Girls: Episode 6, Season 2: No Such Thing as Real Jobs
Attention, older generations. You know how you hear on CNN all the time that college graduates have no job prospects now? Well, if you want to get a good view of what it's really like out there, just start watching Girls. In Season 1, it was hard to find paid work and when you did, you were probably going to be touched inappropriately by your boss or laid off after five minutes. Now Season 2 is in full swing, Lena Dunham is exploring the work ethics and the professional quandaries of her generation, like never before.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old student Shoshanna is trying to get her coffee shop-worker boyfriend Ray to go to a seminar about how to become a millionaire. Shosh is excited about the fact that Donald Trump will be speaking at the seminar on the third day. Because she has yet to be thrown into the world of work, her idea of success is Donald Trump -- in other words, an anomaly. In Shosh's eyes, the only bad thing Trump's done is hire his daughter to be a judge on The Apprentice.
If there is a character in Girls who is successful in more realistic terms, it's Marnie's current main squeeze, artist Booth Jonathan (who, by the way, only becomes progressively more awful as the weeks pass -- the opposite of what happened with Adam in Season 1). His personal assistant looks like she has a pretty nice job until it's disclosed that (a) he expects uncomplicated sex from his employees and (b) he fires her for tasting his ice cream. That's okay though because the fired PA has something better to do with her time that doesn't involve work. ("I don't need this job! My boyfriend is doing lights for Carly Rae Jepsen and I should be on a bus with him, and I'm gonna go do that now.")
Ray, despite telling Shoshanna early in the episode that no, he doesn't want his own coffee shop actually, is so desperate for something meaningful to do with his time that he accompanies Adam to Staten Island ("the gates of hell") to return a dog that Adam stole on the spur of the moment. Adam, incidentally, still doesn't seem to be working at all -- unless you count his insane wood-working projects. By the end of the episode, Ray is crying and alone on a bench, wondering how much of a loser he is. Screw Trump seminars -- this guy needs to get his ass back in the classroom. He's definitely smart enough.
Jessa remains completely jobless and moping around Hannah's apartment, after the split from her husband Thomas-John -- which, if you recall Episode 4, was partially caused by Thomas-John and his parents viewing her as a lazy gold-digger. Unlike Marnie, Jessa's not too proud to accept money thrown her way, so is probably living off the $10,000 Thomas-John gave her to get out of his life.