Girls Recap: “Only Child”

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Laura Calabrese
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in Girls

Once again this week’s episode of Girls is another example of season three’s ongoing theme: Hannah’s pathological narcissism.


Episode five opens with David’s funeral. In typical Hannah fashion, she is not there to pay her respects, she is there to network. To her shock, Hannah is introduced to David’s widow Annalise (Jennifer Westfeldt). Up until this point everyone assumed David was gay. “He had a gay app on his iPhone and liked to show his ankles, but what does that even mean in this day and age?” she points out to Adam. Annalise mentions that Mill Street Press is dropping all of David’s projects and Hannah, without an inch of compassion, decides now is an appropriate time to network. She asks Annalise if she could recommend another publisher to help her save her e-book. Annalise is insulted, but agrees if Hannah will “get the f**k out.”

Hannah quickly sets up a meeting for the next day, but Adam and Caroline’s (his sister) bickering is heard in the background of her phone call. They are at each other’s throats again and Hannah decides to play Dr. Phil to help them solve their problems.

“I think she’s an evil person who pukes on everything metaphorically,” says Adam.

Caroline accuses Adam of battling an internal sexual desire for her. “It doesn’t take a psychiatrist to correlate Adam’s romantic interest in you with a repressed fantasy for me,” she tells Hannah. Now that everything is super awkward, Hannah convinces them to say they love each other.

Back in the publishing world, Hannah’s new potential editor loves her book and even compares her to Mindy Kaling. The publishing house doesn’t do e-books, so they tell Hannah they want to release her book as “an actual book that you can hold.” Hannah is thrilled! But, in typical Girls fashion just as things are starting to go really well everything is about to come crashing down.

Hannah is prancing down the street eating ice cream when a phone call from her father –

he’s recovering from a “small procedure” that Hannah cannot be bothered to ask about – reveals that cousin Rudy has looked over her contract with Mill Street. The old publisher owns the rights to her book for the next three years, regardless if it was scrapped for not.

“Rudy is not even a real lawyer, he’s like a Subway sandwiches franchise lawyer,” Hannah snaps. She tells her father he’s insane and not making any sense then hangs up.

Once Hannah looks over the contract herself she flips out. “This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me,” she whines. Caroline tries to be sympathetic and tells a story about how she thought her acting career was over when she didn’t get the role of Alicia in Independence Day. Their fight escalates and Hannah kicks Caroline out of the apartment.

When Adam returns home and realizes Caroline is gone Hannah’s day goes from bad to worse.

“She was ruining our lives and I thought it would make you happy,” says Hannah.

Even though Adam constantly complained about his sister staying with them, at the end of the day he stills wants to take care of her. “She’s my sister,” Adam says as he grabs his keys and leaves likely to go find Caroline. The love Adam has for his sister is one Hannah will never understand. She’s an only child.


Marnie shows up at Ray’s place and asks him to tell her what is wrong with her. Ray is more than up for the challenge and tells her she is extremely judgemental, uptight and uses people. “I think that more or less sums it up in a nutshell, you’re a huge fat f**king phony,” Ray says. Despite all her flaws, Ray still thinks Marnie is a sympathetic character. He asks if she wants a hug and suddenly they’re having sex. It feels out of place and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the situation.

After the deed is done Ray tells her that it’s probably best if they keep what happened on the DL.

“Go f**k yourself. Like I’d advertise this,” Marnie snaps back.


After slacking and ‘having life experiences’ instead of studying, Shoshanna is back to focusing on school. The only issue is Jessa. She’s been staying at Shoshanna’s apartment since she got picked up from rehab and does nothing but sit around watching Forensic Files.

“It’s really important to my 15-year plan that I get into a good business school because I don’t want to become like my friends and family, you included, no offense,” says Shoshanna.

So while they’re out, Jessa sees a job posting in the window of a children’s clothing store. She decides she is going to get the job because she needs something “innocent” in her life. Then Shoshanna gives some snippy life advice and asks Jessa, “Are you sure that’s the kind of job you should have, like being near things that children are near?”

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