History has a tendency to repeat itself, and this sixth episode of Girls’ second season finds its characters in some pretty familiar places. Interestingly enough, these places are only familiar to us, the viewers. We’ve definitely sat there with a (mostly) alone character, watching an emotional breakdown leak out in front a washed-out blue backdrop. (Sitting by your self and jamming down on cake is a bit of an emotional breakdown, right?) It was a different character doing something we’ve seen before, but it was still one of the most emotionally powerful moments the show has given us. What’s more is that the moment was something to which the show had been building very, very subtly. More on this later, though. So Hannah’s going to write a book. Alright, an e-book. Still a book, right? Either way, we’ll have to see how this turns out. Hannah has a tendency to try bold, new things, only to find out that she isn’t really equipped for them in the ways she thought she was. This season has seen Hannah get a lot better about pushing away the people who don’t have her best interests at heart, but doing so seems to be showing her that she’s not nearly as emotionally self-reliant as she thinks she might be. (By the way, “Her name was Murjashihaway.” is the best opening line to any written work, ever. Dunham’s head-shake after writing it was also perfect.)

We spent most of the episode with Adam and Ray, though, which turned out to be pretty great. Adam’s a total asshole, and I do hate to have him on the screen, but that’s credited to a strongly-written character and a great performance by Adam Driver. I like that Ray has sort of emerged as the show’s (relative) moral center, and I like that we’ve been more or less made to identify with him in some great ways over the course of the last several episodes. I have to admit, I think doubling back and confessing his love to Soshanna in the previous episode was a little lame, and weak for his character. Still, he’s easily one of the most likeable people on the show, and his moment at the end was very earned. I’m also hoping to see that the events of this episode were somehow foreshadowing his character’s future.

In a way, many of the characters found themselves in situations that other characters inhabited during previous episodes. While none of them seem to be any closer to finding the happiness and security that seem to be what’s at stake here, they’ve all definitely left their comfort zones behind. Hey, at least Ray got a dog out of the whole deal. He might have spent an entire night alone on Staten Island (apparently), but still. Dog’s a dog. Right?

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