Every now and then on ‘Girls,’ Hannah leaves her girlfriends and her search for success and rent behind, and we see deeper aspects of her character – revelations for both Hannah and for us. Last season it was a road trip to her parents and the hometown she has outgrown. This season it arrives with the next episode, called “One Man’s Trash,” as she steps into an upscale Brooklyn brownstone at the off-handed invitation of a neighbor, played by Patrick Wilson.
The episode is pure Hannah, in all her audacity; pure Lena Dunham in her fearless assumption that Hannah is sexually desirable by every buff and handsome man she meets; and unexpected in its emotional swerves.
Dunham wrote the episode, in addition to playing Hannah, but did not direct this one. Richard Shepard’s direction is smoother and prettier than Dunham’s, which doesn’t suit the usual tone of the series, but then that seems to have been the idea as Hannah enters a slightly unreal world of sunlight streaming through gauzy, expensive curtains. It’s not a place where you want the series to live, but Dunham is shrewd to take the character out of her comfort zone by plopping her down in a much more comfy atmosphere, at least for an episode.
Here’s a teaser, which truly teases by leaving her at the door.