“Sit-In” is one of the best episodes of Girls.
Its structure is set up perfectly around what Hannah’s doing, barricading herself inside of her room hoping Mimi-Rose Howard is only a figment of her worst nightmare. In some alternate universe, Adam’s new girlfriend won’t be there the next time Hannah walks out of her room, but as each of the show’s characters — like, seriously every single one — parade into her apartment, it becomes more real.
The episode enables Hannah to interact with each character individually, instead of in one giant orgy panic — even Laird and Caroline get a shot to help her cope. Everyone approaches it in their own unique way and through their interactions, we get a story that’s building up to a massive emotional climax at the end of the episode, while learning about how Adam’s new girlfriend came to be.
Via Shoshanna googling, we start to learn about Mimi-Rose. She’s an artist, well-known enough to give keynote speeches at universities.
Jessa delivers the most damning news of all, in that she set them up, which answers my question from last week about how Jessa didn’t know. It’s a pretty astonishing admission, proving that she’s been on Adam’s side since Hannah left. She’s been very rude and withholding toward Hannah since she moved to “Idaho,” and now we understand why. But to go on like she surely told Hannah about Mimi-Rose is pretty lame and unforgivable. Then again, Jessa’s always flaky.
Laird and Caroline take their turn by showering her with love. Ray cooks her breakfast and projects his problems onto hers, in what is one of the best interactions in “Sit-In.” Marnie convinces Hannah to let Adam go.
The head-to-head I was most looking forward to, between Hannah and Mimi-Rose, doesn’t happen, but everything else builds to the compassionate, emotional chat between Hannah and Adam at the end of the episode.
Marnie planted the questions in Hannah’s head. Did she really think she and Adam had a forever-kind of a relationship? She thinks they still might have it when he’s sitting across from her mending her hand burn. But he asks the right question of her: Did you really think this was working? That explains a lot.
Think back to “Two Plane Rides,” the season three finale. Hannah and Adam leave things on a sour note with their argument outside of the Broadway theater. Then, when this season began, Adam wasn’t exactly cheery. He’s not making a plan with Hannah for how they’ll manage long distance. He avoids waking up to say goodbye. He basically tells Jessa his video chats with Hannah are whatever, no big deal. He even asks Jessa if Hannah would be mad if he took down her refrigerator magnets. He did a hell of a lot more than just magnets.
Their relationship wasn’t working for him, like it was for Hannah. Still, the things he’s done since she left are rash, like depositing all of stuff into a storage unit and tearing down a wall in the apartment to make a master suite.
What it all comes down to is this: it’s over. Hannah isn’t Adam’s “kid” anymore. But the episode wouldn’t be complete without a tremendous last back-and-forth at the door when Adam says, “Thanks for stopping by, kid,” and Hannah, slighting him with a reminder (like Hey, buddy, you’re in my apartment. Remember?) and a truly heartbreaking admission (like I loved when you were in my life) comes back with “Thank you for stopping by…but maybe don’t call me kid anymore.”
My favorite thing: This episode.