Girls: 5.01 Wedding Day
“Settle in son, let the nightmare wash over you."
Oh Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), how I have missed thee.
By the end of season four – if you'll permit me to sum up – Adam (Adam Driver) was attached, attached; then single, Shosh (Zosia Mamet) moved to Japan, Marnie (Allison Williams) got engaged. Ray ‘Let’s take back the borough’ Ploshansky (Alex Karpovsky) was elected as chair of the council, Loreen (Becky Ann Baker) got tenure, Thad (Peter Scolari) came out, Elijah (Andrew Rannells) was as fabulous as ever, and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) decided to become a therapist. Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann) and Laird (Jon Glaser) celebrated the birth of their daughter Jessa-Hannah Bluebell Poem in, let’s face it, one of the greatest TV episodes made. Hannah became a teacher to one of the Apatows and is now with Fran (Jake Lacy), and yes, I have dubbed them ‘Frannah’ because they are adorable together.
The big day has arrived, not only has Girls returned for a fifth and penultimate season but Marnie’s getting married to Desi-the-Drip (Ebon Moss-Bacharach). Anybody else like me and secretly wish it was to Ray?
Anyway, back to the big day, Marnie is an absolute nightmare, the worst bridezilla ever committed to the small-screen, I believe. Look up passive-aggressive in the dictionary and you shall see a picture of Marnie Michaels. She micromanages every moment and exacerbates my dislike for the character. I can’t bear her, she’s so pious and uptight and from the moment she eyes the dark clouds and worries about rain, I’m not going to lie, I wished for a wedding wash-out. Also, why are we having another (white, heterosexual) wedding when the last turned out so well? Come on, ladies hardly grabbing independence by the vagina, are we?
Marnie’s moans aside, the episode directed and written by Dunham is an enjoyable one. I chuckled throughout, not least thanks to the fairy-tale subversion and all the glorious cynicism. All of the regulars are present including Evie, Marnie’s mother played by an on-form Rita Wilson and a new friend of Desi-the-drip’s called Wolfie (Baron Vaughn). He’s the key to Desi’s past, (and his eight engagements. Why the eff would eight women agree to marry that?!) and a participant of “transcending”, some weird meditation thing that the men do in their little penis-only space. Comedian Bridget Everett also appears as make-up artist Bebe (not “Baybay" *cringe*) and hilariously interprets Marnie’s ‘look’ as "Jesus meets Selena Gomez”. Predictably, rain falls as tensions run high and there are several ‘twots’ exchanged; got to love the American pronunciation.
Ray is dejected and admits to Fran how he truly feels about the bride. He is the character who I have grown to love the most, he, I think is the one character who has evolved the most; from that first episode when he gave Hannah twigs to the present season. This, I’m presuming is a testament to Karpovsky’s portrayal. Ray has gone full circle, from apathy to genuine affection/empathy unless I’m just getting used to him. His big brother schtick to Fran is fabulous; he’s bad-tempered and annoying but that just makes me adore him all the more. Which leads me onto the male component of Frannah; Jake Lacy, he’s lovely and that might be the problem, he’s been (mostly) lovely in everything I’ve seen him of late and then unceremoniously dumped time and again. I guess we'll have to wait and see whether Frannah are destined to be and he will get more to do than just being the nice guy. Hannah has seemingly outgrown Sackler and his, on-point, Kylo Ren barnet and yet something is off…
Ray and Hannah act as the commentary for the set up, she sums up perfectly: “It’s like a really bad rom-com, you know not funny, and too obvious." I actually disagree, while there are certain elements which may turn up in bad rom-com but there are still a few surprises. Wedding Day is a funny, wry opener to (hopefully), better things. Only time will tell if Marnie realises she has pulled a Gob Bluth.
No The End Is Not Near by Benny Hester ℗2016 Benny Hester/Moraine Music Group
Fool For Love by Lord Huron ℗2015 IAMSOUND Records/Play It Again Sam