9 Things The Final Season Of ‘Girls’ Is Getting Right About Life In Your Mid-Late 20s

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Is it me or has this been the best season of ‘Girls’ so far? With a missing Shoshanna and a flaky Jessa, you would think the show would be boring only highlighting the lives of weird AF Hannah and narcissistic Marnie, but surprisingly it has been the most captivating season yet (minus the Bushwick party episode, which will forever reign supreme).

Marnie no longer annoys me. She has just become an unlikeable person. She’s that character you hate, and you can’t get annoyed by someone you hate. People annoy you because you struggle to accept their flaws while attempting to like them. People you hate, you just hate. Marnie used to annoy me because I wanted to like her, but now she’s actually the fucking worst (not you Allison Williams, you are fabulous, your character is just awful, as you know). Maybe this will change by the finale, but for now, girl bye.

Hannah no longer annoys me either. In fact, I kind of love her. She’s really grown up and definitely has the whole act-like-you-have-your-shit-together-when-you-dont thing down. Shoshanna isn’t around much, which might be why I find her less annoying, but when she is around, she’s very adult. And she talks slower. It’s like a metaphor for becoming more ‘chill.’ Thankfully, Jessa isn’t around much either. After what she did to Hannah, I really don’t want anything to do with her.

Over the past couple seasons, ‘Girls’ has gotten a lot right about being in your 20s, which is why we feel so connected to the characters. But this season for some reason feels the realest.

Here are 9 things this season of ‘Girls’ has gotten right about being in your mid-late 20s.


 

1. You don’t see your friends as much.

Everyone is busy! Life is tiring! Sitting on the couch is a priority. The most RELATABLE thing about Girls, unlike basically every other TV show out there is that the friends on the show don’t hang out all the time. They don’t have a local coffee shop or bar they all go to. They live in different areas, they have different work schedules, and they have different lives. The unrelatable thing about the show is that I’m not really sure what these characters are doing with their lives, but I’m sure that’s relatable to some. You could say it’s a metaphor. I do lots of stuff, but tbh, I have no idea wtf I’m doing 75 percent of the time.

 

2. You’re much closer with your mom than you are with a lot of your friends.

The older you get, the more you tell your mom…. because the more you realize she’ll understand more than anyone because she is you, or you are her. OR she’s the only one who you assume has time to listen to you complain because everyone else is always busy.

 

3. You begin to realize your parents have this whole life that doesn’t revolve around yours.

Yes, it’s true. They don’t exist on this earth solely to take care of you, listen to you complain, and be around whenever you need them around. They have their own lives – crazy, I know. And you have to let them live.

 

4. Ex partners and ex hookups always comes back.

Do feelings ever die or nah? Okay, they definitely do die, but not until after at least one comeback attempt.

 

5. Sometimes friends drift apart, and that’s okay.

It’s okay to drift away from friends. That’s life. You can’t expect to stay friends with the same people year after year after year. You change, they change. Your lives go in different directions. Your interests change. Your locations change. That makes it even more okay for two people to drift apart after a fight (or after one of you steals the other’s boyfriend). We’re too old to spend time fixing things we don’t really care about being fixed.

 

6. Having a baby doesn’t mean ending your youth.

Having a baby doesn’t mean your life ends. It just means someone else’s life begins. It might seem like your youth is ending because you can’t drink for nine months and then you have to cater to a living, breathing tiny human for the next 18-26 years. But you can still LIVE when you have a baby. Babysitters do exist.

 

7. Not everything is always as it seems.

No matter how someone may seem on the outside, you have NO idea what’s going on inside. Happy Facebook posts, LinkedIn promotion updates, Instagram travel pics, engagement photos – people generally post updates of happy things. They don’t show the bad, if there is bad. You never truly know what’s going on with people, so don’t assume things about others and compare your life to theirs.

 

8. Everyone grows up and changes at different times—age is actually just a number.

This is truly the most fascinating thing about your 20s, and ‘Girls’ absolutely nails it.

