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Girls Review: Just a Small Town Girl

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It feels like it’s a bit early in an ensemble TV series to do an entire episode based around only one of the characters. In "The Return" we went back to East Lansing, Michigan with Hannah and watched her grapple with big city girl returns to the suburbs situation.

By the way, I know East Lansing is not a small town at all I just can't resist myself a Journey lyric.

Close Up of Hannah

First of all, who the hell travels long distance with clothes in trash bags except for Angelina from Jersey Shore? How does that even get through the TSA when my unopened sunscreen doesn't? 

You could tell Hannah was completely annoyed to be returning to Michigan, especially now that she lives in the big city and think she is better than everyone.

Case in point, the following quote: "You are from New York, therefore you are just naturally interesting." | permalink

Oh Hannah, if you only you acted so secure all of the time and we wouldn't be in this Adam mess. But back to the situation of returning home. Some people say you can never go home ago and to a degree this is completely true. Things will never be the way you left them. But you also grow to appreciate stuff in a completely new way. For instance going home to your parents house from a city often means cleanliness, better sleep, an overabundance of food, and if you’re coming from NYC then lower prices on everything.

It can also mean strange encounters with your past, in Hannah's case it was her pharmacist buddy who felt comfortable enough bringing free KY to her car door. Then there was the old friend who was having the fundraiser for the girl who was abducted on spring break. The Natalie Holloway type story still gives me chills. And even though the dance those girls did was kind of random, obviously Hannah was super critical but then again, that's just Hannah!

I know people talk about the rawness of this show, but I’m sorry the ick factor of this week was just a little too much. Hannah asking that guy if she was tight like a baby? Just OMG stop. I think Adam’s pedophile talk is rubbing off on her. 

Then we had the parents doing it doggy style in the shower and the dad hitting his head and passing out. I'm not going to say I didn't laugh, but I was covering my eyes too. Also was it super necessary for us all to see Hannah’s dad's flaccid penis? This show really takes gratuitous nudity to a new level.

Were you surprised that Hannah didn’t ask her parents for rent money? Do you think Adam’s depraved sexual ways are getting to Hannah? Did you miss Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna? Hit the comments!

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Watchestoomuch

There's brutal honesty, and there's plain brutality. Agree on "ick factor"; could not watch. (Reviewing old episodes on DVR.)

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THANK YOU for saying East Lansing isn't a "small town". The entire episode just bothered me at how they were portraying the city. It shows how New Yorker's just think that they are superior and actually reflects poorly on them.

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I don't think that the nudity was gratuitous at all. We were meant to feel uncomfortable and awkward. Rather than laughing AT Hannah and her mother, we're red in the face right alongside them. I thought it was perfect.
I missed the other characters though,too much Hannah at once gets a bit much

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I totally missed the duracell product placement, I was trying to figure out why the pharmacist was attracted to Hannah in the first place. Maybe Hannas click was a little popular idk. As for of the nude penis I am happy television is starting to show penis because they did in hall pass and hopefully in future tv show and movies they always did female parts. Anyways! I was a fan of Daria she is our Daria of our time. The problem with tv shows like this they come in blow us all away with the innovative writing ideas and acting the just goes away. I hope this style of comedy stays and sticks!

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...it seemed obvious to me. I love Duracell, I get that they rock. But it was all I could see.
I also agree the penis was a bit much. It did not contribute to the scene and I would think the mother would have covered him up. The "This is embarrassing for everyone involved" was pretty funny though. I sound dense, but I had no idea that you could have full frontal nudity, even in premium cable, without it needing a higher rating. I guess since it was brief.
Tonight, I realized that Hannah reminds me of a real-life Daria. Now, all she needs is her Jane.

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...it seemed obvious to me. I love Duracell, I get that they rock. But it was all I could see.
I also agree the penis was a bit much. It did not contribute to the scene and I would think the mother would have covered him up. The "This is embarrassing for everyone involved" was pretty funny though. I sound dense, but I had no idea that you could have full frontal nudity, even in premium cable, without it needing a higher rating. I guess since it was brief.
Tonight, I realized that Hannah reminds me of a real-life Daria. Now, all she needs is her Jane.

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I was not surprised that Hannah did not ask for rent money. I think she feels she has a lot to prove, and maybe she wants to show her parents she does not need their money, even if she does. To truly move on and become her own, she needs to not rely on mommy and daddy as much, even if at this point, it is only for her pride.
I also think that for the most part, she is a sexual deviant anyway. I don't think she would be able to function in a "typical" sexual relationship. You can't fake what she did the last episode. In a way, it may be the one place pride doesn't matter.
And did anyone else notice the Duracell product placement in the pharmacy scene?

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I did miss Marnie Jessa and the other one! Lol I was suprised Hannah didn't ask for rent money, but its not over yet. She's still at home. Also with her dating Hannah just use to a certain type of guy like her mom says. Adam is a new yorker ADD type. I like him though! He has instinctive perception on Hannas mental state. And I like Hannah choosing him for herself. I think she likes him cuz he's tall. I like Jessa second best! I love that line "best friend best friend you don't own anyone!!" The comparison with sex and the city yields no comparison other than its four girls this show is on a whole other level they wish they could get on. It's like sex and the city, clueless, ugly betty, and something else smart lol.

Girls Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

Be nice to your parents, okay?

Marnie

I didn't lose my job, I gave it away.

Hannah