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NOT GOOD ENOUGH As if writing the book of your lost generation in a month wasn't hard enough, Hannah's publisher doesn't like her work so far. He advises her to just make it up.
Last week we met up with Adam at an AA meeting, where he confessed that he's been tempted lately. Still, the episode ended on a high note for him when he met Natalia (Shiri Appleby) on a blind date, and we hoped that things were looking up for him, as if relationships could cure addiction. But Girls clearly had no intention of making the Adam/Natalia relationship complex or interesting, because uh oh, Natalia likes Sandra Bullock! She also has very specific rules for sex! She's too conventional for Adam! Anyway, at an engagement party for a friend of Natalia's, he decides to join her for a drink (immediately after seeing Hannah on the street, an uncharacteristically lazy coincidence). She is somehow totally cool with that despite the fact that her mother is also an alcoholic and she, more than anyone, would probably understand how big a deal it would be for Adam to have a drink.
And then, things just get terrible for them. Adam demands that she crawl to the bed on all fours, and he takes control of the sex. She's not into it. It was extremely uncomfortable to watch and you almost wondered whether it was supposed to feel like a situation that could very easily turn into a rape. In a weird way, the way the scene was set up -- with Adam running in to Hannah and then taking charge the way he would have with her -- makes it read as though we're supposed to empathize with Adam, or make us want Hannah and Adam together because they're on the same page about sex.
Finally, things aren't great for Ray and Shoshanna. She tells Ray that she "held hands with a doorman," but it's easy to see that she's done with the relationship and just doesn't know how to end it.
We have one episode to go in season 2, and so far, things have been kind of all over the place -- tonally and narratively. How do you want them to close things out? Will Hannah have a breakdown, or will she pull through and write the book? Will Shoshanna have the guts to break up with Ray? Should she? And how are we going to leave Adam?
Quote of the Night:
"I've been known to dabble in the Macintosh Arts."