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Subject:'GIRLS' BATHROOM SCENE
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Just finished GIRLS SEASON 6. Thought Episode 9's "group meeting" (or the last time we see Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshana together) was very powerful. Sharing this review from Vulture.com:

"So Hannah ends up knocking on Shoshanna’s door, and discovering that she’s drifted so far away from her friends that they’re all here celebrating Shoshanna’s engagement to a person Hannah didn’t even know existed. Hannah’s furious and hurt, and they all end up crammed into the bathroom for Marnie’s “group meeting,” a final conclave of the series’ four leads. It’s a perfect scene, not just for what it accomplishes, but for the way it’s done — they’re together in this minuscule space, and we wonder if maybe this will be a moment of reconciliation and forgiveness. It won’t. The cinematography communicates it even before the dialogue does: They hardly look at one another, and certainly never in an intimate, personal way. They’re all in this bathroom together, and yet each character occupies her own, separate visual box. (The exception is Hannah and Marnie, who share a wider shot together a few times, but who also almost never look at one another.) Still, it could be on its way to a happy, goopy reunion, but then Shoshanna comes along and blows the whole thing up.

Shoshanna, who’s been drifting further and further into the background of this series, ends up turning that narrative marginalization on its head. She is better without them. They are, she tells them, better without each other. None of them seems capable of interacting without making the entire relationship a self-centered, myopic nightmare. They have nothing in common. Shoshanna wasn’t marginalized or pushed into the background, she tells the other three women; she chose a happier, less narcissistic, less boring group of friends, and she recommends they all do the same. (She now has friends with “jobs and purses and nice personalities.”) Shoshanna is not wrong. She’s amazingly funny — the whole scene is, even while it’s also a little devastating — but she is certainly not wrong, and everyone else seems to realize it.

When they get back into the party, Hannah and Jessa do have a sweet reconciliation, and everyone manages to get along and have a good time. It’s not the sort of conversation where they now vow to be friends forever, though. It’s forgiveness; it is not swearing undying love. The bathroom scene gives us each of the women in her own box, separated from one another and unhappy. The closing dance montage plays the same visual trick. It’s a tiny apartment, and yet each of them is visually and narratively in her own space, apart from any of the other women. We get a few shots of Hannah and Jessa together, and a few brief glimpses of them dancing in each others’ frame, but they’re certainly not dancing with one another. At the end, this is not about four people dancing in the begrudging, synchronized choreography we saw them do at the end of season three’s “Beach House” episode. They dance by themselves."
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