The world has gone to Schmidt–in a good way. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back and like all good things, you must brace yourself in case it’s not as good as you remember. But, fear not, Kimmy is still as charming and as committed to wearing warm pink hues as ever. The show still has heart. Even though, this season focuses on Kimmy allowing herself to get angry. The show, at its core, is as ooey-gooey as a Toll House cookie sitting on a dashboard on a summer day.
We Schmidt-Heads need to find a way to incorporate Kimmy’s positive outlook into our everyday life. Below, you’ll find a few ways to “give a Schmidt” in your everyday life.
Bring Back All of Your Jokes From 6th Grade
If it hadn’t been for Kimmy Schmidt I would have forgotten how much I enjoy jokes like “make like a tree and leave.” Titus is the king of this format. For example, “You gotta make like a thirty year old single girl and settle” or “Make like Queen Elizabeth and dub this a knight.”
The world needs more of this type of humor.
Kimmy Schmidt isn’t just about jokes that your 6th grade self would enjoy. I would like to nominate this excerpt from season 2 as the world’s most wonderfully executed joke of the series:
Could this series be any cooler?
Make Do With What You Have
Lillian, Kimmy’s landlord, became more fully formed this season. The character now has an apparent purpose that advances the plot. Lillian is there to show how a tough New Yorker would handle adversity with whatever resources are available. Titus is resourceful, but not tough. Kimmy is resilient, but not necessarily tough. Lillian makes do with what she has. She attempts to combat Fios. (I felt super hip, because I had just listened to this podcast.) Lillian attempts to combat hipsters moving into her area and she does it all while protecting her friends.
The moment Lillian tried to “set the mood” for Titus and his new boyfriend by throwing rose petals (AKA Barbecue Potato Chips) over his bed, I knew she was the people’s champion. She can make do without needing much to thrive.
Figuratively Durst Out of your Proverbial Face.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reminds me of how much pure enjoyment I get out of seeing people obsess over one piece of popular culture. It is like a real life “Celebrities are just like us” article. Just like us, writers find a golden nugget of pop culture and run their obsession into the ground. (See me: Circa 2016 in regards to Making a Murder as well as me: Circa forever in regards to Gilmore Girls.)
The same applies to this season of Kimmy Schmidt. The show fixates on the star of The Jinx, Robert Durst. Kimmy has nervous burps from suppressing her lies, just like Durst. Lillian references her love for “Bob Durst.” Fred Armisen makes a cameo as Robert Durst. They Durst all over the place in season 2.
I appreciate how the show lets people enjoy what they like. The show doesn’t let the Internet Chandlers stop them from liking what they enjoy. For Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, that’s Mentos jingles, The Church of Cosmetology and inaccurate acronyms (ex. MILF: My Interesting Lady Friend.)
For me, it’s shows with catchy opening credits, not-so-subtle allusion to Mad Men and actresses that remind me of Tropicana commercials.
And with that, I’m going to make like a strawberry and jam.