 

9. It’s never to late to pursue your dreams and go after what you want.

If Elijah can do it, so can you. #TheMotto

8 Reasons I’m Going To Miss Marnie Michaels The Most When ‘Girls’ Ends

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It’s in our nature to get attached—and in some cases, overly attached—to television shows. Next month marks the end of Girls, HBO’s ground-breaking series about four twenty somethings living in NYC. When creator Lena Dunham debuted the show in 2012, it was unlike anything else television offered women my age. There’s an unflinching yet heart-warming realness to the writing and the situations. Fans have connected with the characters because we see ourselves in them. They don’t have it all figured out either.

Shows about groups of girlfriends inevitably get the Sex and the City treatment. Which character are you? What we really mean is: Which character do you relate to the most? I am absolutely and decidedly a Marnie Michaels. An overly-critical, type-A personality who spent a chunk of her twenties chasing all the wrong dreams. She’s one of the reasons why the show resonates so deeply for me and one of the major reasons why I’ll miss the show.

Here are 8 reasons I’ll miss Marnie Michaels the most when ‘Girls’ ends after this season.


 

1. Her fashion was always on point.

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While all the girls have their own distinct style, I’m most in love with Marnie’s. At first, it was just the clothes themselves. Beautiful, professional Ann Taylor dresses early on, but in later seasons, her simple, earthy vibes. Marnie’s fashion isn’t just window-dressing for the character. Her clothes represent her stages of self-evolution. Her style has changed with each boyfriend and job. Outfits help tell her story.

 

2. Her ill-timed musical interruptions were the most entertaining.

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Of course we love and accept Marnie’s musical aspirations now, but initially, the dream seemed doomed. First, there was bringing her ex-boyfriend’s work party to a halt with a gloomy rendition of Kanye’s “Stronger” (a la Alanis Morissette’s “My Humps”). As a way to show off? Win him back? We’re still not sure what that was, but we’ve endured an equally mortifying public embarrassment. We thought she’d learned her lesson, but not long after she busted out a number from Rent at Hannah’s birthday.

 

3. Her taste in pretentious guys always made me LOL.

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Marnie’s men are, of course, good-looking, but they’re also incredibly and unabashedly pretentious. But that exhausting attitude gels with Marnie’s equally-tiring criticisms. There’s been an app-designer/indie band leader. An artist with a penchant for the disturbing and macabre. She marries Desi, the emotionally-broken singer-songwriter, only to rebound with crotchety, opinionated Ray.

 

4. She always kept it real.

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5. Despite her relatable narcism, she had a soft side.

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One thing that a lot of viewers misunderstand about Marnie is that she’s actually incredibly vulnerable, lost, and intimate when she allows herself to be. Sprinkled throughout each season are glimmering moments of universal truth and honesty. While many of the other girls brush off sincere moments with a sarcastic bite, Marnie can sometimes embrace them.

 

6. Her honesty was inspiring.

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An upset or defensive Marnie slices to the bone. She looks sweet, but she’s not a lady you want to mess with or wrong. Though, with the right timing, her directness and candor can be something to appreciate. Her honesty is why she’s often the voice of reason. It’s her delivery that gets her labeled as callous and why she’s usually the last to know things.

 

7. No matter what life threw at her, she remained resilient, giving me hope for my life.

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Being in your twenties is hard. You’re expected to know who you are, what you want to do, and how you want to live for the next forty years. But it’s not that simple for everyone. At the show’s advent, Marie represented that young, successful post-graduate everyone and their parents’ envy. Working at a prestigious NYC art gallery, confident, self-sufficient, and in a steady relationship. When that image of herself was forcibly broken, she didn’t recover immediately or gracefully, but she did eventually move on.

