TV Club: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Goes To Court!”

This penultimate episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt continues a lot of the great work of “Kimmy Rides A Bike!,” rooting its comedy in darkness and very serious conflict. It’s also one of the more serialized episodes of the season, working a lot of plot points and previously established details back into the narrative and shedding new light on them, which demonstrates how carefully the writers have worked to build the universe and Kimmy’s personal narrative. The rat that reminds her of her resilience in the pilot returns here in the show’s most devastating flashback. We finally learn the purpose of the giant mystery crank: It generated power for the reverend’s private tube (“RPT”). The close relationship between Cyndee and Kimmy also returns and gets further developed, making for an emotionally compelling and heavy episode that somehow still doesn’t lose track of the comedy.

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