Schitt’s Creek 1×11 ‘Little Sister’: ‘Movies aren’t always right’

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Jealousy, sympathy and pride are the name of the game, and it seems like everyone’s got their own beef this week.

David and Stevie are still figuring out their relationship status after their newfound closeness, and they discover that the friends-with-benefits thing is fraught with awkwardness. While I’ve always had the impression that Stevie is more into David than he is her, I was taken aback by David’s confession that he thinks they should end their arrangement because she’s the only friend he has right now, and he doesn’t want to ruin that. Sure, it’s a bit of a cop-out, but Daniel Levy delivered that with such sincerity that I couldn’t help but be touched by David’s predicament, especially since we know he’s feeling lonely right now. I’m glad that they’re infusing his character with these moments of humility, because it balances out his usual vanity. Though Stevie dating the token hunky handyman was cliché, it did underscore how deep her connection is with David, and I’m all for anything that brings them closer, even if I’m not sold on their romance yet.

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Speaking of jealousy, it was more of the usual with Alexis and Mutt. I definitely noticed her twinge of excitement when he told her that he was thinking of breaking up with poor, unsuspecting Twyla. However, I was surprised at Alexis using the information to actually protect Twyla, despite the fact that Alexis generally condescends to her. Twyla’s an oddball, but she means well, and doom was written all over her face when she revealed she was writing a song for Mutt to rekindle their relationship. I expected Alexis to use the information to hasten their breakup, but instead, it was actually really sweet that she warned Twyla not to perform the song for her boyfriend, knowing it would only humiliate her. I also figured Twyla would resent Alexis for meddling, yet she was grateful for the act. If we get more of this humanity out of Alexis, I might stop finding her so useless on the show! This was definitely the most I’ve enjoyed her all season. (Sidebar: Mutt is officially the worst.)

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David mentoring an “outcast” newcomer to Jocelyn’s school (who is his doppelganger) also kind of played against type. I liked that despite their tiptoeing around the issue, he came right out and acknowledged he was gay, and proud of it. “The issue is not me fitting in, it’s me not wanting to fit in,” was an interesting parallel to David’s experience in the town so far, and it seems the mentor can actually learn something from the student. Especially when he started counselling David about the Stevie situation. (“Have you not seen the 42 films about [friends with benefits]? It almost never works.”) It’s curious that David seems to want it to work, but also realizes he’s a human disaster right now. (“The idea of me life coaching another human being should scare you. A lot.”)

I still want to me Moira when I grow up for this outfit alone / Source: Pop TV

I still want to me Moira when I grow up for this outfit alone / Source: Pop TV

One plot that didn’t work so well for me was Moira’s sister visiting, in order to repay a debt she supposedly incurred years before. I didn’t quite understand Moira’s anger about it, given that Johnny even stated they’d gifted her the money, not loaned it, but apparently sibling rivalry never quite ends. Maybe I just don’t think it’s right to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I thought the begging-refusal-begging-some-more cycle was a little trite. That being said, I do want to know more about Moira’s past, so I wouldn’t mind seeing more of her family barge in on their little motel of horrors.

I think we've all felt this way about 2-ply toilet paper. / Source: Pop TV

I think we’ve all felt this way about 2-ply toilet paper. / Source: Pop TV

Hard to believe the season is almost over! Are you curious about what’s in store for the Roses?

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