The true saving grace of the fourth season of “Girls” was Andrew Rannells’ Elijah.
While the series itself became uneven and occasionally quite frustrating, every scene — every line of dialogue, even — involving Elijah brought it back to life. Which is in large part due to how fantastic an actor Rannells is. His timing and delivery is impeccable, and he breathes layers into a character that could have easily been a caricature. Because Elijah is an old school representation when it comes to gay characters on television, at least in a certain sense. He’s there to deliver witty lines to the oh-so-lost women around him while always impeccably dressed and without much of a storyline of his own. But Rannells and the writing team at “Girls” collectively rise above this. Elijah has more insight and wisdom than all four lead characters combined, and is by far the most likeable character on the show. We tend to identify with him simply because he’s the only character who seems to really understand how ridiculous Hannah, Marnie, et al can be — and we get a sense that his life outside of them has to be considerably more fabulous than theirs, even if we don’t get much of a glimpse of it.
An evolved, contemporary take on the “gay best friend,” here’s to a whole lot more Elijah in season five (or an Elijah spin off for that matter).
Enjoy a few clips of Elijah below: