List of Girls episodes
Girls is an American comedy-drama television series created by Lena Dunham, who serves as executive producer along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. The series premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Girls stars Dunham as Hannah Horvath, an aspiring writer in her 20s trying to navigate her personal and professional life in New York City after her parents discontinue their financial support. Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, and Alex Karpovsky co-star as Hannah's circle of friends, who are also trying to figure out their own lives and relationships. During the course of the series, 62 episodes of Girls aired over six seasons.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||April 15, 2012||June 17, 2012|
|2||10||January 13, 2013||March 17, 2013|
|3||12||January 12, 2014||March 23, 2014|
|4||10||January 11, 2015||March 22, 2015|
|5||10||February 21, 2016||April 17, 2016|
|6||10||February 12, 2017||April 16, 2017|
Season 1 (2012)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"Pilot"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||April 15, 2012||0.872|
|Hannah's parents cut her off financially and she loses her internship when she tries to convert it into a paying job. Meanwhile, Jessa returns to town and moves in with her naive cousin, Shoshanna. Also, Hannah's roommate, Marnie, expresses dissatisfaction with her relationship to her boyfriend Charlie. Hannah and Marnie throw Jessa a welcome-back dinner party in their apartment that ends with Hannah drinking opium tea and showing up at her parents' hotel room high. After Jessa misses her own party, Marnie confronts her over her careless ways, and Jessa reveals that she is pregnant.|
|2||2||"Vagina Panic"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||April 22, 2012||0.858|
|Jessa schedules an abortion. Marnie and Shoshanna agree to attend as moral support, whilst Hannah decides to get tested for STDs after she discovers that her friend-with-benefits, Adam, is having unprotected sex with other girls. Jessa fails to show up, and realises her pregnancy was a false alarm when she gets her period while hooking up with a stranger at a bar. Shoshanna admits to Marnie that she is still a virgin.|
|3||3||"All Adventurous Women Do"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||April 29, 2012||0.816|
|Hannah learns she has contracted HPV, but Adam protests the idea that he gave it to her, claiming to have been tested recently. While watching a TV show about someone's "biggest baggage", Shoshanna reveals to Hannah that she is still a virgin. Hannah tells her not to worry and tells her about her HPV diagnosis. Shoshanna tells Hannah that Jessa also contracted HPV by knowingly sleeping with a man who has it, reasoning that "All adventurous women do". Later on, Hannah meets up with her ex-boyfriend Elijah (Andrew Rannells) for drinks and finds out that he has come out of the closet. They get into an argument over Elijah's sexuality and Hannah's accusation that he gave her HPV. Meanwhile, Jessa begins her new job as a babysitter and makes a connection with the children's father Jeff (James Le Gros). Also, Marnie starts to fall for Booth Jonathan, an artist (Jorma Taccone). Hannah ruminates on recent events on Twitter, but decides she can accept having HPV.|
|4||4||"Hannah's Diary"||Richard Shepard||Lena Dunham||May 6, 2012||0.743|
|Hannah starts her new job as a secretary at a law firm, but she soon finds herself the target of sexual harassment by her leering boss Rich (Richard Masur). The other women in the office counsel Hannah to simply put up with it, finding Rich ultimately well-meaning and will eventually stop. When Hannah's friends learn that Adam sent her a photo of his penis and then a text claiming "SRY that wasn't for you", they suggest she dump him immediately. Meanwhile, Shoshanna makes out with Matt (Skylar Astin), whom she knew from summer camp, but he refuses to have sex with her after she confesses she's a virgin. Jessa briefly loses the two children she babysits, but Jeff is forgiving. Whilst at Marnie and Hannah's apartment, Charlie and his bandmate Ray (Alex Karpovsky) discover the episode's eponymous diary. They publicize Hannah's opinions about Marnie and Charlie's relationship as song lyrics, sundering the happy couple and causing an argument between Marnie and Hannah.|
|5||5||"Hard Being Easy"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham||May 13, 2012||0.830|
|Marnie visits Charlie's apartment to beg his forgiveness, and eventually they reconcile; however, mid-coitus Marnie realizes that she's done with the relationship. Meanwhile, Hannah decides to file a sexual harassment suit against Rich after he brushes off her demands to stop touching her. But when Hannah decides to go further and tries to seduce Rich to make her case against him stronger, she fails and as a result quits her job. Also, Adam is very cool toward Hannah and doesn't seem interested in their relationship. Elsewhere, Jessa has a fling with a former boyfriend whom she brings to her apartment and they have quick sex, and she then dumps him just to make him see how she felt when he rejected her after sex.|
|6||6||"The Return"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham & Judd Apatow||May 20, 2012||0.678|
|Hannah returns to Michigan for her parents' 30th anniversary. Over the course of the weekend she has a fling with a friend from high school, and begins to doubt the wisdom of her decision to move to New York and pursue a writing career. Hannah's parents are willing to resume giving her financial assistance, but Hannah says that won't be necessary. In a late-night phone call, Adam makes it clear that he still cares for Hannah.|
|7||7||"Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident"||Jody Lee Lipes||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||May 27, 2012||0.868|
|The four girls, Charlie, Ray's band and Adam all attend a warehouse party in Brooklyn. Hannah meets one of Adam's friends and learns that he is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Marnie and Charlie attempt to converse for the first time since breaking up two weeks ago, but are derailed when Charlie's new girlfriend Audrey arrives. Shoshanna accidentally smokes crack cocaine, and Ray is assigned to keep an eye on her, leading to a foot chase through the deserted streets. Jessa sends a taunting text to an anonymous number, only to discover it is her employer, Jeff, and that she has inadvertently invited him to the party. She gets him into a physical altercation, and then turns him down when he makes a pass at her. Hannah and Adam close the episode by having an argument about the fact that Adam has never talked about his own life and history... because Hannah is too self-absorbed to ask him. She rectifies this, and they begin formally dating.|
