Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1, Episode 10 “Kimmy’s in a Love Triangle!” (B)

It would be strange to call this the best episode this show has produced yet, but I actually found it to be the most consistent and entertaining of the ten episodes I’ve now seen. Kimmy’s love triangle clearly showed something that I think was expected all along but wasn’t confirmed, which is that Logan is pretty oblivious to what Kimmy cares about and what makes her happy. Calling immigration to get Dong deported was a low blow and a cowardly move, and it’s great to see the usually naïve Kimmy react so well right away, kicking him out of the apartment and out of her life. While getting married to Dong is a bit of a leap, it doesn’t seem out of the question for the sweet-natured girl always intent on helping other people. Trying to do what she thought was best for Xanthippe, whose name she hilariously misspelled to her mother, was equally well-intentioned and also completely switched over from one desired outcome to another, with her ultimately revealing that Xanthippe is in fact a good kid and quite a nerd at that. It was fun to see Dean Norris of “Breaking Bad” fame as the Loup, who was marvelously invested in aiding Titus in the art of passing for straight with a fake audition for the nonexistent “Entourage 2.” The best line of the episode, hands down, was Kimmy’s reassurance to Dong that the love triangle was over and had now become a biangle, or, as the distressed math whiz corrected her, a line.

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