Friday, August 30, 2019

Emmy Episodes: Schitt’s Creek

It’s always my policy to watch every Emmy-nominated episode each year, which leads me to sample a handful of shows that I don’t tune in to on a regular basis. For the fourth year in a row, I’m making a special effort to spotlight each of those installments to offer my perspective on shows that I don’t review each week.

Schitt’s Creek: Season 5, Episode 2 “Love Letters” (B)

Watching the second of the six submitted episodes for this show’s Best Comedy Series nomination, I found it to be decently entertaining if still not worthy of that top-tier mention in my mind. Moira’s return brought with it a sleep-deprived state of mania which resulted in her finding a stack of love letters, allegedly from someone in her husband’s past, only to be told near the end of the episode that she was actually the one who had written them many years earlier. It was sweet that he had taken them out because he missed her, though he obviously regrets that now. I enjoyed just how poorly David and Stevie handled themselves when they were held by a robber who clearly had no weapon and how they, in Patrick’s words, basically upsold him by giving him wine, cheese, and other things that they’d be hopeless to get paid back for since he was just a “lucky customer.” It’s clear that, for as self-involved and unaware of his surroundings David is, his sister is just as clueless, as evidenced by her regifting of a locket given to her by Ted. I thought I recognized him, and realized as soon as I saw the actor’s name in the credits that Dustin Milligan, who starred in the CW reboot of “90210,” played a fantastic part as the hapless Sergeant Hugo Friedkin on the short-lived, underrated “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” I’m glad that he and Emily Hampshire have regular gigs on this show, but I hope that fans watch them in their superb sci-fi roles too.

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