Sunday, April 10, 2016

Girls recap: Season 5 Episode 8: "Homeward Bound"

Hannah (Lena Dunham) finally breaks up with Fran (Jake Lacy) in tonight's episode of Girls, but it doesn't register as drama, let alone tragedy. Instead, it plays out as absurdist, almost slapstick comedy. Looking slightly ludicrous, as always, in PJs and cowboy boots, Hannah escapes the RV Fran rented for the summer, which she insists on calling a “house car,” and runs away from him at a rest stop—until she trips on a tree branch and lands ass up on the ground. It's a fitting end to a relationship that always felt fated to fail, his bland sweetness and respect for the status quo fatally out of balance with her sharp tongue and reflexive rebelliousness. Their breakup doesn't appear to be a particularly big deal even for Hannah, who tells a kind stranger who gives her a ride later that day that she's more upset about the fact that Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Adam (Adam Driver) are fucking.

Hannah's trip back to the city starts out as a comic misadventure too, though it winds up in a sweet and genuinely vulnerable place. When her girlfriends are unable to come to fetch her (she is, of course, banned from Uber for having gotten too low a rating), good old Ray (Alex Karpovsky) comes to the rescue in his new coffee truck—and Hannah promptly finds a way to trash it when the blowjob she insists on giving him, despite his protests, distracts him and they veer off the road. The short scene after they've gone over the embankment is a perfectly timed comic gem, starting outside the truck with the two of them staring at the grass and saying “What the fuck?,” going inside for a medium shot of Hannah looking up at Ray, and ending on a shot from even farther away as, after a beat, the truck falls over.

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