Adam and Jessa begin shooting scenes for their film, but she questions his creative direction. In town to visit Hannah, her mother, Loreen, has a hard time accepting the next phase of her life. Marnie does a less-than-stellar job of being there for a grieving Ray.
Girls follows a group of 20-something best friends in New York. Hannah Horvath is an aspiring writer who struggles in corporate jobs and constantly battles her numerous insecurities, primarily her relationship with on/off boyfriend Adam and her strained friendship with best friend and aspiring singer Marnie.
Jessa has a quite literally addictive personality and has traveled the world, whilst her cousin and room-mate Shoshanna is just finishing her degree and recently lost her virginity to coffee shop manager Ray. Hannah's ex-boyfriend turned gay best friend Elijah also finds himself coming in and out of Hannah's life.