The most delightful scene in six seasons of 'Girls'

Kathleen Mckinney
April 18, 2017

When Girls premiered on April 15, 2012 I instantly fell in love with Hannah Horvath.

Back on the ground, I was intrigued, writing that Dunham had made "an honest and at least occasionally hilarious show that might even live up to its hype". "We were really concerned about realism, verisimilitude", said Dunham, also noting that the show's Executive Producer Jenni Konner was always quick to point out if something "fit a little too well". I personally believe seasons 3 and 4 are where you started to see "burnout". Not only do Shosh's and Jessa's storylines end with Shosh's engagement party, but the NYC storyline ends as well.

Hannah had made the choice to have the baby, whom she named at the absent father's request, and in the series finale she made the choice to grow up and parent the child. "If it was going to be someone, it was going to be her", she said.

We flash-forward five months. Marnie is always playing the do-gooder martyr and Hannah is always playing the perpetual screw up, Hannah forever unappreciative, Marnie perpetually unappreciated, Hannah the sloppy child, complaining from the backseat about the grown-up's singing, Marnie the put-upon grown-up who won't just tell Hannah that, yes, she is going into town to see some jazz trio.

The problem is, this show isn't about Hannah.

Hannah then relented and agreed to accept Marnie's help. Episodes were often akin to short films, even if they weren't intentional one-offs like this season's bruising "American Bitch" (where Hannah confronts a celebrated and possibly predatory older male writer) or season two's melancholy standout "One Man's Trash" (in which Hannah spends a weekend in a attractive brownstone with an equally lovely man and realizes with some disappointment that she just wants to be happy). "Oh wait, that's not a thing!" he cackles, and Hannah does, too. But after a talk with Hannah's mother, she realized that she needed to pursue her own happiness instead of catering to others' - she just needs to figure out what that entails. They've become the prototypical, sitcom-style married couple.

"Hannah on the Hudson", EW's Sara Vilkomerson imagined it being called. So there's only Marnie, who is loyal and present and won't let you forget for a second how lucky you are to have her around.

At one point, Hannah also had a meltdown due to all of the pressures of motherhood. "You can't get your tuition refunded, you can't break the lease, you can't delete his phone number".


At first, Hannah is warm and motherly, a routine she's been doing a lot of lately in situations like Loreen's edible bender.

"You know who else is in emotional pain?"

Loreen: "Fucking everyone! For their whole lives!"

Hannah storms out of the house in pregnancy jeans. Please, Marnie doesn't deserve a medal, but she does warrant some credit. "Are you happy here?"

Girls then offered one final, awkward sexual encounter for Marnie: She was video-chatting and exploring a pilot fantasy with a random man using a phony British voice.

Hannah returned to find Marnie and Loreen smoking and swigging red wine on the front porch. Assuming she has fled an abuser, Hannah offers her trousers to the teen, who is without. During the penultimate segment, the four friends meet for likely the last time together on screen before parting ways: a very pregnant Hannah, about to go off to teach at a liberal arts school upstate; Shoshanna, newly engaged, having set up house and entered a different social circle; Marniem continuing to attempt to step out from under the weight of her own narcissistic personality after breaking from her drug addled ex husband and musical-partner, Desi; and Jessa regaining some measure of her free spirit. The only thing keeping Marnie here is her love for Hannah - and also the fact that she is lost herself (as she points out earlier, she was living in her mom's home gym) and could use something to give her a objective until she starts figuring out what to do next. "Do you think your mom wants to tell you to do her homework? No".

"Yo, girl!" Hannah says as she notices her roommate standing in the doorway. "With kindness and inspiration she led all of us and the result is something I am so proud of".

Regardless, ten or 15 years from now, Girls will be our time capsule of that time span - one filled with ill-fitting crop tops and awkward sex and overuse of the word "literally". Hannah can't ever go back to the GIRLS world, because Hannah's life is no longer about being a young, lost and self-involved Brooklynite. Those novelties wore off and the show nearly felt as if it were at a standstill.

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