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Girls Episode 1 Recap: Brooklyn House Party Style

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Last night HBO premiered season 2 of Girls—right around the same time the show was raking in awards at the Golden Globes. And, this may be a bit premature a pronouncement, but it sure seems like we're in for another entertaining season with Hannah and her ladies.

Long story short: Hannah is dating someone new—and he's black, which is probably in direct response to criticism that Girls is unrealistically white. Meanwhile, she's helping care for and simultaneously attempting to break it off with Adam—who's still laid up after being hit by a car. Marnie lost her job at the gallery; Shoshana is adamantly moving on post-Ray; Elijah has moved in with Hannah and they are having so much big gay fun; and Jessa and her gross new husband slide through just to inform us of their tropical honeymoon.

Now: On to the important stuff—the Racked Style Recap and all our favorite quotes.

Shosh—in her relaxed, post-collegiate best—is cleansing her space and her spirit; and thankful for a "keen mathematical mind and fairly fast growing hair."

Hi, I'm your boss (and I actually dress like an art person) and I just fired you over my other assistant because, well, I slept with him. Now, "let's go in here, they have pants made of SCUBA material and I want you to tell me if they look crazy."

Hannah wants out (and looks terrible in short cut-offs). Meanwhile, Adam declares: "You're my main hang."

Marnie's mom is amazing. After telling Marnie "you look 30," (she is wearing another boring dress) and cycling through her own recent weight loss and mid-life crisis dating, she declares: "Sometimes all you need is a pair of rough hands on your body."

The bulk of the episode centers around Hannah and Elijah's housewarming party. The two are loving living together and declare "best roommate ever" basically constantly. As they decorate they speak of future themed parties. Hannah wants a fondue night; a Japanese snack party. Elijah responds: "All your nights can't be food nights." Next, going over the guest list, Elijah notes, "I want my friends to see that I have, like, a handsome rich boyfriend!" Finally, Shosh enters and in a flit of text-talk and abbreviations declares that the apartment looks amazing and: "I am ready to take this party by storm!"

More importantly, what are they wearing? Hannah looks ridiculous in her thrift store frock (more on that shortly); Elijah is dressed like an assistant manager at a suburban Banana Republic circa 2004; Shosh is dressed like Lisa Loeb but with a Gossip Girl headband instead of a pair of cats eyes. Shoshana wins; but the styling still needs help.

That's Charlie's new girlfriend. She is a major bitch but she looks like she actually lives in Greenpoint—so points for her. Bursting out of the bathroom: "You think there's any pot at this party?" Meanwhile, Elijah's wasted boyfriend declares all the other guests "so fucking boring!" before screaming: "What are you looking at fake lumberjack guy?" Hilarious, except, where is fake lumberjack guy? That's accurate styling—not this mock-neck they put Charlie in.

Mid-party Hannah is compelled to make a dress switch, so she goes from the retro-pilgrim to showing a lot of shoulder before a Marnie one-on-one. Why? The other dress "makes me feel like a stupid sailor nun."

Shosh can't find her bag; but "it's pretty shiny so I'll probably find it soon." She's acting cool and calm with Ray "because I have my big girl pants on." Until he devalues her emoticons: "What is wrong with Emojis?!"

After karaoke-singing "Building a Mystery" (amazing), Marnie and Elijah get a little handsy. He's occasionally sexually confused ("I see Lisa Rinna or Allison Janney I still get erection.") Marnie's retort: "Hannah would be so angry if you were bi."

Episode takeaway: Marnie's mom wins; with an honorable mention to Cynthia Rowley for those SCUBA pants.
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