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"Girls" Episode 8, “It’s Back,” works hard to juggle four different storylines. Two are successful, and two are cringe-inducingly out of left field. Let’s get the bad out of the way first. Hannah has obsessive compulsive disorder, which rears its head in the wake of her impending ebook deadline. Her parents, Tad and Loreen, are in town for an academic convention, and sense over cocktails at a Judy Collins show that Hannah has “begun counting” again. While Dunham carries the weight of depression effectively throughout the episode, and while Peter Scolari and Becky Ann Baker are always welcome additions on “Girls,” nothing can fully distract from the complete randomness of this plot turn. Like many other aspects of “It’s Back,” Hannah’s Ocd smacks of a late-in-the-season narrative need for stakes to be raised. It’s not enough for her to whip an entire manuscript out of thin »


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