Whether you like it or not, it’s hard to refute that HBO’s Girls is doing something right. The advertising exec version of myself might actually say "Look at all of this passionate commentary it’s generated from its target audience!” and give Lena Dunham a virtual thumbs up or a +k in “females.”
While I don’t love everything about the show, it really has shown me more—sometimes ugly—truth than a fitting room mirror. Take this (abridged) exchange from last night’s episode, for example:
Hannah on the phone with Marnie while she’s at work
Hannah: ”Marnie, I got the test results back…I have HPV…”
Marnie: —crying— "Why would this happen to you? You’re so careful. This shouldn’t happen to you." Etc. Etc.
Hannah: ”Really, I’m going to be OK. Don’t cry, please.”
Marnie: ”OK, I hate to bring this up now, but rent is due in a week.”
Hannah: ”Really?! You know that I’m basically pre-death right now, right?!”
This is a classic structure, folks.
It might be hard to think of a time when this has happened with a girlfriend since we tend to present the more buttoned-up/rational versions of ourselves, but holy hell, if I had a dollar for every time this has happened between me and my
significant other mom.
Person A: Presents [problem].
Person B: Sympathizes with Person A’s [problem].
Person A: Insists that [problem] is really not that bad.
Person B: Inserts their [problem] which relates to Person A.
Person A: Immediately offended that Person B could even attempt to mention their [problem] at a time like this when they are dealing with their [problem].
Smell what I’m stepping in?
I really wish I could go back in time to high school graduation (not really) and gift myself this sitcom. You can keep the “Live the life you’ve imagined!” wall decal. I may not take naked* baths with my BFF, but I can still relate to this show x100.
Besides, how rare is it to feel more enlightened after watching a TV show?
* One time in college, Allison & I created the po’ girl’s hot tub and took a hot bath in our swimsuits. Photos of this event may or may not exist.