Sunday, June 18, 2017

What I’m Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3, Episode 4 “Kimmy Goes to College!” (B+)

If there’s a job that I think would be perfect for Kimmy, it’s the idea of being a taskrabbit – not what she thought the term originally meant – because she doesn’t mind doing things that might irk others and attaining the satisfaction of accomplishing them efficiently and fully. That one of her first clients would end up being Xanthippe’s college roommates was fateful, and it was fun to see Kimmy completely misinterpret her former nemesis’ social situation and then make it worse when she accidentally bought Mike’s Hard Lemonade to a party that was supposed to be dry. Xanthippe’s act of rebellion ended up earning her praise rather than expulsion because of an extremely liberal and forgiving reading of her actions that wasn’t even close to accurate, and then Kimmy earned herself a full scholarship thanks to her experience churning the crank in the bunker and the coach’s bullying of the dean. Titus having to sing the worst possible conspiracy theorist, racist, anti-Semitic lyrics for a chance at stardom didn’t seem to bother him all that much, especially if the flash-forward to three weeks later is any indication. I enjoyed Lillian’s hopeless attempt to filibuster, and Peter Riegert’s grocery chain owner indulged her quite a bit. Appointing her as the liaison for his project was a smart decision that is sure to give him a headache, but I’m glad that it turned out this way since it should give her some sense of purpose that will allow her to focus her efforts on something slightly more productive than usual, even though she’ll actually spend most of her time making sure that nothing is produced.

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