to open the door, while a groupie blows Desi, that I was totally rooting for that groupie. Get it girl! If I could blow Sufjan Stevens, I would. I made the GIF though, so I put it in, and I realize this is how this relationship is probably going to be. Cute only because you spent so much time on it, but awful the look at for a long period of time.
Anyway. Hannah. She eventually gets on stage and tells her story in a beautiful three minute uncut shot. Jenni Konner killed her directorial debut. With that unusual shot for this show, we see a vulnerable authentic moment from a character that tends to manufacture them. We also learn that Hannah is totally changed in a tiny way. She is at peace with Adam and Jessa, and wants nothing but their happiness, a truth cemented by her giving them a fruit basket. Now she’s a little bit lighter, and it only took her four season finales that deal with her relationship with Adam, to get there. The last scene is of only her running on a bridge, and a freeze frame of her. She is free for the next thing to come along. With this being the penultimate finale, the nostalgia is creeping in, and maybe that’s why this finale was so good. Or maybe it’s because there was an emotional resolution with Hannah, or maybe it’s just because the writing was nuanced and tight, and the direction was spot-on, and the acting was beautiful. I’m not sure why this season and episode had so much weight, and beauty. Maybe it will all be clearer next season, because as Jenni Konner said in a recent Vulture interview, “now we’re heading towards an end and that feels different.”
So, how do I rate these episodes and this season? Well I think Loreen has my answer:
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Article Submitted by Kevin Cucolo