Girls recap: 'It's a Shame About Ray'

In tonight's episode, one couple's relationship comes to a bitter end as another reaches the next level

"Girls"
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The problem with watching a series about characters that don't have it together is that it can start to feel like the show doesn't have it together. And in that regard, Girls' second season has been less of an ongoing, serialized narrative and more a series of interlinked vignettes. That hasn't always been to the show's advantage; the season's first four episodes have burned through several major plot lines that had potential, including Hannah's brief fling with Sandy (Donald Glover) and her time spent sharing an apartment with Elijah (Andrew Rannells). Of course, Girls has shown that it's a series that you need to be patient with — it certainly took time for the introduction of season one's "Ewok in fucking capri pants," Booth Jonathan, to pay off the way it has over the past two episodes — but the show can feel frustratingly directionless at times.

Fortunately, the all-over-the-place nature of Girls can also result in an episode as unexpected and heartbreaking as tonight's "It's a Shame About Ray," which put three of the show's couples under the microscope: Marnie and Charlie, Jessa and Thomas-John, and Shoshanna and Ray.

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