‘Girls’: Everybody scores
Hannah and Elijah go on a drug bender, Marnie and Booth rekindle
In Sunday's episode, "Bad Friend," Hannah (Lena Dunham) finally snags a writing gig. It's only freelance, and for a website that wants her too far out of her comfort zone. But it's a start. Cocaine is out of Hannah's comfort zone since she's never tried it -- not because it's illegal or addictive but because she has weird nasal passages. Hannah accepts the assignment and invites Elijah (Andrew Rannells) along on her first drug bender.
The best candidate for a coke connection is the creepy stalker guy who lives downstairs and knows not only that Hannah has moved out, but which magazines she subscribed to. Laird (Jon Glaser) welcomes Hannah into his apartment by offering her some pomegranate juice. He's sober now. Hannah apologizes and congratulates him. ("I’m so sorry," she says. "You didn’t look clean.”)
Laird still has connections and has always wanted to do something for Hannah. So he delivers and she and Elijah snort. Before long, they climb the walls, literally, to marker some of their brilliant revelations on the drywall. Hannah wants to taste 10 cakes before her wedding, Elijah wants to visit a prison. It's Hannah's greatest dream to have sex with herself, but also her biggest nightmare.
Meantime, Marnie (Allison Williams) is serving cocktails to old coots in a skimpy outfit. "It’s a job," she tells her old artist flame, Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone), who happens to be drinking there. "There weren’t a gajillion curatorial jobs."
Booth replies that he loves when young people are passionate about something, then give up the second they have to struggle. They go back to his place to get horizontal. But first, he locks her inside his latest multimedia exhibit. It's a cage of TVs displaying grotesque images of feeding worms and wolves. He checks his email and faxes something as she squirms for what must be an hour.
When Marnie emerges, since she apparently has no self-esteem, she calls not the police but Booth "so (expletive) talented." As they do it, Booth demands that Marnie stare into the face of a doll positioned over his bed and describe how the doll feels.
Hannah and Elijah are at a raging new club. She's wearing no bra and the yellow fishnet tanktop that resulted from a swap with some dude on the dance floor. The best idea now? More coke, natch. But it's not, really, because it makes Elijah feel "super honest." He admits having sex with Marnie in the previous episode.
"You what?" she asks. "Like, did you (expletive) her in a sexual way? Did you feel all her ribs? Like, could you smell her hair?" Elijah reports that she enjoyed the smell of her hair and that yes, Marnie is "very ribby." ("I hate you!" Hannah says. "I hate you!" she repeats.)
They export their kerfuffle to a 24-hour drug store, where Hannah tells Elijah she was meant to be his last heterosexual experience. She grabs him and they make out in the shampoo aisle. (“When did you eat jerky?” he asks.)
Strangely, Laird is there. He claims he's shopping for socks, but he’s been stalking the couple. He's Hannah's self-appointed drug-bender bodyguard. Laird cries. He can't believe he bought Hannah drugs.
"I said thank you," Hannah replies. (She is too self-absorbed to comprehend that asking an addict to score may not be among the kindest things possible to do in this world. In fact, Laird scored some heroin for himself when he bought the coke. He hands Hannah the bag. He doesn’t want it in his house.)
"I completely betrayed myself," Laird continues, "for a pretty face." (Hannah's reply: "My face is a pretty face?")
Hannah and Elijah decide that ambushing Marnie with the truth at Booth’s is a good idea. They bring their stalker for support.
"I don’t need you to say sorry," Hannah tells Marnie. "What I actually need is for you to recognize that maybe I’m not the bad friend and you’re not the good friend."
Marnie recognizes. Then Hannah asks Elijah to move out. He not only ruined her article, but her relationship with both Marnie and cocaine, "which could have been my favorite drug."
Back at Laird's place, as the coke wears off, Hannah attacks him.
"Oh my God, oh my God, is this ok?" Laird asks. "I can kiss you back?
"Just for tonight," Hannah replies. "For work."
Because Hannah's not the bad friend.
"Girls" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.