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. GIRLS’s titular girls are all masters of avoidance, constantly deflecting any self-criticism or troubling thought with bluster, rage or indifference, and this episode was a symphony of deflections. Which of the following made you the most uncomfortable, and why?
A) Hannah reacting to the news that her book is in publishing limbo by lashing out meaninglessly at her cousin Rudy’s law practice, incidentally totally ignoring the fact that her father just told her he had surgery;
B) Marnie hearing an honest assessment of herself—including the fact that she acts like she is above everyone else—then immediately having sex with the guy who delivered the criticism, and then resuming her pose of looking down her nose at him;
C) Hannah kicking the obviously unstable Caroline out of her house rather than confronting the suggestion that if she only has one book in her she’s not really much of a writer;
D) Every single word that comes out of Jessa’s mouth.
We all spend way too much time thinking about Girls, and this is going to be a problem for us. You know that dark feeling in the pit of your stomach every January contemplating how many more Girls-based articles you are going to have to read/write before Hannah Horvath sees her shadow in March? That’s Groundhog Girls Syndrome, and it’s a real thing that a lot of us suffer from, and as of yet there is no medication for it.
However, we can get help, incrementally: Every couple hours, we try to assuage our crushing Girls-themed ennui by checking out some light-hearted fan fiction or art dedicated to our “voice of the generation” programming. Here are our five current favorites.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Succeed sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, and she’s now retooling it for recent college graduates, USA Today reports. The new addition will include a letter from the author and “six new chapters from experts.”
If Ms. Sandberg needs any help coming up with ideas, she should look no further than HBO’s Girls, which provides myriad examples of what not to do right after you’ve graduated, if you’re the type who wants or needs an actual career.
These questions regard last night’s episode 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. #2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and example responses.
1. Um, holy shit. What?
I know, right?? I totally didn’t see Marnie making out with Bobby Moynihan’s “awkward rabbi” character. As well as those other b-a-n-a-n-a-s plot developments. Actually, all of the finale. What was up with that?? Look, I made a GIF of the reaction shots for you! (Spoilers ahead…obviously.)
Are you very excited for HBO’s April premiere of Girls, written and directed by New York indie film darling Lena Dunham and produced by Judd Apatow? Because it has a trailer now!
Hard to believe, but a lot of people outside of New York and Los Angeles still don’t know who the 25-year-old is, or why she will be appearing on their television sets. If they have heard of her, it’s because of her SXSW hit, Tiny Furniture, or the multiple profile pieces it spawned. (Not to mention the news that Mr. Apatow had taken Ms. Dunham under her wing, not just for Girls but as a leading lady in his Knocked Up spin-off, This is 40.)