- Posted: 11:23 PM, April 22, 2012
Best line. Well, best lines:
It really is the little things about this show that have me yelling, "Yes! So true!" After the terribly awkward post-sex fight between Marni and Charlie, Hannah bursts through the door spitting out, "I will never... get used... to those stairs." In my five years in New York, I have surely said that sentence more than any other sentence. Got to love a fifth floor walk-up.
Jessa's character was more fleshed out this week with her pregnancy scare. While Hannah and Marni were waiting for her to show up to her abortion appointment, they launched into a discussion about their own gynecological concerns.
Marni: "I was just thinking, I've been sexually irresponsible enough in my life thus far that I should've gotten pregnant by now, and I never have. Like, I get my period on same time of the same day of every monthly cycle, my entire life, like, it's never strayed from that."
Hannah: "Then, you're really lucky. I never know when I'm going to get my period, and it's always a surprise, and that's why all my underwear are covered in weird stains."
Marni: "Seriously, I need to become a mom, Hannah. I was put on this earth to become a mother."
Hannah: "Well, maybe Charlie has a really low sperm count"
Marni: "I'm sure Charlie has a really low sperm count. But, what if I'm barren?"
The baseless "what if I'm barren" conversation is one that I have had with countless 20-something friends. (Not to mention period conversations.) Hannah and Marni feel like easy, natural roommates and best friends. The dialogue between them feels effortless.
"Yes, it's still worth the hype" moment:
Hannah making a rape joke in her interview was a moment that has been talked about in many of the reviews of the show. When I heard about it, I could not imagine how it could possibly be funny or realistic. Who in the world would ever even utter the word "rape" in an interview? But it works. Hannah's interview with a trade journal is going very well. She has a great connection with her interviewer as they talk about Williamsburg versus Cobble Hill ("grown-up Brooklyn") and favorite drinking spots. And then she gets just a little bit too comfortable and jokes about his alma mater: "I read a statistic that said Syracuse has the highest incident of date rape of any university, which weirdly went way down the year you graduated." Her interviewer responds first with silence and then when Hannah tries to explain her terrible joke, he tells her jokes about rape are not appropriate in the work place. Hannah's joke is something that she would say at a bar, and, at 24, she doesn't yet have the grasp of workplace jokes versus bar jokes.
Still not quite there:
She says to Hannah, "A little bird told me you're going to have an STD test. Fun!" To which Hannah responds, "Does that really sound like a lot of fun?" And Shoshanna responds, "No, but, like, to have sex and to get to take test about it."
Nobody, not even over-enthusiastic virgins like Shoshanna, thinks that an STD test sounds fun. There are better ways to make her sound naive and annoying without making her a complete caricature.