Girls Recap: One Less Lonely Girl

patrick wilson girls hboThis week’s Girls was ostenisbly about our protagonist’s dream-like one-day-stand with a wealthy, married (er, separated) doctor. But in actuality, it was more of a psychological profile asking the question: “Who is Hannah Horvath, and what makes her act — and act out — the way she does?”

The premise of the moving, meditative “One Man’s Trash” was simple and streamlined (nope, we had no Jessa, no Marnie and no Shosh this week): Unfeasibly hot fortysomething guy (Patrick Wilson) walks in to Grumpy’s and kvetches to Ray that someone’s been dumping the cafe’s rubbish in his cans. An argument ensues, dude storms out, Hannah (sporting the most hideous romper my eyes have ever encountered) tells Ray he was appallingly rude, and then she proceeds to quit her shift early (maybe forever?) and follow disgruntled patron back to his place to confess that she was actually the guilty party. Before she leaves, she plants a kiss on the total stranger’s lips, and they wind up having sex on the kitchen counter, sharing a steak dinner, skipping work the next day, playing half-naked ping-pong, having sex on the ping-pong table, touring his renovated brownstone, reading the Times in his idyllic backyard, having sex in his bed, and spilling little secrets all the while over the course of the 36-or-so-hour encounter.

On her second night with Dr. Josh(ua), though, Hannah faints inside his home-furnishings-porn steam shower and their conversation gets briefly and awkwardly real. We never learn much about Wilson’s character aside from his profession, his recent separation from his wife, and that he’s got a passion for restoring his old house. (Oh, also, he totes hates the abbreve “Josh.”) But Hannah — struck by his passion, his compassion, and to some degree his material and emotional stability — finds herself opening up in ways she’s rarely done during Girls‘ season-and-a-half run.

I loved how the episode challenged my feelings about Hannah, making me find her more sympathetic, more shallow, more complicated, mor tragic, more infuriating and more lovable depending on where her conversation with Joshua headed. There’s no way a single recap could really cover the entire dialog — suffice to say, though, somewhere a college sophomore is probably beginning her college term paper about it — but I’ll recount the four exchanges/realizations that I found most provocative:

* Hannah is, at heart, a little materialistic (not that there’s anything wrong with it). | I found it fascinating the way Lena Dunham exposed her heroine’s not-so-hidden love of the good life — from the way Hannah went in for that first kiss right after describing as nice “everything that [Joshua] appears to have” to their last night together when she marveled at his “fruit in the bowl and fridge with the stuff.” Hannah, living a carefree twentysomething lifestyle on a coffee-shop salary in the most expensive city in the world, has to know that the party can’t last forever. At some point she’ll either have to apply her intellect to a serious job or writing project that pays her a living salary, or else she’ll have to abandon the NYC dream that fuels her engine. Confronted by an adult who can’t play dumpster games for kicks had to be a stark reminder of what she may or may not be frittering away with her occasional/questionable essays.

* Despite all her hipster pretense, Hannah has a revelation that her desires and life goals are as banal as everybody else’s. | Okay, so she wouldn’t mind a backyard grill and a home out of a Nancy Meyers film, but Hannah’s appreciation for Joshua’s lifestyle opened the window to the fact that he might actually represent her deeper desires. To feel beautiful (“It’s not the recent feedback that I’ve been given,” she smiled sadly, when the guy complimented her looks). To feel wanted (that whole “Beg me to stay” game on her first night at Joshua’s). To feel secure (I loved that scene where Hannah welled up with emotion as she peeled an orange and watched the good doctor read the paper). All of this, to my mind, culminated with that scene where Joshua stroked Hannah’s hair and asked her about her shower collapse. “Next time, call me,” he implored, and those two words, “next time” — whether carefully considered or casually tossed off — were like a lightbulb bursting hot glass over Ms. Horvath’s head. Could a guy like this with a serious career and a real home and a plan for the future — someone who not only has roots, but refurbishes ‘em — be serious about her 24-year-old self? And if that was the case, how would she respond to it? Is this what she really wants? (Her prior, comically aghast “you’re a married doctor?” now possibly a serious thought.) Joshua’s “next time” caused Hannah to blurt the saddest and realest thing she’s uttered on Girls: “Please don’t tell anyone about this, but I wanna be happy.”

* The understanding that having experiences only for experience’s sake can lead to total misery. | Last week we had Jessa ending her marriage with a giant middle finger to her bourgeois husband, screeching about how her need to have “experiences” trumped his mundane need for propriety and domestic bliss.” It was fascinating to hear Hannah reiterate that she, too, had made that kind of promise to herself “such a long time ago.” (Oh, kiddo, but you’re only 24!) And, as she noted, sometimes “taking in experiences” can be overrated. “One time I asked someone to punch me in the chest and then cum on that spot. Like that was my idea. That came from my brain and, like, what makes me think I deserve that?” In that moment, you could see Joshua begin to physically and mentally retreat, and Hannah begin to unravel. In trying to forge a path outside of the conventional, is it possible Hannah has become totally lost in the woods?

