Girls, Ep. 2.05: “One Man’s Trash” a beautifully crafted, if slightly redundant restatement of purpose
Girls, Season 2, Episode 5: “One Man’s Trash”
Written by Lena Dunham
Directed by Richard Shephard
Airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO
Hannnah Horvath can be a deeply tiring individual. She’s self-centered almost to the point of pathology, she has a probably-inflated sense of her own talent, and she has an infuriating tendency to reject those who genuinely want the best for her, simply because they’re nott constantly conforming to her worldview. All that makes “One Man’s Trash,” the second episode in which we focus more or less solely on Hannah’s side of things (the first being the first season’s excellent “The Return”), a daunting prospect for anyone who has even the slightest doubts about whether or not they really want to spend 30 minutes a week in the company of a character like Hannah. Structured more like a short film than any previous episode, “Trash” is the ultimate Girls litmus test.
It opens innocuously enough, with Ray losing it at a man named Joshua (Patrick Wilson) despite his very reasonable complaint: someone’s been putting Grumpy’s trash in his trashcans. Hannah follows him home to his gorgeous, refurbished brownstone, where she confesses that it was her, on one of her many attempts to experience something new. They kiss, and Hannah spends the better part of two days living a dream, of sorts.