Girls Preview: Episode 6 - The Return
HBO's Girls had its first real misstep last week. The series had really hit an early stride around the third episode but "Hard Being Easy" had moments that felt out of place in the world Dunham had created thus far. Actually out of time might be more accurate, because it might have been the flashback that stuck out like a sore thumb and soured some of the more successful aspects of the Marnie and Charlie thread.
It was fun to see Andrew Rannells show up again as Elijah, especially since he was still in the closet and dating Hannah, but overall the storytelling device didn't seem to work with the show's otherwise hyper-real aesthetic. This week's episode is titled "The Return" and it not only puts the writer-director Dunham back behind the camera but it's also co-written with executive producer Judd Apatow. Dunham and Apatow writing together already sounds like a match made in heaven, so let's take a look.
The most striking thing about the preview is that "The Return" might be almost entirely set out of New York City. NYC has been such an important part of the show thus far so I'm really interested to see what the move to Michigan will add to the series' dynamic. It already seems to throw a much needed wrench in Hannah and Adam's relationship with Lou Pucci (in a guest spot) asking her out on an out-of-state date. While Hannah is dealing with the boys and her parents, there is no mention or footage of the other girls. I'm sure Shoshanna is still trying to lose her virginity, Jessa's probably inching ever closer to an inappropriate moment with the father at her baby-sitting gig, and Marnie has to pick up the pieces after finally breaking it off with Charlie. Probably.
Girls airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO. It stars Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams. From executive producer Judd Apatow, Girls was created by Lena Dunham.
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