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Worldly Distractions: Girls 3.10 - Role Play





While our lives spin out of control, we cling to those people we think can keep us going. If you're a cast member of Girls, unfortunately, that person is likely an asshole. Sit back and enjoy the ride, guys.

Previously on: Grandma dies and Adam is an actor. Also, they're pretending to be engaged while Grandma's still alive, which causes some uncomfortable conversations.

Hannah gets drunk with friends (mostly colleagues, I think) while begging Adam to come to the bar and join them. She winds up barfing everywhere while "99 Luftballons" plays. They get her into a cab. Joe goes with her and holds her hair while she pukes. Opening title.

Hannah wakes up at Joe's. Marnie goes to see her old college friend, Soojin, a trust fund baby opening her own gallery and famous for saying super-annoying things. There's an opening at the gallery, but to Marnie's dismay, it's as Soojin's assistant.

Hannah returns to Adam, apologetic over her absence and frequent drunk texts. He is remarkably unfazed. She takes this as a sign that he doesn't worry about her. He babbles on about his play and his show coat, which he has brought home to "break in". In fact, Adam pays no attention to her whatsoever during the next few scenes.

Marnie makes beautiful music with Desi, Adam's douchey actor friend from a couple of episodes back. He mostly seems interested in getting into her pants, but does appreciate her talent. Eventually, he comes on to her through song, then launches into a sad story about his long-distance girlfriend.

Jessa and Jasper are still having an affair, and still constantly high. They are also still living with Shoshana, who does not take kindly to their interruptions when she's studying for exams.

Hannah shows up at rehearsal, where the director promptly asks her to leave. Even though Adam was the one who instigated it, he does not stick up for her, and indeed blames her when the director gets pissy. She wanders around sadly, then goes to eat chocolates and complain with Elijah. Hannah decides to spice things up. When Adam calls, she tells him to meet her at a certain place, but behaves pretty mysteriously.

Shoshana takes Jessa and Jasper out for dinner, where she springs Jasper's daughter on them. That's right, no warning whatsoever for the estranged dad. Solid plan there, Shosh. It ends in a blowup argument, as one might have predicted.

Wearing a blonde wig that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi version of Mad Men, Hannah waits at the bar. He's a little slow to catch on, but eventually goes for it. She blabs on about her husband "Marthaniel"  and behaves as the world's most awkward seductress. Also, her husband changes name to Jardaniel. She throws a drink in his face and they carry it on into the streets. They are forced to break character when a guy thinks Adam's assaulting her. However, Hannah refuses to let the facade drop, and Adam winds up getting punched for being a woman-beater.

The meeting with Jasper and his daughter Dot (Felicity Jones) continues to go badly. Jessa makes it worse. Dot gives a long lament about the father Jasper could be. Jessa dismisses it and chews out Shoshana for interfering. Shoshana, for her part, extols Dot's virtues. Jasper is overcome by his daughter's success and tries to reconcile. Dot says sure, if Jasper ditches Jessa - not because she's a drug addict, but because she's a terrible person.

Adam and Hannah have miraculously managed to get back in the mood, and have retreated to Marnie's for their magic love affair. Adam finds it decidedly unromantic. Also, is anyone else disturbed that he just happens to have a switchblade on him?

Hannah gets super naked, wearing weird ribbon-like underwear, and they play out a weird scene with strawberries. "You have to take the whole part or nothing," Adam says. Ookay, you kids have fun.

Jessa is forlorn and Shoshana guilty. It's clear where Jasper has chosen to go. Adam and Hannah continue to have weird fantasies, which continue into all kinds of erotic genres. Adam even calls her out, telling her it makes "no narrative sense". They argue about how things had changed. The sex isn't as dangerous, the relationship totally different. "You have an old idea of who I am," he says. Since they've fallen in love, he claims, he's okay with sweet and boring life. They come back to his play, which is consuming Adam. He tells her that to avoid drama and concentrate on work, he's going to move in with Ray for a while. He walks out, leaving Hannah alone.

Bitter and sad, this episode was the result of a lot of buildup for both Jessa and Hannah. The Hannah-Adam train, which has been troubled for a while, finally came to a crash. Jessa also lost her companion and admitted her fall back into drugs, which is a lot considering how in-denial she can be. Overall, I thought that the episode was masterfully executed, especially the scenes involving the sad, hilarious, and perpetually unconvincing roleplay. I would go so far as to call it one of the top episodes of the season. Kudos, cast and crew, and until next week.

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