Here at HuffPost Women, one of the things we love most about Lena Dunham’s HBO show, “Girls,” is the incisive, witty and hilarious dialogue that Dunham and the rest of her writing team come up with every week. So instead of simply recapping Season 4, we decided to pick five quotable gems from each episode.
Episode 1: “Triggering”
Hannah’s arrival in Iowa is the focus of this episode. The landing is smooth: Hannah scores a house to live in for $250 a month and a snazzy new bike that she doesn’t have to lock because “this is Iowa.” A video chat with Marnie reveals that Hannah and Adam don’t seem to be on speaking terms, but Marnie promises to let her know if he goes into the hospital, (because Marnie would definitely be the first on he’d call?). Cracks in Hannah’s midwestern paradise soon begin to show. She is forced to escape her suburban fortress when the prior tenant, which happens to be a very aggressive bird, shows up angry. She gets locked out but climbs in through an unlocked window because, you know, this is Iowa. But Hannah’s here to write, and what better place to find self affirmation than a graduate level fiction course? Many other places, as Hannah learns. She shares an excerpt detailing an interesting, “50-shades” type sexual encounter, and she is offended by her classmate’s critique. She invents some friends — Shannon, Jeff, Jonesly, Ranchini, Nagasaki and Cher — and wallows until a surprise visit from Elijah. The two hit the town hard. Hannah counsels weepy undergraduates and Elijah offers massages. They wake up the next morning covered in dried blue paint, because, you know, this is Iowa.
Hannah protesting the concept of “TMI”: “By the way, TMI is such an outdated concept. There’s no such thing as too much information, this is the information age!”
Elijah on his friendly reception. “On the way to the airport, two people asked me if I was Blake Lively’s husband. Iowa is amazing!”
Classmates on whether Hannah’s “fiction” might be autobiographical: “I mean, the main character is a girl with a lot of tattoos named Anna who needs to eat every two hours or she passes out.”
Marnie offering Hannah support the way only a BFF can: “No one is moving to Iowa ever, but I’m so, so glad you’re happy.”
Hannah on why her story excludes the male perspective: “One word: history.”