As Season 3 begins, Hannah and Adam have somehow magically gotten back together. I am glad that they fixed that relationship between the seasons, I was getting whiplash from all of the partner changing.
Because Marnie’s mother has joined the team, her life has become infinitely more difficult. You’ve gotta love it – a Lindsey-Waggoner-Marnie mom trying to control her Marnie-child’s life.
Jessa is still in a dead-end dishwashing job and in her spare time, she does rehab–that is, she is in rehab until she breaks enough rules to get herself kicked out!
As episode 2 begins, Hannah, Shoshanna, and Adam take the time, spend the money, rent a car, and begin the long drive to pick up Jessa, who has been kicked out of rehab. When we realize that their effort is the result of typical Jessa manipulation. Jessa didn’t actually need a ride.
“It made me remember what it was like in college when you’d say, ‘Oh, meet me at the Free Palestine party,’ then I’d find out you’re over at the Israel house. And so I just wish you would get it that this is not ok behavior for a friend.” – Hannah to Jessa
As the episode progresses, however, we realize that Hannah’s motives for making the trip aren’t exactly selfless. She had actually only agreed to the effort because she thought that she could pull a piece of marketable writing from it.
This kind of finger-pointing and projection–pointing [pot calling the kettle black] happens continually in the series Girls.
Adam’s out-of-control sister Caroline appears in Episode 3, and narcissistic Marnie is making music videos of herself now.
Meanwhile, Hannah is making plans for her 25th birthday party. Her parents make the scene for that. When Hannah thanks Marnie for throwing the party, Marnie shares a real truth, “…and I’ll have a bunch of birthday pictures to post on Instagram.”
And of course, Marnie, with her Disney-Princess Voice and her Dream of being a star on Broadway, wants to sing for the crowd.
Take Me Baby from Rent
I’d Rather Dance with You
After the party, Adam and Hannah return to their apartment, hoping for the perfect, Romantic ending for the day. But like the shower scene from Psycho, Hannah opens the door and sees Crazy Caroline standing there, half naked.
Adam comments, “She won.”
As Episode 4 begins, we learn that Hannah’s editor, who had given her an E-book deal, has died.
As Hannah begins to tell Adam and Marnie about her editor’s dying, we are allowed to believe–just for a moment–that she cared. And then, she continued, saying that she has no idea what will come of her ebook. Even Adam, her Neanderthal boyfriend, is shocked. He tells Hannah that he is afraid of how little she would feel if he died. Hannah responded that she would be extremely sad and that she would wonder how she would pay the rent.
Adam said that if Hannah died, his world would blur and he would no longer be able to recognize a tree. [Now, who’s the Neanderthal?]
Later, she told Ray that she felt nothing about her editor’s death.
“Hannah, why don’t you place just one crumb of basic human compassion on this fat-free muffin of sociopathic detachment? See how it tastes.”
One Last by Avi Buffalo
When Hannah is unable to convince Adam [or herself] that she actually cares about her editor’s death, she relays a made-up story.
Jessa learns that one of her old “friends” had faked her death to get away from her:
As Episode 5 opens, Hannah and Adam go to her editor’s funeral and she allows the editor’s wife to perceive that her only concern about the death is that her e-book will not be published. In Season 3, we see Hannah at her most narcissistic.
Another editor offers Hannah an actual book deal for the material she had written for the other editor’s e-book; and then she is smacked with the reality that the other publishing house still has the rights to her work–even though they don’t intend to print it.
Marnie asks Ray what he thinks is wrong with her, and he essentially lets her have it:
“You come across like you’re better than everyone and you want no part of their lives, but then when you’re excluded from things, you’re outrageously offended and hold onto this grudge. You’re unbearably uptight. You use people. You use people a lot. So much so that even when you try to connect and be sincere, it comes across as phony. In a nutshell, you’re a huge fat fucking phony. I still like you. I think you mean well and I’m old enough to recognize that all this bullshit comes from a deep, dank, dark, toxic well of insecurity, probably created by your absent father. That allows you to be a sympathetic character.” Ray to Marnie
She responded, “Go fuck yourself. Like I’d advertise this!”
When Hannah does not get the kind of support that she wants from Caroline, she kicks her out:
“Fucking selfish little whore. You and my brother deserve one another, you know that, you selfish little pricks? And you will never write a thing that matters because you will never understand the true struggles of humanity because you just slipped right outta your mother’s pussy, like a nice little golden egg, you spoiled little fucking brat.” – Caroline about Hannah
As Episode 6 begins, Hannah loses yet another job and takes another one at GQ. That is too commercial for her. She is not hesitant about letting all the writers there know that she does not intend to sell out. When she asks them if they have continued to pursue their actual writing, she discovers that none of them are. That alarms her.
