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For the love of 'Girls': Where your favorite relationships stand

It seems that the girls of Girls are reaching a crossroads in each of their relationships, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! This week, hearts are broken, pieced back together, and warmed by the formation of long-awaited friendships.

There’s no doubt that Shoshanna and Ray have had their fair share of ups and downs. It all started with their first meeting in season 1, when Ray was assigned to babysit a coked-up Shoshanna. Three episodes later, he took her virginity. Then Marnie slept with Ray—not once, but twice—creating tension (obviously) between all three friends. Finally, by the end of season 3, Shosh and Ray cut all ties after he rejected her attempts to rekindle the relationship.

But when Shosh catches Ray berating honking drivers out front of his apartment, they decide to seize the opportunity and spend some time together shopping for trendy, socialite-worthy T-shirts for Ray. The tension between the two seems to finally break, and the ex-lovers have a touching heart-to-heart, where Shosh reaffirms to Ray that she really did love him, and that she would like to be his “true and unyielding friend.”

Marnie and Desi go down an entirely different path. Since their meeting of musical souls, Marnie has been pining for Desi, but only one thing has been standing in her way: his insecure girlfriend, Clementine. When a distraught Desi comes knocking on Marnie’s door in the middle of the night, however, we learn that his relationship has ended. Though it is unclear who truly initiated the breakup, Desi quite literally throws himself at Marnie.

Skeptical at first of his sudden affection, Marnie seems to have little problem accepting Desi into her life (and bed) when he tells her that he’s in love with her. Marnie flashes a victorious smile, but is this an authentic declaration of love or just an opportunistic, accessible rebound for Desi? I’m sure we will soon find out.

Finally, we must tackle the unfortunate reality of Hannah’s current love life (or, shall we say, lack thereof). This week, Hannah comes to the conclusion that the life of a grad student in Iowa is not the life for her. With support from her father and his unexpected “carpe diem” attitude, Hannah makes the bold decision to return to her rightful home of New York City.

She is greeted by an unfamiliar female face at her apartment door, but is only fazed for a moment; her excitement to see Adam takes over as she gives him an awkward bear hug and gets a stiff pat on the back in return. Then, it quickly resonates with her that the mystery woman at her apartment door is a bit more than just a friend to Adam.

Mimi-Rose has evidently replaced Hannah (along with her old TV and couch), which becomes obvious when she shoots Hannah an entitled look from across the room. Meanwhile, Hannah makes no effort to hide her distress, and Adam keeps his words to a minimum and eyes to the ground. It looks like the end of the Hannah-Adam era may finally be upon us.

It’s clear to see that Girls is paving the path for fresh starts in the love lives of all our favorite characters. As nostalgic as they may be, it’s probably time to let go of the relationships that viewers have grown so content with.

Shosh and Ray seem to be happily at peace with each other, Adam and Hannah have been in an uncomfortable limbo for some time now, anyway, and who knows? Marnie and Desi might pull through and make some beautiful harmonies together outside of the studio. Maybe we’ll even be lucky enough to see Jessa find herself another husband.

Girls airs Sundays at 9/8C on HBO.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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