Girls Review: The Big 2-5

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All hail the birthday bitch!

If you know Hannah Horvath, you know she's the kind of girl who inadvertently wants a big deal made out of her birthday even though she claims it sucks every year.

Girls Season 3 Episode 3 had us celebrating in style with a party thrown by Marnie and Hannah's parents.

Gaby Hoffman on Girls

I mean, thank goodness Marnie found something to do besides scream at people to take down a YouTube video that she was totally complicit in making with Charlie. You know Marnie was down when Charlie filmed it. We're talking about the same girl who rapped a mortifying rendition of Kanye in Girls Season 2 Episode 9.

The thing about Girls that makes the show what it is, is that these characters are all a bit self-absorbed. They are early 20-somethings in a generation often referred to as Generation Me, so this isn't shocking news. It's how each girl relays that selfishness and relates to each other that makes the show entertaining.

Take Hannah for instance, who tells Adam not to worry about Caroline because she's great at reading people and Caroline seems harmless. This is Adam's SISTER! Of course he knows how much trouble she is.

And trouble she was, between biting Ray on the dance floor, showing up with the mysterious bruises and that last glass shattering scene with what I'm going to assume was a merkin. (Regardless of your personal grooming preferences that was...extra voluminous)

Gaby Hoffman did an amazing job portraying Adam's messed up sibling. I think now we can see where Adam's rescuing, caregiver side comes from. When people were shocked the way he ran to Hannah in the Girls Season 2 finale, I suppose his interaction with his sister would serve as a great explanation of where that side of him comes from.

He's clearly been taking care of her for years.

Oh and you guys remember Adam from my period of mental illness.

Hannah [to her parents]

Elsewhere, Shoshanna continued to progress into self-serving college student with absolutely no verbal filter. As funny as I might find her this season, others have argued that she's turning into kind of a crappy person. I know that Ray would have to agree. We all know his meltdown wasn't just because a great Smashing Pumpkins song was turned off.

My favorite moment was Marnie forcing Hannah into the Rent duet. First of all, it was so typical of Marnie to make Hannah do something after she explicitly said she didn't want to. But truly, I'm only a few years older than these girls and I feel like the majority of my female peers were obsessed with the Rent soundtrack in middle school and could singing along to every line of that scene.

What did you think of Hannah's birthday party? Is Hannah and Adam's love nest going to get turned upside down by his sister's presence?


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Girls Season 3 Episode 3 Quotes

If you don't tell me what you're sick with I can't help you. And furthermore, I can't care.


You should feel very confident because I am a lot better at this when I'm not in the middle of an Obsessive Compulsive Meltdown.