Critics are calling Girls' episode "American B**tch" one of the greatest, most challenging and cunning episodes in the show's run. Its story is challenging and provocative, focusing on many timely issues, including the power imbalance between older men and younger women, whether there exists a grey area in sexual harrassment, and the trauma that remains afterward, writes Caroline Framke in Vox. The writing is searing and the acting strong, making this episode memorable and a powerful vehicle for discussion.
The Girls' episode "American B**tch" had a major flaw. While it was great television, it wasn't a great episode for Girls, writes Alan Sepinwall for Uproxx. Over five-plus seasons, viewers have gotten to know the main character's tone, personality and values. The writing in this particular episode seemed to voice the emotions, experiences and viewpoints of the writer, Lena Dunham, more than the main character she plays, Hannah. Sepinwall says that this episode let Dunham place herself into the narrative to discuss sexual harrassment.