UK VOD TV review: Girls Season 4, Episode 6
Proper problems for a change7
Mimi Rose’s apartment10
Jo Bromilow | On 24, Feb 2015
So, how do you follow that? How does anyone bounce back after discovering their supposed beloved partner has a new beloved partner already?
Historically, Hannah would have hid in her room and stuck a cotton bud in her ear/cut her own fringe, but for once Adam isn’t coming to the rescue. All she has is Elijah, who is more likely to borrow said cotton bud than save her. Like any of us when we take a fall, she has to pick herself up and dust herself off.
Away from Hannah’s epiphany, this episode gives a little more airtime to the boys and their problems – primarily Adam and Ray, although Marnie’s less-than-perfect writing partner/lover, Desi, gets his chance to air some artistic irks as well. While Girls is focused on the supposedly fairer sex, it does succeed where other NYC-based shows fail in actually giving a good balance to its male cast, presenting the flipside of issues that girls encounter through the eyes of their partners.
Adam, intent on seeing where his new relationship with Mimi Rose is going, has become so focused on fulfilling the right role in his new girlfriend’s life that he’s taken on another role entirely: Hannah. Part of the beauty of Hannah and Adam’s relationship was that, by the end, they had reached just the right amount of dependence on each other. Now, Adam has found someone who is as detached from him as he was from Hannah when they first met. And when she is as independent as Mimi Rose clearly is, that’s likely to cause a fair few bumps.
Speaking of bumps, Ray is still in hot pursuit of a solution to the traffic problem on his block, a quest that might see him dip a tentative toe in the glamorous world of local politics. Ray, a strange fringe character on the outskirts of Girls – despite his having romantic dalliances with two of them – is the type who customarily props himself in a corner, a wry smile on his face and a ready observation on his lips. Perhaps he’s finally decided to put his money where his mouth is and transform his ability to give advice into actually affecting some positive change.
Change is the principle theme of this episode; the changes we want to make, but also the changes we have to make in response to those we can’t control. Luckily, Hannah has happened upon a solution to the upended nature of her life, while Shoshanna’s romantic life could take a turn for the interesting. Marnie and Desi’s creative lovechild is, predictably, transforming into a demon baby before their very eyes, and Jessa remains listlessly propped against a bar dispensing pithy asides. Might the newly hopeful Hannah be the one to steer the series back into more optimistic territory?
Girls Season 4 is on Sky Atlantic at 10pm. Not got Sky? You can stream it live – or catch up on-demand on NOW, as part of £7.99 monthly subscription, no contract. Seasons 1 to 3 are also available until the end of January 2015.
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