|8||8||"Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too"||Jody Lee Lipes||Lena Dunham & Dan Sterling||June 3, 2012||1.09|
|While Hannah delves deeper into Adam's life and tries changing her life by jogging with him and eating healthy foods, an unemployed Jessa and a down-and-out Marnie end up forming an unexpected bond by going out for drinks at a local bar where they have a run-in with an eligible bachelor, named Thomas-John (Chris O'Dowd), a wealthy financier who is pretending to be something he is not.|
|9||9||"Leave Me Alone"||Richard Shepard||Lena Dunham & Bruce Eric Kaplan||June 10, 2012||0.866|
|Hannah attends a book-signing event for a new memoir, "Leave Me Alone", written by college classmate Tally Schifrin (Jenny Slate). Her former professor Powell Goldman (Michael Imperioli) encourages her to attend a writing circle and read one of her pieces aloud, but at the last minute she changes her mind on what to read, bringing out an unpolished new work that is poorly received. She is also forced to take a job at the coffee shop where Ray works, to Marnie's relief. It turns out that Marnie has been covering Hannah's bills since the beginning of the series. Meanwhile, Jeff's wife Katherine (Kathryn Hahn) visits Jessa and asks her to return to work, but the two ultimately realize it would be a poor idea. Hannah and Marnie get into an argument about Hannah's self-centeredness, and Marnie decides to move out.|
|10||10||"She Did"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||June 17, 2012||1.00|
|After Marnie moves out, Adam offers to move in. Jessa invites her friends to a mystery party, which turns out to be her wedding to Thomas-John. Marnie decides to embrace her free-spirited nature and impulsively hooks up with the best man, Thadd (Bobby Moynihan), to the dismay of Charlie. Ray approaches Shoshanna for the first time since "The Crackcident" and admits that he is attracted to her; they go home together and Shoshanna finally loses her virginity. Hannah chats with Elijah and his boyfriend, and they decide to move in together. To her surprise, Adam is offended by this: he offered to move in because he loves her. The two get into a terrible fight, which ends when Adam is hit by a car outside. Hannah, now single, takes the subway home but falls asleep; she wakes up in the morning in Coney Island with her purse stolen. The season ends as she sits alone on the beach, eating the piece of wedding cake she saved for Adam.|
Season 2 (2013)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|11||1||"It's About Time"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||January 13, 2013||0.866|
|Several weeks after the events of the previous season's finale, Hannah is taking care of a broken-legged Adam while having a casual relationship with another guy, an African-American college lawyer named Sandy. Meanwhile, Marnie is "downsized", leaving her jobless, while her overbearing mother doesn't do much to cheer her up. New roommates, Hannah and Elijah, throw a party in which Shoshanna and Ray reignite their former fling, and Elijah argues with his boyfriend, George, and starts to have sex with Marnie. Also, Jessa returns from her honeymoon with her new husband Thomas-John.|
|12||2||"I Get Ideas"||Lena Dunham||Jenni Konner||January 20, 2013||0.572|
|Elijah and his boyfriend, George, argue over the indiscretions that took place at the party. After a bad job interview at another art gallery, Marnie rethinks her career options. Meanwhile, Jessa and Thomas-John are happily settled into married life, causing Hannah to question her own relationship. Elsewhere, Adam goes to worrying lengths to win Hannah back, and she goes to great lengths to keep him away by having him arrested.|
|13||3||"Bad Friend"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham & Sarah Heyward||January 27, 2013||0.759|
|Hannah is hired to do freelance work at an e-Internet company for $200 an article. For her first project, she procures cocaine from Laird, the ex-junkie who lives on the ground floor in her building, and takes it with Elijah which they go out on an irresponsible excursion. Meanwhile, Marnie goes to have sex with Booth Jonathan, the conceptual artist, that she meets at her new hostess job. While at a nightclub, the strung-out Elijah tells Hannah that he had sex with Marnie. She gets angry and, after finding Laird following them, goes to Booth's house. She confronts both Marnie and Elijah, and, after fighting with Marnie, tells Elijah that she is kicking him out. She then goes back to her apartment building, and has sex with Laird for her article.|
|14||4||"It's a Shame About Ray"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham||February 2, 2013||0.516|
|Hannah hosts a dinner party at her apartment to celebrate the publishing of her online article. But the party does not go well when Audrey, Charlie's new girlfriend, lets Marnie know how she feels. Charlie makes a move on Marnie in private. Shoshanna finds out that Ray is living with her because he is currently homeless. Afterwards, Ray tells Shoshanna he loves her. Meanwhile, Jessa meets Thomas John’s parents during a dinner outing, but her in-your-face attitude and truthful candor rubs the conservative couple the wrong way. Afterwords, Jessa and Thomas John get into a big argument over it, which results in their breakup.|
|15||5||"One Man's Trash"||Richard Shepard||Lena Dunham||February 10, 2013||0.746|
|Hannah thinks she invents the word "sexit" only to be caught in the middle of an argument between Ray and a neighbor, named Joshua (guest star Patrick Wilson). Hannah has taken pleasure in dumping the shop's trash in Joshua's trash cans. She goes to Joshua's fancy brownstone row house to confess but ends up having an affair with him which lasts the whole weekend. In the end, Hannah realizes just how really narcissistic and self-loathing that she really is and that she actually wants to be happy in life and she wants to stop living out experiences for other people.|
|16||6||"Boys"||Claudia Weill||Murray Miller||February 17, 2013||0.686|
|After getting a deal for an e-book, Hannah has difficulty coming up with any new material when she learns that there is a one-month deadline. Meanwhile, Ray accompanies Adam to Staten Island to help him return a dog he stole and the two get into an argument about Hannah and Shoshanna. Back in Brooklyn, Marnie helps Booth Jonathan with an event after his assistant quits, but realizes that he does not believe they are dating. Hannah attends the party in hopes of getting over her writer's block, but ends up feeling out of place amongst Marnie's new friends. They call each other at the end of the night, but act as if everything is fine for both of them. Ray makes a failed attempt to return the dog and cries.|
|17||7||"Video Games"||Richard Shepard||Bruce Eric Kaplan||February 24, 2013||0.484|