Hannah voices her concerns to her boss and resolves to herself that she will go home and write every night and will write all weekend, too. When she goes home, however, she is too tired to do that and falls asleep.
In this episode, Marnie has made plans for the group to vacation together at a Beach House in the Hamptons. As usual, Marnie likes to maintain absolute control and has even assigned the girls to their rooms. As Ray said in Episode 6, Marnie is uptight, and she becomes very uncomfortable any time that she sacrifices any control at all.
Coincidentally, Hannah’s college boyfriend Elijah and his friends are also in the Hamptons at the same time. When the guys crash Marnie’s beach house party, she becomes visibly agitated. Marnie has no ability to hang loose.
One of the guys is a Broadway dancer, and he teaches the group a dance routine. That is fun.
The dance looked almost perfect, but Marnie cannot accept almost perfect–she begins to say that the routine could use some improvement, and Hannah argues that they are not trying to get on Broadway. This becomes another opportunity for finger-pointing and hatemongering, and Shoshanna delivers one of her few truly caustic remarks:
“You’re such a fucking narcissist. Seriously, I have never met anyone who thinks their life is so fucking fascinating. I wanted to fall asleep in my own vomit all day listening to you talk about how you bruise more easily than other people.” Shoshanna about Hannah
Hannah is repeatedly called narcissistic in this series. I think that this is a good case of pots calling a kettle black. All of these girls are narcissistic.
This seems to be Shoshanna’s night to unload. She follows the above comment with the following:
“You guys never listen to me. You treat me like I’m a fucking cab driver. Seriously, you have entire conversations in front of me like I’m invisible. And sometimes I wonder if my social anxiety is holding me back from meeting the people who would be actually right for me instead of a bunch of fucking whiny nothings as friends.” – Shoshanna about the other girls.
After that remark, Shoshanna tells Marnie that she tormented by self-doubt and fear. [In my opinion, that is the source of most narcissism.
Marnie tells Hannah [supposedly her best friend] that all she has ever done is disappoint her.
Hannah replies, “Well, then, maybe you should lower your expectations.”
Marnie answers, “I can’t lower them any further.”
Hannah: Then maybe you should do what I do. I don’t expect anything from any of you.
Even the guys attack each other. The Beach Party was a fiasco.
During the very final scene, all of the girls were waiting to be ferried home, and one by one, they begin to silently do the motions of their Broadway routine. It seemed to be saying that their relationships had been reduced to that of going through the motions.
As Episode 8 begins, Hannah is at a restaurant waiting to interview someone. When the waitress asks Hannah if she wants to order, Hannah says that she is waiting–and then to explain her own importance, she says that she is waiting to interview Patti Lupone. The waitress is unimpressed, saying that she doesn’t know Patti Lupone. Hannah is aghast, trying to explain that Patti Lupone is the person who had sung Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina on Broadway. The waitress is still unimpressed. This scene allows us to observe the dramatic dream world where Hannah [and also Marnie live.I hate to admit it, but I am right there with Hannah and Marnie.
While still waiting, Hannah gets a call from Adam, who has waiting at a call-back for a Broadway part. When Adam tells Hannah that everyone else who has waiting has had a nose job, we get another glimpse into the type of person who spends their lives waiting in rooms for Broadway call-backs, and in the same way, we see that Adam, although he has other problems, is not that kind of person. It is in this room that we meet Desi, who will become important later in the series. The interesting thing is that Patti Lupone fails to show and Adam gets the Broadway part, but Desi gets his part, too.
Hannah tracks Patti Lupone down and begins to question her. It seems that Patti has agreed to be a spokesperson for Osteoporosis. When she admits to Hannah that she does not actually have the disease, Hannah simply changes the facts and makes it seem that she does–simply to make her own story better.
Hannah gets her first paycheck from her job at GQ and cannot believe how much money that she is being paid. She goes shopping.
A man who she met in rehab visits Jessa at her job, where she is merely working in a children’s clothing store. The guy tells Jessa that he knows that this job isn’t her and tries to convince her to run away with him. Jessa tells the guy that she isn’t even attracted to him. She says, “No, I was wearing rehab goggles.”
Desi goes home with Adam and meets the gang. When he begins to tell the group his story, everyone is fascinated but Hannah. She seems to be bored by the fact that the spotlight is no longer on her. Marnie is not there yet, but by the time she gets there, Desi is singing for the group.Hannah is still bored, but Marnie, who wants to be a singer, joins the singing.
