A comic take on all that crap men do and women put up with
THE SHOW: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 3, Episode 3 (Netflix) THE MOMENT: The face-squish Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) kidnapped Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) and forced her to marry him. In prison, he now wants a divorce so he can marry Wendy (Laura Dern). Kimmy’s roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess) asks Wendy why in hell she’d want to marry Wayne.
“With Richard I know what I’m getting,” Wendy says.
“He won’t cheat on me with my neighbour — because he can’t. He can’t scream at me when the Steelers lose. He can’t flip my cereal bowl in my face and call me a dummy.”
“A man flipped cereal on you?” Titus asks, hands on his face in horror.
“Because now I eat my cereal at home before I go to the prison,” Wendy barrels on.
Titus grips his face so hard the flesh squishes between his hands. Yesterday I wrote about sitcoms delivering a social message. Here’s another one. Jokes here fly thick and fast, both high and low, everything from pooping in a body cast to Kimmy’s applying to Roy Cohn Community College (look him up).
But there’s a steel girder supporting the far-fetched premise: at heart, this series is about the crap some men pull, and the women who put up with that. Kimmy’s former boss Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) is an extrophy wife awakening to her mistakes. Kimmy’s neighbour Lillian (Carol Kane) only reluctantly broke up with (real-life) accused murderer Robert Durst (Fred Armisen).
Kimmy is the ultimate baby feminist, gradually owning and defending her selfhood. Under the funny, show creator Tina Fey addresses some serious … poop.
laura Dern and Tituss Burgess in Kimmy Schmidt.