Kornhaber: When Hannah quit her brand-new job on tonight’s Girls, it was a sad moment—not for Hannah, but for viewers. Once again, it seemed, the show had introduced an interesting new situation (in this case, the GQ workplace) only to quickly end it on account of some main character’s stubbornness. (Previous examples include Donald Glover: Boyfriend and Jessa: Rehab Patient).
But wait! Seconds later, Hannah reconsiders. "I’m putting copper pipes on my house, I really can’t deal with this right now," replies Janice, the awesomely sphinx-like head of advertorial. "Wanna just email me and let me know if you still work here?"
This is a huge relief for a few reasons. One is that the GQ offices, with its pitch meetings and snack tables and rivalries, make for good TV. Anyone else crack up at “Neiman Marcus doesn’t sell a widow’s peak, but, worth considering”?
The other reason: By opting for new stability over her life’s status-quo chaos, Hannah might, maybe, be growing up.
What could growing up mean on Girls? “Free Snacks” centered around one answer: compromise. Hannah opts to stick with her “corporate advertising, working-for-the-man kind of writer” job, vowing to keep her artistic career going outside of the nine-to-five. Shoshanna wants to end her “wild months” of singledom so she summons a hot-but-idiotic undergrad to the library for negotiations about starting a relationship (“I’m down for whatever,” he shrugs). Marnie and Ray both find each other obnoxious, but maintain their “non-friendship” after a big fight because they have no one else to lunch with. Adam refuses to degrade himself by actually trying at auditions, until finally, he sullies his conscience and lands a gig.