Spoiler: David is dead. So are basic human emotions.
By now everyone knows that the HBO vehicle is essentially a weekly half hour of privileged people running around, complaining about problems that aren’t really problems and everyone, who isn’t interested in that has switched the channel. Even so, last night’s episode, Dead Inside, managed to alienate even the diehard fans. If you haven’t seen Season 3, Episode 4, beware of spoilers.
Dear Lena Dunham, we hope you're doing the sarcastic, self-aware thing.
So, it turns out that sometimes, the girls do have actual real person problems – the sudden and unexpected death of Hannah’s editor David would count as such. When it happens, the gang respond with less of what you might call “actual human emotions” and more of a “Most Self-Involved” contest.
Hannah is the first to find out that the guy who just showed up unannounced to her birthday party last week has been found floating face down on the Hudson and at first it looks like she might actually be shocked by the news. In comes Jessa, with the highly unsympathetic reminder that “death is just something that happens, like jury duty or floods.” There probably should be a trigger warning for people dealing with grief in there somewhere. Hannah takes to complaining about her hanging Ebook deal to Adam, who has very little sympathy and is amazed that Hannah doesn’t seem to be grieving. He also isn’t too happy about the fact that Hannah goes on Gawker to find out the details of David’s death.
The cast basically pretended to be emotionless robots this week.
Then she goes on telling everyone she meets that a friend has died, but insists that she isn’t the least bit affected. There’s a little graveyard adventure with Laird and Caroline – of course there is – during which Caroline decides to spin the tale of a dead cousin, who had muscular dystrophy. Then she has t quickly take it back to calm down a crying Laird.
Hannah later decides that it would be a good idea to use the muscular dystrophy story to convince Adam that she is not, in fact, a sociopath. We remain unconvinced. While all that is going on, the other ladies are also dealing with the subject of death, sort of, not really. Jessa also has a friend who died, or so she thinks. After a brief moment with Shoshanna, during which we learn that A. Shoshanna is still a character on this show. B. She also had a friend, who died and C. Jessa isn’t really listening and doesn’t really care, Jessa calls the parents of Season, the girl who reportedly choked on her own vomit and learns that her favorite friend isn’t really dead. She was just pretending to get away from Jessa. In any other scenario that would have been a wakeup call, but alas, it doesn’t seem like anything is going to change.
RT @caitylynne: "Hannah, why don't you place just one crumb of basic human compassion on this fat free muffin of sociopathic detachment."— Girls (@girlsHBO) January 27, 2014
Meanwhile, Marnie is… not really doing anything relevant to the main story. The mental and physical health kick she seems to be on is entertaining enough to watch, but it doesn’t really contribute any emotional depth to the episode. Neither does her temper tantrum, when she catches Ray and his boss laughing over that terrible Edie Brickell cover from the last episode.
"This place f**king sucks. No one wants to work here," she tells Ray. "I am so done. Do you know what kind of work I'm qualified to do out in the world?"
Ah, the real world. A concept, which at this point seems truly foreign to any of the characters on this show.
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