So this week Girls delved a bit deeper into some serious issues, in two scenes particularly. The first was the bathroom scene where Hannah is brushing her teeth alongside her white, gay roommate and her black, Republican boyfriend – their awkward conversation certainly made for entertaining viewing.
However, these issues were perhaps more seriously addressed in the scene between Hannah and Sandy in which they discuss: gay marriage, NRA and gun legislation, death row, race, and political parties – impressively, all in about a three minute conversation.
With the introduction of Sandy – a black republican – Girls is starting to raise these controversial issues, which are all pertinent in society today. But, importantly, it does it with humour, and not in a ‘preachy’ kind of way. To reaffirm this, the somewhat serious discussion scene ends with Hannah casually asking if Sandy still wants to have sex, which he declines – provoking Hannah’s hilarious response which wraps up the scene: ‘I didn’t feel like it either, I just didn’t want you to have blue balls, because that’s another thing I don’t believe in.’
I love the writing in Girls because it’s realistic and relatable – I’m aware this might sound a bit cringey, but there’s so many lines which make me think: I have said that/I would say that/I wish I’d said that. Hannah’s use of ‘et al’ in conversation reminded me of how a friend and I have adopted the ridiculous habit of using ‘circa’ in everyday conversation – the more irrelevant the context it’s used in, the better.
Anyway, I digress – my favourite line of the episode came from Marnie this week, hitting the nail on the head with this one liner: ‘I just don’t wanna be around people who don’t hate everything in their life right now’ – over the top perhaps, but also very true when you are having one of those days.
As I said in my last post, Shoshanna is becoming one of my favourite characters, but I she didn’t have enough airtime in this episode in my opinion. Although, I did enjoy her ridiculously in-depth conversation with Ray about bathing a pig – it seems they are both equally bizarre and therefore a match made in heaven.
Now, as much as I love the show, I’m starting to find Jessa really grates on me – I’m not sure if this is the effect she’s meant to have or..? Maybe it’s her accent – a bit too Kelly Osbourne-esque if you ask me. Equally, it could be the fact that I still don’t see the point behind her current storyline, but then again…that accent is pretty annoying.
All in all, another great episode from Girls. It’s good to see a show like this being used as a platform to look at issues in society like race, politics, and sexuality, but it’s even better that it does so without losing its humour.