The Top 10 Most Awkward Sex Scenes in 'Girls'

Remember when Hannah's dad knocked himself out?

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The most recent episodes of Girls have been corkers, Team ELLE's highlight of the last few episodes being the dance scene at the retreat when Hannah's mum briefly sashays over, only to be vigoriously pushed away by Hannah with an outraged 'Mom!'

Dancercise aside, the two sex scenes of the episode were something else, and reminded us all over again why we love the show. Lena Dunham's commitment to depicting unsanitised and, at times, bone-crunchingly awkward sex remains unparalleled in TV, even five seasons in. To celebrate, here are the ten scenes which made our skin prickle the most.

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Hannah and Adam: the first time

One of the first scenes of the pilot episode is a sex scene between Hannah and Adam. If only we’d known then that this was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to the bad sex in Girls. Adam wants to try anal. Hannah launches into an explanation of why she’d rather not. Adam replies: ‘Hey, let’s play the quiet game now.’ Romance from the off.

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Hannah and Eric: when he took on too much

A personal favourite, Hannah goes back with pharmacist Eric who she used to go to school with. Hannah refuses to play ball with his legitimate preference for vanilla-style sex, at one point looking at him and saying ‘I’m tight like a baby.’ Poor guy.

Marnie and Elijah: a one-off

In a doomed attempt to get back at Hannah, Elijah and Marnie get it on. Well, try to. They hump on a sofa for about tens seconds before Elijah admits that he’s lost his erection. Everyone’s glad when they separate.

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Hannah and Frank: yuck

Hannah and Frank, Jessa’s 19-year old step-brother, have brief sex in a grave-yard. Later on he tells Hannah: ‘I just think you used me…for sex.’ Hannah doesn’t even try to suppress a snort…though in a way, that is exactly what she did?

Marnie and Charlie: the last time before the last time

Remember Charlie? Yeah. Marnie begs and threatens Charlie into getting back with her after their break-up. He eventually, eventually, relents but during their make-up sex Marnie not only cracks her head on his strange bed-ceiling, she also stops to whisper: ‘I want to break up with you.’ Ouch.

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Marnie and Booth Johnathan: star-fish style

The artist and Marnie have great sexual chemistry when they’re dressed. Naked it instantly evaporates. Booth pins Marnie face-down on his bed before telling her to look at the china doll he has in the room: ‘Look at her. Describe her. How is she feeling?’ Marnie tries ‘sassy?’ The correct answer is ‘sad.’ Afterwards Marnie bursts into laughter and we can’t blame her.

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Ray and Shoshanna: fully clothed

This is a painful one. As their relationship progresses it becomes clear that Shoshanna and Ray are not compatible. During one sex scene Shoshanna is fully clothed and so not into it that she eventually has to say to Ray: ‘will you get out of me?’ Argh.

Tad and Loreen: shower scene

Hannah’s parents share a legendary adventure in the shower when Tad actually slips and knocks himself out. Hannah is forced to help her naked, concussed father into bed, complaining all the way: 'That is fully your wet butt.'

Jessa and Adam: two free spirits

After mounting chemistry between the pair via a series of overly-cutesy scenarios (fun-fair anyone?), the relationship’s finally consummated in episode four. It’s bad. They try a variety of positions before Jessa, laughing, says, ‘so this is what bad sex is like.’ Obviously not something Jessa has ever experienced before. Luckily, she’s back on track in episode five when we watch her and Adam role-play him forgetting to pull out, Adam going that extra mile with: ‘but what will I tell coach?’ Strangely endearing.  

Hannah and Holly: never again

Hannah goes on a retreat with her mum and gets hit on by yoga instructor Holly. There’s a moment of will-they won’t-they in the sauna before Hannah decides, with palpable resignation, that they will. She goes down on Holly but has to stop. She’s too hot and too straight.

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