Season 1 Episode 9

Leave Me Alone

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 10, 2012 on HBO
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Hannah's lack of income forces her to take a job at Cafe Grumpy and her mood is not improved by discovering a former classmate has achieved literary success. Meanwhile, Jessa's former boss confronts her and Shoshanna starts internet dating.

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  • Trouble in Paradise

    Hannah attends a party for one of her former classmates who now has a book published based on her boyfriend killing himself called "Leave Me Alone." Hannah is envious of her former classmate who is said to have no talent. She even runs into her old writing professor played by the Sopranos Christopher who invites her to do a reading at a club he goes to. Marnie continues obsessing over Charlie's new girlfriend Audrey and reaches a breaking point with Hannah's overbearing nature. Shoshanna has put her name up on an internet dating profile and flaunts it in front of Jessa who is confronted by the wife of her former boss who tried to hook with her in Bushwick an episode or two ago to no avail. She tells Jessa she pities her and that she is the poison to her own happiness and doesn't want anything she really aspires to because she's too busy convincing herself how wild and carefree she is. Hannah begins working at the cafe where Charlie's best friend in his band works and he gives Hannah some pointers on how to dress to work in a cruel way. But the meat of the episode really comes from the fight between Marnie and Hannah at the end of the episode where Marnie decides to move out since she can't take Hannah like this anymore. Their fight brought up the real issues that many of us viewers who care enough to notice like how Marnie is so fixated on having a nice boyfriend or how Hannah is so worried about looking stupid and wanting to seem fresh that she sabotages herself like at the reading where she wusses out and reads new material she wrote on the train rather than her essay about the hoarder she had prepared. But this is done in such a mature fashion is comes off as shocking that Marnie would be so extreme towards it all but you remember that it's a penultimate episode of a TV show, and Girls rarely feels like a TV show, that you hope that they can settle their differences by next week. Interested to see how this plays out.moreless
  • Acting!

    It took me a while to warm up to this show, but I really enjoyed the previous two episodes. In the last scene of this one, though, I witnessed the most stale and badly-acted on-screen fight. Lena Dunham had a smirk on her face we're used to seeing in gag reels of sit-coms just before the actor explodes into laughter. Their timing was horrible too, and that could've been dealt with in the editing room! In short, that scene needed several re-takes.moreless
Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli


Guest Star

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn

Katherine Lavoyt

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Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

Tally Schifrin

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Marnie: Your are so selfish, this is why you have no friends from pre-school.

      Hannah: I have a lot of friends from preschool, I'm just not speaking to them right now.

      Marnie: No you judge everyone, and yet you ask them not to judge you!

      Hannah: That is because no one could ever hate me as much as I hate myself, okay. So any mean thing someone's going to think of to say about me, I've already said to me about me, probably in the last half hour.

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