Girl on GIRLS: Season Finale “She Did”June 19th, 2012 | Posted by in Television
To say a lot of big things happened in the season finale would be a huge understatement. Though at times it felt like too much was crammed in there with not a lot of context or back story, GIRLS ended its 10 episode first season with a bang. Literally.
In last week’s recap, I expressed serious doubt that Marnie would move out of the apartment the two best friends share, as she said she was would after an epic fight with Hannah. But the beginning of “She Did” shows Hannah and Adam helping Marnie move her stuff out. She moves in with Shoshanna (who alludes to the episode’s biggest plot twist by saying Jessa had been basically MIA for two weeks except for texts) until she can find a place of her own. Adam offers to move in with Hannah (whoa!) which she seems initially kinda stoked about – or at least finds the notion of it romantic. Jessa then sends a mass text to everyone, literally everyone including Charlie, Ray, Elijah (all people she ostensibly does not know at all and should not have their phone numbers), asking them to please attend the most important party of her life.
So everyone gathers for the mystery party which begins to suspiciously start looking like a wedding. And surprise! It is. Jessa is getting married to…Thomas John –the businessman that tried unsuccessfully to have a threeway with her and Marnie two episodes ago (played by Chris O’Dowd). They exchange unconventional vows (“I swore to myself that if I ever saw that crazy bitch again, I would make her my fucking wife,” says Thomas after telling the crowd of his failed attempt at a threesome) and with that, they are hitched.
Charlie is there, like I said, without his new girlfriend. Some heavy flirting happens between him and Marnie that goes nowhere. As the episode goes on, Marnie is getting drunk off champagne and is apparently delighted by the dorky but adorable wedding officiant (played by SNL’s Bobby Moynahan). Corny joke after corny joke ends with a Marnie Make-Out, which she is so thrilled about she doesn’t notice an astonished Charlie looking on.
Shoshanna in the mean time is one frustrated mess. First, she wore white to the mystery party which turned out to be a wedding. This wedding has so thrown her for a loop that when Ray asks her what is bothering her, she bluntly replies, “Everybody is a dumb whore.” In response to this, Ray also bluntly tells her that he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since the “crack-cident,” that he is oddly fascinated by the very strange frequency Shosh vibrates on, and that he would really like to go home with her. And she says yes. Never underestimate the powerful allure of a “crack spirit guide.”
There isn’t a lot of background given to the fact that Jessa just got married to Thomas. She explains to Hannah that she is very happy but you have to wonder how much of this newfound desire to be married came from last week’s reality check from her ex-boss Katherine. You know, the spot-on observation about Jessa causing trouble and making drama as a way to avoid becoming who she is supposed to be. Regardless of her motivations, and in lieu of really knowing what she is thinking, it appears that who she thinks she is supposed to be is Mrs. Thomas John.
Of all the people who should be feeling rather emotional at a friend’s wedding, it is Adam who is truly the most moved. Hannah is strangely detached, even when Adam tells her that he loves her (she doesn’t say it back) but she doesn’t really lay the emotional hammer down until she announces her decision to have ex-boyfriend Elijah be her roommate instead (after he admitted that he is probably the one who gave her HPV). Adam is furious and storms out.
Out on the street after the wedding, with Hannah holding a piece of wedding cake wrapped up for him, he officially tears her a new one. It’s actually beautiful. She expresses that she doesn’t understand why Adam even cares (response: “You love yourself so much, why is it so crazy that someone else would?”), she says she’s scared of…well…everything (response: You don’t have the right to be!”), she mentions that being overweight has made her life awful (response: “Holy fucking shit. Here’s the world’s smallest violin playing ‘My Heart Bleeds for You’.”) And then he says this:
“You don’t know me and you don’t know yourself. You don’t know struggle. I’m a beautiful fucking mystery to you.”
And then promptly gets hit by a car. Like, really hit by a car. The ambulance comes to take him to the hospital and he refuses to let Hannah ride with him. “She’s a monster,” he tells the EMT as they drive away. Hannah wanders aimlessly, gets on a subway and falls asleep. She awakens to find that her purse has been stolen and she has no idea where she is (some girls on a rooftop tell her she’s “in heaven,” but it looks a lot like Coney Island. She sits on the beach, stares at the ocean in silence for a really long time and then hate-eats the leftover wedding cake. And that’s how it ends.
With all four girls losing something. Marnie loses some of her inhibitions and unabashedly makes out with a dorky wedding officiant. Jessa loses that fierce independence she held so dear by quickie-marrying a man she’s know for two weeks. Hannah loses her purse, herself, and very likely her boyfriend. And Shoshanna loses her virginity. It was a fantastic episode by all accounts. Everything felt all wrapped up, as if Lena Dunham had written it thinking the show would only last that one season.
So where will it go from here? Will Season 2 show us Mrs. Jessa John living in an upscale Williamsburg apartment with her weird husband? Shoshanna dating Ray? Marnie loosening up and maybe slutting around a little now that she’s found her whimsy and separated herself from “the wound” that is Hannah? Hannah and Elijah living together like a modern day Will and Grace? We shall see.
Until next season….