Friday, June 17, 2016

What I’m Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2, Episode 6 “Kimmy Drives a Car!” (B+)

The Reverend may have been the number one villain on this show in season one, but he doesn’t hold a candle to gentrification, which has been threatening Lillian and the neighborhood for quite some time now. The transforming of the cape shop into a vape shop is representative of much more than just one changed letter, and we got a window into what Lillian was like back when Roland, played by Kenan Thompson, was still around. Kimmy’s accidental discovery of the “wiffy” led to Titus’ decision to go sleep in the scary library and put the apartment on AirBNB, a decision that had much more serious implications than he had expected. Sue and Bob, played by real-life couple Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit, were not naïve Texans but exactly what both Lillian and Titus feared. Titus donning a disguise to make it seem like there was a secret room in the back that meant that Sue and Bob had missed their chance was brilliant, and of course there was a line out the door soon after for the opportunity to experience this nonexistent secret room. Kimmy standing up to Jacqueline after she felt mistreated as a friend was nice to see, and her unintentional Uber career was a great idea. I guess a learner’s permit lets you do plenty, especially if your Uber passengers are over twenty-five and have a license. Borrowing Jacqueline’s car whenever she’s not with her is a perfect compromise, and I’m sure her clients will provide some added wackiness.

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