Have the Men Constantly Rescue the Women
Just like how Adam was portrayed as Hannah’s gallant hero in “Together,” all of the men should continue to help Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa with all of their problems and be the ultimate validators for their decisions and general existences. It’s not too far of a stretch for any of the relationships we’ve seen blossom in the latter half of Season 2.
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I’m not knocking hate-watching here, as I know the pure joy I get from making fun of Smash’s insanity or yelling at The Walking Dead every time Lori opens her mouth, and I would never dream of taking that bliss away from anyone else. But Girls is a pretty earnest sitcom about a few friends in their ’20s that’s far better written than most of the shows on TV (not just the ones that win awards) and actually takes risks with its content and lets its characters fail with purpose. I understand that Dunham can be polarizing and that it’s easy to make jokes about how often we see her boobs (which I totally partake in — this episode, it was minute 28:22), but if you despise her so much, and feel personally victimized and offended by the fact that a young woman helmed a TV show and a movie(without relying on nepotism) and created a female character who is not conventionally attractive or even “adorkable” yet is still a sexual being with thoughts and feelings, then don’t fucking watch it because this show is not intended for you.
Best: Lena Dunham Bares All
The sole bright spot of that opening sketch was the Girls writer/director/star’s self-aware dig at her penchant for showing the full monty in practically every episode. And even though she didn’t win any of the three awards she was nominated for, Dunham delivered the best one-liners in those otherwise forced interview clips (our favorite: “I think my high school teachers would describe me as asleep.”) and rocked a new pixie haircut. Sometimes it’s the little victories that matter most.
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Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Deserves to Win: Girls
Will Win: Modern Family
The HBO series has its critics, but even for its faults, Girls is one of the most original and intriguing comedies on TV. But because of its divisive nature, we’re betting the Emmys will shy away from giving it a shiny trophy. Instead, a subpar season of Modern Family will likely take home another prize.
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Lena Dunham, Girls
Submitted Episode: “She Did”
Jessa hosts a surprise wedding, which brings up strong feelings in Adam… and eventually leads to Hannah and him breaking up. She falls asleep on the subway ride home and eats cake alone on the beach.
Our Pick: “The Return”
We’re still scratching our heads as to why Dunham didn’t pick the episode in which she appeared in almost every scene. It’s arguably the installment in which Hannah has the most personal growth (no Coney Island trip necessary), and her pep-talk scene in the mirror about being an interesting New Yorker was a series highlight.
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