* Hannah’s confession that she may have been sexually molested at age three — and her subsequent/almost immediate followup that not only did her mother not believe her, but that she might not trust her own recounting, either. | Sure, at this point in their conversation, Hannah was almost in stream-of-consciousness mode, but it nevertheless left me reeling. If Hannah suffered such a trauma, and didn’t get support from her own mother after it happened, it might explain a lot of her tumultuous feelings pertaining to sex, might explain her revelation a few weeks back to Jessa that most of her wants to “disappear” during the act. It might also explain attraction to someone as wretched in their bedroom rhetoric as Adam. I’m not sure if I expect Girls to be the kind of show to carry such heavy weight going forward — and I won’t be upset if this anecdote is just a stray seed dropped into the landscape of Hannah’s life — but it was an unsettling detail whatever way you slice it. Even if, as Hannah said herself she wasn’t the most accurate narrator of events, what could have caused her to imagine such a violation? And will we see a scene between Hannah and her mother where she’s able to re-open the dicsussion as an adult? The story, as they say, is developing…

Anyhow, with those questions in the air, I turn things over to you. What did you think of this week’s Girls? Do you think we’ll see Joshua again? (Based on the way Hannah exited — taking out the trash — I’m guessing we won’t.) And did you find this to be a moving 30 minutes or not? Sound off in the comments!

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117 Comments
  1. Rico Swavvy says:

    That was weird, and not the good kind. I wish it had been Marnie’s episode.

    • Mary says:

      Patrick Wilson must have been desperate for work to that scene with Dunham. She is a slob and pig, her clothes are to small for her not to mention what her body looks like. She should not be proud of her self to flaunt her body around like that. As soon as she kissed Patrick Wilson we shut it off and could not believe that he would make love to her. So tired of seeing her nude she should be very embarassed and take a good look of what a slob she is. No more girls for us. Her nakedness makes us want to vomit. Shame on you Patrick Wilson

      • JohnnySueded says:

        Mary, I think you miss the entire point of the show. She’s supposed to be real, vulnerable, disgusting, an ass sometimes, etc. And if you don’t think someone who looked like Patrick Wilson would have sex with someone who looked like Lena Dunham, you’re missing out on a lot of life.

        • Mary says:

          Johnny I don’t think I missed the point. I’ve live in Brooklyn and NY and The odds of someone like Patrick getting involved with someone who looks and acts like Lena are astronomical. It would never happen in a million years. It could only happen in a dream sequence where Lena is imagining it. Also if you look at ANY onther series on any premium channel you cannot find ANY series where the female star get naked on virtually every episode like Lena does. If she was an attractive woman at least it would be pleasing to the eye, but her lumpy body should be covered up as much as humanly possibe.

          • A says:

            Johnny hit the nail on the head, sorry to say but you are entirely missing the point of Lena Dunham, the show in general, and especially this episode. If you think the pairing couldn’t happen, I will chalk that up to being superficial. But the fact is that she is continually naked because you never see that on other shows – you never see real women getting naked. Maybe it’s not something you particularly need to see, but it’s done to show you what other shows WON’T show you. And since I’m guessing you are female, you should be able to relate!

          • At the very least, Mary, you’re confusing Lena Dunham with Hannah Horvath. There’s so much more wrong with what you’ve said but I don’t have the time or patience to have this conversation. Summed up: you’re oversimplifying men and women and you should know better.

      • Terry says:

        Did you ever think that maybe her innocence turned him on. There are many reasons people are attracted to others, it’s not all about beauty. Personally, I happen to think Hannah is cute, she has a very sweet face. You seem to be projecting your feelings from past experiences in your life, it takes a long time to experience many things, as you get older, hopefully, you’ll change, there’s a large world out there.

      • Nina says:

        Please do stop watching Girls if you are offended by the way Dunham looks on-screen. No one is obliging you to watch the show, so your banal and essentially pointless comment(s) about her physical appearance speak only to your lack of intellect.

        Dunham’s nakedness is not the point of her show, rather it is the vehicle she has chosen (quite effectively, since it keeps people talking) to represent honesty in her work, and in her characters. Do not forget that Dunham writes her shows, and that every scene, every lie, every truth, every sliver that YOU might find to be offensive, is planned.
        It is not a mistake that her characters are often naked. Their comfort, or discomfort with the displays of their own bodies speaks volumes about each character without the use of dialogue or monologue.
        If you’ll notice, the character of Marnie, who can be considered much more “traditionally beautiful” is constantly covering herself, even when dressed provocatively. That gesture speaks to the character’s insecurity. Dunham is (in part) challenging the media’s usual portrayal of thin, white, “beautiful” women as inherently confident and sexy.
        Hannah’s character is far more comfortable with herself, even though you, and anyone who thinks like you, feel she should be ashamed of her appearance and hide herself away. It is ludicrous to attempt to fit all women into these uninteresting and frankly, damaging molds.

        The mere fact that Ms. Dunham has had the courage at such a young age to create and star in this show is incredible. Do you really not think she is not constantly berated by cretins, such as yourself, who place their entire focus on her/ her character’s physical appearance because it does not mesh with what popular culture deigns to call “beauty” in women?

        You, Mary, represent – in one small comment – the exhausting and insidious rhetoric which plagues women and girls.

        Please go ahead and educate yourself before you judge ANYONE on the senseless sliding scale of what you happen to think is beautiful.

        You’ll find that all the best people disagree with you.

        • Dot says:

          Nina, your words are exactly what we need to keep sharing. Well written and spot on.Thank you. It it wonderful to know that there aren’t only Mary’s our there.

