One of the things that I love most about Kimmy Schmidt is its ability to mix heart and comedy. At times throughout the series, but especially this season, the writer’s tackle incredibly sensitive subjects such as PTSD while still making a truly funny show. That is again showcased in Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place, which centers around Kimmy, in therapy, discussing her past (she was born on a roller coaster???) and her troubling relationships that date back much farther than the bunker. With Andrea, Kimmy reveals the details of her troubled relationship with her mother (who may or may not have been able to prevent Kimmy’s kidnapping) and the coping mechanisms that Kimmy has used to survive. Andrea is convinced that Kimmy needs to learn how to get mad, and tells her so, encouraging Kimmy to learn that it’s ok to get angry.
Trying to take Andrea’s advice, Kimmy turns to Lillian for help “getting angry.” Lillian takes Kimmy with her to a protest against gentrification, but unfortunately no one takes Lillian seriously, and the protest fails. Lillian’s lessons also fail, as nothing that angers Lillian angers Kimmy. In fact, it isn’t until Lillian leaves Kimmy alone in a grocery store that Kimmy lashes out, finally getting angry. Perhaps being abandoned is a sore subject for Kimmy???
Elsewhere, Titus and Mikey are still going strong, but Mikey has yet to come out to his family and plans to do so at a big family dinner. Titus thrives on drama, and is convinced that he’ll have the opportunity to deliver a well-planned monologue. Mikey’s family is incredibly understanding and welcoming though, and Titus is left disappointed in the lack of drama! Undeterred, however, he gives his monologue despite their welcome, simply ranting about the terrors of racism rather than bigotry.