Penultimate 'Girls' Season Ends With Fighting and Reuniting

Hannah and Jessa revisit their pasts while Marnie and Shoshanna strike up new partnerships.
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[Warning: The following story contains spoilers about Girls' fifth-season finale.]

Hannah (Lena Dunham) finally seems to be getting things together.

After breaking up with Fran (Jake Lacy) and talking extensively with someone from her past, by the beginning of season five's tenth and final episode, Hannah's running and preparing to participate in the Moth's open-mike competition, marking a return to storytelling since she left the Iowa Writers' Workshop in season four.

Hannah uses the evening's topic of jealousy to voice her feelings about Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Adam (Adam Driver), revealing to the audience and viewers that she's made her peace with their relationship.

"When I found out about my ex-boyfriend and my best friend, I was weirdly calm considering that fact, frozen even," Hannah says. "I tried to get myself really worked up and imagine all of this horrible stuff on a loop. I wasn't angry, I was sad. I was sad about what they thought they knew I was."

She says she had to fight not to let her emotions overwhelm her and lash out at them.

Meanwhile, Adam and Jessa have an epic, physically destructive fight that results in a broken door, toppled bookcases, shattered objects and more debris. The two share their divergent feelings about Hannah, with Jessa saying she truly considers her to be a lifelong friend even though they don't get along now and Adam complaining about her narcissistic behavior.

"Hannah is my dearest friend. She will always come first. We may not be talking right now, and I hope to God that that changes, so you saying she's not in our lives anymore doesn't work for me," Jessa says, adding that while people find her to be "hateable," she has principles, including not stealing people's boyfriends. "But you ruined that… We could die in the same bed and I would never forgive you."

Later Adam says, "I'm not going to let Hannah break us apart. … She's a lazy, entitled, myopic, manipulative narcissist, who knows a f— of a lot less than she thinks she does." He screams repeatedly about how she's a "bitch" and a "c—," adding "We're done with her."

Jessa: "We will never be done with her."

But as aggressive as Adam gets, Jessa throws it back and doesn't get scared.

Hannah later indicates in her Moth story that she was outside of the apartment and heard part of the fight, as she stopped by to drop off a fruit basket as a peace offering, giving her an end to her story.

"I knew I was free at least for tonight," she says.

Marnie (Allison Williams), still figuring out how to work with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) as her musical partner after the end of their romantic relationship, is spending time with Ray (Alex Karpovsky) again.

And Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), back from Japan, partners with Ray in a professional capacity, getting involved in his fight with the Helvetica coffee shop across the street.

As for Elijah (Andrew Rannells), he’s still reeling from his last interaction with Dill Harcourt (Corey Stoll) and his talk with Hannah's dad (Peter Scolari), seems to affect her father.

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