|Hannah accompanies Jessa to visit her estranged father, Salvatore (guest star Ben Mendelsohn), who lives in a small town in upstate New York along with his new hippy wife Petula (guest star Rosanna Arquette). During an evening excursion, Hannah has sex with Jessa's insecure 19-year-old step-brother, Frank. Jessa doesn't receive the warm welcome that she had hoped for from her father and subsequently abandons Hannah after learning about her tryst with her step-brother. Hannah is forced to return to New York alone while she deals with her continuing HPV and UTI.|
|18||8||"It's Back"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham & Steve Rubinshteyn & Deborah Schoeneman||March 3, 2013||0.673|
|Hannah hides her anxiety from her visiting parents, repeatedly doing things eight times as a symptom. Meanwhile, Marnie is given the news that her ex-boyfriend, Charlie, has succeeded with an app inspired by their breakup, this leads to her decision to follow her true passion for singing. Also, Shoshanna sleeps with another man, the doorman of an apartment building that she attempts to attend a party, which leads her to reconsider her relationship with Ray. Elsewhere, Adam begins seeing a girl named Natalia, who is the daughter of a woman in Adam's AA meetings. Hannah's parents force therapy on her as a result of her sudden Obsessive-compulsive disorder relapse, which is revealed to have started in high school.|
|19||9||"On All Fours"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||March 10, 2013||0.677|
|Hannah's publisher, David, puts major pressure on her to speed up the deadline for her book, causing her relapsed OCD to spiral out of control. Hannah sticks a Q-tip too far down her ear and has to go to the hospital. Meanwhile, Natalia is upset when Adam becomes forceful and degrading in bed as he struggles to control his dark urges that he was so used to display in front of Hannah. Also, Marnie makes a small start for her passion to sing by attending an office party that Charlie throws to celebrate his latest app success. Marnie and Charlie have sex. Also, Shoshanna and Ray rekindle.|
|20||10||"Together"||Lena Dunham||Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham||March 17, 2013||0.632|
|Shoshanna and Ray's relationship quickly deteriorates, while Marnie and Charlie reunite following a heated brunch. Hannah faces a lawsuit if she does not finish her book and leaves Jessa an angry message. She and Adam reconnect after Adam and Natalia break up.|
Season 3 (2014)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|21||1||"Females Only"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||January 12, 2014||1.11|
|A few months after the events of the last season, Hannah has been able to combat her OCD with zoloft and she attempts to ease Adam into her social circle as he moves into her apartment to look after her, while Ray moves into Adam's apartment. Marnie is living with her divorced mother as she recovers from a second breakup with Charlie. Shoshanna establishes her priorities for studying to graduate from college after her splitup with Ray. Meanwhile, Jessa's divorce from Thomas John has been finalized and she is secretly in rehab, but finds herself an unpopular fixture due to her careless attitude with the other patients.|
|22||2||"Truth or Dare"||Lena Dunham||Jenni Konner||January 12, 2014||0.881|
|Hannah, Adam and Shoshanna take a road trip to pick up Jessa from rehab while discussing their various conflicts in life to compare with Jessa who is spending time with a fellow alcoholic, named Jasper (Richard E. Grant) while waiting for her friends to pick her up. Back in New York, Marnie moves out of her mother's house and into her new apartment.|
|23||3||"She Said OK"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||January 19, 2014||0.799|
|Adam's mentally unstable sister, Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann), visits her brother and Hannah after losing her job. Dismissing advice from Adam about his sister's mental state, Hannah invites Caroline to her 25th birthday party that Hannah's parents throw for her. Meanwhile, Marnie deals with a humiliating music video that she and Charlie made before their breakup. Also, Ray cuts off ties to Shoshanna altogether, and he later gets into a brawl at the party with Hannah's flamboyant editor, David (John Cameron Mitchell), over the party's music and his drunk behavior.|
|24||4||"Dead Inside"||Jesse Peretz||Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham||January 26, 2014||0.655|
|When Hannah's editor, David, is found dead, Adam finds her to be insensitive when she appears to be more concerned about the fate of her eBook. On Shoshanna's advice, Jessa tries to visit the grave of her late friend, only to learn that her friend is still alive. After catching Ray and his boss, Hermie (Colin Quinn), streaming her music video during a shift at the new Grumpy's coffeehouse, Marnie has a mental breakdown and quits.|
|25||5||"Only Child"||Tricia Brock||Murray Miller||February 1, 2014||0.278|
|Hannah attends David's funeral and learns from his wife that her eBook deal is dead, and worse still, cannot access her ebook from David's company for three years. Meanwhile, Jessa goes looking for work, while Marnie goes to Ray looking for advice over Charlie, which results in a brief lovemaking session. Elsewhere, Caroline and Adam angrily air out their frustrations with each other. Later, due to the mounting tension, Hannah kicks Caroline out of the apartment after finally seeing just how deranged and irresponsible Caroline really is.|
|26||6||"Free Snacks"||Jamie Babbit||Paul Simms||February 9, 2014||0.833|
|Hannah begins working at GQ, though she soon realizes the job is not quite what she had hoped for. After their previous encounter, Marnie and Ray begin to spend more time together. Meanwhile, Shoshanna decides that she wants to change her ways and commit to a serious relationship. Deciding to pursue an acting career, Adam attends auditions for a role on a Broadway show and gets a callback.|
|27||7||"Beach House"||Jesse Peretz||Jenni Konner & Lena Dunham & Judd Apatow||February 16, 2014||0.942|
|Marnie invites the girls to spend the weekend at her mother's friend's beach house on Long Island, but her perfectionism quickly becomes stifling when Hannah runs into Elijah and his gay friends and invites them over. Before the night is out, Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna argue over each other's shortcomings and personal faults (Hannah's narcissism and feelings of entitlement; Marnie's perfectionism and feelings of honesty; Jessa's brashness and drug addiction; and Shoshanna's lack of career moves and feelings of being left out), but they all silently reconcile the next morning prior to leaving.|
|28||8||"Incidentals"||Richard Shepard||Lena Dunham & Sarah Heyward||February 23, 2014||0.916|
