Saturday, August 31, 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 6 “Rock On!” (B-)

I’m jumping ahead a bit to this show’s third submitted series episode, which is also the selection for star Eugene Levy. That surprises me a bit since he was considerably less featured in this installment than in the season premiere when Moira was away, and I don’t think he’s likely to win over any Emmy voters who are new viewers of the show. Walking in on Stevie while she was taking a scandalous photo to send to her long-distance boyfriend right after he made her and Roland watch the very dated sexual harassment customer service video was certainly awkward, but it wasn’t really that funny. I’ve liked Levy for a while, enjoying him particularly in “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration,” in which he appeared opposite his frequent collaborator on-screen wife here, Catherine O’Hara, and I don’t think this is the showcase that’s going to win him his first acting Emmy (he has two writing prizes already). I wasn’t too enticed either by Moira’s trip to the casino which resulted in Jocelyn getting a very short haircut, but that’s probably because I don’t know the backstory about her character. David encouraging Patrick to go on a date with the guy who gave him his number was a misstep from the start, but at least it was nice that, despite her selfishness, Alexis was there to comfort him and help him through it as he was relieved to see Patrick return without having been able to go through with it.

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