Girls Season Premiere: Let Me Tell You What Your Problem Is

Via: Tuned In

If there was a common theme to the first two episodes of Girls season three, it’s that there are a lot of characters here who have things wrong with them. And there are a lot of characters who have strong, often perceptive opinions about what’s wrong with other characters. But there are not so many characters who have much interest in listening to what’s wrong with themselves. Take Jessa, who we meet in a stint in rehab, where she’s much more interested in diagnosing everyone else in her circle than in accepting that there’s anything that she needs to learn about herself. This one is a whiner. That one is a basket case. And that one–played by Danielle Brooks, Taystee from Orange Is the New Black–is a lesbian in the closet. (There’s a hilarious brutality to the way Jessa delivers the coup de grace to her assessment: “…and your vest.”) That Jessa turns out to be right, on that last point at least, doesn’t exactly help with her stubborn belief that she has nothing to learn from rehab. (“I figured my shit out when I was five years old.”) But she’s not the only character in Girls pointing a finger at others while plugging up her own ears. The two new episodes are a litany of clearly damaged characters hyper-attuned to everyone’s faults but their own. There’s Jessa’s rouĂ© of a rehab buddy (Richard E. Grant of Withnail and I): “Poor thing. You’re too young to understand which thoughts are useless to you.” There’s Adam’s ex and her pal (Amy Schumer), riotously teeing off on Adam and Hannah about their “urine-soaked lives.” There’s Marnie and her mother, each acutely dissecting the other’s faults, neither realizing she is arguing with a mirror. There’s Adam, whose attempts to lecture Hannah and Shoshanna on friendship turns into a Rolling Stones lyric. There’s Hannah’s therapist (Bob Balaban–hoo boy, there are a lot of guest stars here), turning a session into a personal overshare. And, of course, there’s Hannah herself, at once highly perceptive and

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