|Adam's Broadway callback for Major Barbara is successful, but Hannah worries that he will put his acting career before their relationship after she interviews a plainspoken Patti LuPone. Meanwhile, Marnie meets an old friend, named Soo Jin, who is planning to open her own art gallery and Marnie offers to help her. Later, Marnie suffers another emotional blow when Ray calls it quits, although hope materializes in the form of Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Adam's newest acquaintance and Broadway co-star, who expresses an interest in her singing. Bored with her job at the children's boutique, Jessa quits her job and relapses into alcohol after Jasper from rehab tracks her down.|
|29||9||"Flo"||Richard Shepard||Bruce Eric Kaplan||March 2, 2014||0.801|
|Hannah learns that her maternal grandmother Flo (June Squibb) is dying of pneumonia back in Michigan. While comforting her mother and her two aunts, she witnesses them squabble over petty matters. Hannah also unsuccessfully tries to bond with her uptight and conservative cousin, med school student Rebecca (Sarah Steele), and is forced to contemplate her future with Adam when her mother asks her to tell Flo that she is engaged to be married. At the end, although Flo recovers from the pneumonia, she dies of a heart attack as soon as Hannah returns to New York.|
|30||10||"Role-Play"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham & Judd Apatow||March 9, 2014||1.04|
|Fearing that Adam's work in the play is making him too distant, Hannah tries to reinvigorate their quirky sex life through an elaborate role-playing scenario in which she lures him to a bar and poses as a disgruntled hedge fund manager's wife. Her plan falls apart when Adam announces that he's temporarily moving in with Ray in order to focus on his rehearsals. Meanwhile, Shoshanna reunites Jasper with his estranged daughter, Dottie (Felicity Jones), who convinces him to leave Jessa so that she can take care of him.|
|31||11||"I Saw You"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham & Paul Simms||March 16, 2014||0.719|
|After another enlightening interview with Patti LuPone, Hannah realizes that she is squandering her creative talents and decides to get herself fired from GQ. While Marnie assists her friend Soo Jin's gallery opening, Jessa stops by and quickly charms the artist being featured, Bedelia (guest star Louise Lasser), who, in turn, offers Jessa an archiving job. Later, Marnie and Desi perform a successful duet at an open mic concert, but when Marnie realizes that Desi is genuinely in love with his girlfriend Clementine (Natalie Morales), she returns to the bed of a relenting Ray... and Hannah catches them in the act.|
|32||12||"Two Plane Rides"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||March 23, 2014||0.670|
|In the Season Three finale, Hannah learns that Adam's estranged and deranged sister, Caroline, has been living with Laird in the ground floor apartment this whole time and that they are expecting a baby together. Afterwards, she receives an acceptance letter from the University of Iowa for their prestigious writers' workshop and is encouraged by her parents to jump at the opportunity. Though she never fully confirms that she will go, the episode ends with her clutching the letter and smiling to herself. Meanwhile, Shoshanna's academic life and nerves crumble when she learns that she cannot graduate. After Marnie tells her that she slept with Ray, she begs Ray to take her back, but he rejects her. At the opening night of Major Barbara, Desi kisses Marnie after she gives him a James Taylor guitar pick, but the afterglow is diminished once Marnie realizes that she has caused a rift in his relationship with Clementine. Despite positive reviews, Adam feels he blew his performance and lashes out at Hannah for psyching him out with her news about Iowa. Finally, Bedelia asks Jessa to assist her in committing suicide. While a reluctant Jessa ultimately agrees, Bedelia balks and changes her mind after ingesting the drug.|
Season 4 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|33||1||"Iowa"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham & Judd Apatow||January 11, 2015||0.680|
|Hannah dines with her parents and Adam one last time before packing for Iowa. Meanwhile, Shoshanna finally graduates from college after attending summer classes, but becomes annoyed by her overbearing parents' constant bickering. Also, Jessa argues with Beedie's angry daughter over her caretaking. Elsewhere, Marnie and Desi play a tough jazz-brunch gig while continuing their secret romantic tryst.|
|34||2||"Triggering"||Lena Dunham||Jenni Konner & Lena Dunham||January 18, 2015||0.797|
|Hannah arrives in Iowa, initially enchanted by how much easier life outside of New York City seems to be. The charm of it all begins to wear off after one of Hannah's stories ends up provoking a strongly negative reaction from her classmates in the writer's workshop. Later, Elijah shows up for a visit and he and Hannah end up crashing an undergrad frat party.|
|35||3||"Female Author"||Jesse Peretz||Sarah Heyward||January 25, 2015||0.721|
|While Elijah fits easily into Iowa's social scene, Hannah struggles with how to occupy her time with only one class per week. The two end up heading to a poet party where Hannah expresses her ambivalence about being a writer and ends up insulting each of her classmates out of frustration with them. Back in New York, Shoshanna has a successful job interview but ends up sabotaging it at the last minute. Ray warns Marnie about Desi's intentions before their meeting with a record label. Elsewhere, Jessa pulls Adam into her chaotic and self-destructive life which leads to the two of them getting arrested and Ray bailing them out.|
|36||4||"Cubbies"||Jesse Peretz||Bruce Eric Kaplan||February 8, 2015||0.406|
|Shoshanna has another job interview that goes rather poorly and she ends up spending the next day shopping with Ray. Tensions between Marnie and Desi reach a breaking point. After lashing out at her classmates at the poet party, Hannah puts a non-apology apology letter in all of their cubbies and is confronted by them. Later, Hannah has dinner with her father and confesses that she doesn't really want to stay in the program. He tells her that the choice is up to her and the next morning she heads back to New York. When she gets back to her apartment she is greeted by a woman named Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs) and finds most of her furniture missing. She asks Adam if Mimi-Rose is his roommate, but she quickly realizes that she is actually his girlfriend.|
|37||5||"Sit-In"||Richard Shepard||Paul Simms & Max Brockman||February 15, 2015||0.385|
