Girls Episode 5: “Hard Being Easy” Recap: The Real vs. The Ridiculous
First things first. We’re incredibly happy that Girls Season 1, Episode 5: “Hard Being Easy” didn’t turn into a big female friendship fight, which it could have. After last week’s Episode 4: “Hannah’s Diary,” it seemed like Girls might be heading towards sentimental storylines. We were half-expecting a half hour dedicated to Hannah and Marnie regaining their friendship after the diary incident.
But they’re much closer than that, and it was forgiven without words. They know each other, and they’ve decided to love each other despite of everything. That is so much more refreshing than a vintage Friends story where Monica and Rachel fight for three episodes before finally realizing that they love each other that much. Thank you, Girls, for that. We can’t thank you, however, for giving us little to no Shoshanna this week. We’re starting to adore Shoshanna just as Jessa is starting to adore the “batsh*t little perv.” Speaking of pervs, let’s get to what was realistic about “Hard Being Easy,” and what was absolutely ridiculous. The Real Marnie and Charlie’s break-up. We happen to know what it’s like breaking up with your college boyfriend because you want to see what everything else out there is like. We also know how hard it is, because they love you so much, and they’ve “decided on you,” and you want to stay and be safe and loved. Marnie was half-heartedly asking for Charlie not to dump her because that’s much easier than dumping him. Also, the feelings rang true. 18-year-old guys aren’t all just mini-Adams. Some do “decide” on a girl because of the way their hair smells and because they like the sound of their voice. On Sex and the City, this was known as, “Men are like cabs.” When their light is on, they’re ready to meet The One. Charlie had his light on when he met Marnie in college. Jessa wanting to prove that she’s “unsmote-able.” Not a real word, but definitely a real thing. Too often, girls like Jessa are labeled sluts. What many saw as an evil, bitchy move (sleeping with an ex-boyfriend who’s with someone new), we saw as Jessa cutting through the fake niceties and turning that mustachioed ex into an honest man. She was wearing Uggs, so his accusations of dressing seductively were lost on us, but Jessa was having a very fun version of a “Gotcha!” moment. Adam’s “expiration date” speech, Part 1. We appreciated Adam’s speech to Hannah, after she showed up still thinking they were not only dating, but boyfriend and girlfriend. He’d made it abundantly clear to her, painfully clear, that this was never a relationship, but a “thing.” For such an abstract word, we know exactly what it means when applied to a guy like Adam. And it’s pretty dead-on to say that these “things” only last for around six months or until someone gets sad. It’s, well, sad, but true.
The Ridiculous Adam’s “expiration date” speech, Part 2. Hannah proved to be plenty unstable in numerous ways throughout this episode, and we would sort of buy it if she didn’t show other signs of intelligence. How could she have possibly thought that Adam touching her face meant they were in an exclusive relationship? We get that she’s projected a lot onto him, and she thinks he’s hot in a dirty Brooklyn bad boy way (and sometimes funny, even), but we have to quote Marnie in the last episode: “You’re smarter than this, Hannah.” Hannah: “I just tried to f**k you, sue you, and extort you. Why do you still want me in this office?” So, we find out that Hannah behaved like a fool in front of her wildly understanding boss because … she can then write an essay about it in her half-finished “memoir”? We hate to sound like a grown-up, but you should be ashamed of yourself, young lady! Forget the absurdity of placing your new boss’s hand on your chest (which is so absurd that at first, we laughed, but then we hated ourselves for being so cheap). But what about her rent? Her parents have supposedly cut her off, and Marnie reminded her just days ago that her rent is due. It’s one thing to be Flaubert spouting drunken gems of literary genius from an alley. It’s another thing to be 24, broke, mid-recession, and quitting perfectly fine jobs because, although no one has given your work anything more than forced laughs, you’re a budding genius. Marnie didn’t know where Charlie lived. That was ridiculous. Please.
Catch the next episode of Girls on Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT onHBO.
Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter@MollyFriedman.