Girls (S06E07) “The Bounce”



Elijah (Andrew Rannells) has decided that it’s time that he put himself out there again, get back to auditioning and utilizing the talent that he has. An open call for a new musical is the right place to start, but it is almost foiled when his ex-boyfriend Dill comes back onto the scene. Dill (Corey Stoll) has ruffled the world’s feathers by wanting to adopt only a white baby, and has resorted to hiding from the backlash. Somehow, he feels as though Elijah and Hannah’s apartment is the best place to be. In a moment of weakness, who is still not over him, he let’s Dill in. It could either be a huge mistake or the best thing that has happened in a long time, now he is shaken and not ready to put his best self out there for the audition.

Hannah (Lena Dunham)  is dealing with her own demons. She called Paul-Louis (Riz Ahmed) and is now awaiting a call back, so every little thing has her on edge. She just want’s it to be over and done with and be able to move forward with her life. The general consensus is that she should tell him that he is going to be a father, even if she doesn’t want him to be part of the baby’s life.

Marnie (Allison Williams) is in her own little world like usual. She is broke and has been given an eviction notice. Things are not looking up for her, and when her mother (Rita Wilson) decides that she’s not going to save Marnie this time, she goes into victim mode once more. She has two options, to sell her beloved locket that was given to her on her 16th birthday, or to move back in with her mother. She doesn’t want to lose her freedom and chooses the latter, although she is in for a huge surprise when she gets to the pawn shop. Everything she had been told was a lie, neither the necklace or the earrings she had were the real thing. As so goes on a tirade about how much life sucks, the pawn shop owner gives her something to think about. Maybe she is the problem in this equation, the liar.

Elijah is at the auditions, when his name is called he is ready to bolt. Dill has gotten into his head and he doesn’t want to deal with anything now. He leaves, and meets a woman (Latisha Di Venuto) on the stairs who is rehearsing for the same musical. She has some real advice, the kind that hits you in such a way that you can’t help but change your tune. He decides to audition and passes with flying colours, all except for the dance section. When actual sports are involved, that’s when he fails in a most epic way. But he went through with the audition, and now he is feeling like he’s on top of the world. Confidence has been restored.

Hannah finally get’s the call she has been waiting for. At first, Paul-Louis doesn’t remember who she is, but as she goes through the list of things about her a light bulb comes on. The talk seems far too casual than it should be and that bothers Hannah. When she tells him that she is pregnant and that she doesn’t expect him to be part of the baby’s life, he gives the reaction that she was hoping for, detached and okay with not being part of the child’s life. It’s the result that she wanted, but as she hangs up the phone and the realization that she must do it on her own settles in. Dill, who had been listening, comes to comfort her, although they both end up in a crying heap.

Marnie has decided to be a grown up for once, and is accepting responsibility for her own life choices. I’m not sure how long that revelation will keep up, but she is willing to take a good, hard look at life now. She’s moving back in with her mom. I’m sure that will be drama induced, but it’s something she needs to do.

Elijah enters his domain with renewed purpose. Even when Dill admits that what he did to him was wrong and that there was a bigger reason as to why he decided to seek out Elijah in the tumultuous time, but Elijah isn’t having any of it. He rejects Dill, but as we know, that is short-lived. There is something about the two of them together, they have a certain spark. Pizza and sex are the obvious answer.

Morning time comes and Elijah is awakened by the phone. It’s not his mom, it’s the creators of the musical he auditioned for. They think he’s fantastic and they want him to come and perform for the producers, without a basketball. The doors are flying open, and life is looking good for once.

We end this episode with Hannah, alone in a waiting room. Reality is finally sinking in. There are only 3 episodes left, and it’s going to be so hard to say goodbye.


Rating: 8/10


Girls airs on HBO every Sunday, 10ET/9PT