|Hannah confronts Adam about Mimi-Rose and, feeling lost, locks herself in his bedroom refusing to leave. Adam and Mimi-Rose stay at Laird's apartment during Hannah's sit-in where she is visited by her friends. Shoshanna now hates Adam, Marnie is consumed with her new relationship with Desi and is mostly unreachable, Ray is concerned with his own turmoil regarding a new traffic light outside of his apartment, and Laird and Caroline are obsessive new soon-to-be parents. Jessa tells Hannah, apathetically, that she introduced Adam and Mimi-Rose stating that Adam is much happier and more open in NA now. Hannah finally speaks to Adam prior to leaving during which Adam confesses that he was relieved when Hannah left for Iowa and he may be in love with Mimi-Rose. Hannah leaves to the storage space Adam has rented for her and spends the night on her couch there.|
|38||6||"Close-Up"||Richard Shepard||Murray Miller||February 22, 2015||0.477|
|Shoshanna has another poor job interview at an instant soup manufacturer but accepts the invitation for a date with the interviewer, Scott (Jason Ritter). Meanwhile, Ray approaches the city council to bring an official complaint about the new traffic light on his street corner which is causing noise caused by constant traffic congestion at all hours of the day and night. Marnie's affections for Desi begin to fade after they get into an argument over a song she wrote and its place in their showcase. Elsewhere, Adam is now living with Mimi-Rose at her loft who tells him, coldly, that she aborted a pregnancy a week ago that he did not know about. Adam is furious and packs up all of his belongings to move out, but ultimately stays. Also, Elijah is now living with Hannah who has decided she wants to begin a teaching career.|
|39||7||"Ask Me My Name"||Tricia Brock||Murray Miller & Jason Kim||March 1, 2015||0.639|
|Hannah is a week into her new job as a substitute English-reading teacher and finds herself doing quite well. She goes out for a date with another teacher named Fran (Jake Lacy) and after an enjoyable dinner invites him to go to one of Mimi-Rose's art shows. Adam angrily asks her why she's there and she admits that she doesn't know. Fran leaves and Mimi-Rose introduces Hannah to her ex-partner Ace (Zachary Quinto). She invites Hannah to the after party and asks Hannah to share a cab with her. The cab driver ends up accidentally hitting an old woman and the two women decide to wait nearby while an ambulance comes. They end up in a laundromat and start to hash out their differences and insecurities. When they finally get to the after party, Hannah tells Adam that she likes Mimi-Rose and walks home alone.|
|40||8||"Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz"||Jamie Babbit||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||March 8, 2015||0.708|
|Having befriended her student Cleo (Maude Apatow), Hannah spends time with her outside of school, even convincing her to get a painful-looking frenulum piercing. Later, Hannah approaches Fran to apologize for ruining their date but he rebuffs her, implying that she's too dramatic for him. Meanwhile, Shoshanna helps Ray amass local support for his upcoming campaign to run for a seat on the Brooklyn city council and is upset to learn that he is in love with Marnie. Deciding to follow Jessa's advice, Shoshanna tries to be sexually forward on her date with Scott. Marnie gets angry with Desi when she learns that he spent their entire $2,000 record label advance on guitar pedals. He later apologizes and proposes to her, and she accepts. Elsewhere in Michigan, Hannah's father Tad comes out to her mother Loreen, who reacts badly. At a dinner party in celebration of her new tenure, Loreen gets upset when Tad toasts her. She leaves the table and is seen rebuffing the advances of Avi (Fred Melamed). When Hannah calls her parents to rant about Fran, Loreen bluntly reveals to her that Tad is gay.|
|41||9||"Daddy Issues"||Jesse Peretz||Paul Simms||March 15, 2015||0.701|
|Tad visits Hannah in New York, befriending Elijah, and Hannah struggles with the idea of his homosexuality as he is her father. She is also baffled to hear that her parents plan to stay together. Meanwhile, Jessa and Ace have sex for the first time, and Ace leads Jessa to Mimi-Rose's apartment, hoping to make Mimi-Rose jealous and angering Adam. When Mimi-Rose decides that she "chooses herself" instead of either man, Jessa and Adam leave. Also, Shoshanna plans an elaborate campaign party for Ray in the bar at a local bowling alley, where Marnie decides to announce her and Desi's engagement. When Ray learns that he has won the election for a city council seat, he gives a victory speech to everyone about being dedicated to the community, and he also strongly implies his love for Marnie.|
|42||10||"Home Birth"||Lena Dunham||Jenni Konner & Lena Dunham & Judd Apatow||March 22, 2015||0.687|
|In the Fourth Season final, the eight-months pregnant Caroline goes into labor and insists on having a home birth in her bathtub. Meanwhile, Shoshanna is finally offered a job which would require her to relocate to Tokyo. Scott begs her not to go saying he will "be in love with [her] soon". After being pestered for his approval, Ray snaps and tells Desi that he hates him, and that he will never be good enough for Marnie. Later as a possible result, Desi does not show up to his and Marnie's showcase debut and she performs solo to great applause. Shoshanna looks for Ray for advice, but with him unavailable, Hermie tells Shoshanna that she should not pass up a lucrative job opportunity such as this. Hannah, Adam, and Jessa are called by Laird to help out with Caroline whose labor pains begin to concern him. After Jessa discovers that the impending baby is actually breech, Caroline is forcibly taken to the hospital to give birth. After the baby is born, Adam and Hannah are alone in the incubation room where Adam confesses that he misses Hannah and says he wants her back, but Hannah refuses. Later, Jessa returns home where Shoshanna excitedly tells her she is moving to Japan. Six months later, Hannah is seen holding hands and kissing Fran walking down a New York street in winter.|
Season 5 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|43||1||"Wedding Day"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||February 21, 2016||0.489|
|Picking up several months after the flash forward ending of season four, Marnie is getting married to Desi at an upstate mansion and all of her friends are in attendance. Marnie micromanages her wedding to Desi while trying to maintain the facade of the breezy bride in dealing with the forecast rain, as well as Hannah naturally trying to be the center of attention. Marnie tasks Shoshanna with kicking out Fran, Hannah's date, so the girls can get ready and have no distractions. Banished to the boys' den, Fran has an awkward moment with Adam. A dejected Ray steps in to help Desi with his wedding-day jitters. Adam has a run-in with Jessa whom they bond over cigarettes and their talk. Eventually, it is Jessa who steps in and saves the wedding from being a complete disaster.|
