Wednesday, January 23, 2019

REVIEW: 'Schitt's Creek' - Patrick Falls in Love with an Apartment While Stevie Makes a Romantic Connection in 'The Plant'

Pop's Schitt's Creek - Episode 5.03 "The Plant"

Alexis and Johnny hatch a plan to impress a motel reviewer, while David and Patrick search for a new apartment.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. Premieres and finales may feature longer reviews. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of Pop's Schitt's Creek.

"The Plant" was written by Rupinder Gill and directed by Jordan Canning

The Rose family have been thriving in Schitt's Creek for a couple of seasons now. They have all been planting down roots in this town. They still may not like being trapped here. They may still have the aspirations of one day leaving for a better life. However, it's also telling that this season is giving them the opportunities to break out of what has become normal for them. The season opened with Moira away in Bosnia filming a movie. She is still on a high from doing that. Sure, everyone in town is annoyed by her constant stories of life on the set. It's also provided her with a new distraction that allows her to embrace everything that makes up this town. She has new excitement even though she doesn't want to hear any of the criticisms that Jocelyn may now have about her. Jocelyn is absolutely right to call out everyone for excluding her just because she is exhausted from dealing with a new baby too. That's a new struggle for her this season even though it doesn't seem like Roland's life has changed all that much because of it. He is still operating just like he always does around the motel. In fact, he is more devoted to it now because Alexis creates an opportunity for the motel to get new business. She lures a motel reviewer to the town to experience the motel. That leads to a series of events where Johnny and Roland are making themselves too available to him while also planting Stevie as a fake guest in order to really talk up the business. That's what makes it so surprising when Stevie finds a romantic connection with this guy. That's not what she was expecting from Emir at all. She didn't even know how to be an effective plant to ensure this guy writes a good review of the motel. In fact, none of the characters really know how to do so in a way that is subtle. It's blatantly obvious that they are pushing for a good review. However, it actually happens because Stevie is able to show Emir a good time. Sure, he doesn't want his personal feelings for her to compromise his ability to objectively review this business. This is his profession after all. But it also represents a significant change for him because most motel experiences aren't that great. As such, he does recognize that things at the Rosebud Motel aren't as bad as they seem. The Rose family has been living there for quite awhile. But the show may actually be changing that up this season with the idea of David and Patrick moving in together. Patrick feels the need for his own space because Ray is just too intrusive as a roommate. It was an arrangement that worked when Patrick didn't think he would be staying in Schitt's Creek for a long time. Of course, David didn't expect to be living here either. But he is and has built a successful business. He has found love. He's surprised that he's willing to take the next step in this relationship too. Of course, Patrick wasn't on the same wavelength for once. That's surprising. It ensures that this remains an ongoing conversation. One that could dramatically alter the foundation of the show because the heart of the storytelling comes from the Rose family having to share the same space together. Alexis may not miss David because she could expand her home office. But it would represent a dramatic shift to what has been the status quo for the entire series. And yet, that would also be very exciting.