Lena Dunham loves herself a good bathroom scene. She embraces the toilet, the shower, and the tub in a way few directors have before, incorporating these bathroom fixtures into some of the most emotional and revealing moments in the show. As the first season of Girls wraps on HBO, we offer this guide to interpreting her 11 most critical bathroom scenes in all their golden shower and cupcake-filled glory.
Key Line: “I never see you naked when you always see me naked, when it should actually be the other way around.” (Hannah)
Guest Star: Cupcake
Lesson: Don't let being in a bathroom stop you from comfort eating.
In the Girls pilot, Dunham immediately demonstrates the intimacy between Hannah and her best friend (and roommate) Marnie by showing them in the bathtub together. Hannah, nude, casually eats a cupcake while Marnie, strategically covered by a towel, shaves her legs. When Marnie’s boyfriend, Charlie, barges in on them, he quickly realizes his error and retreats—in this scene, the bathroom is a girls-only zone, a place to talk candidly about breasts and annoying boys.