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Feb 5, 2013

TV Review: GIRLS: Season 1, Episode 3: All Adventurous Women Do

Allison Williams Zosia Mamet Lena Dunham Jemima Kirke Girls

Girls All Adventurous Women Do Review. Girls: Season 1, Episode 3: All Adventurous Women Do was an examination of the past and present relationships of the show’s main characters but also the introduction of new possibilities.

One of the strengths of Lena Dunham‘s script is the realism it contains coupled with how the words are performed. When Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams) and Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone) were flirting with one another on the staircase of an elevated train platform that is closed for the evening, there was awkwardness, chemistry, and sexual tension. Even when Marnie acknowledged part of it, it was only a half truth.

Whether Williams was channeling past dating experiences or was creating from scratch, the result was voyeurism. The viewer felt as though they were secretly watching something increasing intimate unfolding.

Jonathan was a representation of the type of sexual aggression that her present relationship lacked, the spark that she craved but did know how to ask for. That spark lead to a fire that could only be extinguished in two ways and it was one of the most entertaining and surprising moments of the episode. It was as though Marnie had been transformed into a randy teenager at the flip of a switch.

I believe Jonathan had some inkling of the effect his words would have, that they would generate interest in him. He probably never imagined that they would have that great of an effect.

Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet) ‘s revelation about her sexual status was not that great of a revelation if the decoration choices of her apartment and her innocent manner were taken into account.

Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham)’s reaction to Charlie Dattolo (Christopher Abbott)’s revelation was multi-faceted: It furthered her depression and added a new sense of anguish to her life. She was used to being brutally honest but what Dattolo said shook her to her foundation. It was a re-write of history, her history. Her sexual ability to attract men, her perception were all thrown into doubt instantly and the muscles in her face twitched at its on-set.

It was like watching a deer that knew it was about to be shot.

Hannah’s quick descent through the six stages of grief made the scene the funniest in the episode (“Your father’s gay”).

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