        • Erin says:

          Nina, how on earth can you judge someone else for judging a character’s appearance and/or excessive nudity, and then end your point with “you’ll find that all the best people disagree with you” You are being extremely hypocritical, and thank you for demonstrating why I avoid message boards in general and especially for this show. In the beginning, I applauded Dunham’s bravery and throughout the first season, at times I did feel it was excessive, at least it contributed to the storyline. However, this season I find the nudity is more of a statement- either to serve as shock value or even an F.U. response to detractors of the first season. Moreover, you make it sound like Lena Dunham is a victim here; anyone who has seen her interviews or read her tweets knows that her ego is completely in tact despite her detractors. Not to mention that when you put yourself out there so nakedly (both physically and emotionally) for literally the entire world to see and examine, you are naturally vulnerable to negative reactions.. I actually think you, Nina, in your response judging someone else’s intellect and, more importantly, worthiness (going back to the “best people disagree with you” response) serves as an example of what is wrong with media culture in general. People use these message boards and their anonymity to say things that they would never have the guts to say face to face. Moreover, there is no accountability, as your interactions are limited and responses to your statements are not happening at the very moment you make such a statement. This leads to a lack of accountability and then we all start saying offensive and obnoxious comments, more disrespectful than anything that could be seen on this show or any other show for that matter.

      • Veronica says:

        If you’re watching the show and all you can focus on is her body then you really shouldn’t be watching it at all. Instead of seeing what a wonderful group of real, and interesting characters there are here you’re being incredibly rude and small minded. I think your Sunday nights should be occupied by watching Kim and Kourtney in Miami, it’s clearly more suited for your maturity level.

  2. mk says:

    I didn’t like this ep at all.

    • kate says:

      yeah, this episode was a giant waste of time. i thought it was lena dunham at her most gratuitous and i think it made it very obvious how badly the show needs its other characters.

      • Erin says:

        In general, I am not enjoying the second season as much as the first, and this episode demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the new season. I don’t mind when shows take a detour , an episode telling a self-contained story that does not serve to further the general story. In fact, some of my favorite shows, i.e., Sopranos, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire, do this at least once during a season and it is very enjoyable. However, it tends to be effective only when it either reveals something surprising and/or new about the character, that otherwise would not have been apparent, or if it digs deeper into explaining the roots of a character and understanding her behavior in a situation completely out of context of the general story. . However, the weekend tryst with the doctor was completely unnecessary, especially because we have seen Hannah over-indulge herself by revealing too much as soon as she finds a genuine listener multiple times before. We are already aware that she is capable of this type of self-sabotage. It did not surprise me at all when she did so this episode, nor did it help me understand better the underlying causes of this habit . Overall, the episode seemed a bit gimmicky- again as a vehicle for more shock-value scenes and to further prove the appeal of Hannah and her unconventional appeal to men.

        By the way, my reaction has nothing to do with whether or not I find it plausible Hannah would hook up with the Patrick Wilson character. In fact, that debate is sort of ridiculous, as I don’t see why it would make someone like or dislike a show like Girls. I mean, not every situation any of the characters has been in would be deemed entirely “believable” and that has little to do with the entertainment value of an episode.

  3. Elena says:

    It was so different from all the other episodes, I’m still processing how I feel about it. I probably will look back on it later and admire the total shift in tone from the rest of the series, taking a whole half hour to focus on Hannah and her quest for personal happiness, but it was just so different, I’m not entirely sure how I felt about it.

    One thing I am sure about though, I loved seeing Patrick Wilson again, and not entirely for shallow reasons:)

  4. Pamela Nelson says:

    A very heavy episode this week. Quite possibly my favorite. I felt all the emotions Hannah was experiencing. From immediately regretting confessing herself to ‘Josh’ and feeling vulnerable and in some degree used immediately after. I know she realized she overstayed her welcome. This episode was more of Hannah’s self awakening. Beautiful shots.

    • Zach says:

      This was an episode that, following viewing, I sat in my bed for 30 minutes just thinking about what I had watched. Possibly one of the best episodes of television I’ve ever seen, and this episode is definitely my favourite episode of Girls yet.

    • Joe says:

      I’ve gotta be honest. I’ve mostly hate-watched this show up until tonight’s episode which left me floored. Tonight’s episode was a like an expertly done short film. I thought it was her best writing & acting in the series. This was the first time I felt there was something honest in this show and it wasn’t contrived nonsense. I know the show will shift back to the way it was. This is a one off like the Breaking Bad episode with the fly in the meth lab. That being said, this was fantastic TV and Lena Dunham finally showed some real talent to me tonight.

    • Auburn says:

      I thought it was brilliant, poignant, moving. subtle and revolutionary. Dunham is my hero. It’s as if she went back in time to one of my own one night stands as an oversensitive, somewhat overweight wannabe artist and reversed all the damage. (I’m 50 now). And the way Hannah exits the brownstone. Pure, melancholy grace. The title: One man’s trash…. is another man’s treasure. Joshua TREASURES Hannah and it is a life-altering moment for her. It is brilliant how she never never puts herself “beneath” Joshua emotionally or in any way grovels or services him when she is supposed to be the lesser, less desirable of the two. She never gives in to that. And when he calls her “beautiful” she says, “Think so?” He says, “Don’t you?” She says, “No, I do. It’s just not the feedback I get.” So his complimenting her beauty means he is worthy of her, not the opposite. I made my husband watch it with me a second time through and pointed out all the subtle moments where this thing just pushed the envelope and did a sensitive, unexpected thing.

      • Terry says:

        Auburn, Well said!!!

