Hannah’s father has come out as gay.
It’s a plot twist Girls seems to thrust at viewers without any forewarning, but in fact, the show actually laid the foundation for Tad Horvath’s (Peter Scolari) revelation way before he admits his preference for men. “Sometimes … the stupidest f*cking decision in the world is the right decision for you,” he told Hannah in episode 4 when she contemplated leaving the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Tad’s advice seemed ill-considered at the time, but makes sense when interpreted as a projection of own personal struggle. In other words, coming out may be a “stupid” decision in that it will upend Tad’s life and that of his family, but it’s the right one for him.
I’m not sure where Girls is going with this storyline, but I look forward to seeing it unfold. Whenever Hannah’s parents appeared onscreen in “Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz,” it was a welcome respite from watching the repetitive drama of Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna — particularly since the overwhelming vibe of Season 4 has been hopelessness.
Tad’s coming out to Loreen (Becky Ann Baker) also reveals that Hannah’s self-absorption may be something she learned from her mother. Absurdly, Loreen tells Tad that she thinks he’s lying about being gay to get back at her for achieving tenure before him: “It’s not not about me, Tad.”
Later on, at a dinner party, Tad makes a toast to Loreen, calling her his “best friend” and “life partner.” She then angrily leaves the table (“I can’t stand to hear another word of this bullsh*t”), but is intercepted in another room by host Avi Mensusen (Fred Melamed). That’s when we discover Loreen has been harboring a secret of her own — she cheated on Tad “at the lake last summer,” and the married Avi wants to continue their affair.
The episode ends with Hannah, stunned into silence, after Loreen abruptly
tells yells at her over the phone: “Your father is gay.” Needless to say, it’ll be interesting to see how Hannah deals with the news (we’re betting that she’ll somehow manage to make it about herself).
Beyond Tad’s revelation, episode 8 is packed with major plot developments for other characters — in particular, Marnie and Desi who make the terrible decision to get engaged.
Following an epic fight over German guitar pedals that cost $2,000 — during which Desi (he who doesn’t like “violent” words, but apparently is cool with misogynistic language) calls Marnie a “f*cking b*tch” and “rain cloud” — Desi apologizes to Marnie at a cafe, before popping the question.
“I never want to make a decision without you again,” he says.
Despite the fact that Marnie was irate just moments before, and that the couple failed to resolve a fight involving a serious issue (differences in spending habits), she immediately agrees.
This has “train wreck” written all over it for several reasons: Desi and Marnie fight constantly, she was his rebound, and they have fundamentally different values (she thinks she’s free-spirited, but is actually quite conservative).
Over the course of several seasons, we have witnessed Marnie transform from uptight perfectionist into insecure shell of her former self. Sure, back then, it was all a facade — but at least she kind of kept it together. The last person who entered an ill-advised marriage was Jessa — still the most self-destructive of the group — and we all know that ended in disaster. It’s hard to believe Marnie has fallen so far, so fast.
Meanwhile, Shoshanna seems to be on the up and up. Her date with Scott goes swimmingly — despite a hilariously bad attempt to seduce him (this is what happens when you take love advice from Jessa):
I want to know more about the future of your cock. Yeah, I wanna know more about the future of your big, hard cock when I put my hand around it and it gets so hard and I shove it into my slimy vagina like one of those deli pickles.
Yep. She said that. On a first date.
Thankfully for Shoshanna, Scott finds her hilarious; and thankfully for us, this means we’ll be seeing more of him. A seemingly well-adjusted, kind, ambitious guy on Girls? Yes please.
Besides, it could’ve turned out worse if Shoshanna took, say, Hannah’s advice. That’s the lesson high school student Cleo (played by Maude Apatow, Judd’s daughter) learns after she gets a (very graphic) tongue frenulum piercing at substitute teacher Hannah’s suggestion. The two also cluelessly swap boy advice, with Hannah saying she likes “light criminal activity” in a man.
Although poor Cleo can’t see what a hot mess her teacher is, most rational adults can. Case in point: One-time date Fran bluntly tells Hannah as much after she denies attracting drama. “I think you are exactly the person that I think you are. I think you’re not the person you think you are,” he says to no avail.
So much for newfound growth.
Shoshanna has been a roll with her Shosh-isms. In addition to the “deli pickles” sex analogy, other gems include: “b*tches be cray” and “lamesauce.”
Shoshanna plucking her bikini-line hair in the bathroom with the door open, while chatting with Jessa, is the kind of authentic scene I love to see on Girls
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