 

8. Her determination honestly made me more determined.

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While Hannah was certain on her life’s calling (writing), she initially lacked commitment. Marnie, on the other hand, is the career flip-flopper’s spirit animal. It took a couple seasons, a few bad relationships, and shitty dead-end jobs, but once she admitted what she wanted, she mustered the courage to go for it.


 

I’ll miss all four of the girls. I see a little bit of myself in each of them, but I see most of myself in Marnie. It’s her journey that I’ve felt the most connected to and the most saddened by. Thank goodness for streaming.

The 9 Most Relatable Things That Happened On ‘Girls’ Last Night: Season Finale Edition

Well, we’re finally here: the season finale. A lot happened this season—much of it unexpected, which, I think, is a good thing. Fran and Hannah entered (and exited) a tumultuous relationship. Shoshanna chose her career over a boyfriend and still wound up unhappy for a while. Marnie got married and immediately embarked on divorce.  Jessa tested her friendship with Hannah to be with Adam to become one of the most endearing yet self-destructive relationships I’ve ever seen on television.

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Season Five had a tall order to live up to—to still be that classic Girls we fell in love with years ago while still managing to grow with its audience. It could have been stilted or boring, but the season was gripping, realistic, and highly relatable. It hit just that right amount of growing pains without making you second guess all of your life choices.


 

 

1. Without fail, that guy that’s won your approval for your best friend’s heart will be one of her shorter relationships.

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Hannah and Fran have called it quits. While Hannah broke up with him last episode, we opened this week on her gathering up his things and getting him to finally leave. Hannah calls Fran judgmental and passive aggressive. He calls Hannah irrational and immature. The problem is they are both right and they are opposites in that opposites don’t attract kind of way.

 

2. The people you love will inevitably grow up and evolve.

I don’t know that I would have pegged Shoshanna to be the more successful, most emotionally stable one of the group. There was a while post-Ray that we all worried about her. But in fact, this new version of Shoshanna is totally commanding and direct and confident. Her marketing aptitude even helps Ray with his disappearing coffee business.  Still, we’re beginning to see everyone carve out their own niche. Marnie has her music. Hannah, while still a bit lost, is beginning to see her path and follow it a little less recklessly than she has in the past.

 

3. Of course everything I predicted would happen is wrong.

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Just as I should always suspect, my thought that Fran might be the one to help Hannah be more thoughtful was instantly proved wrong. I’m always wrong. It’s nice when a show can still keep you guessing but in a really grounded way. That Hannah had found her calling as a teacher? I was kind of wrong. She has her own teaching philosophy, which is always the sign of a promising teacher, but she lacks of sense of how to act professionally in one of the more jobs where it’s absolutely vital to act professionally at. And then, of course, she quits. Even predictions I made seasons ago are still proving wrong. You know, like Marnie and Ray being a thing again.

 

4. Marnie, we all over-analyze our dreams.

Sex dreams are the worst of all—especially if they involve Ray. But Marnie wasn’t the only one trying to follow the signs and signals form the universe. It caused Hannah to steal a bike outside a hotdog joint.

 

5. Getting older doesn’t make putting yourself out there any easier.

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Remember when Hannah’s old professor invited her to a reading—her first since graduating—and she second guessed what to read and basically bombed? Well her second attempt at a public reading went a lot better. It seems like she’s really found her voice as a storyteller. Even though her story was solid, as she was walking up to the podium after her name was called, she was nervous of bombing. When I was younger, I thought I’d get in my twenties and  I would be able to address a crowd of people without fear that I’d nerve-sweat through my shirt, but that was another wrong prediction of mine.

 

Oddly enough, it wasn’t until I saw her standing up on that stage at the Moth Story Slam that I remembered she wants to be a writer, or did at least. Her writing used to be such a key part of the show, of her character. It’s funny now to look back on the season and realize I didn’t even notice it was missing. Though, it’s telling how when she let go of her writing, she hit her lowest point. Writing stabilized her.

