Lessons in the ‘Girls’ Lexicon: Brand of difficult / Breakup dog / Vomiting in public

girls pic1We’re gonna be honest with y’all: this week’s episode of Girls was a little strange.  Besides the always-awesome one-liners from our girl Shosh, this episode (aptly named “Boys”) aired on the side of serious, focusing primarily on Ray’s life crisis and Adam’s breakup recovery. We struggled to find one particular idea/word to write about this week, so here are some brief thoughts on three subjects covered in last Sunday’s episode:

Brands of difficult (n.)
How it’s used in the show: Adam: “I’m a difficult person, everyone’s a difficult person.  [Hannah] was accepting of my brand of difficult, she was okay with it.”

Let’s briefly address a thought that Adam (of all people, right?) proposed: the idea that we all have our own “brands of difficult.”  Maybe our goal in life shouldn’t be to find the least difficult people to surround ourselves with, but to find those who accept our personal brand of difficult, and whose brand of difficult we can also handle.  We all have our flaws—Tyra Banks would tell us these make us “flawesome” but, like, there’s nothing flawesome about the fact that we constantly leave our shoes directly in your walking path / leave dirty dishes in the sink / obsess over The Wire. The friends you make and keep are going to be the ones who will celebrate you at your best and stand by you at your worst.

Breakup dog (n.)
How it’s used in the show:
Ray: “So it’s a breakup dog.”
Adam: “It’s not a breakup dog! I just wanted a dog so I got a dog.”

In this week’s episode, we’re introduced to Adam’s stolen, feral dog (named “Dog”).  A psychologist might tell you that Adam is subconsciously using the dog as a way to fill the space that Hannah left in his life.  This is not a foreign concept—many people acquire pets / new hobbies / altered physical appearances as a way of coping with a breakup. You do what you gotta do.

Here’s a short list of some less permanent life changes you can make to help you deal with a breakup:
-Eat more ice cream. It’s okay to temporarily let calories fill the void.
-Take up a club sport—no better way to get out your aggression than by whacking tennis balls at people!
-Join a language club (Si se puede!)
-Obsessively clean your living space. After eating all that chocolate alone in your bed Elle Woods style, you should definitely consider washing your sheets.
-Start a band (“I have three or four great folk albums in me”).
-Get a makeover. Update your wardrobe, cut your hair, get some highlights (This is not the same thing as dying your whole head—only Gail can pull that off).
-Develop an obsession with a musician/band; let his/her/their album become the new soundtrack to your life.
-Watch the same movie over and over again. Peter LaFleur from Dodgeball just gets you.

Vomiting in public (v.)
How it’s used in the show: “[Barf noises].”

In this episode, Hannah pukes outside a pleasant café, much to the chagrin of the patrons dining outside the restaurant.  This cringeworthy stunt got us thinking: where would an action this egregious fall rank amongst the various places Brown students tend to puke in public?

Girls Vomit Matrix

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