Girls Season 2, Episode 5: Bad Outfits and Topless Ping Pong

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Last night's episode of Girls commenced with Hannah in probably her frumpiest outfit to date -- a deeply unflattering pair of beige short shorts (that crept up her butt) and were attached to a tie-up belly shirt. It was, frankly, the most unattractive she has ever looked, even with a wardrobe department that week-upon-week goes out of its way (very much on purpose) to make Hannah's clothes as ill-fitting as possible.

The outfit was so awful this week, that it made us realize that Hannah reminds us of Wendoline from those awesome, animated, British movies about Wallace and Gromit. In case you've never seen any of those, Wendoline looks like this:

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Which, clearly, is not far from being this:

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So, we love the fact that -- while dressed in the least sexy outfit on earth -- Hannah ends up hooking up with an extremely handsome 42-year-old doctor named Joshua, who lives close to the cafe where she works, in a very tastefully decorated brownstone with a piano in the living room. He tells her she's beautiful and does everything she asks of him -- including begging her to stay at his place and some willfully selfish sexual activity requests.

Hannah spends the night there, and both she and Joshua take the day off work the morning after, in order to spend more time together. This isn't as terribly unrealistic as some of you might think. Ask any heavily tattooed, punk rock woman in San Francisco and they will confirm that men in suits downtown try and pick them up on a regular basis. Sometimes all anyone wants is otherness -- something that's the opposite of their normal lives.

Hannah and Joshua both get to live out fantasies of sorts by having this strange encounter. Hannah is vastly different to anything else in Joshua's life -- at one point, he complains about his unicycle-riding, twentysomething neighbors and Hannah fails to understand why he has a problem with them. In Joshua's real life, he's separated from his wife and still adjusting to life without her. In this fantasy, he's a guy that sleeps with strange, quirky twentysomething women he doesn't know.

Hannah also gets to live out a fantasy, in which she is loved and wanted, has it all figured out, and lives in a gorgeous house with a desirable man. Of course, fantasies -- especially ones involving topless table tennis, as this one does -- can only last so long. Reality comes crashing into Joshua's bedroom finally, when Hannah, overwhelmed by the comfort of being with him, begins to cry and turns off whatever small filter usually exists between her brain and mouth.

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She confesses to wanting to be happy ("I want what everyone wants, I want all the things ... ") and Joshua is sympathetic. This, being Hannah, prompts her to take it to the crazy next level where she says things like "One time I asked someone to punch me in the chest and then cum on that spot" and "What I think I didn't realize before I met you was that I was lonely.... All I really needed was to look and someone and think 'Oh, that person wants to be with me after I'm dead,' y'know?"

Once the fantasy of the carefree younger woman is shattered for Joshua, he makes his excuses, gives Hannah a lackluster kiss and retires to bed. The following morning, while he's at work, Hannah clings to her fantasy a little longer, reading the paper in Joshua's lovely back garden and cleaning his perfect home, as if it were her own. Finally, she slips out of Joshua's expensive shirt, back into her hideous outfit, takes out the trash, and returns to her normal life -- hopefully with a greater idea of what she wants and needs for the future. 


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