The new girls of HBO, Jermima Kirke (L.), Lena Horvath, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams (R.).
Don’t mind us lately. Obviously we had the tennis dead wrong last weekend, with Kvitova losing to Sharapova, and then with Sharapova beating Azarenka. Oops. You know what? We’d pick it like that again. We love Kvitova, and we love her on clay. We love Azarenka just a little bit less than that on clay, and we don’t like Sharapova at all. But we’ll say this: Sharapova’s serve was popping last week, and probably hasn’t looked as good in a few years. The girls and their weak moments coupled with our weak prognosticating moments have made calling the outset of the European clay season tough.
But we are here to talk about some different girls right now. HBO’s new series, “Girls”, written, produced, directed, and starring Lena Dunham, as extremely stupid Brooklyn woman Hannah Horvath, is perhaps the funniest, raunchiest, and real show on television right now. The show, which captures the misadventures of Hannah and her circle of girlfriends, as they navigate their young careers and sex lives, is hysterical, giving HBO what seems like a much needed hit for their Sunday lineup.
Then again, we could be wrong. We were wrong, or “obvi wrong” about “Luck”, as Shoshanna would say, which stopped production and was cancelled recently. While there was apparently some issues with PETA over the treatment of the horses, we don’t believe that the show was abruptly cancelled because of dead or injured animals. The fact was that Luck was the most expensive show ever made, and that it was losing money hand over fist. Creator David Milch, who also discontinued Deadwood, has a reputation for leaving expensive shows for cheap ones. With his next few HBO kiche cop shows assured, Milch abandoned Luck in the face of a little adversity, thereby scuttling a very good show with a slow building plotline, which never even got close to a boil.
And so Ace Bernstein, who we had anointed the next great HBO character, is no longer. So let’s anoint another, the hilarious Hannah Horvath from the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, who in a few short weeks has been cut off from her parents, has been sexually degraded repeatedly by the guy she is hooking up with, has learned she has a sexually transmitted disease, has learned her college boyfriend was gay, and who lost out on a precious opportunity for employment when she joked with her prospective new boss that he was an accomplished date rapist.
When the second episode begins, Hannah is in bed with Adam, who begins telling her how scared she was when he found her on the street. When she was 11. Walking alone with her Cabbage Patch lunch box. Hannah goes with the flow, which eventually um, ends up on her arm, since Adam asks her where she wants him to come, then states “I’m gonna make the continent of Africa on your fucking arm.” The next morning, Hannah tells Adam, when asked where she’s going, that she is meeting her friends at her friend’s abortion, after a job interview.
When she gets to the job interview, she establishes immediate rapport with her interviewer, and has the job in the bag. But then, out of the blue, she declares, that Syracuse University, this man’s alma mater, ironically had the highest incidence of date rape of any college, which coincidentally dropped the year he graduated. With the dude stammering over the inappropriateness, Hannah further explains that date rape had gone down when he left, “because they figured out who was doing it and it was you.”
Hannah is also obsessed with STD’s, as one can conclude by her Google searches. Like “diseases you can get from not wearing a condom for one second” and “stuff that gets up around the side of condoms”. It’s true that Adam (Adam Driver) has given her a scare by telling her he doesn’t regularly use condoms and that he doesn’t remember if they use condoms, but then she schedules an HIV test to coincide with Jessa’s (Jermima Kirke) abortion, at which she discusses her fear of AIDS with the doctor. When the doctor asks her if she ever knew someone with AIDS, Hannah tells her it’s more of a “Forest Gump based fear” because that was what Robin Wright Penn’s character died of.
In the waiting room, Shoshanna and Marnie get to discussing things, and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, Mad Men) reveals to her sex obsessed friend that she is a virgin, though a minute earlier, when Hannah tells them her theory on the spread of STD’s, saying that she has been diagramming in her head all day the “mayhem” when men lose their erections after sex and leave their penises inside women, as “they are want to do”, Shoshanna quickly echoes that sentiment, that men are “want” to do that with her, she has found.
In episode 3, Shoshanna reveals that her littlest baggage, playing the Jerry Springer game, is that she has “IBS” and that her biggest baggage is that she is still a virgin. In episode 3, Hannah meets her ex because Shoshanna convinces her that it’s the courteous thing to do in the “STD world.” When he gets to the bar, Hannah sees that he is flaming. She asks him if he thought about men when they were together, and if he also thought about men while they were together.
“Yes and yes.” he says.
When she asks him how he was able to sleep with her if he was attracted to men, the guy goes, “well, you have a certain handsomeness…”
Damn. And it’s true. Hannah is fuck bucking ugly. And to add insult, he also suggests that Hannah has dated a lot of gay dudes, that she is ignorant to reality, and that her father is gay. He mentions her dad’s earring which he got, as Hannah describes, while “on vacation with his male friends.”
The guy then goes, “are we hearing ourselves? I don’t think we’re hearing ourselves.”
So we love this show, and unfortunately for us, we missed the pilot, but we are very excited to be able to watch it on HBO GO, which we will do in a bit. HBO, which had done nothing for us lately with the cancellation of Luck and our favorite Brooklyn based pot head show, “Bored to Death”, has redeemed itself somewhat in our eyes, giving us another Brooklyn based show, though with less pot heads (Jessa holler!). They have given us a modern, funnier and more perverse SATC, for a younger generation, with no menopausal bitches or perfect endings. They just stick to what’s funny, and not what’s sappy or stylish, and so we applaud them.
So that’s us clapping for Girls and for you. Once again we thank you all for your patronage in hitting our page well over 100,000 times in two days.