'Girls' Season 3 Episode 10 Recap: 'Role-Play'
With only two episodes left, Girls is finally confirming my fears – and its well-established theme – that all good things must end. Or at least fizzle out into an indeterminable future. After a season of mostly ups for our heroine (or antiheroine, more like it), Hannah's bubble of bliss is deflated in one sad, not-how-she-expected-things-to-turn-out date night with Adam.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The episode began with one of my favorite montages in the show's history: Hannah getting roaringly drunk with her co-workers, barfing on the sidewalk and getting hosed down in someone else's bathtub. Lena Dunham – who did an expert job hosting SNL over the weekend – is infamously unafraid of exposing every ugly bit of Hannah's persona, but in this case it was more hilariously relatable than tragic. Lest we forget, Hannah is a 25-year-old Brooklynite. She's supposed to be getting drunk and doing stupid crap with her co-workers. It's all part of the hipster post-graduate agenda. To see her let loose a little is refreshing.
But juxtapose that with Adam's newfound trek to the life of a serious actor, and things get mucky. Instead of being annoyed that Hannah spent the night in another man's bed, he's worried about his lines. He's so tightly coiled around this new career move that Hannah sees an opportunity to intervene and get their love life back to the centerfold. Unfortunately for her, Adam's no longer the freak who wants to make up sex scenarios where he's banging "a little street slut or an orphan with a disease." Which is sad, since it defiles the epic role-playing scenario Hannah concocts: meeting Adam in a bar wearing a blonde wig, pretending to be the wife of a hedge fund manager named Jardaniel, then taking him back to Marnie's apartment for the main course. But when she changes stories midway through – from Jardaniel's sexually frustrated wife to a naughty cheerleader – Adam realizes that it's all a rouse to get things back to their creepier early days. And he isn't having it. Because that's not who they are anymore, and Hannah's fixation on their less mature and gathered old times just emphasizes his issues at large with the direction of their relationship. So he tells her he'll be staying with Ray for a while.
Does this mean they're broken up? Or just "on a break?" I'm sure Hannah will see it as the former.
As for the rest of the episode… I don't mean to discredit the other girls, but it's hard to care when their stories aren't directly tied to Hannah's. For instance, Jessa's drug relapse felt weightier a few weeks back when it was through the spectrum of the others. Now that it's just her, Shoshanna, and her dumb rehab friend (and his daughter, played by guest star Felicity Jones), it loses emphasis. Not that the situation isn't still heartbreaking – that moment between Shosh and Jessa when she admits to being a junkie is wrenching – but the effort just isn't there. I can't imagine anyone is too invested in Jessa's life at this point, even the writers.
Marnie's storyline is even less interesting. Are her and Adam's doe-eyed actor friend falling in love Once-style? Or is she lusting after the Clementine-claimed? Again, does anyone really care? I miss Marnie and Ray.
I have no idea where these last two episodes are going – if I had to wager a guess, I'd say Jessa goes back to rehab, Shoshann graduates, Marnie suffers a blow from Baby Blue Eyes and her relationship with Ray is exposed, and Hannah and Adam decide to spend some quality time apart – but I hope the aftertaste isn't as bittersweet as it was this week.