 

6. Sometimes you just can’t stay in places where your attire just doesn’t fly.

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After breaking up with Fran, Hannah returns to her classroom to retrieve her belongings. Her boss finds her and she tells him that she won’t be returning. He wishes her well and hopes she finds what it is she’s looking for.  But I don’t buy that her boss would be sad for losing Hannah. Let’s be honest, she would be a fucking nightmare of an employee. Though she did apologize for flashing him, which is a pretty adult move.

 

7. When you’re at your lowest point, you will inevitably run into those you’re most jealous of.

Tally, get out of here. No wants to be happy for you and your new book. Please just go away.

 

8. The person you want to hang out with the least always has the advice you most need to hear.

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Of course Tally gives Hannah a new lease on her writing life and gives her the validation she craves when it comes to her jealousy and anger towards Mimi-Rose Howard. Don’t we all wish a one-on-one with the person who drives us to the point of crazy due to jealousy would go as well as the over-share fest that happened with Tally Schifrin and Hannah?

 

9. This is what you think you look like when you’re running:

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But really, it’s more like this:

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While the beginning of the season started with a lot of new changes already in progress—dropping us into Marnier’s wedding, Hannah and Fran fully on, and Shoshanna already settled into Japan—the season ended with preparation as Marnie gears up for her clearly doomed tour with Desi to promote their single, and Hannah embarks on a new chapter of her life, a real clean slate.

It’s been confirmed that season six will be Girls last season. It’ll be interesting to see where they all land next season. There weren’t any real cliffhangers, but there’s still a lot of ground to cover for the ending to feel truly satisfying. Many of them are starting over—again.

The 9 Most Relatable Things That Happened When Charlie And Marnie Reunited On ‘Girls’

This week we were blessed with a Marnie-filled episode. And, surprise…

Charlie’s back!

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But not the Charlie we remember and love. This Charlie is tattooed and muscular. He is sketchy and speaks differently. But when Marnie runs into it, she doesn’t seem to care and they have an episode (a GREAT episode) of debauchery and realizations.


 

 

1. No apartment is ever truly big enough to have your own space, especially if you live in a studio apartment in NYC.

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Sorry, it’s not a studio anymore. It’s a makeshift one-bedroom…wasn’t that what their last fight was about? And wasn’t the point of creating the bedroom so that they could get some space and time away from each other? Well that plan didn’t quite plan out like they’d hoped.

 

2. The smallest things are catalysts for your worst arguments with your significant other, especially if you’re like Marnie and are extremely passive aggressive.

How much milk is left in the carton. Who scooped the litter box last. How to properly rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. These are all very insignificant events that account for so little of the time you and your partner are together, yet somehow these become the principals upon on which any relationship is built. In Marnie and Desi’s case, a polite disagreement about Marnie not wanting to accompany Desi on a scone run leads to discussions of emotional cruelty and coldness, desperation, and clinginess.

 

3. Nothing feels better than space after an argument.

Nothing beats fresh air when you’re filled with hot air, and Marnie was every angry significant other when she stormed out of her room/entire apartment in a dramatic fit.

 


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4. Your ex will always manage to show up when least expected.

Exes are like slasher movie villains in that way. While contemplating her fight with Desi, Marnie runs into her ex from way back Charlie, who is hanging in the back lot of a building that looks nearly vacant. She just stares at him, then walks away leaving him to chase after her like the beginning of an indie romance movie, which the episode kind of was.

 

5. You’ll probably never stop thinking about the one that got away.

Everyone’s got one: the one that got away. In some cases, it was an important, meaningful love like the young love that Charlie and Marnie had. Whatever the case may be, when things get a little rough, we always ask ourselves what if. And I believe it’s that open possibility, that wonderment that drives Marnie to agree to hang out with Charlie that night.

 

6. One of the best feelings is the world is hanging out with an old friend (or lover) and having it be like nothing has changed and no time has passed.

