Lena Dunham On The End Of 'Girls' And Why Everyone Hates Marnie
Apr 18 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
But in a way, it's kinda sweet since it's the name Paul-Louis - the father of Hannah's child - wanted her to name him. So she rolls her eyes, firmly tells the girl to listen to the woman who loves her more than anything in this stupid world, and tries to take her trousers back. Even the professor would sigh as Marnie's hand shot up like an arrow, if only because he knows that he'll have to endure her endlessly drone on about a topic as she regales the entire class with her very important life experiences and speaks about her "cultural heritage as a white, Christian woman" - all of which are only tangentially related to the case previously being discussed. Her FaceTime sex with Delvin P., a personal trainer from Weehawken, was totally fine though - and I loved her chat about it with Loreen (Becky Ann Baker).
Responding to criticisms that said Hannah's decision to keep the baby and keep her new job "teaching the Internet" at a college in upstate NY was "old-fashioned" and "narratively unrealistic", Dunham says, "Every choice we've ever made on "Girls" has been politicized".
Even without her trousers, Hannah channeled a newfound power in that moment as she pledged her allegiance to Team Mom. "There was always some sense that for Hannah, finality didn't have to do with a traditional romantic partnership, but it did have to do with some kind of partnership", she tells Entertainment Weekly. While the episode is a bit disorienting, it also seems fitting to do what feels like the season finale for the season that makes you wonder what else there is for the show to do. My annoyance with this season's pregnancy plot point aside, having a baby forced "Girls" to end the only way it (successfully) could: with Hannah finally growing up. "It's the first one you can't take back", she says.
Of course, Marnie is insufferable to nearly anyone who watches her. On the maturity scale between child and parent, she's realizing that she's a mother. The episode opened with Marnie snuggling up to Hannah, providing a callback to the pilot, which showed the two cuddling. And when the two women are together, Hannah and Marnie's scenes are tense with unspoken bitterness, each unsure if they want the other to stay or shut up and leave forever. The basic plot of the episode: Grover refused to latch onto Hannah and breastfeed.
And when the camera focused exclusively on Hannah's face at the end (like it had done for many episodes), tears rolled down my face. But just like Hannah, you'll have a hard time appreciating her or her assistance at the time, for all the reasons you need her in the first place. When the girl tells her she's upset because her mom wants her to do her homework before hanging out with her boyfriend Justin, Hannah gets the perspective she needs.
Indeed, an early debate surrounding the series hinged on likability - on whether it was OK, as executive producer Judd Apatow once put it, to get caught up in these characters' lives without liking them.
Konner: I also think that, there's been so much of like, are Hannah's stakes real?
Konner: Me, too. I also don't think she's the first narcissistic mom in town.
Back on the ground, I was intrigued, writing that Dunham had made "an honest and at least occasionally hilarious show that might even live up to its hype".
Proving her friendship is about tenacity: like a pup competing with her littermates, she's determined to win by being the last to let go. Most people seem to hate Marnie, but I've always tried to defend her and it's nice to see that she's doing her best to be selfless and adult-ish here.
When Hannah finally arrives home, she attends to her son Grover, who finally latches.
"Everytime you say nipple a fairy dies", Hannah says, which is especially amusing given that Allison Williams played Peter Pan on Broadway.
Hannah is borderline intolerable for the bulk of "Latching", lashing out at her mother and Marnie, who are only doing their best trying to help. Every move she makes is motivated by how it'll look to others - not how it'll work for her. See: Everything from her embarrassing music video to her ill-advised marriage to her music partner. In a moment of clarity about who she is, Hannah reveals why she is so determined to breastfeed: "Don't you get it?" The ending was bright and attractive - it was Hannah in a victory of getting Grover to latch. Just like the teenager's mom, Hannah has other stuff she'd want to do.