      • JR says:

        … BUT THEN Hannah sabotages the whole experience by revealing what a narcissist she is; it is at that point, during her self-indulgent confessional speech in which she dismisses Joshua’s embarrassing childhood experience and continues to address him by a nickname he hates, that we can see Joshua recede from her. And well he should.

  5. Bob says:

    I thought it was pretty brilliant, but very different than the other episodes. Hannah was much more honest and vulnerable, and the portrayal of the conflict with Joshua including the large age difference was well done.

  6. Lola says:

    Hated it.

    Hannah is my least favourite character, so an entire episode focused on her was torturous for me. Also, I know it’s her show, and I know she’s the main character, but I just absolutely could not suspend my disbelief at someone who looks like Patrick Wilson being attracted to someone who looks like Hannah. Especially in that hideous romper.

    • CJ says:

      That last bit you wrote, awful. People like different things….and yes sometimes one person in a couple is more attractive than the other and YES sometimes it happens that the woman is the less attractive.

      • Lola says:

        Eh, you have your opinion and I have mine. If their pairing worked for you, then great, but it certainly didn’t work (or ring true) for me.

      • Ralph says:

        Except for the fact that EVERY man who Hannah ends up with is objectively more attractive than she is. It’s stopped being a story of “people like different things” and become a story of “Lena Dunham likes certain things, and she projects them into her show.”

        • William says:

          Perhaps Hannah is not attractive in the traditional Hollywood sense, but I for one find her increasingly beautiful because she is so funny!

        • Hurley says:

          Sure, because Adam is soooooooooo handsome and sexy (irony)

        • Hurley says:

          And the guy who lives under Hannah’s house is also really really really attractive…

        • TMW says:

          This is exactly like what Barbra Streisand did in her films-that was wish fulfillment. Impossibly good-looking men were falling at her feet, telling her how beautiful she was. Harvey Fierstein did this in Torch Song Trilogy, too.

        • Alexa says:

          Some people are attracted to confident women who own their bodies. It puzzled me at first too when a friend of mine who is a lot more overweight than Hannah always went home with hot guys, while the skinny but self conscious girls didn’t. But I watched her with people and you know a lot of people are actually so not so shallow to dismiss a girl immediately because she isn’t Hollywood pretty. You might call it wish fullfilment but I see pairings like the ones on the show all the time in RL. For me Girls is a lot more realistic than other shows out there at the moment because it shows the things I, as a twenty something, have done too or experienced and I’m definitely not TV good looking either.

          • Paul says:

            I think your friend’s forwardness simply made her appear to be a sure thing. There is definitely a segment of guys who will take a sure thing they are less attracted to than hold out for someone they find more beautiful.

        • Karlene says:

          You think Adam is attractive?

    • anna says:

      ITA. It was total Lena Dunham wish fulfillment.

    • Mitholas says:

      Who caree, guys. Get over yourselves. Lena Dunham has no obligation to live up to what you think is beautiful or not. She’s a human being and it would serve you well to be more respectful.

      • Lola says:

        In this instance I’m not talking about Lena, I’m talking about Hannah as a character. And as a viewer I think that we’re allowed to point out things that don’t work for us in the show even if you don’t agree with our opinions. Just because I don’t buy certain aspects of the storyline, or find Hannah incredibly pretentious, doesn’t mean that I just don’t understand what is going on. I am the exact age that Hannah is supposed to be, and I have never known anyone as whiny and pretentious as Hannah is presented to be; if I did I would never speak to that person again.
        For me it is not necessarily her outward appearance that makes her so unattractive, but her horrid personality.
        And don’t even get me started on her line last night of being almost “too intelligent.”

        • lukeboston says:

          Lola your totally right that we can judge the characters and the plotlines just like any other show.
          I will point out that that Adam isnt that attractive. Nice body but butter face. I speak from experience (mine, and people I’ve encountered) that’s it totally reasonable that a forty-something hot guy would find a 24-year-old-barely-a-five-on-the-hotness-scale girl attractive, especially when she was forward enough to go to his house and kiss him. That kind of self-confidence and forwardness is refreshing AND hot and almost positively means a great time in bed.

          Combine that with the fact that the guy hasn’t gotten laid and has been sorta (alot) depressed about this separation from his wife and it just is very realistic. Your looking at aesthetics which is okay but maybe a little shallow given the complexity of peoples feelings in given situations.

        • Britta Unfiltered says:

          You’re a bit judgy. You would really never speak to someone again just because they acted pretentious or whiney? You must be really harsh towards your friends. Glad I don’t know you.

  7. Emma says:

    I think this was the best writing of the series. The last scene of Hannah taking out the garbage and walking away was one of those rare, beautiful moments on TV.

    • Marta Carrasco says:

      I agree. I’m in my 70’s and have been following this show thinking how difficult it must be to be 20 something in today’s world. These young people seemed so self absorbed and clueless but I haven’t been able to miss an episode for reasons I have had trouble articulating to friends my age who don’t watch the show. Tonight Hanna touched me with her self-reveal. The episode was powerful, brilliant and artistically super well done: the acting, the settings, from her awful jumper to the beautiful garden and complicated bath to the whole garbage thread tightly wrapping up the whole episode. Lena Dunham is amazing.

      • Mitholas says:

        I love the way you described it, and agree with it whole-heartedly. The episode was very touching and just beautifully done all around. This was a real piece of art. That’s not easy to accomplish on television, generally. Once more, I commend Lena Dunham. She is great.

