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Close-Up is the sixth episode of the fourth season of Girls. It was written by Murray Miller

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and directed by Richard Shepard. The episode originally premiered on February 22nd, 2015.

Summary Edit

Adam, now living with Mimi-Rose, wakes up early to prepare a brunch feast for her on the patio. Hannah however is still upset over their breakup, and is back in her apartment with Elijah.

Shoshanna interviews with Scott, a young Harvard Business School grad who runs an instant soup startup. She tells him she hates the name, and furthermore, the product smells like bad. Before Shoshanna storms out, Scott stops her to say that while he isn’t going to give her a job, he’d like to take her out for drinks. 

Ray, carrying a homemade model depicting the traffic snarl outside of his apartment, attends a community board meeting in hopes of resolving the problem. 

Marnie delights in the fact that her and Desi’s song, “Close Up” has gotten 100 downloads, though Desi is doubtful that their label manager, Marcos, will care much about 100 “random people.” Marnie suggests they open their two-song showcase with the track, but Desi is hesitant to give half of their set to a love song. They argue about their band’s direction; Desi is freaked out that Marnie compared their sound to She & Him.

Adam tries to persuade Mimi-Rose to go on a run with him, but she casually tells him that she can't exercise since she had an abortion yesterday.

Hannah sees her therapist, who asks if she found her writing career fulfilling. She admits she never thought about it from that angle, and that she maybe wanted to help other people the way certain writers have helped her. Her therapist latches onto the idea, insisting that Hannah is someone who enjoys helping people.

Adam pushes Mimi-Rose for details about the abortion. She reminds him that they’ve known each other less than seven weeks, though Adam insists that crazier things have happened. Drily, Mimi-Rose asks him, “So we should have the baby and put it in your toolbox as a cradle and feed it sardines and tell it that you don’t know my middle name?” Unwilling to accept her reasoning, Adam tells Mimi-Rose that what she did was “evil.” She storms out of the apartment. 

Elijah and the girls have lunch together, where he expounds on his return to New York. Hannah then announces that she’s decided to get a job helping people, prompting skepticism from her friends, who feel Hannah is the most selfish person they know. Elijah rattles off possible, ludicrous career paths -- among them “schoolmarm.” Despite Elijah’s intentions, Hannah begins to consider teaching as a career path. 

When the community board moves to adjourn early, Ray objects. He goes on a tirade against the inefficient system, prompting the council members to argue amongst themselves. The next day, Ray begins his campaign to become a community board chairperson.

That evening, Adam rushes to pack up his things. Mimi-Rose catches him on his way out and they talk through their issues. Adam is upset that Mimi-Rose doesn’t need him and questions his role in her life. Mimi-Rose explains that while she doesn’t need him, she wants him, and that it' better than needing him because it’s pure.

While Elijah sleeps in, surrounded by the detritus of a wild night, Hannah is already up and dressed. Resume in hand, she heads out to apply for a teaching job.

Trivia Edit

- The title of the episode is a reference to two things. The first being the name of Marnie and Desi's new single, and the second being that this was a close-up of Adam's relationship with Mimi-Rose.

- The location of Mimi-Rose's loft was filmed in the same building as Booth Jonathan's apartment.

- According to Lena Dunham, Mimi-Rose's abortion was written to show not only to the differences between her and Hannah, but to portray someone who wasn't tortured over their choice to terminate a pregnancy.

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