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Season 3 Episode 8

"Incidentals"

During a GQ advertorial interview, Patti LuPone warns Hannah that Adam’s new career path may cause unexpected problems. Meanwhile, Jessa’s boredom at work is interrupted by a surprise visit from an old acquaintance. Later, Hannah is assigned to review the Gramercy Park Hotel, and the group celebrates good news with Adam’s new friend Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), whom Marnie finds particularly captivating....

 

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Hannah is waiting at a restaurant to interview Patti LuPone (Hannah describes Patti to the waitress as “Don’t cry for me Argentina”). Patti cancels at the last minute and.

 

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Hannah tracks Patti down and asks for five to 15 minutes, plus another 10 minutes to wrap it up. Interestingly enough, this isn’t a “normal” interview since it’s sponsored by an osteoporosis drug, which Patti has to mention. Since Patti doesn't have osteoporosis, they completely make up the whole story for the article.

 

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Adam is at a callback for the revival of “Major Barbara” on Broadway, where everyone waiting looks like him — if he had a nose job.  He gets the part! After learning this very exciting news, Adam goes into the men’s room, stuffs a paper towel in his mouth and screams really, really loud.

 

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Adam even makes a friend–Desi– and catches a ride back to Greenpoint on the back of Desi’s motorcycle.

 

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Hannah learns of Adam’s good news and shares it with Patti, who warns that Adam will need Hannah’s support and forgiveness because “he’s going to be an a**hole.” According to Patti, Adam won’t know Hannah exists and if he is “sexual in any way,” he will start sleeping with everyone in the building (because, you know, casts are intimate and they form relationships right away since the characters they play usually have an involved backstory). Hannah looks horrified. “He’s going to have fans!” Patti exclaims and Hannah disagrees immediately because Adam is “so funny looking.” Patti says, “The Elephant Man got laid a lot.”

 

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Jessa still works in the children’s clothing store, but she’s so bored she wants to hear about the UPS delivery man’s weekend with his ex wife.

 

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The crazy guy from rehab shows up. He tells her it’s all an act and she yells that she’s finally healthy and the last thing she wants to do is hang out with him. But he swears he sees who she truly is: “a wild thing who can’t be tamed.”

 

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Back at GQ office, Hannah’s editor asks for the LuPone transcript and assigns a story about why it would be great to stay at the Gramercy. Hannah has to stay there immediately and asks if she can bring Adam. The editor doesn’t mind at all.

 

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Hannah gets her first paycheck! She thinks they forgot to take taxes out since the paycheck is more than her rent.  She buys herself a new dress in the overly expensive Meatpacking District.

 

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Hannah  meets up with her friends to get the room ready for Adam. Elijah says he never thought Adam would be the first to fulfill his dream; Shosh wants to steal the bathroom products.

 

 

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Earlier in the day, Marnie ran into Su-Jin at the frozen yogurt place and they act like long-lost friends. Su-Jin, who sounds about 12 years old, is opening her own gallery in NoHo. Marnie offers her help, but Su-Jin turns it down.

 

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Later that night, while the others are at the Gramercy, Marnie barges into Ray’s apartment (with a certain level of familiarity) with a pizza and his mail and starts ranting about how her days quickly go from great to horrible.

 

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Ray, who’s lounging on his really ugly couch, says, “I can’t do this.” He wants a legitimate girlfriend; a deep, sincere, challenging and scary relationship, not something that isn’t real. He wants to meet someone he has a lot in common with, he wants to ask her out, he wants to learn about her family and maybe invite her back to his place.

 

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Marnie says Ray can’t break up with her because she doesn’t care. She storms out of the apartment (showing she does care); Ray actually looks like the one who doesn’t care.

 

 

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Desi and Adam arrive at the hotel room and Hannah, Shosh and Elijah jump out to surprise them. Desi is in the middle of some story about forgetting his mother’s birthday when Marnie barges in.  “I don’t know what I’m trouble for now, but…” Hannah says as she gets up to follow her. Marnie can’t tell Hannah what’s wrong, but accepts her hug as she cries into her shoulder.

 

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Once Marnie settles down, she joins Desi singing. This opens the door to a whole different conversation that Marnie takes to immediately: herself and her talents.

 

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Elijah gives Adam advice on where to go after the shows, as well as other “stage” advice. Then he says he’s trying to get out of the contemporary dance world and asks Adam for an introduction to the Broadway dance world. Finally the “normal” Adam comes out and he aggressively tells Elijah he doesn’t need help, he’s good, and he “doesn’t want to be a part of the scene.”

 

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Finally Jessa and Weird Rehab Guy show up high as fu** on coke! They go back to the children’s clothing store and steal money from a hidden shoe box to buy more coke.

 

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Hannah and Adam are in the giant bathtub at the Gramercy; Adam doesn’t like Elijah that much and Hannah found Desi irksome. Hannah confides in Adam that as he gets more involved in the play, she fears he won’t like their life together anymore. He thinks she’s upset that he’s doing the play and of course her answer is no — and it’s genuine.

 

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