“Girls” returned for Season 3 on Sunday (Jan. 12) and, after a shaky second season that tended to go dark and lacked in humor, the HBO series gave lapsed fans plenty of proof that Season 3 is the time to get back on the train to Brooklyn.
1. The comedy is back
Look, first and foremost, the back-to-back episodes were hysterical. Whereas most of Season 2 felt as if it was an exercise in depressing viewers, this premiere brought the funny. The writing was punched up with punchlines, as well as observational moments that were just LOL-worthy. Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her editor eating those chocolate cups? Great. Marnie (Allison Williams) and the taco incident? Hilarious. Shoshanna’s (Zosia Mamet) Truth or Dare game with Adam (Adam Driver) and Hannah in the hotel room? Just perfect.
2. Rita Wilson as Marnie’s mom
Finally, we understand why Marnie is the neurotic mess that she is. Rita Wilson was spot-on as her testy, judgmental mother. Please, please, more of her as Season 3 goes along.
3. The show is finally calling out Jessa for her BS
While all the main characters tend to be a bit awful, Jemima Kirke‘s Jessa has always managed to outshine the others. She’s pretentious, a know-it-all and just a total jerk. It was refreshing to see Hannah take her to task for all the ways she’s been a bad friend. Sure, she follows it up with a hug, but the fact that Hannah isn’t just letting it go is a good sign. It’s alright to have characters act awfully, but there needs to be consequences for that if you’re trying to depict how people act in reality. It’s time Jessa get what’s coming to her.
Are you back on board for “Girls Season 3? Or is it too little, too late?
“Girls” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.