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 11 “Meet the Parents” (B-)

David doesn’t tend to think through most of the plans he hatches, and inviting Patrick’s parents to a surprise party for him without realizing that he hadn’t actually come out to them was an unfortunate miscalculation. His family members did seem to think that he was planning a spur-of-the-moment surprise without any advance preparation when he wisely waited to loop them in until just hours before so that they wouldn’t spill the beans. Johnny didn’t really do anything wrong by warmly greeting them, though I’m not sure why he needed to include the fact that he wasn’t initially that their personal relationship was going to last. Patrick is far more perceptive than every member of the Rose family, and he had no trouble deducing that his parents already knew about their relationship. It was nice to learn that they were dumbfounded only that he hadn’t been comfortable coming out to them earlier, not that he was gay. Moira obviously has a very eccentric past, but for some reason she’s not into the conventions, which seem to be exactly the kind of self-indulgent setting that would be good for her, and certainly something that Alexis would enjoy marketing since she too likes being the center of attention. Having famed Canadian actress Linda Thorson from “The Avengers” appear as another star at the convention was a clever bit of casting, though that whole plotline didn’t strike me as all that enticing. I like Catherine O’Hara, but Moira is far from this show’s best character.

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