‘Girls’ 2.01 Recap: “I Love How Weird You Are”

Pretty much simultaneously with Lena Dunham’s big win at the Golden Globes on Sunday, HBO premiered the second season of her much-buzzed dramedy series ‘Girls’. Dunham is a polarizing figure among some viewers, who find her show to be too much narcissistic navel-gazing. If you ask me, the narcissistic navel-gazing is kind of the whole point of the show. I don’t have a problem with it, but nor am I totally enraptured with its supposed brilliance either. Whatever your stance is on ‘Girls’, if you saw any of the first season, the new premiere offers up more of the same.

Episode ‘It’s About Time’ spends a half-hour catching us up with where the characters are at. Hannah’s roommate Marnie moved out in last season’s finale. They claim to still be best friends, but are clearly drifting apart. Hannah is now living with her gay ex-boyfriend Elijah (Andrew Rannells from ‘The New Normal’), and they seem to be very happy in this arrangement. Meanwhile, Marnie has been laid off from her job at the art gallery, currently has no boyfriend, and is pretty miserable all around.

Hannah has sort-of broken up with Adam, yet still finds herself hanging out with him excessively, mainly out of guilt about her responsibility for his getting hit by a truck. Adam’s leg is still broken, and he needs her to tend to him every day. He also refuses to acknowledge that they’re not still in a relationship. This becomes exceedingly awkward, given that Hannah has a new boyfriend (Donald Glover from ‘Community’) who seems to be much better for her in every possible respect.

Hannah and Elijah host a party, to be whimsical or something. Shoshanna gets a little drunk and falls back to her ex, Ray. That’s kind of funny since they first met when she accidentally smoked crack. Elijah decides that he’s bi, and tries to screw Marnie, which goes very badly for both of them.

Jessa is seen for all of 30 seconds just to confirm that, yes, she’s still with the douchebag that she spontaneously married last season (one of the finale’s dumbest storylines).

And that’s about it. ‘Girls’ is not really about narrative, so much as it’s about hanging around with a bunch of neurotic characters as they deal with their insignificant life crises. Yes, Dunham exposes entirely too much of herself, both physically and psychologically, because that’s pretty much a requirement at this point.

Mrs. Z theorizes that the episode title refers to the show’s first appearance of a black character, the lack of which led to some complaints about the first season.

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