Girls – Brownstone Vacation

“One Man’s Trash” was a strange, unexpected episode of Girls, but it was one that I thought worked. It was nearly a bottle episode – we saw Hannah and Ray at work in the coffeeshop, and then she spent the rest of the episode in a strange man’s house.

The man, played by Patrick Wilson, was a rich, handsome doctor. Not exactly a person you’d expect to be into Hannah. I’m sure, awful as the Internet is, there will be plenty of commentary of physical appearances. The show even acknowledged that there might be a difference in levels of attractiveness, when Hannah told “Josh” that yes, she thinks she’s beautiful but “that’s just not always the feedback I’ve been given”. But what I mean is, personality-wise, the two were obviously an ill match. It was interesting to watch Joshua discover that, and to watch the whole thing play out.

The fling started as, I think, intrigue. Hannah was intrigued by Joshua’s house, belongings, the way he had his life together. And Joshua seemed intrigued by Hannah’s bluntness and bizarre comfort. She said he could be a serial killer and she shouldn’t go into his house, but she went inside and made herself at home anyway. They had sex many times, they skipped work, she fainted in his fancy shower. (“I thought I was a gummy worm for like, seven minutes.” was hilarious.)

I like this episode for a lot of reasons. First of all, I think it reiterated a really important characteristic of Hannah’s. It’s one that I can vaguely relate to. (I’m saying vaguely because, no, I’ve never done exactly the things she’s done. And if I had, I wouldn’t have the guts to post it on the Internet.) Hannah longs to be a writer. She understands that calling in a way that I, someone who has written and went to journalism school, have never experienced. But she knows that to write the way she wants to, she has to live. She needs crazy experiences. So she does crazy stuff and let’s crazy things happen to her, because it’ll make a good story. It’s a dangerous way to live, but it’s something that I understand rather than judge.

The episode was also another way of showing how Hannah self-destructs. This guy barely knew her, but he liked her. And then she started talking, a lot. She started assessing herself, him, the situation way too much and picking apart everything that was said. She went from being exciting and sexy to being high-maintenance and kind of crazy.

I think this episode will be polarizing. If someone’s issues with the show thus far have been Hannah’s lack of likability, Hannah’s frequent nudity, raunch, or a lack of laugh-out-loud jokes, then I have a feeling maybe this episode would rub them the wrong way. But I don’t have those problems with the show, so I liked it quite a bit. What did you guys think of it?

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6 Responses to Girls – Brownstone Vacation

  1. Kristin B says:

    I this was such an unusual episode, but I really enjoyed it too. It was an interesting look deeper into Hannah and it made her a lot more likeable & relate-able to me. Not that I’ve done any of the things she’s done either, but more with how she’s all up in her head a lot of the time.
    I liked it.

    • Jill says:

      I totally see what you’re saying. The show does a great job of making emotions familiar even if the behavior isn’t yours.

  2. erikabatista says:

    Hey, I stumbled into your article while looking for reviews. I did see this episode as some sort of intermission, but thought the show is becoming too much about Hannah. In think they should drop the name “girls” altogether, unless by that they’re referring to Hannah’s boobs. I was really enjoying the show and, as you said, the crazy things she does in order to have stories to write. But right now the show has become a bit too dark for my taste and too focused on her personality and her feelings, neglecting all the other wonderful characters that she developed so well. I really enjoyed the scene from the last episode when Marnie said “I just wish someone would tell me, like, this is how the rest of your life should look”. That’s the kind of stuff I would like to see more of. I really enjoyed season 1 but now I’m hesitating to even continue watching the show.

  3. Dana says:

    She’s there, that guy is into her, he finds her charming and beautiful. Yet, the whole experience was about her. Even when he started telling her about his life, she shoved it aside. Nothing is as big as her life or her experiences, she’s so self consumed she couldn’t comply with calling him by his name. I was reminded of the season 1 finale when Adam asks her what the fuck is wrong with her? At the same time I felt so sad for her, taking in all these painful experiences just to have something to write about. I think the judge of whether this is a good episode or not is how it might affect the overall arc of the season and the storyline. We’ll see.

    • Jill says:

      Totally. She completely brushed aside his experiences, seeing her own as more tragic or interesting.

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