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'Girls' on HBO: 'It's About Time' recap

The girls of 'Girls' are back for season two and desperately trying to move on to the next phase. But things haven't changed as much as they'd like to believe.

Hannah (Lena Dunham) wakes up the same way she began season one -- spooning with her roommate. But this time around, she's in bed with Elijah, her gay ex-boyfriend, instead of Marnie (Allison Williams) after a rocky end to their roommate-ship (and possibly friendship). And perhaps as an answer to Dunham's critics about the show's lack of diversity, Lena is dating a black man. "It's about f-----g time," they both say.

Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is jilted by the guy she lost her virginity to and seems to have lost some of her notorious wide-eyedness with it. When they see one another again, she does her best to play the independent woman but is easily swayed back into bed with him, even despite her frustrations with his alternating compliments and insults.

And Marnie, the responsible one, loses her job. "I run a f-----g art gallery, Marnie. I can't afford two employees," her boss explains. When it comes to relationships and sex, Marnie's mom tells her to stop being so prudish and Marnie admits to her ex-boyfriend she's sure she can go eight months without sex. Her friendship with Hannah is strained: "I have no job, no boyfriend and it's starting to feel like I have no you." To prove she has changed, Marnie even tries (and fails) to sleep with Hannah's gay roommate, but eventually ends up in bed with her ex-boyfriend for the night (for comfort, not for sex).

Despite some changes in her life, Hannah is still involved with Adam (Adam Driver), who is laid up after breaking his leg last season. Their relationship is somewhat undefined and tiresome to watch ("You're my main hang," and "When you love someone you don't have to be nice all the time," Adam explains). I think we're ready for the end to the Adam-Hannah drama and hopeful when Hannah tells him she never wants to see him again, then heads to her new guy's apartment for the night.

We only get one glimpse of Jessa (Jemima Kirke) returning from her shotgun wedding and honeymoon. She can't tell the cab driver where she and her husband are headed because she isn't even sure of her new address. Something tells me this isn't going to last.

There is a false sense of 'moving on' among the girls, who are struggling to find their footing. I'm looking forward to the impending drama, but would like to hope at least the Adam-Hannah nonsense is behind us (hope, not expect).

Photo: The night of the "Girls" season two premiere, Lena Dunham won Golden Globe awards for best actress in a comedy or musical and best comedy or musical series. (Jan. 13, 2013)

 

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