|44||2||"Good Man"||Lena Dunham||Jenni Konner & Lena Dunham||February 28, 2016||0.533|
|In New York, an erratic and deranged roommate leads Fran to move in with Hannah. Later, Hannah gets an urgent call from her father, Tad, who is trying to navigate a new type of dating with courting a gentleman, named Keith, that he met online. After another unpleasant visit with his unbalanced sister Caroline, Adam goes to an AA meeting where he runs into Jessa. They end up spending the day together. Meanwhile, Ray fears that the new cafe across the street is hurting his business. Also, Elijah is hit on by a famous TV news anchor named Dill Harcourt.|
|45||3||"Japan"||Jesse Peretz||Jenni Konner||March 6, 2016||0.497|
|Thriving at her new job in Japan, Shoshanna flirts with the boss Yoshi, but she reminds her two female work friends that she has a "kind of" boyfriend back in America. Shosh also learns that her job in Japan may be ending soon. Back in New York, Hannah makes a shocking discovery on Fran's phone of random naked women of Fran's ex-girlfriends and struggles with how to react. After viewing Adam's performance on a TV police procedural, Jessa shares her insights into his character.|
|46||4||"Old Loves"||Jesse Peretz||Bruce Eric Kaplan||March 13, 2016||0.479|
|Hannah and Fran disagree about their teaching methods to their respective students. Marnie fumes over Desi's decision to launch a major construction project in their studio apartment. Meanwhile, Jessa pushes Hannah away over an awkward rice-pudding meetup due to her insecurity over her secret growing attraction for Adam. Also, Elijah gets closer to Dill Harcourt when they go on their first official date and spend the night together. Jessa and Adam then have sex for the first time.|
|47||5||"Queen for Two Days"||Jesse Peretz||Tami Sagher||March 20, 2016||0.535|
|Hannah and her mom, Loreen, embark on a female-empowerment retreat, where Loreen hopes for clarity in her situation with Tad, and Hannah hopes to relish time away from Fran. After hearing stories from some of the other women in attendance about the failures of their own marriages, Loreen decides that her marriage to Tad is worth preserving. Meanwhile, Hannah quickly becomes bored, particularly as one of the supervisors keeps pestering her to put her phone away. Not used to people telling her what to do, Hannah tries to be alone and she soon bonds with a young woman who teaches yoga at the retreat, and shares her philosophies of life. While hanging out in the sauna, Hannah initiates sex with her, but subsequently cuts it short when the heat of the sauna proves too much. The lesbian encounter proves to be an eye-opening event for Hannah. In Tokyo, Shoshanna enjoys her new job as a kitty club waitress as well as her budding romance with Yoshi, and gets a surprise visitor from the U.S. when Abigail shows up for a visit. Elsewhere, Jessa meets up with her sister Minerva (Marianna Palka) and asks for a large amount of money so that she can go back to college.|
|48||6||"The Panic in Central Park"||Richard Shepard||Lena Dunham||March 27, 2016||0.586|
|Needing space after a fight with Desi, Marnie goes for a walk and has an unexpected encounter with Charlie (Christopher Abbott), her former boyfriend whom she has not seen for two years. Charlie then takes Marnie on a day and night-long excursion through the city as she sees the strange and outgoing person that Charlie has become. Afterwords, the encounter motivates her to end her marriage with Desi.|
|49||7||"Hello Kitty"||Richard Shepard||Sarah Heyward||April 3, 2016||0.558|
|Hannah is reprimanded by the school principal for her unorthodox and inappropriate teaching methods and her mouthing off to her co-workers. As she always does, Hannah reacts very badly to someone questioning and criticizing her ways by displaying her typical selfish and angry behavior which infuriates Fran who finally begins to think that Hannah is too dramatic and self-absorbed for him to handle. At Adam's play, a nervous Jessa worries about seeing Hannah after their fight, and Marnie shares news with Ray. Hannah has yet another emotional meltdown when sees Jessa and Adam seductively looking at each other and correctly assumes that they are now sleeping together. Meanwhile, Elijah attends a swanky party at Dill's apartment where he gets the impression that he might be one of many.|
|50||8||"Homeward Bound"||Jamie Babbit||Murray Miller||April 10, 2016||0.656|
|Stranded after she cuts short her planned summer road trip with Fran by breaking up with him, Hannah is rescued by Ray, but their trip back to NYC gets derailed. Hannah then abandons Ray by hitchhiking a ride with a stranger, named Hector, who is moving to New York to escape his own troubled relationship. When he hasn't heard from Caroline, Adam stops by Laird's place and discovers that she has disappeared days earlier for places unknown. Adam stays to help with the baby and gets Jessa to help him out while Laird goes to look for Caroline. Back from Japan, Shoshanna gets a wake up call over a sushi lunch when she has an unpleasant run-in with Scott. While recording a new song, Marnie is given parameters for her relationship with Desi.|
|51||9||"Love Stories"||Alex Karpovsky||Max Brockman & Jason Kim & Lena Dunham||April 17, 2016||0.582|
|Hannah throws Fran out of her apartment and then informs her boss, Principal Toby (Douglas McGrath), that she will not be returning next semester in order to return to writing, and he wishes her well. On the street, Hannah runs into Tally (Jenny Slate), her old friend-slash-nemesis, which leads to the two of them bonding with bicycle riding and pot smoking where Tally tells Hannah about her own life which includes establishing a successful writing career. Meanwhile, Marnie has an unsettling dream and later tries to work things out with both Ray and Desi. Noticing that business is suffering at Ray's, Shoshanna offers to help Ray and Hermie with marketing as well as performing clandestine research on the competition across the street. She comes up with an idea to pander to the "anti-hipster" market. Elsewhere, Elijah makes his pitch to Dill for their relationship to be exclusive, but is ultimately rejected.|
|52||10||"I Love You Baby"||Jenni Konner||Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||April 17, 2016||0.512|
