HBO ‘Girls’ Season 4 Episode Four 'Cubbies' Recap & SPOILERS: The 5 Best Moments From This Week's Shocking Show [PHOTOS]

By Jaymz Clements (jaymz.clements@mstarsnews.com) | Feb 08, 2015 09:30 PM EST
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Welcome to our recap of HBO's Girls Season 4 Episode 4 "Cubbies": there was drama aplenty, a lot of yelling, plenty of emotion and a shocking surprise guest. With Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Elijah (Andrew Rannells) settling into their new life in Iowa, we rejoined Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and her job hunt, hung out with Jessa (Jemima Kirke), watched Ray (Alex Karpovsky) lose it, while Marnie (Allison Williams) and Desi's (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) relationship hit a brave new high. So, without further ado, here are the best five moments from a memorable, shocking episode.  

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Shoshanna: "I just don't understand why nobody tells you how bad it's going to be in the real world." 

Marnie: "Yeah they do; it's pretty much all they ever tell you."

Shoshanna: "I just don't understand: What makes these people qualified to judge me?

Marnie: "Well, they have the jobs. That's what makes them qualified."

We open up with Shoshanna being knocked back from a job with 'McKenzie' (an obvious reference to management consultancy firm McKinsey) and given an honest appraisal of her flaws. It's pointed out that her personality won't lend itself to working in a group environment, and, for anyone who's watched more than 10 minutes of Shoshanna, that rings heartily true.

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She's consoled (kind of) by Jessa and Marnie, and her interaction with Marnie sums up Shoshanna's problems: she's too self-centered to realize that yeah, life is hard. Before Shosh appeared, Jessa and Marnie were busy trying to judge whether Marnie and Desi's new song is any good... and as with all of their music, it's not. Jessa isn't afraid to dismiss it, and while Shoshanna points out that it's "a billion dollar song," but she'll only like it after it's been played on the radio 800 times... Marnie yearns for 'fellow creative' Hannah, as she misses "meaningful feedback."

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Ray: "Everybody shut the fuck up"

Ray's "little chat in the dark corner of the American experiment," involves him standing in the street, banging on cars and yelling at their honking occupants in effort to get them to quite their incessant racket... all because of a traffic problem caused in front of his house by an errant traffic light. ("Inexplicably it's green for about four seconds, then indeterminately red," he complains to the unhelpful authorities).   

But during his increasingly heated and yell-y confrontation with the noise polluting automobiles and their uncaring, frustrated drivers, Shoshanna arrives and takes Ray shopping - steering him away from buying his "six pack of cotton boxers" from Forest Hills, which, as Shosh says, is "literally the saddest thing I've ever heard." 

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As he spends $70 on a t-shirt ("Are you fucking kidding me? $70 for a fucking t-shirt?" he complains), Shoshanna explains that Ray dressing like a loser his entire life is at an end, but also later apologizes for being the cause of their relationship breakdown.

But as they get back to Ray's house -- where the cars are still honking -- Ray takes stock of the situation and says "I feel like my path towards a breakdown is lubricated by every single honk. I don't know where all this anger comes from."

"It's like your essential nature," says Shoshanna, and urges him to do something about it. Look forward to Ray Ploshansky, community activist in further episodes. 


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Chandra: So you're saying it's our fault you can't write? 

Hannah: I don't like to use words like 'fault'... but yes. 

Hannah, meanwhile, is having a hard time of it in Iowa. She can't write, and she's even annoying Elijah with her idleness... and she decides to write a letter to her fellow writer workshop classmates and leave it in their cubbies.

Suffice to say, the 'apology' doesn't go over well. Cubbies, after all, are for "sharing art, not spewing hate," explains Chandra (Desiree Akhavan).  "It wasn't a hate letter, it was a heartfelt apology!" replies our narcissistic hero.  

"What about it was an apology?" asked Chandra. 

Hannah replies, through clenched teeth "I said 'I'm sorry' in it. A bunch." Nobody's buying it, however. 

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For the rest of the episode -- and so far all of this season -- Hannah is clearly struggling to be creative and trying to figure out if she even wants to be a writer, and dealing with her classmates, she says, is "like a minefield, where everything I do can and will be misconstrued." The problem is that Hannah is so self-centered that her judging others and 'apologizing' to them is a way of shifting blame for her failures from herself and onto them. 

A chat with her teacher and father reveals that perhaps she's not cut out for writing or Iowa, especially after she learns that her mom tried to write a book, but gave up because it made her miserable. 

As Hannah says after dinner with her visiting father, "I don't want to go back in there and back to my life." So... she doesn't. 


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Desi: "No, I definitely dumped her. Can we not use that word? It's so violent, you know?" 

After visiting Desi and Marnie's relationship just as it appears to be falling apart while working on their terrible music, at the end of the episode Marnie is woken by a distraught Desi. IT turns out he's just dumped his girlfriend Clementine so he can be with Marnie. 

Or is that really the case? It turns out Clementine may have already been cheating on Desi... and "maybe you dumped her preemptively because you knew she was going to dump you," posits Marnie. 

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Either way, Desi then goes down on Marnie, so it's all good. 


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Mimi Rose: "I'm Mimi Rose, can I help you with something?" 

Yep. Hannah left Iowa and got back to NYC. Only to be confronted at her apartment by Mimi Rose (Gillian Jacobs, Britta from Community). Who isn't Adam's new housemate.   

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Ooops. 

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Ouch. 

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Um. 

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Yep. 

The next episode of Girls airs on HBO, Sunday Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. 

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