      • kate says:

        At your age, you could easily be my mum, I like your comment. Girls is not a show I watch every week but this one episode made me think about when I was her age, dreaming about the cool guy who had everything, who could protect me and care for me. Dunham is a great writer. Hannah represents some true aspects of being twentysomething. I love Patrick for so many reasons, plus his being in Girls is so cool. He’s the reason I watched, haha:))

      • jeroskis says:

        I agree with you-Girls is hard to watch sometimes- but it is so witty, tragic, wonderful, and possibly shows real women with needs and insecurities! I love the show- and I think these gals are on to something! js

  8. Elle says:

    I loved this episode, very emotional.

    The very beginning and very end of the episode tied together perfectly. Hannah had thought she invented the word “sexit,” only to look it up on Urban Dictionary and find it already defined, but differently from her idea. Then in the last scene she decided to leave the house (for the day? for good?) when she could have stayed and felt out Joshua’s reaction when he got home, but alas, she was making her sexit.

    And why does everyone hate on Hannah/Lena so much? Because she’s annoying? Overweight? Overly confident in a look we’re trained to dislike? Is it because she reminds us of our vulnerable and insecure selves? Appreciating what Hannah/Lena puts out there by basking in the discomfort is the whole point. To hate an episode because it’s about her means you don’t get the show.

    • Ethan says:

      thank you for that last line! thats like saying you hate carrie bradshaw in sex and the city :P. and if you really think about it, hannah is the same girl that sho, marnie and jessa are, they just look different. i just love hannah, she has always forced me to put my perspective into her lens and that is why i love her.

  9. Tommy says:

    I’m still processing how I feel about this episode. I enjoyed it for what it was as a stand alone episode but it was so dramatically different from any episode of the series. I respect what it set out to do which is give Hannah more layers. Doesn’t mean I didn’t miss the other ladies.

  10. Michael says:

    Loved it.
    Please – is Patrick Wilson gonna be in more episodes?!?!?!

  11. Denise says:

    I really enjoyed the episode. I found it to be very deep and raw. I love how confident Hannah is about her body. She knows she isn’t a small woman, and she doesn’t hide it.

    It amazes me that anyone can say she is their least favorite character. All of them are interesting, but Hannah is the most interesting and complex. I really love this show. It’s real, it’s in your face. It doesn’t hide something that is uncomfortable to make you feel better. It’s brilliant.

  12. cjeffery7 says:

    i almost always LOVE IT when shows go off the beaten track like this and focus in on one character. and i think Hannah is the most misunderstood character on the show, which is surprising because she’s arguably the main protagonist. it’s almost one of those things where when you’re, say, comparing yourself to your siblings and you can pick out the particular niches that they belong to, but you can’t ever categorize yourself without ego-maniacal bias because you’re in your own head and you like to think the best of yourself, but what other people see you as is not necessarily what you think of yourself. that’s kind of how i see this episode. a chance for the audience to see Hannah in a vacuum. not around her friends or her family, where she plays specific roles, but with a complete stranger where she can either try to be a totally different person, or in this case just unabashedly be herself and bare all (no pun intended). it was an awesome character choice and an awesome story choice in its limited focus.

    • cjeffery7 says:

      i also found it completely hilarious that they played ping-pong in the half-nude. that is so ridiculous, but something i would totally do just to be ridiculous.

      • Britta Unfiltered says:

        It was funny. It reminded me of an old roommate I used to have who confessed to me how embarrassed she was that she used to roller skate naked in the basement of her parent’s house with her boyfriend. Try hearing something like that and keeping a straight face.

  13. LaDawna says:

    I loved it!!! Love the way Hannah is very confident about her body. Hated the romper though! Would like to see more of “Josh” in coming episodes.

  14. Devon Agaba says:

    This was a great episode. I think it was more artistic film making than comedic tv the way the other episodes are, and I like them both.

  15. Citygirl9 says:

    I love this show and Lena but wow was this episode disappointing. Hated not seeing the other characters, Hannah gets really annoying after a while. I like how realistic the show is so this was WAY too far fetched for me. And we get it you like getting naked, but please enough is enough at some point. It’s getting to be gross (sorry). Worst episode to date. Please no more all Hannah shows! And that romper…c’mon.

    • Rebecca says:

      Completely agree with everything you wrote especially about how far fetched it was. I was expecting it to be a day dream or something.

  16. Loved it. The episode made me question so much about what is possible. Only in NYC when you’re 24! It was awkward, sensual, strange and totally Hannah. She doesn’t apologize for who she is and I love that about her character. She never tries to suck it in, camouflage, wear black or play the shrinking violet. Kudos, as it shows real girls that it’s okay to be who you are- no shame attached. Patrick Wilson was perfection. Hope it’s not the last episode for him!

  17. Sandy says:

    I loved it. I hope we see Joshua again! He is so sexy and I liked them together. I feel like Hannah matured in this episode. I was hoping Joshua would come home, see her gone, go to the coffee shop and find out where she lives.

  18. Robin says:

    I loved it! Lena is outstanding in every aspect and if anything, the most creative and brilliant individual that all of us girls would like to be (in some ways). I loved this episode and very random, yet amazing, to see P. Wilson. He’s gorg! Loved it! BTW to above, Marnie should go! She sucks and is really boring. Bad actress too, sorry!

