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GIRLS Catch-Up: Season 1 Episodes 2 and 3

I’ve seen this episode several times to cover my catch-up days with both my sister and my boyfriend (who obligingly saw these with me).

So, GIRLS fans out there, I’m sure you’ve all seen the first two episodes of Season Three. And I’m sure a lot of you are just like me, re-watching the episode as much as you could. I realize that this season is quite different from the other two simply because everything still seemed normal between Marnie, Shoshanna, Jessa, and Hannah. But like any show and story, there will always and will be conflict.

“Vagina Panic”


Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath

Jemima Kirke as Jessa Johannson

Allison Williams as Marnie Michaels

Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna Shapiro

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler

Christopher Abbott as Charlie Dattolo

Also starring

Mike Birbiglia as Brian (interviewer)

Sakina Jeffrey as the Gynecologist

There’s nothing more comforting as a woman than to watch other women talk about abortion, uncomfortable sex, and to listen to other women talk about the dangers of having unprotected sex just because you haven’t experienced it yet.


Upon learning that Jessa might be pregnant, Marnie schedules an appointment for the girls at a clinic for Jessa’s abortion, and for Hannah’s suspected genital problems. This episode takes me to that moment when you will realize that Marnie isn’t really for Charlie, and that Hannah isn’t for Adam (somewhat). If you’ve got your television on full volume, I suggest you turn that a bit down unless you want your neighbors (or your parents) to catch you watching someone having sex. A little porn-ish, except that this one doesn’t have that fake-perfect body we find in pornographic situations. In this episode we find Hannah and Marnie having sex with both of their partners but in almost similar situation: One feels like her heart is being possessed by a maniac, while the other feels like she is being consumed by someone who isn’t destined for her.

On the other hand we find Jessa, who is scared of what’s about to come her way. An unexpected encounter with a stranger will leave her with an unexpected answer to her “problem”. While Shoshanna, oh Shosh. She will be forever adorable with the weird unfiltered thought construction confesses to Marnie that she has never had sex with anyone.

The episode ends with Hannah having to expose herself for the first time to a gynecologist. That famous line where the Gynecologist says “Oh how I’d pay to be 24 again (while examining her vagina)” was funny.

All Adventurous Women Do


Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath

Jemima Kirke as Jessa Johannson

Allison Williams as Marnie Michaels

Zosia Mamet as Shoshanna Shapiro

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler

Christopher Abbott as Charlie Dattolo

Also Starring

 James Le Gros as Jeff Lavoyt

Kathryn Hahn as Katherine Lavoyt

Andrew Rannells as Elijah

Jorma Taccone as Booth Jonathan


Hannah receives the results from her gynecologist and apparently she’s contracted HPV. She automatically blames Adam for giving her STD but he denies it, stating that he had himself tested for it last week. The truth is, there is NO test for HPV and men so that fact might have come out wrong from Adam just because he was pressured to say something to Hannah. Most sexually active people in the world will get this unknowingly since the symptoms can be unnoticeable. The complexity of Hannah’s character is that she is seemingly affected by the people surrounding her, she can either adapt to them and think that what they do is correct, or she can be against the idea of being what they think she is and will do anything to object it. In this episode she accepts the idea passed on to her by Shoshanna that her ex-boyfriend in college may have passed on the disease. And so Hannah confronts Elijah with hopes that they may patch things up. But a revelation will seemingly leave them off topic.

It also seems that Marnie gets even more and more disconnected from Charlie as the episodes go by. In this episode we are first introduced to Booth Jonathan. The absurd first name- last name thing doesn’t end there. Jorma Taccone who wrote MacGruber plays the character well that we might just want them to end up or just test the waters if his highbrow attitude would put Marnie into a certain perspective. She gets that instant attraction from Booth Jonathan simply because he is everything Charlie is not.

And as for Jessa, she gets a job as a babysitter for the Lavoyt family but that glance she gets from Jeff Lavoyt is a bit questioning. Given that Jessa’s free-spirited character will do anything for the experience of it.

‘Till next week for the next episode recaps. Here’s the ending of this episode where Hannah and Marnie dance to Robyn’s Dancing On My Own. Enjoy.