Desi and Marnie sing Roll On. Hannah is appalled, and Elijah says that he hates himself for loving Desi so much, but it is Marnie who catches Desi’s attention [sort of].
It would seem that Jessa does run away with the guy from rehab. They show up at the gathering, and they both seem to be high. Hannah remarks that maybe they shoudn’t have taken Jessa out of rehab.
Shoshanna attempts to have a conversation with the man:
“I swear to God, sometimes I feel like I am in ‘The Truman Show,’ but it’s like really a walking American Apparel ad and I don’t even know it!” – Shoshanna
As Episode 8 ends, Hannah and Adam are blissfully bathing in the tub. It is the calm before another storm.
In Episode 9, Hannah goes home to visit her dying grandmother. The dynamics of the sisters [including Hannah’s mother] is interested. There is a long-suffering caretaker, whose motives are questionable. There is also the “strong” aunt who reminds everyone that she has to be the strength of the group. She is also the “perfect” aunt who has the “perfect” daughter, who wrecked the car. Naturally, the “perfect” aunt had to blame Hannah for that. And then, there is the other lie.
For some reason, Hannah’s mom wants Hannah to lie and say that she and Adam are engaged. I think that was simply making the point that none of us grow “up” enough that we quit wanting to please our mothers.
And then, like peasants at a tag sale, the adult sisters begin to squabble over what will remain, after the grandmother dies.
We know them all. Hail! Hail! The gang’s all there!
As everyone began saying goodbye, the longsuffereing sister said that they all needed to get back together and have an old-fashioned Easter next year.
During Episode 10, we experience what Patti Lupone had predicted in Episode 8–that Adam would become consumed with his rehearsals on Broadway, and that Hannah’s relationship with him would suffer.
I Don’t Wanna BreakHannah decides to do some things to make herself more attractive to Adam
Hannah decides to do some things to make herself more attractive to Adam
Baby, It’s You
At first, Hannah’s sexual role-playing game seems to work, but Adam doesn’t completely swallow the bait. In fact, it seems to turn him completely off, and that is the beginning of the end for the couple. Adam says that he cannot deal with the drama while rehearsing for Broadway. He moves out to live in Ray’s apartment.
As Episode 11 begins, Hannah is still trying to lure Adam back into her apartment; Desi and Marnie and writing songs together, and Jessa is trying to get off the drugs again.
Hannah and Elijah go to visit Patti Lupone and her husband.
Hannah is totally bored with her job, “This is all bullshit.”
To her co-worker, who began as a poet, she asked, “When are you going to quit calling yourself a poet and call yourself a former poet.” Since taking his cushy job at GQ, Keven had not written a single poem.
Hannah asks the group if she is the only one who prouds herself on being an authentic person. Ultimately, she is fired from GQ. Hannah, who had been afraid of being left behind by the others around her, who seemed to be soaring ahead, went out with Adam and his theater friends and announced that she had manged to get fired. She admitted that she wanted that– to be able to draw unemployemnt.
Marnie had landed a gallery job, and Jessa came to visit her there. In doing so, she met an older lady photographer who immediately hired her to do archival work for her.
Marnie and Desi make their first real performance at an Open Mic gig, singing Bet On Me.
Bet On Me
Marnie had been falling for Desi and she had not bet on the fact that Desi’s real girlfriend would come to the performance. Once more, Marnie defaulted to Ray. Marnie has a tragic habit of sleeping with other people’s boyfriends. She slept with Hannah’s former, long-time boyfriend Elijah, and Ray was Shoshanna’s first lover. During Episode 12, Marnie drops her Ray affair on Shoshanna, who is devestated. Marnie likes to call the other girls her best friends, but her loyalty to them runs thin.
Later that evening, Hannah accidentally walks in and sees that Marnie is making love to Ray and Hannah tells Marnie that she should never judge her [Hannah] again.
Adam’s psycho sister returns for Episode 12. She announces to Hannah that she is having a baby.
We discover that Jessa’s new employer actually wants her to get the necessary drugs to assist her with her own mercy suicide. At the final moment [after the drugs were administered], the old photographer decides that she no longer wants to commit suicide.
Hannah receives a leter saying that she has gotten into the Iowa Graduate School in Writing. Although Adam was still rooming with Ray, he and Hannah were technically still a couple. In the dressing room before Adam’s opening night on Broadway, Hannah tells Adam that she had been accepted to the graduate program. Adam believes that the news of Hannah’s leaving causes him to perform poorlly, and he tells her that he is tired of trying to work things out with her.
When Hannah returns to her apartment alone, she looks at her acceptance papers to graduate shool, and she is elated that she will be attending.