  19. Franki says:

    Best episode thus far.

  20. Ashley says:

    GOD I loved this episode. I am a 26 year old married mother of a toddler, and when Hannah was explaining that she wanted to feel it all and report back to people who hadn’t felt it all, I practically burst into tears because I haven’t felt it all, and I look (and looked before I had my daughter) a lot like Lena/Hannah (both face and body-wise), so when I was watching the show, it was like a little window into a world that people who look like me would never get to see. All the self consciousness mixed with bravery, all the sweetness, sexiness, and just emotion of the plot just spoke to me on so so so so many levels. It was a beautiful episode, and I am a better person for having seen it. People who look at Lena/Hannah and just see a a fat girl are not seeing her at all…they are being shallow and callous. She’s a gifted artist, and thank god HBO sees her for who she is.

  21. Andrea says:

    I loved it and I loved Patrick Wilson’s character – which he play brilliantly! Finally a man who treats one of “Girls” with tenderness and respect. I am 30 now and can honestly say that these girls are nothing like myself or my group of friends at 24 yrs old age, and that is probably why I love the show so much. I, too, hope Joshua is featured in more episode!
    With regard to Hannah/Lena’s body and clothes, I do think her clothes are horrendus and all of her nudity does make me feel uncomfortable at times. She’s too comfortable in her skin, I think, and has let herself go too much.

  22. Amanda McConaha says:

    Though it was a departure from other episodes, it was refreshing in that it showed just how difficult it is to be completely raw and vulnerable, but not without making people and situations uncomfortable. It emphasized the realization that what you want, and what you get is not always synchronous. I feel like Hannah’s inability to relax-for fear of being let down, amplifies her distractive, eccentric behavior. Funny extroverts are allowed to have a serious, melancholy side too, and this episode was introspective for Hannah’s character. I loved that the show was so metaphoric, and left room for all this open discussion!

  23. lara says:

    Am the only one who’s super upset that this is (probably) the end of Patrick Wilson’s time on Girls? He was perfect in the role! I liked the show and although it did make me feel uncomfortable at times (SO MUCH FREAKING NUDITY), it was really good and it did make me think.

    • S says:

      I agree, too much nudity!! I don’t care if its Lena Dunham or Kim Catrell nobody wants to see your boobs flapping around for a half hour

      • Annie says:

        Far far too much nudity. Just because hbo lets you show nudity and sex doesn’t mean you have to. It would be really refreshing to watch an episode where none of the girls has sex and they are fully dressed the whole time.

        This is not a comment on Lena dunham’s body; I feel the same about other hbo shows like Boardwalk Empire. boobs are not original or interesting, put them away and get on with the story.

  24. Janet says:

    Patrick Wilson has too much talent to be slumming it on this awful hipster piece of garbage show.

  25. Amanda McConaha says:

    If you are uncomfortable with Lena/Hannah’s body, what does that say about you? Unresolved, repressed issues? I’m tired of this country trying to make anyone NOT playboy-worthy feel like they should live in a cave. Not to mention that you’re not getting the point of why she exposes herself like she does. Get out of the box you’re living in……watch the show for its content, leave her caloric intake out of it.

    • lara says:

      Yeah, but for a lot of people, it’s not her body, it’s the fact that there’s a lot of gratuitous nudity. I would feel the same way if Marnie was naked during the whole episode, for the record.

      • Paul says:

        If it were Marnie I would have enjoyed the episode immensely. Instead I was cringing most of the time. I do find Hannah gross and annoying. The weight is a big part of the grossness. But the ridiculous fashion choices and the tattoos factor in heavily too. That romper is the worst outfit I can ever remember a main character in a scripted TV show wear.

        Before I get lambasted for being shallow let’s note how many commenters in this thread want Patrick Wilson back as eye candy. Would you honestly want the character back in future episodes if he looked like a manboobed Brian Posehn?

        That said, I recognize if the One’s Man Trash episode was instead featured on Marnie it would be little more than porn. The incongruentness of Hannah and Joshua is what makes the episode provocative and discussion generating (even if some of the discussion just sounds judgemental and shallow).

  26. Amazing episode. Has so many layers and you definitely makes you get to know Hanna more. Just like in last season’s when she went home to her parent’s house – one episode just for her… for the audience to get to know her better.

    Hanna is very misunderstood, and yes quite annoying, but episodes like this are much much much more relatable to the audience. A very good stand alone episode that can be put under studies or critics in a film class.

  27. Yvette tv says:

    I loved it. At first I thought “Oh no here we go again. She kisses every man she meets”. But it went somewhere very interesting. She tried to resist and treat the situation like what it was- a one night stand. But the Joshua character was obviously lonely and had this opportunity land literally on his doorstep. Why not? So he wanted it to last longer. Her mistake was thinking they had reached the level where he would care about her background stories or innermost feelings. This is the difference between love and lust. It’s hard to see the difference when you are in the middle of it. The folks that want to see the Patrick character come back are being naive. Lena Dunham is much more realistic than that.

  28. Sarabi says:

    This looked like it was going to be one of those dreamy, perfect physical encounters that happen once in a lifetime, and then Hannah had to “mess it up” with all the talking, but she actually gave this whole thing meaning, so the sexcapades turned out to be much more than just that. Well, this is why I’m beginning to really like this show. Something that at first seems superficial and just amusing to watch becomes this multilayered concoction that you want to break down to pieces and just experience it all. Feel it all, really.

