This week’s episode of Schitt’s Creek was funny, but also had some lovely emotional character beats for the Rose family that are moving the story forward toward an emotional series finale.
We have just four more episodes of Schitt’s Creek left after this week, and this episode did a great job highlighting just how far the characters have grown, and maybe hinted at where the Rose family will be when the series is over.
Moira Against the Patriarchy
Victor Garber was a glorious guest on Schitt’s Creek in his portrayal of Moira’s former co-star on Sunrise Bay. He and another produce beg Moira to return to the role she was killed off in for a prime-time revival of the show starring Nicole Kidman. Honestly, with all the revivals we have going on now, this plot was not that much of a stretch of the imagination.
Throughout the episode, we got amazing tidbits of all the outlandish things that happened to Moira’s character on the show – and Alexis shrewdly discovered that it was her costar that got her finally written off. Moira realized they gaslighted her into thinking she was the reason for losing her job because of her contract demands.
Throughout the series, we have seen Moira desperate to get back to her life as a star, and this was an incredible opportunity to do just that. But instead, she stood up for herself and called the fragile men out on their bullshit. And it was glorious. She had all the power because she’s been in the media lately with her Crows movie, and she didn’t let herself be bullied by those two. What amazing character growth, and we love to see it.
Will we see Moira’s star continue to rise in future episodes? Hopefully this new opportunity was only the beginning.
Alexis’ Pajama Day
After her brief foray into dating a sugar daddy last week, Alexis is now grieving a broken relationship like a lot of us have. Seeing her curled up in a ball in bed watching cheesy soap operas was so relatable. Alexis showed deep down that she is a fangirl like the rest of us. She not only became obsessed with the show but became the head of the online fan forum. Welcome to fandom, Alexis. We have fanfiction.
Even though she was not looking or feeling her best, she was able to provide her mother with sound advice regarding her situation. After a few weeks off her game, this showed just how good Alexis is at her job. We can’t wait to see her continue to grow.
By the end of the episode, she had her running outfit and was going to turn to endorphins to help her feel better. Hopefully this is the start of her moving on with her life. Alexis and Ted broke up partially so she could achieve her dreams, and by the end of the season we will see her do so. We know her mother and the rest of the Rose family will be there to cheer her on.
David’s Expensive Tastes
Things are probably going to come to a head in an upcoming episode regarding David’s big plans for his wedding with Patrick. Hints have been dropped in the past few weeks in little conversations the two of them have had, with Patrick asking things like “do we really need…” but still giving his fiancé whatever he wants.
This week we learned about the expensive catering that Johnny is struggling to pay for, and the huge guest list. Will David learn in upcoming weeks that the size of the guest list isn’t really that important? Have all those people he wants to invite really been his friends since his family hit rock bottom? Hopefully, he will come to the realization that the friends and family he has around him in Schitt’s Creek are all he really needs on his special day.
We also learned this week that Patrick’s parents have a little nest egg set aside for their son’s wedding. Maybe that’s why Patrick has been questioning the spending? He’s always been the practical one of the two, but knowing it’s his parent’s money might make him even more hesitant to spend it.
The end game will probably be a beautiful wedding that will have us all in tears, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see some angsty moments before they walk down the aisle. But after that – only happily ever after for our OTP. Nothing else will do.
Of all the storylines in this week’s episodes, Johnny’s gave us the most feels. The setbacks at the new motel were bad enough but watching him struggle with his pride to keep his promise to pay for David’s catering while knowing he did not have the funds was just heartbreaking. When he said that he had once had a fund set aside for David and now it was gone with everything else, it was probably one of the most melancholy moments we’ve seen from him through the seasons.
While the Rose family’s downward mobility did always impact Johnny greatly, he has always been the one with the upbeat attitude for his wife and kids. Plus, he has expressed several times that what happened was good for their family relationships, if not their circumstances. So to see him choked up about this had us in our feels.
Of course, his adopted daughter Stevie was the one to cheer him right up by reading his book and coming up with a way to save their business from it. She is becoming quite the businesswoman under his tutelage and we couldn’t be prouder.
It will be interesting to see Johnny reach out to some of his old contacts to find investors for their franchising project – maybe in coming episodes we will continue to see a blend of the Rose family’s old life and new as they find an appreciation for where they are now.