Wednesday, February 6, 2019

REVIEW: 'Schitt's Creek' - Patrick Throws an Epic Party Where Ted Has a Lot of Fun in 'Housewarming'

Pop's Schitt's Creek - Episode 5.05 "Housewarming"

David and Patrick throw a housewarming party and Ted finally lets loose. Johnny and Moira try their best to babysit Roland Jr. for the evening.

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.

"Housewarming" was written by Daniel Levy & Rupinder Gill and directed by Laurie Lynd

The show embraces the comedy fully when it reminds everyone of just how different the Rose family is from the people in Schitt's Creek. David and Alexis had drastically different upbringings. As such, they don't really know what a typical high school experience is like. Of course, Alexis has a more rational and clear clue because she actually went back to high school recently. However, they also feel lost when Patrick decides his housewarming party should have the theme of a high school sleepover. It's all so simple and innocent. Plus, it allows for everyone to get a little drunk which means even more emotions come into play. In fact, it's surprising how quickly some of the characters embrace some teenage impulses here. Ted isn't able to handle too much alcohol while Alexis and Patrick both get jealous of their boyfriends kissing each other. This was just suppose to be a fun and harmless party with games such as Spin the Bottle, Never Have I Ever and Truth or Dare. Stevie is certainly having a good time. She doesn't even need to keep texting with Emir in order to be enjoying herself. She is just amusingly observing this world. It's one where Patrick didn't want any help from David in planning this party. He just wanted something simple. It didn't need to be extravagant. At the end of the day, David is perfectly fine with everything that his boyfriend did. He enjoys himself. It's just awkward for everyone else because Ted cuts loose so much. He was determined not to at this specific moment because he's busy with work. However, Alexis is able to convince him that he should be free to enjoy himself at a party with his friends. He just ends up kissing everyone and calling them "Big Daddy." That nickname seems to make no sense at all. But it's also such a revealing side to Ted. The episode shows him in a new light. Meanwhile, Alexis is the immediate jealous one because she doesn't want her boyfriend and brother kissing. Of course, she reads too much into it as well and even gets Patrick concerned. There is nothing to freak out about. Everyone is perfect with the exact relationships they have right now. But there is also the hilarious moment where Alexis and Patrick kiss just in order to even the field once more. Patrick is just mortified through the whole experience though. But at least he's the one having a big reaction to something that is very small. That's a nice change of pace to that core couple as well. Elsewhere, Roland and Jocelyn are in desperate need of a babysitter so that they can get a couples massage. Johnny is the only person in town who can look after the baby. That too puts how David and Alexis were raised in a new context. Johnny and Moira weren't attentive parents. They were never close with their children before they came to Schitt's Creek. And now, it's amusing to watch as they believe they can take care of a child only for the binder provided to them having to spell out everything that is perfectly normally. Moira wasn't even going to stay and help Johnny with the baby. However, she is pulled into it simply because of casual interest and the need to help her husband. Sure, she still watches the TV movie she was in decades ago. But she remains an active part of the story as well. And in the end, this was no big deal whatsoever. Johnny and Moira can take care of this baby. They would just prefer not to any time in the near future.