And while the finale, "Latching", included numerous things we've come to expect from "Girls", including its creator and star's frequent, unsalacious nudity, and more than one shouted argument, it did end in a good place, and in a moment that left Hannah, for once, speechless, as her breast-refusing son finally latched on. And it does feel that way. But he for one seems pleased: with the episode's humor, with Lena Dunham's "remarkable" growth as an actor, with the pacing with which the series wrapped up loose ends. It's all nervous first-time mom stuff from Hannah, like asking if the scale at the doctor's office is sanitized in between weighing different babies or sitting in the backseat of the vehicle with the baby while her partner - in this case, Marnie - drives.
"Girls" Season 6, episode 10 aired its series finale episode on Sunday, and it featured a five-month time jump. Which seems to hit the nail on the head. Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) are living together in their post-college apartment.
The first shot of the finale mimics one of the first shots in the pilot.
After an unhelpful doctor's appointment, Hannah lamented, "What if there's a student I want to f-k?"
Well of course Marnie was breastfed for two years. ("Oh, Jesus Christ", says Hannah and the rest of the planet.) She argues that she's the best at being Hannah's friend, she loves Hannah the most, so she wins the prize of a Full House-esque future. "Who else is here! I'm the best friend!" she says, like the total narcissist that she is. It's not the same argument they had in the very first episode of this now concluded series, when Loreen said she would no longer provide Hannah with financial support. She has some advice about breastfeeding. In fact, she has been working on a book for the past two and a half years called "Best and Always". Of course, leaving Jessa and offering to raise Hannah's baby wasn't really great, either, but it was well-meaning.
At first, Hannah is warm and motherly, a routine she's been doing a lot of lately in situations like Loreen's edible bender.
We are so, so glad that Hannah didn't name her child Plutonium. Marnie and Loreen are there sitting on the porch, and they have every right to be pissed off at her. It's easier to successfully swaddle a tiny body if your own wasn't recently split in half by childbirth, and if you have a Marnie, she'll make it look easy.
Jessica: Hannah wakes up the next morning to the sight of her mother, Loreen.
She walks home, followed most of the way by a friendly, concerned cop. I don't know how to put this into words! The series opens with Hannah slurping up pasta, paid for by her parents, during the fateful dinner where she's cut off from all financial assistance.
"But that is as far as that rumor has gone". He offers Hannah a ride and, when she refuses, he follows behind in his squad auto because she is a woman walking alone at night without shoes or trousers and making sure she gets home safely seems like the right thing to do. But Loreen's a single lady too, she gets it. The sound of Grover suckling runs over the end credits, along with bits of Hannah singing "Fast Car" to the kid. All while yelling at a random teenager who's in her underwear. As it turns out, the girl is upset about being told to do homework. She knows now that she can do this. It's a line that her mother could have, and possibly has, said to her.
Tricia: The whole episode is pretty amusing. "I quit the show.'" In an episode of Dunham's Women of the Hour podcast, Kirke explained that as Girls went into its second season, she had become uncomfortable with the portrayal of her character. "Latching" in this episode was really about the bond of a mother to a daughter, conferring dignity and beauty to that most special of relationships. Mostly, I find it hard to separate Hannah from New York City. I don't care what happens to Shosh.
Tricia: As an ending it was fine. It's that Hannah wants to give Grover everything, even if it ruins her and what she wants. Or at least, a glimpse of how they're doing. There, they all ended up dancing, joyful and carefree and together. SATC tapped into that solidarity and held onto it. Done sparingly throughout the show, they have worked effectively, and in a few cases, like Hannah spending a whole episode with a writer accused of sexual assault, made for exceptionally thought-provoking, powerful television.
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