HBO’s Girls Recap: Beach House

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Laura Calabrese

This week on Girls there’s a change of pace. The four girls pack their bags for a weekend trip to North Fork, Long Island – not to be mistaken with the Hamptons. Or as Marnie describes it, a place “for people who think the Hamptons are tacky and don’t want to be on a beach that’s near a J. Crew.”

After losing Charlie, Marnie refuses to let her friendships with Hannah, Shoshanna and Jessa slip away as well. So, she plans a weekend away at her mom’s friend’s (really nice) house. Rather than have the girls argue over the best room, she pre-assigns them and gives Hannah and her adjoining rooms. There is clearly some tension between them that she hopes to resolve.

Marnie’s plan for the weekend is to reconnect the girls. In total seriousness she says wants to, “prove to everyone via Instagram that we can still have fun as a group.” Her idea of healing includes face masks, watching The Queens of Comedy, then writing their wishes down on pieces of paper and throwing them into a bonfire. But none of her plans work out, at least not how she envisioned them.

The girl’s head into town for groceries and not surprisingly Hannah is the only one who doesn’t change out of her bikini. The “no shoes, no entry” policy sets up Hannah’s run-in with her gay ex-boyfriend Elijah (Andrew Rannells). He apologizes and tells her he thinks about her all the time, “what’s wrong with her, what’s she eaten and who she’s mad at.” Elijah and Hannah make up and she invites him to come over and “save the day” from Marnie’s crazy weekend of healing.

Lena Dunham and Andrew Ranells on HBO's Girls

Understandably Marnie is pissed, but Hannah makes a good point – Marnie’s “perfect” weekend is putting too much pressure on their already fragile friendships.

Elijah apologizes to Marnie and tells her love has changed him. He’s less negative because his new boyfriend, Paolo, has been taking him to Kabbala classes.

Then we FINALLY find out exactly what happened between Charlie and Marnie. The night they were supposed to grill pizzas, Charlie called and told her he loved her and wanted to propose, but they had to work through some things first. Ten o’clock comes and he shows up at the apartment, packs all his things and says, “I don’t love you and I have never loved you.” I guess karma caught up to him because Marnie says his successful business went under and he’s working at a sneaker store or something.

Hannah and Marnie sneak away and all the alcohol actually helps them bond. Marnie talks about her abandonment issues that stem from her dad and Hannah talks about how her parents are too involved.

Dinner doesn’t go as planned since Marnie only bought four duck breasts – enough for just the girls. But, the dance sequence after dinner to “You’re Breaking my Heart” lightens everyone’s mood … for a few minutes. Marnie freaks at Hannah about dinner. Shoshanna calls Hannah out for being a “fucking narcissist,” then tells Marnie her duck tasted like a used condom. We finally see Shoshanna stick up for herself.

“You guys never listen to me. You treat me like I’m a fucking cab driver. Seriously, you have entire conversations in front of me, like I’m invisible. And sometimes I wonder if my social anxiety is holding me back from meeting the people who would actually be right for me, instead of a bunch of whiny nothings for friends.”

Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke in Girls

Hannah admits the four of them haven’t had any fun together in the last two years and she implies Shoshanna isn’t an “intellectual.” Jessa sticks up for Shosh and says she once saw her read the newspaper on her phone. Shoshanna finally says what all of them have been thinking, “I’m so f**king sick of all of you.” Hannah storms out and says, “I really miss my boyfriend, who asks me for nothing, so I give him everything.”

At the end of the episode, Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna sit in silence as the wait for the bus, then slowly join together to do the dance routine they learned the night before.

This episode was one of the strongest this season. Rather than be plot driven, Beach House focuses on the characters. The laughter, honestly and arguments between the girls show that sometimes friendships come to a halt, or a definite end. Their friendship may never be the same, but let’s hope they work everything out.

BONUS: Here’s how to do the dance

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