The strangest about getting older is that you look back and realize you were always exactly where you needed to be. Not, as we’d like to think, because this nomadic progress constitutes some path toward growth, but because it is only in theory that people plan a future, then coexist in it peacefully. In practice, to move on by getting ourselves kicked out.
Taking leave of the premises of Hannah’s apartment in this episode is Elijah. We’ve already watched Charlie’s unbearable clinginess lead to his ejection, then Marnie’s tetchiness towards Adam lead to hers. It’s not surprising that the merging of Elijah and Marnie — on Hannah’s own couch, yet — is the impetus for Elijah’s.
This time, because he hasn’t even paid for it, Hannah, at George’s urging, gets to keep Elijah’s furniture. “I’m going to sit on this chair all day,” Hannah says, rubbing her bare bottom all over the seat as she informs Elijah that some people are meant to stay in the past, if not their green steel café chairs. “I’m keeping everything he paid for.”
And note “paid,” because, unlike some people who are old as even producer Judd Apatow, writer and director of “This Is 40,” Dunham is not shy about depicting that, whatever their level of oft-discussed privilege, the cast of “Girls” is fairly clueless about how to use it.