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The “Girls” Emotional Age Recap: “She Said OK”

With our main characters pretty thoroughly fleshed out by now, the season has begun to explore the lives of the secondary players. For instance, Hannah’s editor David is socially maladjusted and probably has a drug problem. Adam has a sister (the brilliant and unrecognizable Gaby Hoffman) who is just as crazy as him but in totally different ways. I think the two of them might have been raised by taxidermied wolves. As usual, the titular girls continue to fluctuate wildly in age. One year forward, two years back.

s3e02 hannah

Emotional Age: 19

Though Hannah is turning 25 on the outside, she hasn’t quite left her teenaged mindset behind. Nowhere is this more apparent than in her interactions with Caroline, a master manipulator who plays her new hostess like a violin with bad tattoos. Homemaker Horvath is so eager to establish herself as a good person by showing understanding that she neglects to consider the consequences of her actions. Adam is basically the parent giving his child a test pet, and when she can’t handle the responsibility, he’s the one cleaning up blood and broken glass in the bathroom.

s3e02 marnie

Emotional Age: 16

You guys, did you pay attention to Marnie this week? Because she’d totally love it if you paid some attention to her. Not, like, the YouTube kind of attention from that atrocious video, but the in-person attention you get from taking credit for a party you threw with someone else’s money, or from singing with your friend who just said point blank that she doesn’t want to sing with you. But the important thing is that everyone was looking at her. Why let someone else get all the glory just because it’s her birthday? Dumb.

s3e02 shoshanna

Emotional Age: 60

Shosh continues to be the CEO of Greenpoint. Her whole game this week is to perceive inherent truths and deliver them directly and without remorse. Marnie wants to pretend like she couldn’t get that video removed if she’d just bite the bullet and call Charlie? Shosh isn’t having it. Ray wants to talk to her awkwardly outside the party? Silent shutdown, she’s there with another dude, too bad. She even calls out her friends on how little they’ve accomplished, collectively and as individuals, over the past four years of their lives. Four years! They better watch out or they’re all getting fired.

s3e02 jessa

Emotional Age: dead

No, but really, did she speak at all this episode? She’s become a sad wraith, wafting around her former haunts and trying to influence events by thinking really hard or sending out cold breezes, yet no one even knows she’s there.

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  • KittyLitter


  • robho3

    I hate this show. Its about a bunch of self absorbed entitled girls. There is nothing endearing about these characters.

  • tardis

    So, is this like the new show everyone is watching. This looks kinda boring…

  • KittyLitter

    @tardis: It’s not. It’s just the only show queerty feels the need to report on.

  • dougmc92

    does ANYONE know the name of the song that played during the closing credits of Sunday’s 12/19, show???? I watched the ending twice- never saw credits…I’ve googled and search you tube…nothing…it went- It’s my Birthday and I wann get fucked- like it’s the first time….’


  • Dixie Rect

    Why is Queerty even blogging about this show? It isn’t remotely gay, or of interest to the community.

  • Dixie Rect


    It’s my birthday-remix by zero dezire

    It’s coming out on the ‘girls’ soundtrack in February.

  • dougmc92

    THANKS Dixie!!!!!!!!!

  • Sansacro

    @dougmc92: Are you, like, 12!!!!! Get Shazam.

  • dougmc92

    No, a 12 year old is someone who belittles other posters on a message board.

  • mz.sam

    This show and its characters is as exciting as watching a bunch of Valley girls kvetching over a shoe sale at the Galleria.

  • geo35mm

    First off, serious, hats off to Lena Dunham for the amount of effort she has put into this. I mean, my god, the credits are half full of her name, and those of us who have spent a lifetime in creative work know how hard it is to accomplish 10% of what she has. Props to Zosia Mamet, also, for her characterization of Shoshana… excellent acting.
    (The rest of them are quite good, too.)

    But the real reason this show is one of my favorites is this: I’m 67, and watching these 20-something girls behave just like my real-life 20-something nieces is a source of endless glee. Could there be a bigger bunch of neurotic fuckups written into a single show?!?! This half-hour every Sunday night is like a carnival that never disappoints.

    (As you’ll all learn some day, denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the daily regimen of old people, and greatly assists in the circulation of the blood.)

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