It’s comforting to be in the presence of someone familiar. And in a lot of cases you get to regress back into an earlier version of yourself that no one in your present life quite remembers. It’s liberating. Marnie still doesn’t quite know who she is yet, which is probably why spending a night fantasizing about something different with Charlie is so appealing.

 

7. Everyone wants to be someone else sometime.

When Marnie and Charlie are slow dancing in the restaurant and then walking in the park under the glow of the city lights in an easy ebb and flow of reminiscing and catching up, it’s easy to get caught up in the thinking that life would be so much better if you’d been with someone else. But even though it seemed like the old Charlie Marnie knew and kind of loved, this isn’t him. His super successful company folded and now he’s making some very sketchy transactions, with a brand new New York accent probably to make him sound tougher than he actually is.

 

8. People can change. Maybe deep down inside they don’t, but they can certainly change their appearance, accent, thoughts on drugs, etc.

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Marie called it early on in the episode when she says Charlie wouldn’t know what her “scene” is anymore, because a lot can change in a couple of years. After sleeping together and clearly trying very hard to not harp on the fact that his bathroom is communal and that he’s using garbage bags for curtains, she finds a needle in Charlie’s pocket and realizes that her ex-boyfriend is doing heroin. Charlie is clearly a complete wreck, and Marnie wants no part of his new lifestyle.

 

9. Sometimes you need to have crazy, risky experiences to convince yourself what you actually want.

It’s not like Marnie got nothing out of her heroin-filled reunion with Charlie. She figured out from it that she doesn’t want to be married to Desi. Okay, she probably knew that but for, but she didn’t want to believe it. This weird, awesome experience she had helped her say it out loud to Desi. She didn’t want to be with him. And now she can move on.


 

In the final shot, we see Marnie climbing into bed with Hannah and Fran, which was a total flashback to the first episode in 2012 which opened to Hannah and Marnie snuggled up in bed together. So much has changed in the years since, but so much has remained the same like the uncertainty of life and your tumultuous twenties.

The 8 Most Relatable Things That Happened On ‘Girls’ Last Night: Queen For Two Days Edition

This week, Hannah accompanies her mother on a female-empowerment retreat filled with yoga, cell phone bans, and menopausal conversations. Shoshanna’s Japanese bubble bursts when a surprise visitor shows up. And Jessa talks about her life’s calling with her sister. This week’s episode circled around the various shades of happiness. When we talk about happiness, we make it seem like a very clear line, easily discerning what makes you happy and what doesn’t, but as ‘Girls’ pointed out this week, it really isn’t like that at all.


 

1. Everyone needs some time away from their real life—even if reflection is at the price of going to an all-women retreat called “Spring Queening.”

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Loreen takes a break from her dysfunctional, crumbling marriage, while Hannah obsesses about writing an email to Fran. It seems like both of them are struggling with the idea of calling it quit on their relationships and seeking some space to find some clarity. As they crawl into bed the first night, her mother points out that Adam did a number on her, making her incapable of letting someone treat her well, and then adds that she and her husband didn’t set the right example for Hannah. Isn’t an apology from our parents all we’re really searching for?

 

2. We all want our parents to treat us like adults until it means talking frankly about your mom’s sex life with your father, her deep seeded unhappiness, and their impending divorce.

As you get older, you begin connecting with your parents on a whole other level. You slowly move out from under the shadow of being this child that they need to protect via being overbearing and prudish, and then it becomes a budding friendship. And as we all know, you can’t label it a true friendship until there’s been a fair exchange of T.M.I. A friendship with your parents, unfortunately, is no exception. If you’re as unfortunate as Hannah, you’ll find yourself in the middle of your parents, carefully deciding what you should and shouldn’t relay to each other.

 

3. I need to go to a cat café.

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Shoshanna finds herself working as an assistant manager at the second largest cat cafe—perhaps the best job ever, right?—and still seeing her ex-boss, Yoshi, when her former co-worker Abigail (Aidy Bryant) comes to talk to her. After a day of happily gallivanting checking out the spas and eats and fashion, Shosh breaks down and admits that she’s lonely and sad, that even though she’s living in a great city with an absolutely adorable boyfriend, she’s not happy.