  29. Derek says:

    As a guy, this episode only reaffirms the following: ALWAYS go to her place the first time.

  30. I feel weird that Lena is the main writer and executive producer of the show and is naked 70% of the time that she is on screen. Does she want to be naked that much on TV?
    Its not even that she doesn’t look like a model, its that she writes herself into this role.
    Having said that.. Girls has been great this season. Every episode really leaves an impression.

    • Terry says:

      I think what Lena is trying to tell us (the audience) that it’s okay not to be a 10 and that we should love our bodies regardless. What a sad world it is to convey to the public that everyone should be a fantastic looking shapely human being or they should go hide themselves in the closet. Kudos to Lena.

  31. Luke says:

    Great review of the episode Michael.
    This episode had me blushing with it’s in your face intimacy and laughing everytime Hannah’s boob would just pop into view (not sure why but I find her relaxed attitude about her nakedness to be very amusing). Wish she hadn’t blown it with that outburst at the end though. She’ll learn.

  32. Zoe says:

    I loved this episode. I thought that it was brilliant, naked, and truthful. Hannah exposes her true self. I would love to see more of Patrick Wilson. Beyond his physical beauty, his character is complex and troubled.

  33. Jade says:

    Girls was such a bore this week. I like Lena Dunham’s character Hannah,but a whole episode dedicated to her was a yawn. Marnie and Shosh make the show for me.

  34. lala says:

    I thought the show jumped the shark because it was not funny because it felt too real. However, it made me think in a couple times that I should have kept my mouth shut. When you realized that you said too much about yourself to someone you like even to a friend. Then suddenly things get awkward and people change.

  35. emma says:

    BLOWN AWAY by this

  36. A says:

    Great review, and I think a great episode. Immediately after I watched, I was unsure how I felt about it, but after sleeping on it I see the true merit here. I liked the stand alone episode, although I did miss the other girls, but this episode was incredibly necessary to Hannah’s development.
    As much as I’d like to see Patrick Wilson again, I think one of the main points of the episode was that we will NOT see him again.
    I also wanted to note that I loved the glimpse of Ray at the beginning – he has been a little wimpy in my view in the past few episodes, but his outburst at the beginning of the episode was classic.
    I will just again say that if you are STILL complaining that Hannah’s character is whiny and unrealistic or that she shouldn’t be naked all the time, you don’t understand Lena Dunham or this show, and ESPECIALLY not this episode.

  37. Coolio Jackson says:

    This was probably the most self indulgent episode of “Girls” yet. Lena Dunham has inexplicably been given the keys to the castle and has somehow convinced the critics that her despicable character is some how likeable. This episode was pure fantasy. In what dream world would an attractive, successful doctor become so enamored with a self centered, vapid human being. All that plus we had to see her naked…why wasn’t Patrick Wilson naked? I know why…because that would have furthered brought home the pure lunacy of their tryst.

  38. TMW says:

    Hugely disappointing episode.

    It would seem that Dunham actually endorses Hannah’s spleen-venting to a total stranger like Joshua. Hannah’s behavior exemplified an aspect of some of us Americans that “foreigners” are continuously baffled/irritated by: the insistence of some of us to practice in projectile vomiting our “emotions” on complete strangers.

    Just shut up, Hannah. Shut. Up.

  39. Terry says:

    I thought it was one of the best “Girls” episode I had ever seen. It was actually beautiful, Lena hit the nail on the button, it was, I am sure, just about every girls’ fantasy. For a moment, I thought it was a dream and any minute Hannah was going to wake up. I was tickled that it wasn’t and that it was real (well, as real as HBO and Lena could make it). I was sorry to see him get uncomfortable with her confession , but isn’t that just like a guy, “don’t get heavy” or I’ll take off. Hannah just wants to be loved and who wouldn’t want that love coming from Patrick Wilson. I would love to see him pop in again as a lover of Hannahs’. What a great piece of work.

  40. Ellen says:

    On what planet would a hot hunky doctor (Wilson) ever sleep with a pudgy pasty coffee shop employee (Dunham), unless he was very drunk or had lost a bet?? This episode was Lena Dunham at her most self-delusional. Does she really believe that Patrick Wilson’s character would ever give Hannah Horvath a moment’s notice? Everyone marvels at how “real” this series is. Give me a break! An overweight emotional basket case like Hannah does not have hot sexcapades with rich handsome physicians; she does not have sexy, model-like best friends (Allison Williams; Jemima Kirk), whom she’s usually bitchy to, no less; and she does not support herself in a 2 bedroom Brooklyn apartment on a part-time coffee shop salary. I’m done with this ridiculous series.

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      Glad to see you’ll be off the comment boards. It makes me want to have a celebration. I assume you are female because of your name. Women who criticize other women for being a little overweight are the worst. I have zero respect for people like you. It’s weird and rare to find women who are misogynists, but you are pretty much the perfect example of that. Maybe that just comes from bitterness and insecurity about your own body?

      • A says:

        Thank you for this response. These kind of people are completely missing the point of Lena Dunham’s entire enterprise.

