Season 1, Episode 5, “Hard Being Easy” – Part 3

This is the third of four posts, live-blogging a review of episode 5. Now, let’s focus on Jessa.

Jessa is not featured very much in this episode, but she does have a few scenes. We first see her when she is getting ready for an afternoon break from the family she babysits for. The husband of the family, Jeff, leans in the doorway of the bathroom, watching Jessa sensually put on her lipstick. They are clearly sharing a moment, but it doesn’t seem wrong until his wife, Katherine, comes home and interrupts them. All three clearly feel awkward, a hint that something was going on that shouldn’t have been.

Jessa walking in the park with her ex-boyfriend and soon-to-be fling.

Jessa kisses Katherine goodbye on both cheeks and makes a beeline out of there, to meet her ex-boyfriend from San Francisco at the park, who happens to be in town. It is unclear why he even wanted to meet up with her, because he talks about how much he loves his new girlfriend. But Jessa can see right past it. In just the next scene, they passionately bust into her apartment and have wild sex. Meanwhile, Shoshanna is hiding behind a curtain, watching them. She was home when they had first entered and awkwardly didn’t know what to do so she hid.

Shoshanna silently hiding behind the curtain in her apartment.

It is funny to watch Shoshanna’s shocked expressions throughout this scene, as it is clear this is her first experience with sex, even though she is not the one having it. Shoshanna’s innocence and naivety is the most refreshing, and often comical, part of “Girls.”

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