I wanted a sequence here that sets the stage for Hanna and Marigold's relationship. Mar's easily coaxed into smoking against her better judgment. Hanna, after ridiculing her housing situation and without prompting, helps Mar with the cartoonishly phallic bong. But Mar has a hand to play: an enticing little scandal in which she is the center! Hanna is instantly intrigued and wants more.
The topic of age gap and professional power (im)balance has become an issue of great public concern lately, but (and I feel like I'm saying this a lot) I wasn't trying to speak on the morality - rather to show what Marigold might want out of a relationship like that, and how it might impact her priorities moving forward. The next person we see her with is Will, a dramatically different kind of boyfriend. The key word might be "dramatically". Hanna's view of Mar will be defined by these turbulent times, contrasting her own so-called stability, even as it begins to unravel.