|In the season finale, Hannah's parents, Tad and Loreen, come to visit and Hannah, insecure and immature as always, does everything she can to avoid seeing and talking to them. Eventually Loreen, along with Elijah, help Hannah with her plan to participate in the Moth Story Slam so she can express her inner feelings towards her insecurities. Meanwhile, Marnie prepares to go on tour with Desi, while she decides to re-connect with Ray. Shoshanna's marketing strategy for Ray's coffee house is met with great success and Hermie hires her to work there as a reward. Tad and Keith finally reconnect with each other. After helping take care of the baby, Jessa and Adam have an epic physical fight and they destroy the interior of his apartment, wherein Jessa finally admits that she feels guilty at having hurt Hannah by taking her boyfriend, that she misses her friend enormously, and that she will never forgive Adam for that. Hannah later reveals that she overheard part of the argument while dropping off a fruit basket to wish them well.|
Season 6 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|53||1||"All I Ever Wanted"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||February 12, 2017||0.519|
|Several months later, after her piece about Jessa and Adam's relationship is published in The New York Times, Hannah is sent on an assignment to a surf camp in the Hamptons by a magazine publisher. Although she initially dislikes it, she soon loosens up when she pursues her free-spirited instructor, Paul-Louis. Back in New York, Marnie struggles to come to terms with her divorce, particularly after watching Ray and Shoshanna's friendly, affectionate interactions.|
|54||2||"Hostage Situation"||Lena Dunham||Lena Dunham||February 19, 2017||0.708|
|Hannah reluctantly agrees to accompany Marnie and Desi on a weekend trip to Poughkeepsie, in order to provide Ray with a cover story. There, Marnie discovers that Desi has been addicted to Oxycontin for a year, resulting in a violent argument. After shutting Desi out of the house, Hannah gently explains to Marnie that she didn't notice Desi's drug addiction because she spends too much time thinking about herself; something that Hannah admits she understands all too well. She reaffirms their friendship, and eventually helps her take Desi home. Meanwhile, Elijah agrees to accompany Shoshanna to a networking event organised by two former college friends of Shosh's, who started their own clothing line. To her dismay, Jessa invites herself along. There, her former friends confront her over her having bailed on their Spring Break trip to Aruba with only six hours notice, and for subsequently abandoning them in order to pursue friendships with Jessa's circle. Outside, a seething Shoshanna snaps at her cousin, accusing her of ruining her life, and eventually orders her to get out of her face.|
|55||3||"American Bitch"||Richard Shepard||Lena Dunham||February 24, 2017
February 26, 2017 (HBO)
|Hannah visits the upscale apartment of Chuck Palmer, a famed, prize-winning writer, who has summoned her after reading an article that she wrote accusing him of coercing college students into having sex with him, and desiring to give her his side of the story. The two engage in a long debate about Chuck's shortcomings in his interactions towards women (as he appears unaware of the impact of the power imbalance between him and the college girls Hannah quoted) and Hannah's journalistic mistake (since most of her sources for the article were Tumblr blog posts, and therefore relied on hearsay). Eventually, they begin to bond over their shared literary preferences, and their perceived insecurities. However, after Hannah apologizes for writing the article, Chuck manipulates her into grabbing his penis, and Hannah finally understands who he really is. Hannah reluctantly avoids making a scene by agreeing to listen to a flute recital by Chuck's daughter, and leaves, looking visibly ashamed, humiliated and enraged.|
|56||4||"Painful Evacuation"||Jesse Peretz||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner||March 5, 2017||0.571|
|Emotionally rejected by Marnie (who remains privately embroiled in her drama with Desi and his recovery), Ray is beginning to feel disillusioned about their relationship, particularly when she rejects his effort to just hang out with her. Later, when one of his regular customers collapses and dies after Ray is brusque with him, Ray and Hermie get into an argument over the idea that Ray is wasting his potential. Later, when Shoshanna helps Ray to realize Hermie is only trying to help, Ray goes to his friend's apartment to apologize, only to find that he has also died. Elsewhere, after angrily quitting a film set Adam was working on, he and Jessa decide to make a movie together, based on their situation with Hannah. Hannah, meanwhile, is suffering from a yet another urinary tract infection, and eventually decides to go to the emergency room to get some antibiotics; there, she has a surprise encounter with Joshua, her doctor fling from "One Man's Trash". Joshua then drops another unexpected bombshell, that Hannah is pregnant. On her way home, Hannah is confronted in her stairwell by Jessa and Adam, who ask her for permission to make their movie; irritated and still in shock from her discovery, Hannah mutters her consent.|
|57||5||"Gummies"||Jesse Peretz||Sarah Heyward||March 12, 2017||0.703|
|Loreen has come to visit Hannah for a few days, and Hannah informs her of her pregnancy. Although Loreen appears happy with the news, it becomes clear that she has become addicted to cannabis in her effort to cope with being alone, and the news of Hannah's baby only worsens her growing fatalism. After a fight with her daughter at a laundromat while high, Loreen disappears. After hours of looking, Elijah and Hannah find her at a Chinese restaurant. There, Loreen breaks the news of Hannah's pregnancy to Elijah, who does not take it well, and bluntly tells Hannah she would be a terrible mother. Meanwhile, a grieving Ray is going through Hermie's apartment with an obviously disinterested Marnie. Finally fed up with her self-absorbed behaviour, Ray tells her he wants to break up. And Adam and Jessa are making progress on their biopic. Jessa becomes worried by some of the lines of dialogue about Hannah and Adam's relationship, which she realizes more accurately reflects their own.|
|58||6||"Full Disclosure"||Jamie Babbit||Murray Miller||March 19, 2017||0.576|
|Hannah finally informs Marnie of her pregnancy, and although she reacts positively, she quickly annoys her by insisting that she has to tell the father. This puts Hannah in a dilemma about whether to do so, and her father and his boyfriend offer her both sides of the argument. Meanwhile, Marnie struggles to convince Desi to perform at a club in New Jersey as a favour to her mother. Desi ultimately turns up high, and Marnie is forced to perform with her mother. Adam starts pestering Hannah to watch the first cut of his film, saying he wants her to confirm its accuracy, and when he won't stop bothering her, she shocks him by revealing her pregnancy. Subsequent to this, Jessa turns up at Hannah's apartment and confronts her for not telling her herself. Despite Hannah making clear that she wants nothing to do with her, Jessa tells her that she cannot just erase everything that they went through. Eventually, Hannah makes a half-hearted attempt to contact Paul-Louis, but doesn't succeed. In frustration, she decides to watch Adam's film – and is caught off guard by its surprisingly raw, emotional opening scene.|