      • Ellen says:

        I’m not a misogynist, just a realist. My post did not criticize Hannah for being being overweight, but rather, my criticism is about the complete lack of realism in “Girls”. It’s a total fantasy world brought to you by Lena Dunham….. a fantasy world where a woman doesn’t have to be attractive, doesn’t need to be particularly nice, doesn’t have to have any real ambition or career, and doesn’t have much to offer except a penchant for exhibitionism, and somehow this woman will have all the sexual relationships she can handle. So when an unattractive barista shows up at the brownstone of a handsome professional man and starts insecurely babbling about why she stealthily uses strangers’ trash cans, does anyone really believe that this interaction would be the start of an intense two day sexual courtship? If you do, then I’m guessing that you may also believe that “Harry Potter” is a work of non-fiction.

        • Faster says:

          This interaction was not unrealistic at all. I believe someone above gave a good reason why that’s so. I’m guessing you just don’t have very many experiences to call upon.

  41. Nat says:

    Thanks Michael for this recap; it’s actually helped me process the episode a lot better. About halfway through I half-jokingly said to my boyfriend that this writing was self-indulgent fantasy, but by the end it had become something so much sadder and more honest than I thought. A great exploration of the character of Hannah (and yes, the romper was hideous, but totally something I’ve come to accept the character would wear).

    The other thing I’d say to anyone claiming this episode isn’t ‘realistic’ – that a hot doctor wouldn’t hook up with a frumpy coffee shop twenty-something – to echo what someone else said above, don’t confuse ‘realistic’ with ‘realistic for TV’. TV is full of beautiful people who get there because of their beauty, and we’ve been subconsciously conditioned to have an expectation of what fictional characters hooking up should look like. But when it comes to what ‘real’ people do, I can think of a dozen examples of friends of mine who were with people considerably better/worse looking. Everyone is attracted to different types. It totally makes sense to me that a middle-aged-ish man going through a separation and possibly facing a personal crisis would leap at the chance of having a connection/fling with a flighty 24 year old to make himself feel valued.

  42. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Oh wow, I just finished the episode. It was so beautiful and moving. It was like watching a play. It’s the kind of episode that you have to think about for awhile and process. Hannah kind of sees herself as trash and just secretly hates herself, doesn’t she? I think I’ve figured out something about Hannah. We all know the reason the character is naked so often is because the character is always so emotionally naked. Hannah just puts it all out there all the time, what she’s thinking, what she’s feeling. Why bother with clothes? Why hide who you are? So the thing I’ve figured out (at least how I see it), is that Hannah is really desperately trying to find someone who will accept her for who she is, faults and all. And that’s why she puts it out there all the time. It’s a way of testing people to see if they’ll accept her and love her or reject her and withdraw. This dude obviously withdrew. And the more she let it all hang out, the more he closed himself off. So what’s a girl who secretly hates herself to do? The only thing she could do, which was to take out the trash. I can’t express how wonderful that imagery was of her taking out the bag of trash and leaving his place…leaving the peace of his home and going out into the brewing storm. Well done, Miss Dunham. I have such great admiration and respect for this talented young lady.

  43. Gigi says:

    A fantastic half-hour of tv, the best I have seen in a very long time. Wonderful script and acting.

  44. Peace says:

    This was an unbelievably strong episode soaked with an honest, yet fantasy-filled, representation of a single encounter between two individuals in different stages of life who initially appear to have similar goals of this meeting with a purely awkward conclusion that is nothing but true to life. The oxymoronic juxtaposition of sex to loneliness and intimacy to TMI blew me away. Very sexy and very insightful

  45. Seabiscuit47 says:

    Best episode this season!

  46. Maurine says:

    I am 60 years old and felt the same discomfort about all the toplessness. I also greatly appreciate that Lena addresses the double standard that men go topless but women can’t. Lena is not so well endowed that she looked physically uncomfortable. She wasn’t dressed provocatively. She played ping pong with abandon and was not self-conscious,about her awkward moves. A good message for young girls. Better than most of the role models on TV.

  47. doctorj42 says:

    I loved it. After 10 minutes or so, I realised we hadn’t seen any of the other characters (except Ray), and this must be a special episode. I still have mixed feelings about Hannah, weighing her shallow self-focus against her flawed humanity. As others have said, I thought the ending was beautiful. We can surmise anything, but this looks like a one-off and we won’t see Joshua again.

  48. rucka says:

    i’ve strongly disliked hannah’s character since episode one and i watch this show for everyone else but her. this episode made me dislike her even more than i do. as a side note, attractive or not (which i find her not), it’s not necessary for lena to be naked all this time. in this episode it completely killed my suspension of disbelief that a scenario like that could happen.

  49. diirrty says:

    Talk about Hannah being a role model is puzzling to me. Sure, being comfortable in your own skin is admirable, but there are many aspects to Hannah that are not. I feel that she is portraying the notion that loving yourself for who you are is the moral high ground, even if who you are is a lazy, overweight, drug taking, tattoo bearing, promiscuous young lady – someone that I do NOT as a role model for my daughters.

  50. LG says:

    Hannah as flawed human being and fact this was a one-off were clear from early on in her encounter when she continually got Joshua’s name wrong, despite his multiple corrections, and even then her pooh-poohing of his request. If someone can’t accept another person’s request to be called by their name the way they want, someone with whom you’re having even a one-time fling, it says that person is a me-first personality. Which comes shining through in her monologue at the end. That being said, I’ll be curious how and whether her character shows any growth in the remaining episodes based on the encounter.

    • Paul says:

      Hannah is most definitely a me-first person. If he Joshua character had been a me-first man boobed overweight character I doubt some of the woman applauding the “romance” of this episode would be idealizing it as much.

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