Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Netflix Catch-Up: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4, Episode 10 “Kimmy Finds a Liar!” (B+)

It’s been months since I last watched this show, even though I’ve just posted those reviews, and while it’s undeniably bizarre, it’s also weirdly appealing, particularly in this new reality that exists today. The way Kimmy behaved at the year-round Halloween store, including being trained to defecate in a pumpkin, was typical of the return to normalcy that most people expect will be difficult following this pandemic’s prevalence, though admittedly a bit exaggerated. Busy Phillips, who we met in the final episode of the first half of this season, was fun as Sheba, who engineered an elaborate deception to get Lillian to give her money that was allegedly for bail, and Lillian responded in kind by hiring her own stripper to pose as a judge so that Sheba could admit that she wasn’t a good person. Fran didn’t have quite as solid a defense, and I enjoyed the women’s protest to get Eleanor Roosevelt’s statue torn down because she never came out as a lesbian, as well as the intonation of their “Fran is a girl’s name” chant. Titus’ new gig was perfect for him, and I liked seeing Rob Huebel from “Transparent” and “I Know This Much Is True” as Tad, the man who was trying hard to appear gay when he was actually married to a woman. Titus’ plan went very awry, however, when the entirely gullible Mikey was inspired by Titus’ apparently successful relationship to propose to his boyfriend rather than break up with him. I’m intrigued to see what’s going to happen with Kimmy’s impending fortune, which she’ll surely want to use for good.

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