Girls Recap: Lean In

March 23, 2015 12:30 PM

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Sometimes sentimental season finales feel like a cheat. The season it caps doesn't jibe with overwhelming sweetness, or perhaps it's been so bad it's undeserving of such a magnanimous end. I felt that way about the Parks and Rec series finale (contrarian opinion, I know); the last episode of season two of Girls, in which Adam suddenly returns to rescue Hannah from her OCD meltdown, and Charlie and Marnie inexplicably get back together, ushered in a similar conclusion. It's all so Vitamin C, you know? So it just goes to show how far this show has come in just a couple of seasons that this week's finale, whatever its flaws, felt completely worthy of its sap factor, after such a string of truly great episodes.

This week, we've got ourselves a cold open: Hannah bursts out of the school where she works and sits on a low wall, breathing heavily. Fran is right behind her — apparently, she's just had a panic attack and left her kids in the classroom. With a face that says, "This is not a good idea, but I can't...

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