After a gobsmacking fourth episode, Girls delivered on the promise of the wrenching, weird “Cubbies” with a self-contained episode that saw Hannah (Lena Dunham) working through some big issues while the rest of the HBO series’ cast filtered in and out, delivering information and advice with varied returns. Now that Hannah is back from Iowa, she’s forced to confront some hard truths, like that Adam (Adam Driver) has a new lady (Gillian Jacobs) and that her supposed best friends Marnie (Allison Williams) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) remain terrifyingly unable to really deliver when their pal needs them. Stripped of most of her identity — writer, girlfriend, ugly couch owner — Hannah enters a brave new world. We just hope she stays there.
As ever, Rob Hunter and I grapple with another episode of Girls, from what we loved about it (almost anything) to why we’re still struggling with the show as a whole. Oh, and that Jessa problem, that gets some love (read: hate), too.