These questions regard last night’s episodes of HBO’s GIRLS. Please answer the prompts with specific examples from LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE, though supplementary material will be accepted as a secondary source. Please write legibly. No. 2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and sample responses.
1. They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but for Hannah Horvath, every urban male street guide comes with its bag of thirty pieces of Sunchips. As we see our protagonist unravel in this episode—from overly-eager brainstormer at her GQ/Neiman Marcus meeting, to the epitome of Sad Desk salad (minus the salad)—how would New Hannah explain her predicament to the Old Hannah of Season One, who was still considering sleeping with her dentist boss “for the story”? Why would she be so conflicted at a job that is creative, pays well, and engages her interests, just because it has a corporate sponsor?
Whatever else we can say about the narcissistic characters on this show, most of them give admirably few fucks what the world at large thinks of them. Even Marnie, who hates to think of that horrible video being out there on the Internet, doesn’t try to make herself fit some external image of how she should be. But Shosh lives her entire life as if there is a script she has to follow, one written by television/magazines/the world at large. If it used to be cute, it was because it was played as comic relief—she’s the young one, who doesn’t get it, etc. But as her character gets older and more central to the story, it is just getting old. I need a boyfriend at this stage of my life, so I’m going to pick one who doesn’t challenge me at all, and for whom I have zero respect, and then tell him how many nights we have to hang out and what approved activities for those nights include while he screws me from behind? The scene might have been funny, but it was just way too sad. Her character is way overdue for a brutal wakeup call that does more than just knock her back for a few seconds. The others have gotten more than their share, after all.