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we're dubbing this episode "dying and lying."

by: rebecca willa davis

January 27 2014

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We love Girls! You love Girls! So for the entire third season we'll be doing weekly recaps on Monday. Check back in to get our editors' takes on what went down, plus an exclusive illustration from Girls Illustrated artist Nina Cosford. (And, of course, spoiler alert! Catch up on last week's episodes here.

After last night's episode of Girls, we're dubbing this the How Stella Got Her Groove Back season. Because doesn't it feel like we're back where the series began in season one, where narcissism and selfishness were used to make a broader point about humans without ever seeming to take itself too seriously? In other words, the past two episodes have been pretty awesome and make me feel a little more excited to be spending my Sunday nights in front of the TV rather than, you know, living life. (Or, in the words of Hannah Horvath, "It's Sunday night, baby, and I'm alive!")

And while we're renaming things, episode four should really be called "Dying and Lying," because it masterfully brought together both themes in a way that was simultaneously outrageous and relatable. Hannah's editor dies and all she can think about is what's to become of her book, while Jessa learns that her BFF didn't actually die but needed to cut her out of her life. Marnie fights mortality by getting healthy and refusing to degrade herself (or, you know, work at Cafe Grumpy, whatever--although you could argue that her whole "people want me" line was just her lying to herself) while Hannah's downstairs neighbor Laird is mourning the death of his turtle. OK, kinda morbid and yet completely entertaining and had me being like, "OMG replay!" the moment this episode ended.

I'd be remiss to not mention Adam and his evolution in just the first few episodes of season three; is it just me or does he seem like a different person? (Or, more likely, the show is just capturing the sad truth about dudes, which is that most are kind of jerks until their late-20s and then they suddenly grow up a bit and decide they want a girlfriend and be emotionally available and stuff.) It's a testament to Adam Driver's acting abilities that he can go from being an easy-to-hate pretentious hipster to someone who oozes empathy. You can just kinda tell by the way that he looks at Hannah that he truly, madly, deeply likes her. Meanwhile, we'll wait to see if the realization that she's such a hedonistic enabler that even her BFF wanted to push her out of her life will help ground Jessa a little bit more...although, because this is Girls, I'm guessing it will take many more painful incidents for that change to finally come.

While we wait to see the fallout that comes from Hannah's lie about having a cousin who died of muscular dystrophy--because you know that it's impossible for her to do something that sociopathic and not get caught eventually--I just hope that we see a lot more of Gaby Hoffmann because she is just pure gold. Oh,and a lot less of Ray's goatee. That thing's just gross.

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