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'Girls' on HBO: Hannah's Diary disappoints

Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke in

Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke in HBO's "Girls." Credit: HBO

For me, this was the weakest episode of HBO's "Girls" so far. Many of the story lines seemed rushed and forced. Still, some parts worth mentioning:

How much abuse will Hannah put up with? Her new co-workers tell her not to worry about their boss' inappropriate touches -- he's nice, they say, and gives good gifts. Yikes. When he asks her if it's bothersome, she shrugs it off. Definitely disappointing. I thought Hannah had more of a backbone when it comes to things like this.

The highlight of the episode is Hannah confronting her non-boyfriend Adam in his hallway. She finally forgets about trying to play it cool around him and admits a lot about their relationship makes her feel pathetic and stupid -- including the naked photo message she received, which he then apologized for, saying he meant to send it to someone else.

She's definitely vulnerable: "I don't even want a boyfriend ... I just want someone who wants to hang out all the time and thinks I'm the best person in the world and wants to have sex with only me. And it makes me feel stupid to tell you this." (The scene's even better because of her horrible eyebrow makeup, applied by her well-meaning co-workers.)

It's the first time Hannah has stood up to Adam and it's a pretty realistic scene, lip quiver and all. But she doesn't leave when she says she's leaving, and he pulls her into his apartment. So she doesn't stand up for herself at work, then tries to do it with Adam but falls short. Still, it's a small victory. And even though the character Adam is really awful, the actor (Adam Driver) is fantastic.

Meanwhile, Shoshanna tries to lose her virginity, but gets turned down. Jessa tries to relate to the other nannies in the park (an awkward scene) and temporarily loses the kids. We don't see much of Marnie, until the closing scene in a Bushwick bar.

Her boyfriend, Charlie, and friend perform a song -- "Hannah's Diary" -- which includes a bridge read directly from her journal, lambasting the Marnie/Charlie relationship. Marnie reacts by getting mad at Hannah -- another disappointing moment, considering the friendship I thought they had.

All in all, lots of disappointment this time around. I'll be looking for more spunk and stronger stories next week.


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