Previously on Girls, babies might need fathers and mothers, Adam made a very personal movie, Ray wants to do something to remember, Jess and Hannah disconnected, and Hannah told the father not to worry.
The episode was called “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?” and it’s a classic sort of rhetorical nonsense question. We finally got a glimpse in at Shosh again, but barely enough. She was there to get a philosophical, pretentious question about buildings wrong, and be the connective tissue between her ex-boss Abigail and ex-boyfriend Ray.
I found the entire little romance between Ray and Abby to be extremely tiresome. The concept of Ray’s attempt at documenting people and their feelings about gentrification may be derivative, but it does fit with his character. Every minute Shosh was on the screen was a better one than any of the ones with just Ray and Abby. Abby is quite insufferable, and she seems to be enabling Ray’s more pretentious behavior along with his potential artistic ones.
The fact that he left Shosh behind is his stupid mistake, and I can’t say it was a “mistake” to kiss Abby, as he was definitely caught up in the romance and adventure. He felt great about his neo-liberalist perspectives and pleased about shedding light on gentrification, even in a small way. The parallels of fall, discovery, and revelation are all over the episode, but the place of Ray in that cycle isn’t yet clear. What is Ray’s story ultimately about? Futility or redemption? At this point, the show seems muddled on him.
Jessa’s story is far more clear: her story is endless tragedy, partially caused by her own actions. When Adam unilaterally decides to break off with her, she doesn’t really protest in any significant way. Her entire persona is one that doesn’t care about anything, when she is very lonely. So she heads into a dive bar and hooks up with a random stranger while crying and whispering “I don’t love you.”
It’s sad and affecting, but that said, I’m not sure I really want to see it. Jessa has had character growth at times, but her journey here seems to be one of sadness and oblivion. That’s tragic and I can’t say I really wanted to see it. Perhaps the last moments showed a redemptive arc with her realization that perhaps Adam does care about her. Perhaps not.
This connects back to Hannah and how Jess was abruptly cut off by her cousin from her life. Now she has lost Adam, and feels unmoored. The hooking up of Adam and Hannah was like an emotional rerun, but these two people have changed a lot since the first season. Adam wants to help out Hannah as a friend, and the idea of the baby triggered the thought that the baby could’ve been, should’ve been, his with Hannah. Thus he fooled himself into thinking that they could work as a couple.
We saw there, in those last moments, a very well executed dialog between the two of them as the realization creeps and Hannah begins to cry, followed quickly by Adam. It was a light of excellence in a season of mostly just decent episodes. Overall, the episode was not entirely successful, but I did like it despite its flaws. Supposedly next week has more Shosh, and I dearly hope so. Her energy is so different from everyone else’s, it changes the dynamic.
That’s what I want to see, not simply mirroring of past mistakes and foreshadowing of future ones.
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