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“Girls”: The cereal

“This is my cereal, ok? You can’t just waltz into town and eat another person’s cereal. If what you want is cereal, go to the store and get some cereal, and put your name on it.” – Hannah

There’s a larger analogy in play when Hannah broken-heartedly confronts Elijah about eating her Cinnamon Toast Crunch in the second scene of Girls “Close Up.” In a broader spectrum, her scene — sitting blankly on the side of her bed, hopeless, with a sloppy roommate next door — is a beautiful contrast from Adam’s warm-hearted and romantic new life with Mimi-Rose, which is the opening scene.

Adam is the cereal, and Mimi-Rose waltzed into town and ate it. In her next breath, though, Hannah’s reflecting on how she treated her cereal, like maybe if she’d put her name on Adam nobody would’ve taken him away.

It’s a little crazy and far-fetched, but then again Hannah’s a bit of a basket case lately. She’s just reaching for something to hold onto, something that can explain what happened to her because she’s still unsure how she ended up here.

But Mimi-Rose and Adam are a cute couple. And you know what? I’m rooting for them.

It’s hard not to after the happenings of “Close Up.” It’s so early in their relationship to make any sense of an abortion, and Adam’s struggling with it; in fact, his bags are packed and he’s about to leave because Mimi-Rose decided not to tell him. She handled it in her own, independent way. As she puts it, she got the abortion because it’s what she knew she wanted to do. Good for her.

If you follow along with Lena Dunham like me (and I’m sure you do), you know she’s a strong advocate and supporter of Planned Parenthood. The organization had a major presence on her book tour in the last year.

Dunham wrote this episode, exhibiting a greater and more realistic grasp on abortion and how couples choose to deal with it than anything else you’ll see on television. She’s just braver than other writers, but it’s no surprise — if she has capture one thing in three-and-a-half seasons of Girls it’s the honesty of portraying real issues of 20-somethings.

The abortion issue hasn’t only shown up in Girls this once. Dunham first introduced Jessa’s character with this very decision in the first two episodes of the show (the pilot and “Vagina Panic,” both written by Dunham). Jessa ends up getting her period, during an unscheduled stop at a bar before the her appointment.

Girls is no stranger to it and definitely isn’t scared of it, which is what makes the show so great. But “Close Up” is the better episode.

Mimi-Rose drops it on Adam suddenly. It comes up in conversation rather easily for her. And I liked their exchange when Adam asks how many abortions she’s had and she retorts by saying it’s none of his business just like it’s not her business how many girls he’s gotten pregnant — which is zero, he readily admits. I think everyone wants to know her magic number now, but it’s making her a more interesting character in that she’ll never tell us.

It’s pretty clear by the end of the episode that they love each other. Thankfully, she’s walking up to the apartment as he’s leaving. Without it happening, we wouldn’t have had that wonderful interaction between Adam Driver and Gillian Jacobs, who were clicking on screen like a couple hopeless lovebirds.

My favorite thing: Shoshanna’s getting worse, more stubborn, during job interviews, but she’s got it all figured out: marry into money. Most recently that means a young soup tycoon.


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