Girls recap: She Just Likes to Fight

Marnie's told she's not cut out for the art world; Hannah deals with her Republican boyfriend and stalker-ish ex
Ep. 02 | Aired Jan 20, 2013

PRETTY PERSUASION Marnie gets practical after botching another art gallery interview and takes a job as a hostess at a city club. 


Meanwhile Marnie is off being class-shamed at an interview to work at an art gallery. The interviewer is some sort of high profile curator, played by Lena Dunham's mother Laurie Simmons. Poor Marnie Michaels from Montclair, New Jersey. She's too middle class for the hip New York gallerist, but she's also not completely aware that Simmons' character is being condescending. Her questions seem sweet, but they're veiled with delicious judgement. "Where does one GET a suit like that," Simmons asks with a smile. "Ann Taylor," Marnie replies. Ann Taylor is not the right answer, but Simmons knew that, and by that point of the interview, Marnie knows it too. Simmons not only does not hire her, she says that she's not cut out for the art gallery world. I call this getting Rory'd.

We see Jessa only briefly again. She's painting a shirtless, fedora-wearing Thomas-John. They still seem somewhat happy. But this CAN'T last, can it? Hannah swings by to see the place, has a strange interaction with Thomas-John (he hasn't seen her since the wedding, meaning they've probably only met once, so there's a kind of forced joy to the meeting, where both perform excitement to see each other even though they're essentially strangers. It's pretty great.) She and Hannah go to the park with Jessa's three REALLY ADORABLE puppies that she names Garbage, Pucker, and Hanukkah. They talk about Jessa's happiness, and Sandy's politics. I love Jessa's sincere "what's wrong with a Republican? It's the same as a Democrat. They're all dirtbags." Jessa's only problem is that Sandy hasn't read Hannah's essay.

The mix-tape. The essay. The favorite movie. You want to share these things with the new person that you're excited about. But you only want the other person to love it. It's embarrassing if they don't. We all know this, and yet we all keep doing it and telling ourselves that it means something if they don't love it. Well, you can probably guess where this is headed. Sandy did read the essay. He just didn't like it. So he hid behind the excuse that he had been too busy. Hannah says she's okay with this and that she wants notes. "Ultimately it just felt like waiting in line and all the nonsense that goes through your brain when you’re trying to kill time," Sandy tells her. They reach a compromise, but then Hannah compares him not liking her essay to her not liking his politics. And then it turns into a fight. It starts out as something about politics. But it turns into something else, as most fights do. It becomes a fight about their relationship, a fight about why they're with each other, a fight about their own stereotypes of one another and the stereotypes they think the other holds about them. Sandy tells her to get out.

NEXT: Could you survive in Greenpoint making $40 a day?

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