Schitt’s Creek 1×04 ‘Bad Parents’: This is our favorite Liam Neeson movie

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This week we get to see Alexis and David get friendly with the locals, while John and Moira despair over their terrible parenting thus far. ‘Bad Parents’ might be a little lighter on the laugh-out-loud moments, but the show is starting to reveal its heart.

This was probably my favorite episode thus far in the series’ run. Everyone — including the zany secondary characters like Roland — was toned down just enough to let the story speak for itself, instead of their over-the-top antics taking center stage. It might have meant a few less zingers from Moira, but it’s a tradeoff I’ll happily accept if it means fleshing the rest of the cast out.

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Surprisingly, I love watching the budding friendship between Stevie and David. It’s still a little odd to me that she’s been so fascinated with him and insistent on forging a bond, given how different their personalities and outlooks are. Yet, here, I can kind of understand it: I think Stevie is amused by David’s befuddlement, and I think David, though not ready to admit it, is glad to have an ally in town. Sure, he often treats Stevie like “the help,” but I can also see them turning into partners-in-crime. I enjoy how Stevie cuts through David’s prissiness in the wardrobe conundrum: where someone like Alexis would probably justify keeping every single item that David was hoarding, Stevie uses her no-nonsense attitude to help him cull his collection. Only, instead of mocking his champagne tastes, she actually comes to appreciate some of his “funky” clothes, which is a twist I didn’t see coming. It seems like David is appreciative of it, too, especially after she comes up with a compromise by letting him store his unsold clothes in an empty hotel room. I’m definitely eager to see more of their hijinks together.

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Alexis’ continuing saga with Mutt, the mysterious stranger, actually painted her in a better light this week, too. I found the reveal that he is the town pot dealer predictable (Hey look! Bearded man living in a barn in the middle of nowhere does mushrooms!), but the flip side is that their joint community service demonstrates some self-awareness on Alexis’ part I didn’t think was possible. Once we find out he is Roland and Jocelyn’s son (although Jennifer Robertson doesn’t look nearly old enough to be Tim Rauzon’s mother), it puts the Schitts and the Roses in contrast. I like that Alexis admits to Mutt that she’s as much of a screwup as he is. I was strangely compelled by their misfit commiserating over being the family disappointments, and if it means developing Alexis into more than a one-note spoiled rich kid trope, I’m all for it.

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Speaking of self-awareness, I enjoyed watching John and Moira realize that they’ve been neglectful parents — not even knowing Alexis’ middle name, for starters. It’s interesting that while John was depicted as the straight man in the pilot, bit by bit his entitlement is leaking out, despite having the right intentions in bonding with the kids. For instance, he keeps insisting the kids should come to him when he calls, but doesn’t think for a moment that going to them and taking interest in their lives, however petty, would help forge the bond missing in their family unit. Moira isn’t much better, but at least she acknowledges her own lack of interest. I’d like to see the family band together in some task in the future, if only to see them develop a real relationship.

How are you liking the Roses’ journey so far?

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