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One of the things I’ve admired about this season of “Girls” is that it has no obligation to regularly check in with each of the four “leads” of the show. Instead, certain characters are more central in certain episodes, in an organic way, while supporting characters are given a surprising amount of interiority. Ray (Alex Karpovsky), usually used in the show for a sort of neo-Woody Allen curmudgeonly humor (and not always successfully), has had more dramatic material in recent episodes, and it’s paying off. Indeed, one of the central themes of this episode is ego, and we see this most sharply through Ray’s character. As we know from the fourth episode, Ray considers himself a loser unworthy of his girlfriend Shoshanna. So when Adam (Adam Driver) suggests that he might need “back-up” when returning a stolen dog to its Staten Island meathead owner, Ray’s eyes light up. »

- Beth Hanna

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