Girls recap: Please Do Not Sing 'Rent'

Hannah's birthday party is compromised by Adam's sister (guest star Gaby Hoffmann), her drugged-up editor, and a suspended-in-time Marnie
Ep. 03 | Aired Jan 19, 2014

TOOTHY BLING Adam hugs Hannah and more of his DNA.

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Problem is, Shoshanna barely blinks in recognition of her ex. When he concludes at the end of a tragically wandering sentence that he just doesn't think he can be friends with her, she replies "Um… okay?" Translation: "I don't care."

And Ray can't even find solace in song: He requests the Smashing Pumpkins' "Today" in honor of his ailing business partner, but his angsty slump session in a dark corner of this huge bar is cut off when David, Hannah's coked-up (and not officially invited) eBook editor asks the DJ to switch to "Sexy And I Know It."

"Do you understand the concept of the queue? It's the only thing that separates us from animals!" grumpy Ray screams at the poor man's Anderson Cooper, who's understandably frustrated that Ray looks nothing like the guy he just cruised on Grindr. "NOW I HAVE GROWN WEARY OF YOU!" David explodes, the triangular cutout on the back of his gray t-shirt (why must that thing confound me so?) quivering in the breeze as he dodges Ray's punch, then socks him one.

Ray may be soaked and lacking oxygen on that bar table, but at least David has never felt more alive. Good luck with that, man.

And that's it for "She Said OK." For all we know, Marnie is still onstage belting out "Take me as I am, 'cause it's what I am, are you what you are, or what?" to an enthralled Laird. Shoshanna's smushed under that beautiful man, questioning her new smoking habit and trying to remember more than three specific details about that strange space cadet, Ray. Jessa's… I don't know, conjuring up tiny baggies of weed through the cracks of the sidewalks wherever she steps. And Hannah and Adam wait, in silence, until the beast even crazier than they are awakes.

Best lines:

--Caroline: "How could a man who loves animals with such a haunting totality just turn around and brutally rebuff me?"

--The mere idea that Hannah would have an "old gymnastics friend" suddenly in town

--Ray joking to a new employee that there would be a drug test -- LOL, it's a coffee shop in Brooklyn; drug use is required.

--Hannah to her parents: "You remember Adam from my period of mental illness…"

--Ultimate burn from Shoshanna, to the girls: "It's really amazing that all three of you have accomplished so little in the four years since college."

--Ultimate burn for Shoshanna, from Ray: "Cool cigarette."

Your thoughts on episode 3? Will Marnie become a YouTube sensation? Have you ever given a somewhat similar performance of "What I Am" your bathroom mirror?


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