In a nutshell:
– Adam and Ray have a short-lived bromance
– Hannah gets commissioned to write an e-book in a month
– Marnie’s ‘relationship’ with the ewok in capri pants – otherwise known as Booth Jonathan – comes to an end
– Jessa makes a short appearance to complain and benefit no one
– Shosh is great as per
After the previous Hannah-centric episode, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this episode. However, (perhaps luckily – for the viewer’s sanity) it doesn’t really acknowledge anything that happened in the previous episode. Hannah is even back working at Grumpy’s with no mention of her having quit in the previous episode on the grounds of a ‘toxic work environment.’ This complete disregard for any events of the previous episode makes me wonder if it even happened. Perhaps it was meant to be a dream-like sequence, to explore Hannah’s character – as if she’s not at the forefront already.
In a convoluted turn of events, Ray turns up at Adam’s place to retrieve his copy of ‘Little Women’ (borrowed and left there by Hannah) – the book is held hostage in the bathroom by a vicious dog. As a result, Ray and Adam set off to Staten Island to return the dog, which it turns out Adam stole.
I liked the scenes between Ray and Adam, they make quite a good double act. Ray points out that the two of them aren’t so different – ‘Maybe it’s because we’re both honest men’. Adam has a different theory – ‘Maybe it’s because we’re both kind of weird looking’ – a more valid point, in my opinion.
Either way, the boys are getting along just fine until Ray tells Adam he never really ‘got’ his infatuation with Hannah. In pretty much standard Adam behaviour, he gets disproportionately angry about this (similarly to Ray in the previous episode now that I think about it – perhaps rage problems is another thing they share, as well as weird looks.) Consequently, their bromance is short-lived and Adam sacks off their mission to the return the stolen dog, leaving Ray to go it alone.
Ray finds the girl whose dad owns the dog, who tells him she doesn’t want the dog back (although in much less polite terms). She goes on to promptly insult Ray in every way possible. She asks, ‘Why aren’t you at work old man? Probably because you don’t have a job, you fucking loser.’ To which he replies: ’You don’t know that…Maybe I’m a creative type who doesn’t abide to a 9-5 schedule.’ But it’s clear this random girl has inadvertently hit home with Ray. We leave him sitting with the dog, to whom he admits ‘I’m nothing’ as he begins crying.
Meanwhile, back on solid ground in Brooklyn – the girls also have reason to be tearful. The whole ‘grass isn’t always greener’ idea seemed to be a theme in this episode – as although the show’s tagline is ‘almost getting it kind of together’ – none of the girls are doing so, despite outward appearances.
Shosh and Ray may have declared their love for each other and are at least now both aware that they are co-habiting. But she’s finding it difficult to come to terms with the fact that her first real boyfriend is a 33 year old man with no prospects or aspirations. She complains of $4 taco dates with Ray which are lacking in romantic ambience in her opinion – ‘there should be mood lighting.’
Shosh is in awe of both Hannah and Marnie. Hannah’s been commissioned to write an e-book, to which Shoshanna reacts ‘it’s so adult and intriguing.’ Never mind the fact that she’s only got a month to do it in and is spending her time deleting everything she writes in favour of looking at helpful articles such as, ‘fruits that will make you fat.’
Shoshanna and Marnie discuss Marnie’s relationship with Booth Jonathan, in a particularly telling scene about how girls can completely misread things when it comes to boys. Shoshanna clearly compares her own situation with Marnie’s, viewing her own relationship in a negative light in comparison. As far as Shoshanna is concerned, Marnie is in an exciting relationship with a successful man – ‘you’re like Bella Swan from Twilight, and I’m like her weird friend who doesn’t understand how fabulous your life is because my boyfriend won’t spend $4 on tacos.’
In reality, Marnie is in a non-relationship relationship with the pretentious arsehole who goes by the name Booth Jonathan, which just has to be made up because who would name their child such a ridiculous thing. Anyway, Marnie thinks they are ‘like, totally’ an item, and that things are happening on a ‘nice level.’ Sadly for Marnie, she is incorrect.
Booth fires his assistant for eating a spoonful of his rose water ice cream (need I say more?), prompting him to ask Marnie who is, you know, a hostess – to host his party that night. She thinks they are hosting together as a couple, while he thinks he’s literally hired her as a hostess. It all comes to a head later when Booth offers to just chuck her $500. She says he doesn’t have to pay him – she’s his girlfriend, to which he responds that he didn’t realise he had a girlfriend.
Marnie starts crying as, usually when she thinks someone’s her boyfriend they are, apparently. Marnie admits that maybe she fell in love with the idea of him. At which point, Booth gets enraged, saying that this always happens. Oh, and that he hates all of his friends – I’m sure the feeling is mutual. I’m pretty sure that’s the end of Booth Jonathan, at least I bloody hope so.
Elsewhere, Hannah, who made a brief appearance at the party before being ignored by Marnie and opting for a swift exit, is at home with writer’s block. Marnie calls her, presumably to talk about what happened with Booth. However, both Hannah and Marnie lie about how they are feeling – fuelling the whole ‘grass is greener’ mentality. Hannah says she left the party because she was inspired, while Marnie fabricates that the party is going great and they are watching fireflies in Booth’s garden – pretty niche lie but an appropriate pretentious activity for Booth’s garden. It’s a short phonecall which ends with Hannah saying ‘talk soon?’ – with neither of them discussing how they really feel, it seems they are likely to grow further apart.
Oh I haven’t forgotten Jessa, who makes a brief cameo in this episode – just long enough to tell Hannah that nobody cares about her book.
Adam: ‘Is that why you’re being so coy?’
Ray: ‘Coy? Is that your first time using that word?’
The scene between Shoshanna and Marnie where they are deciding what Marnie should wear. Although it involves Marnie being annoying and self-centred, Shoshanna is just abbreviating all over the place – which obvs I totes approve of – ‘no presh but like, that’s a really big deal.’
The fact that Hannah has a sticker on her laptop that says: ‘I used up all my sick days so I called in dead.’