'Girls' Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Bad Friend

By Liz Crumpacker,

Hannah continues to search for ways to support herself, and approaches an online publication to work as a freelance writer. She will be paid $200 an article, and since she doesn't seem "that fancy," according to the woman interviewing her, that should be okay. However, the catch is that she has to think of innovative subject matter for her work, and that means going outside of her comfort zone. The interviewer suggests having a threesome or trying different drugs and writing about it as a place to start.

Since Hannah "doesn't really know where to put her hands" when having sex with just one person, she takes the experimental drug suggestion. She approaches her neighbor Laird and asks, incredibly awkwardly of course, whether she can buy cocaine from him. Laird says he is clean ("Well you didn't really look clean, so I just assumed..." replies Hannah) but that he will get drugs for her because he wants to help her out.

Hannah and Elijah head out on a story-writing adventure by snorting cocaine and going to a rave. The goal? To have a night where, "it's like 5 a.m. and one of us has definitely punched someone who's been on a Disney Channel show." They dance the night away and have the time of their lives while intermittently snorting cocaine off of a toilet seat.

All is well until Elijah, in the middle of a drug addled heart to heart, confesses to Hannah that he slept with Marnie. As predicted, Hannah is very upset by this revelation. Elijah and Hannah leave the club and continue to argue at a nearby CVS, where Hannah notices neighbor Laird has been following them. While confronting Laird about his creepy yet well meaning stalking, Hannah receives a text from Marnie - she is at Booth Jonathan's house.

Booth, a curator/artist who thinks very highly of himself, met Marnie last season at an art opening. They run into one another again while Marnie is working at her new hostessing job, and Booth whisks her away to his apartment. He subjects her to his "best work," which means he locks her in a tiny space filled with TVs and loud music until she nearly has a breakdown. Of course, Marnie is nothing but impressed. They end up sleeping together, and are having a compelling discussion about how boring the '90's were when Hannah, Elijah, and Laird arrive.

Hannah confronts Marnie - she is incredibly upset about Marnie sleeping with Elijah and feels betrayed. In a scene that is hard to watch, Hannah screams over and over how Marnie is the "bad friend."

The episode ends with Laird and Hannah kissing outside of his apartment, much to Laird's excitement. Hannah tells him, "just for tonight" and he agrees, but this is likely not the last we will see of the ex-junkie. I am looking forward to seeing more of Jessa and Shoshanna in future episodes, and it will be interesting to see how Hannah and Marnie's relationship will be affected by the latest turn of events.



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