Girls Season 3 Review “Beach House”

I was slightly worried about what an episode of Girls might look like without either Ray or Adam around to call attention to the girls’ (and the show’s) shortcomings but, with ‘Beach House’, we got an insight into what they think about each other even without that outside perspective around. The guys know how vapid and ridiculous these characters are, and so do the audience, but this is one of the first times we’ve witnessed that self-awareness of the central group itself.

The tensions between the four girls have been like a ticking time bomb since the very beginning of the series and, especially with Hannah and Marnie’s fraught bond, that has been one of the things that has kept people watching. It’s the underlying nastiness that makes Girls such an interesting watch from week to week, and this episode highlighted many of the fatal flaws that are so ingrained in the characterization of Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa. Why are they friends? And can they ever be such a close knit group again after so many resentments have been aired.



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