'Girls' Was A Story Of Life, Love, and Latching

Francis Osborne
April 18, 2017

Now that episode gave us three things to close out the series: first, Marnie is not such a bad friend after all. However, in that moment, Hannah seems to figure out that her goal in life is to make a man love her and care for him (Grover) which is just about the most Judd Apatow-ish ending to a show about girls growing up.

After the show aired, Dunham tweeted, "Just watched here on east coast with Allison".

"I still have a lot to give", Marnie says.

Dunham: I was pretty focused on it, and everyone was like, "Okay".

During early parenthood, your Marnie is probably more able-bodied than you, with more sleep and brain space available to read a study or weigh all the options.

Looking back, Hannah's time on her own in NY wasn't particularly successful. It felt like it was part of the grande lineage of a certain kind of writing, once again pointing to The Heidi Chronicles. And while courtship of the under-30 set in NY is dominated by online dating and an allergy to long-term commitment, the relationships on "Girls" proceeded with nary a Tinder swipe - and not one, but two characters involved in quickie marriages.

"Of course you do", Hannah says, in one of her more mature moments on the show.

Konner: I also think that, there's been so much of like, are Hannah's stakes real?

Frankly, that discussion somewhat missed - or really, oversimplified - the point, which wasn't so much about liking them as being incentivized to care about the problems and issues over which they obsessed. The job, the boyfriend, whatever.

"You made a choice to have this child, and guess what?" Those who believed the central love stories existed between Hannah and Adam, Ray and Shoshanna, or Marnie and Charlie evidently saw those chapters closed.

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When Hannah finally arrives home, she attends to her son Grover, who finally latches. Marnie is also all about Hannah and Grover; she is reading all the books, is a whiz at swaddling, and tries to encourage Hannah to keep at breastfeeding and to not be negative because that energy will be rubbed off on the baby.

By the end of "Latching", Hannah's growth is finally made clear; this jobless twenty-something we met in the show's pilot asking her parents for money and berating them for not valuing her has now become a (somewhat) grown-up who spouts advice at a bratty teenager to respect her mother and appreciate what she has. Like, there were naked hippies in a lake.

"And that's a wrap on GIRLS", Williams, 29, captioned a photo of herself cuddling up to Dunham, 30. "Really?" He was just like, "No". "Obviously we weren't making her go get our coffee, but she wanted to do all the jobs". And Hannah's come-to-Jesus talk with the wayward youth, combined with the look of satisfaction when Grover latches, offers objective evidence that Hannah is trying to do better.

And even though the show has basically had fewer than a handful of people of color on it its entire run, and even though I'm slightly older than the four main characters, and even though despite sometimes being "broke" each of them experience a class privilege I've never had in my whole life (not only have I been broke, but my parents weren't doing great financially either, so there was no "Moving back in with Mom and Dad" if things didn't work out), I found myself identifying with each of them at various times. Marnie's need for other people's love has no object anymore. I mean every relationship that you're obsessive about has it's moments, and it's actually because of that weird mix of bitterness and connection. It feels correct for a show called Girls to end with an episode exclusively focused on women - none of whom are now coupled with anyone, I might add- simply trying their best to survive. "I really want to have children".

In that episode, the actual breakup, nearly all of it is done in silence. But, in the end, Lena Dunham's brilliant HBO show wasn't about relationships. "I was going to go with f-ed". I remember saying to him, "That's attractive, and I have absolutely no idea if I'm capable of it".

The enduring image - a amusing one - was the sight of Hannah outside her house, outfitted with a pair of breast pumps that looked like a couple of flugelhorns sticking out of her chest. Yet, watch I did.

I supposed when you call your show about a group of self-centered twenty-somethings Girls, that question is somewhat inevitable. What was the show to do once we knew that some kind of insane sexual act or drug and alcohol induced night would eventually happen?

Dunham: And I remember, Jenni, you'd never given me such quiet notes.

Konner: I'm a big yeller.

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