|59||7||"The Bounce"||Richard Shepard||Murray Miller & Tami Sagher||March 26, 2017||0.675|
|Taking the advice of his colleague, Elijah decides to attend a workshop audition for a stage remake of the 1992 sports comedy White Men Can't Jump, while Hannah is waiting to hear back from Paul-Louis. On his way out, Elijah is surprised by the arrival of his former boyfriend, Dill Harcourt – who is trying to hide from some paparazzi due to a recent scandal involving him trying to adopt on the black market. Hannah agrees to keep an eye on him while Elijah leaves. At the audition, Elijah initially tries to bail, but then meets a young woman named Athena, who persuades him to stay, and the two bond. Elijah's audition initially goes well, although it soon emerges he has no control over the basketball he has been given. Meanwhile, upon learning of Hannah's dilemma with her baby, Dill firmly tells her that not having a father figure when he grew up was the reason he couldn't bring himself to love anybody. She then takes Paul-Louis' call, and finally tells him of his baby. Although he is genuinely surprised, and offers some support, he admits he is not ready to be a father. After the call, Hannah breaks into tears, and an also-crying Dill comforts her. Elijah returns from the audition to find the two bonding over television and pizza, and after initially standing up to Dill, Elijah invites him to his room for sex. The next morning, he receives a phone call from the producers, offering him a part – on the condition he is kept well away from the ball. Concurrently, Marnie is broke, and has just received an eviction notice. Unable to get support from her mother, other than a place to sleep, she goes to pawn some of her jewellery, only to discover that all of the seemingly precious jewellery that her parents gave her was fake. When this revelation causes her to throw a narcissism-laced tantrum, the appraiser rolls his eyes at her, and tells her that she is merely trying to blame other people for her predicament; the only liar in her life is herself. Deeply affected by this encounter, and realising that she needs to take responsibility for her life, Marnie leaves a message on Desi's voicemail expressing regret at the way she treated him throughout their marriage.|
|60||8||"What Will We Do This Time About Adam?"||Jesse Peretz||Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham||April 2, 2017||0.765|
|Having given in to his nostalgia, Adam decides to ask Hannah if he can help her raise the baby. Despite her fear that he will leave her for good, Jessa offers no resistance and spends the day alone, eventually breaking down after initiating sex with a stranger in a bar in an act of desperation. Adam tracks Hannah down and makes his pitch; still riding her wave of loneliness after Paul-Louis's phone call, Hannah invites him home for sex. Appearing to have reconciled, Hannah starts making plans for raising the baby with Adam. However, by the day's end, both have come to the realization that their enthusiasm for their relationship has already gone, and end up returning home separately. Discovering he doesn't have his key, Adam phones a relieved Jessa to buzz him in to their apartment, while Hannah lies on her bed weeping, her fears of having to raise her baby alone now returned. Meanwhile, Ray and Shoshanna meet for lunch with Shosh's friend and former boss, Abigail. To Shosh's dismay, Ray and Abigail hit it off quickly, and decide to work together to continue Hermie's pet project of documenting the effects of gentrification. The two later share a kiss while riding a merry-go-round that evening.|
|61||9||"Goodbye Tour"||Nisha Ganatra||Jenni Konner & Lena Dunham||April 9, 2017||0.734|
|Hannah interviews for a position at an unnamed college upstate. She meets with Phaedra, a dynamic creative writing professor who discovered Hannah's work online. Heading back to the city, Hannah receives a job offer. Elijah doesn't understand why Hannah wants to leave New York. He tries his best to convince her to stay, but she's focused on finding a better environment for her baby, and that this is her chance to finally leave the city. In need of advice about her move, Hannah heads to Shoshanna's apartment only to find the other girls there celebrating Shosh's engagement; Hannah was intentionally left uninvited. Seeing the looming threat of a fight, Marnie calls a group meeting in the bathroom, hoping to resolve their friendship issues. The conversation isn't very productive and ends with Shoshanna declaring she has moved on. Later, when Jessa attempts to make her feel better, Hannah is willing to listen, and they finally make their peace. In one final hurrah, the girls end the night dancing in the apartment. The episode ends as Hannah finally leaves the city and moves into her new home upstate.|
|62||10||"Latching"||Jenni Konner||Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner & Judd Apatow||April 16, 2017||0.741|
|Needing direction in life, Marnie surprises Hannah in bed and asks if she can move in with her and help raise her baby. Hannah agrees. Five months later, Hannah has given birth, and named her baby "Grover," (which was Paul-Louis's preferred name). She is struggling with motherhood, getting stressed that Grover will not breastfeed, and her relationship with Marnie is fractious. Eventually, Marnie calls Loreen for help. This only enrages Hannah further and after a particularly angry fight, she storms off, leaving Grover in Loreen and Marnie's care. While she's gone, Loreen advises Marnie that she should not put her love for Hannah above her own happiness, as she herself had lost her own "best friend," (Tad) by making the same mistake. Hannah, meanwhile, encounters a visibly destressed teenage girl running from a house in a state of undress. Thinking she was running away from a rapist, Hannah offers her support and her trousers. Upon discovering the girl is actually just a bratty teen running away from home because her mother ordered her to do her homework, Hannah angrily berates her, in turn coming to her own understanding about motherhood. The girl runs off, leaving Hannah to walk home pantsless, although a concerned police officer insists on escorting her there. She arrives to find Loreen and Marnie sitting on the porch, Grover asleep upstairs. They make space for her, and give her a glass of wine, the three finally at peace for the night. Grover's crying emerges on the baby monitor, and Hannah goes to soothe him. When she tries breastfeeding him once more, he finally latches, to her relief.|
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