“Girls” Episode 4: It’s a Shame About Ray

“She’s too self-involved to commit suicide.” - Hannah Horvath

 After last week’s coke-filled craziness, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this week’s episode of “Girls.”  I haven’t loved any of the episodes this season, and I was becoming slightly discouraged. Thankfully, this episode reminded me of what originally drew me to this series: the relatability of the characters and their relationships.

During this episode some of the on-screen relationships fell apart, some grew stronger and others just got even more complicated.

While last week’s absurdity was mainly centered around Hannah, this episode dealt with the lives of the other characters. The first few scenes of the episode show Elijah obeying Hannah’s request to move out. This made me so happy that I did a little fist pump. YES. GOODBYE ELIJAH. I’ve hated him since last season, and I was glad that Hannah finally acknowledged what a “horrible man” he is. He’s one of those characters who is funny for one episode, then becomes simply irritating.

See ya Elijah!  Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

See ya Elijah!
Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

 

After this encounter, the episode focuses largely on the people around Hannah.  She hosts a dinner party and invites all of her friends.  It was nice to see the core of the cast interacting again.  However, things definitely got complicated.

The first glimpse of relationship tension we see is between Charlie (Marnie’s ex) and his girlfriend Audrey. They weren’t expecting Marnie to show up for the party, and awkwardness ensues.  Audrey attacks Marnie and claims that she still has feelings for Charlie.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Clearly, there are unresolved feelings between these two, and they’re both at fault.  Marnie storms off, and Charlie proceeds to follow her instead of consoling his girlfriend. Bad move, bro. Marnie and Charlie end up kissing  but she pulls away and tells him she’s dating Booth Jonathan.  Charlie storms off, and their relationship is clearly on rocky terms. There is no sense of closure here. I see these two getting back together in the near future. Both of their relationships seem more like flings than anything else.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Then we have Ray and Shoshanna.  We haven’t seen many intimate details of their relationship, but they haven't appeared to have any major issues. But while at the dinner party, Shoshanna suddenly realizes that Ray has been living with her. In classic Shoshanna fashion, she slowly puts it all together.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

He is a homeless, jobless, 35-year-old man, and yet she still loves him. Sitting in the subway, Ray tells her that she’s too good for him; he is too much of a loser, and he was afraid of what would happen if she realized this.  But this only leads Shoshanna to profess her love for him. Then, in classic Ray fashion, he tells her he loves her too.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

In the entire series, their relationship is my favorite. They understand each other on a greater level than everyone else.  Just when you think they might be over each other’s weirdness, they proclaim their love for one another.

The relationship between Jessa and Thomas seems to completely fall apart in this episode. I had my doubts about their relationship last season, when they suddenly got married. As this season has progressed, I thought that maybe they were happy together because we never got a glimpse of their issues. They seemed perfectly happy. But then...BAM! It all falls apart.

I should have seen this coming. Jessa is notorious for causing drama and behaving absolutely ridiculously just because she is bored. Her shenanigans caused a lot of conflict last season.  After going out to dinner with Thomas’ parents, it becomes extremely clear that they are wrong for each other. Thomas is embarrassed by Jessa’s hippy-free-spirit persona and Jessa can’t stand being anyone but who she wants to be. Thomas is everything she is supposed to detest.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Thus, their relationship completely collapses. After a screaming match, Jessa goes to Hannah’s apartment and finds her in the bathtub, singing “Wonderwall.” This was the perfect way to end the episode.

We see Jessa let down her mask and feel the repercussions of her actions for the first time. She is always so busy prancing around with her ridiculous attitude on life that she never seems to express much emotion. But as she gets into the tub with Hannah, we see that she is human too. There is a person behind that crazy hair and those peasant skirts.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

The last scene, with Hannah and Jessa sitting in the bathtub, was my favorite one from this season.  The show finally goes back to what it's about (in these last few moments)—GIRLS. At the end of the day, there are no relationships more important than friendships. We haven’t seen Hannah and Jessa this close in a while but it feels natural. Jessa goes into the tub crying, and only a few moments later they are both cracking up.  They are each other’s “wonderwalls.” And there is nothing more important than that.

Here are two of my favorite songs from this week’s episode. They are too good and fitting not to share!

Regina Spektor- Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

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Oasis- Wonderwall

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Tune in next week for more “Girls” goodness!

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