 

4. You start out your young professional life all career driven and then it changes.

Eventually, like Shoshanna, you morph from being super career-driven to realizing that while your job is super important, it doesn’t (and probably shouldn’t) be the only thing that defines you. Happiness can come from other areas—friendship, love, hobbies. Shoshanna loves Japan, but that doesn’t mean that it totally feels like home yet.

 

5. All group retreats with strangers start out stupid but then become amazing, but only because they are inevitably drama filled.

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It’s awkward meeting up with a bunch of people you don’t know with the prime objective of spilling your heart to them, being vulnerable, and it is kind of the best of the worst places the drag Hannah Horvath to. She’s as brash and opinionated and bratty as ever, which catches the attention of the hot yoga teacher. A few hours later, Hannah finds herself half-naked in the sauna with the teacher. It’s frustrating how often Hannah gets herself on the brink of happiness, but manages to destroy it.

 

6. Even at an all-female empowerment retreat, women can still be incredibly catty.

When some of the women start to get closer to Loreen at the retreat, they share various pain from their pasts—mostly about their circumstances of their divorces or marriage woes. A philandering husband. Simply growing apart. When she tells them that her husband is gay, everyone sort of rolls their eyes, acting like that would be a better alternative to whatever they were dealing with. Aren’t women’s retreats supposed to help women nurture each other, making all of their own feelings valid?

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Anyway, their reaction convinces Loreen that she reconsider divorcing Tad. Instead of feeling empowered and emboldened after the retreat, she’s given up on the idea of passionate love, opting instead to stay with Tad and simply count down the rest of their lives. And leaving Hannah to agree that perhaps her parents’ relationship has in fact messed her up.

 

7. Your significant other, if they really care about you, will be there for you when your family isn’t.

If we weren’t getting enough family time warm fuzzies via the Horvaths, Jessa and her sister will help fill the void. While introducing her to Adam for the first time, Jessa, who has been cut off by her grandmother stemming from her last bout of rehab, asks her sister who has not been cut off for money so she can finish here therapist training. To which her sister simply gives her a scolding about how she’s never followed through on anything and can’t just throw her money away.

It’s sad. For the first time Jessa is asking for someone’s help to accomplish something good and responsible, but even her family isn’t convinced that she’ll follow through. But Adam believes in her, and put his money where his mouth is, offering to pay for her schooling himself, resulting in one of the most sincere and endearing moments of the season thus far.

 

8. I’d watch ‘Yosh and Shosh Take the City’…big time. That sounds magical.

The 9 Most Relatable Things That Happened On “Girls” Last Night

They’re back!

Last season of Girls sparked quite a bit of upheaval in the girls’ lives, and season 5 picks up right where last season ended—emotionally. Time-wise, it’s like seven months later. If there’s one thing we can say for sure about this season, it’s that our girls are definitely growing up.

The season opener focused on micromanager Marnie’s wedding day. The ladies converge in upstate New York for the event, and the entire occasion is about as chaotic as you’d expect.

It’s high-time that one of the gals get married. It’s an event that every girl group faces at some point, so it’s poignant that we finally get to see how this particular bevy of besties handles it, especially since things have been a bit shaky with them lately (to say the least).

And let’s face it. We all pretty much knew it would always be Marnie because she’d never have it any other way.

And, frankly, the show nailed it. Weddings in your twenties, particularly in your mid-twenties, are a strange, strange thing. It feels a bit like children playing dress up. Wherever or whenever someone gets married, there are some undeniable universal truths:

 

1. No matter what the weather is on your wedding day, you’ll stress about rain.

We open to Marnie staring out the window, looking up at a fairly clear sky and fretting about rain. On cue, Hannah enters noting casually that it looks like rain, as if they’re just hanging out at a friend’s house and aren’t getting ready for one of the biggest events of Marnie’s life.

