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'Girls' Music Recap: 'Together' As Clichéd As 'High School Musical'?

Cortney Riles |
March 18, 2013 | 4:53 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Was the Hannah/Adam reunion just a season finale cliché? (HBO)
Was the Hannah/Adam reunion just a season finale cliché? (HBO)

Season two of Girls ended yesterday in a cliché-fueled finale. 

In the tenth episode, “Together,” we begin with Hannah, still mentally unstable, googling her health fears. At least she’s not tweeting them.

Meanwhile, everyone else is having sex. Marnie questions how many girls Charlie has slept with since they broke up after complimenting him on his oral technique. “How did you get so good at this?” she asks. Shoshanna, on the other hand, isn’t enjoying Ray as much, asking him, “Will you get out of me?” And Adam, despite how well he seems to follow Natalia’s directions, hates them.

Things seem to be going well with Marnie and Charlie as they sit down for brunch, until it’s clear they’re not on the same page. “Are you trying to tell me we’re not dating?” demands a frustrated Marnie. “I never thought in a million years that you and I would be having casual sex,” she continues. But as Charlie runs after a discouraged Marnie, the loving truth comes out. 

“I want you. I know I’m a mess but I want you, said a tearing Marnie. I want to see you every morning. I want to make you a snack every night. And eventually I want to have your little brown babies and I want to watch you die.” Charlie is simply satisfied with the heart-felt speech. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted to hear,” he says. And just like that, the two are back together.

As Ray and Shoshanna continue towards trouble, he storms into work (on his day off) to speak with his boss about going back to school to finish getting a PHD in Latin studies, a gesture he think will impress his girlfriend. Cue Tame Impala’s “Elephant.”

A refreshed Marnie then goes to visit Hannah, who’s eating a tub of cool whip but quickly runs to hide behind her bed when she hears her former best friend’s voice. After a little poking and prodding around Hannah’s apartment, Marnie sees the beginning of Hannah’s story: “A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance,” the first line reads. And as Marnie leaves - having not found her friend hiding under the bed - Hannah decides to give herself a heinous haircut.

After ruining her bangs, she asks her neighbor Lore for help. He then gives her a little more than she asks for, a piece of his mind after she suggests he’s trying to come onto her…again. “You are the most self involved, presumptuous person I’ve ever met. Ever. I had feelings for you until I realized how rotten your insides are…I think it’s a pretty dark scene inside your head,” he says. A pretty dark scene is an understatement.

It’s darker, however, when Ray and Shoshanna officially break up. Shosh feeds him the standard “I don’t think this is working” line, followed by an honest and angry release of her frustrations. “You hate everything, I can’t be the only thing you like!” she screams.

Meanwhile a down and distraught Hannah leaves Jessa an angry voice message. Adam expresses that same anger as he demolishes the wood in his workspace, only to be interrupted by a Facetime session with Hannah.

“Is that stuff still going on?” he asks. “That OCDC sh-t,” he says after Hannah plays dumb. Yes, he calls it OCDC. But what comes next is the cheesy, tear-jerking yet inevitable next move for the former couple. “Stay right where you are, I’m coming to you” says a frantic Adam. With no shirt and Facetime still going, he sprints out of his apartment to bang down the door of Hannah’s apartment and hold her in her arms. Or rather, to be the only solution to all of her problems. 

Fun’s “Sight of the Sun” perfectly closes out the season as the group sings “I used to run at the first sight of the sun, now I lay here waiting for you to wake up.” It looks like Hannah is officially awake.

 

“Together” rejuvenates relationships and puts one to rest. Despite how nice the happy ending might seem after a series of unfortunate events, does it painfully reinforce season finale clichés? What do you think? Were you expecting more from Dunham and the “Girls” crew?

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