“We were all just doing our best.”, “Our best was awful.”, “Worst best.” Here’s a collection of our favorite moments, best and worst, from HBO’s Girls. The series finale premieres this Sunday, April 16 at 10pm EST.
Season 1, Episode 3: “Dancing On My Own” scene between Hannah and Marnie
This is still our favorite moment on the show, because it shows the relationship between Hannah and Marnie. The root of their fights and resolutions is their genuine love for one another, and the comfortability established between the two over the years. It’s such a pure moment, and it’s the perfect bookend for the episode titled “All Adventurous Women Do.”
Season 2, Episode 3: Elijah and Hannah dance to “I Love It”
Season 3, Episode 7: The girls learn a choreographed dance at the beach house
Season 6, Episode 9: Hannah and Jessa reconcile/Dance montage
Season 2, Episode 10: Hannah calls Jessa’s voicemail during a mental breakdown
After Hannah’s OCD returns and series of anxiety induced issues arise, Hannah feels an immense amount of loneliness. In attempt to contact her friends, she reaches out to Jessa who left Hannah stranded after a trip to her family home. Hannah spills her guts in a hilarious, but tragic manner hoping to convince Jessa to come home and find some security from the people who she thinks should be there for her.
Season 6, Episode 8: Jessa’s heartbreaking bathroom scene
Adam left Jessa for pregnant Hannah and Jessa is reverting back to old behaviors. A foil to Jessa’s bathroom scene in season 1 episode 2, Jessa finds a stranger in the bar and seduces him into the bathroom. As things escalate, she realizes her mistake. Jessa’s face in this scene, as this stranger kisses her neck and after he leaves her alone, evolves from numb to devastated. Jemima Kirke’s acting makes this moment memorable and honestly difficult to watch. It truly shows the growth of her character.
Season 6, Episode 8: Hannah and Adam’s emotional diner scene
In the same episode, Hannah and Adam are seen shopping for baby supplies, walking around New York, enjoying each other’s company again. They end their day at a diner and, as they begin talking about the realities of moving in together and finding an apartment, both characters realize their partnership will never work. Hannah’s trembling lip and Adam’s red neck reveal their true emotions without ever saying a word. Their chemistry and the unspoken truth in this moment is outstanding.
Season 2, Episode 3: Hannah confronts Marnie about being a bad friend while high
Season 6, Episode 2: Hannah confronts Marnie on the kitchen floor
Marnie realizes that Desi is an actual drug addict and, in this horror movie of a Girls episode, Hannah tells Marnie that she has a problem.
Hannah: But seriously, Marnie, it can be pretty hard to have observations about other people when you’re only thinking about yourself. I would know. And I’m not judging you, okay? I promise. I’m done with that. I’m done judging, I’m done being superior, I’m done acting like I know anything at all. None of us know fucking anything!
Marnie: We don’t know shit, do we?
Season 5, Episode 6: Marnie and Charlie have fun at an Italian restaurant
After years of not seeing each other after Charlie abruptly left Marnie before season three, the two run into each other while Marnie is clearing her head around the city following an argument with Desi. Charlie looks starkly different than the last time we had seen him, and Marnie is hesitant at first when he suggests they catch up. Eventually the night takes them to a small, Italian restaurant where to two splurge on food, laughter, and each other’s company especially when they decide to get up and dance.
Season 4, Episode 5: Marnie confronts Hannah about Adam and Mimi-Rose
When Hannah returns from her short stint in Iowa, she discovers Adam has “replaced” her with a new girlfriend named Mimi-Rose. To her surprise, almost everyone she knows was aware of this pairing and failed to tell her while she was away. While obsessing over Mimi-Rose’s YouTube videos and refusing any attention from her friends, Marnie comes over and forces Hannah to face her. What feels like another moment where Marnie makes it about herself, she actually comes in and gives Hannah some tough love, but it’s still love. A beautiful moment occurs when Hannah says that she thought her and Adam could’ve been some great love story, and Marnie responds with “well maybe we are” referring to their friendship. It’s a key moment that takes the audience back to the first season when their friendship was at it’s strongest.
Moments of Hope/Happiness
Season 5, Episode 10: Hannah at The Moth
Season 5, Episode 3: Shoshanna meets up with Yoshi after losing her job in Japan
Shoshanna suddenly loses her job in Japan and calls her boyfriend Scott to break the news. In a supportive but rushed approach, Scott suggests Shoshanna come home as soon as she can. She agrees but there’s unhappiness and resistance in her voice. Immediately after agreeing with Scott and hanging up the phone, she reaches out to her co-worker Yoshi who has shown an interest in her. She meets up with Yoshi at a live, Japanese punk rock show and instantly starts having the time of her life. The scene follows her throughout the night where she’s wearing the largest smile we’ve ever seen on her. She’s having fun, but the best part is that Shoshanna is free, if only for this one moment.