 

2. If you ask for a super calm atmosphere, it will never happen.

“Calm atmosphere” is like bride code for I’m completely stressed out and nervous that everything is about to go wrong. And uttering the phrase is basically like conjuring the exact opposite of what you want. You’ve jinxed your wedding now brace yourself.

When you’re Marnie and bossing everyone around, asking them to start “maneuvering the appointments”, you’re going against your own wishes, creating a tense atmosphere that seems to have a ripple effect on everyone and everything your wedding touches.

 

3. No one looks good in matching bridesmaids dresses.

Why do brides do this? Hannah, Jessa, and Shoshanna have very different bodies, so why does Marnie insist on forcing everyone to wear the same exact dress with the same exact cut? Being a bridesmaid means you will not feel like yourself the entire day. You are obligated to live in discomfort teeming with body consciousness because you are only there “to fulfill the bride’s vision”. It was impressive how the normally self-involved gaggle of young women actually rallied together and managed to make the day (mostly) about Marnie.

 

4. Boho brides are the most obnoxious of all the brides.

We get it. You’re chic and different and cool. If you told me four seasons ago that sheath dress-clad Marnie would have a bohemian-themed wedding in the vein of Edward Sharpe, I would have asked if we were watching the same show. Do you mean Jessa? I would politely ask.

 

5. Every bride has some super-specific, hard to pinpoint aesthetic for their wedding.

 

Having something like Laurel Canyon Classic leads to inevitable disappointment because no one is quite sure what you mean, even after you explain it.

 

6. No one likes being a plus one to a wedding.

Being a plus one sucks. As Hannah’s plus one, new boyfriend Fran is forced to hang out with Adam, Ray, Desi, and Elijah all day until the ceremony. Desi, the groom, doesn’t even remember Fran’s name. He brings beer that no one except to Ray wants to drink, and then Ray divulges that even if he could pull a Graduate at Marnie’s wedding, he can’t because the most noble thing he can do is sacrifice his own happiness for hers. It’s an awkward moment for Fran, but that’s the life of a plus one.

Eventually, he and Hannah manage to sneak off and have sex in Fran’s Ford Taurus, giving him just enough time to reveal to Hannah that Desi has cold feet and ran out the back door, shirtless, towards the woods. The plus one always seems to have the most wedding day dirt.

 

7. Your ex-boyfriend and best friend hooking up behind your back is a total shit move—even if they might be really good together.

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Weddings are filled with all kinds of ill-fated and ill-conceived hookups. Marnie’s is no exception. When Adam and Jessa kissed outside the bridal suite, I was shocked. It felt like it was my ex and my best friend. Appropriately, thunder rolls in the background because even if this scenario doesn’t play out immediately, it will eventually and with likely disastrous consequences.

 

8. Nothing good ever comes from micromanaging.

Despite your best efforts to control every major and minute detail, you will still end up looking like “J.Lo at the Grammy’s” on your wedding day.

 

9. No matter how much your friends and you fight, they’ll be there when you need them the most.

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Even though Hannah virtually ignores Marnie the entirety of the wedding day, when it starts raining and Marnie has a makeup meltdown, Hannah shows up, calms her down, and makes her feel better. After seasons of wondering whether or not their friendship is kaput, it seems like the duo has finally reconciled. And in that true BFF way, it wasn’t due to a long, contrived conversation, but a short, sweet apologetic one. It’s easy to make up when you’re both being sincere.

And then, Jessa—yes, Jessa—becomes the least likely hero ever and rescues the whole day by swooping in at the last minute to dry Hannah’s rain-soaked dress and fix Marnie’s makeup and hair.

 

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The rain clears. The clouds part, and the quartet descends the back staircase and heads to the ceremony.

Season five is off to a promising start, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the episodes take us and how we wind our way towards the final season next year.