13 of "Girls'" most cringeworthy sex scenes
Hannah and Adam, "Pilot"
In Wednesday’s hearings on gun violence, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from members of pro-gun groups who will continue to oppose any gun control measures, despite the renewed push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the Newtown school shootings.
On Tuesday, the NRA released a transcript of Executive Vice President LaPierre’s planned opening remarks, which include opposition to universal background checks (”When it comes to the issue of background checks, let’s be honest – background checks will never be ‘universal’ – because criminals will never submit to them”), a defense of gun owners (“Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals”) and a renewed call for armed security guards in schools (“It’s time to throw an immediate blanket of security around our children. About a third of our schools have armed security already – because it works”).
Gayle Trotter, an Attorney and Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative group, plans to take on ”liberal elitists with armed guards,” and argue that it’s a matter of self-defense for women: “[U]sing a firearm with a magazine holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, a woman would have a fighting chance even against multiple attackers.”
Trotter’s group has previously taken the position that by enacting restrictions on firearms, President Obama will “limit a women’s capability to fight back against attackers and protect herself and her family.”
The Senate will also hear from Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords herself will give the opening testimony on Wednesday, according to her aide. Other witnesses include Baltimore Police Chief James Johnson, head of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, and David Kopel, a professor of Constitutional Law at Denver University.
It’s unclear what the Senate hearings will actually accomplish, since any gun control legislation proposed by the Committee will have to be debated and voted on by the full Senate. From the AP:
The chairman of the panel, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said little Tuesday about the direction his committee’s legislation might take. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., indicated that whatever the committee produced wouldn’t necessarily be the final product, saying the package would be debated by the full Senate and senators would be allowed to propose “whatever amendments they want that deal with this issue.”
But one proposal that’s gained some traction among committee members is universal background checks. According to The Hill, Leahy “has indicated he’s particularly interested in examining efforts to improve the background check system for gun sales, improve mental health services and fight gun trafficking.”
And Reuters reports that Republicans like Sen. Jeff Flake, of Arizona, have expressed support for strengthening the system, with Flake saying that “we all recognize the need for more effective background checks.” Though he added that ”people say responsible gun owners should be able to own any type of weapon or (ammunition) clip within reason.”
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Hannah and Adam, "Pilot"
Marnie and Elijah, "It's About Time"
In an act of “betrayal” that messes up each of their relationships with Hannah, Marnie and Elijah open Season 2 with some more couch sex, which is almost unbearable to watch. Elijah, who is trying to explore the “hetero side” of his bisexuality, can’t maintain his erection, and the entire affair ends in very uncomfortable silence.
Marnie and Charlie, "Vagina Panic"
Poor Charlie. While he and Marnie have their fair share of uncomfortable sex over the course of their relationship, one of the saddest moments (aside from Marnie breaking up with him during intercourse) is when Marnie encourages him to penetrate her from behind so she doesn’t have to look at him. “This feels so good,” Charlie says. “We have to go slow.” Poor sucker.
Shoshanna and camp friend Matt, "Hannah's Diary"
We’d be remiss not to mention Shoshanna’s effort to lose her virginity to an old camp friend, who tells her how “weird” it is that he “loves to eat pussy” moments before she admits she’s never “done it” before. At least it paves the way for the uncomfortable sex we later get to watch her have with Ray?
Hannah and Adam, "Hard Being Easy"
On the heels of trying (unsuccessfully) to determine the status of her early relationship with Adam, Hannah walks by her future boyfriend’s bedroom to find him masturbating alone, in one of the strangest scenes of the first season. As Adam jerks off and refuses to let Hannah participate beyond telling him how much she likes watching, we see some serious (and odd) character development ... which ends with Hannah taking a hundred-dollar bill from Adam’s wallet, for cab fare and pizza (as well as her services).
Marnie and Booth Jonathan, "Bad Friend"
Oh, Booth Jonathan -- the little man who “knows how to do things.” After he turns Marnie on enough to make her masturbate in the bathroom at the gallery where she works, Booth finally seals the deal in a mortifying and nearly painful to watch sex scene that tells us pretty much everything we need to know about how much Marnie is willing to fake it.
Tad and Loreen, "The Return"
The only sex scene in the series not to feature one of the main characters, Hannah’s parents’ showertime anniversary celebration is easily one of the most cringe-worthy moments of the show’s first season. Even Hannah’s mother, Loreen, observes how embarrassing the situation is, which ends with her husband, Tad, slipping out of the shower and falling naked and unconscious on the bathroom floor.
Hannah and the pharmacist, "The Return"
Tad and Loreen aren’t the only ones to get some during Hannah’s first season trip home to Michigan. The show’s protagonist finds herself in bed with a former high school classmate, who doesn’t exactly enjoy it when Hannah puts one of her fingers near his anus. “I’m tight like a baby, right?” Hannah asks at one point. Time to press pause.
Hannah and Adam, "Role-Play"
While it’s not quite a full-on, all-out sex scene, Hannah and Adam’s attempt at role play in Season 3 is certainly an intimate encounter to behold (or not). Hannah dons a blond wig and gets a little too into her role, giving a melodramatic performance that ends with a passerby punching Adam in the face. So there’s that.
Shoshanna and Ray, "Together"
As Shoshanna and Ray near the end of their relationship, we can see their sexual chemistry getting worse and worse. It’s no more evident than when Ray is penetrating a clothed and visibly horrified Shoshanna from behind, who ends the encounter by asking if her partner will just “get out of me.”
Hannah and Frank, "Video Games"
Hannah, Jessa’s 19-year-old stepbrother, a graveyard and too much chatting. Need we say more about how uncomfortable this sex is to watch?
Marnie and Desi, "Iowa"
Who gets her butt motorboated? Is this a real thing? Aside from the questionable logistics and reality of Marnie and Desi’s analingus scene, there’s also the awkward moment when Marnie confuses her partner’s declaration of love for licking her butthole with love for her. Oh, Marnie.
Hannah and Adam, "Vagina Panic"
There is too much in this scene to dissect: fantasies of an 11-year-old girl with a Cabbage Patch lunchbox, excessive references to that little girl as a “slut” and Adam ripping off a condom to ejaculate on Hannah’s chest. No wonder it ends with Hannah saying she almost came.