Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which has been nominated for a whopping 11 comedy Emmys in its short 2 seasons, continues to delight viewers with non-stop jokes and blink-and-you-miss-it gags. Despite some stumbles in its 3rd season, this installment of the Tina Fey creation has some one my favorite moments yet.
Season 3 continues immediately on the heels of the Season 2 finale, in which it was revealed that Kimmy is married to her former captor, Reverend Wayne Gary Wayne. Whereas Season 2 saw Kimmy trying to come to terms with her time in the bunker, this season we see that Kimmy has yet to truly move on from her trauma. She does not immediately grant the Reverend a divorce (because Kimmy continues to selflessly help others despite her own needs), and she continues to try (and fail) to find her purpose in life, (crossing guard maybe) deciding to go to college.
The highlight of the season for me was undoubtedly the show’s epic tribute to the Beyonce’s album Lemonade. In Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades!, Titus faces the possibility of Mikey’s betrayal by paying homage to Queen Bey. Through a series of flawless parody videos, Titus “Lemonades” (yes Lemonade is used as a verb) his way through his eventual break-up with Mikey, performing interpretations of “Hold Up”, “Sorry”, and “All Night”: “I’m doing what any reasonable person would do in this situation. I’m Lemonade-ing.” This episode shows off what an asset Tituss Burgess is to the series and, in my opinion, sets him up for another Emmy nomination (and hopefully a win).
The guest cameos were the true stars of this season, as Daveed Diggs, Maya Rudolph and Laura Dern among others joined the pantheon of Kimmy Schmidt guests. Perhaps it’s my love of Hamilton the musical, but Daveed Diggs was the shining star, checking in as Kimmy’s friend Perry, the first potential love interest that I’ve actually felt invested in. Diggs steals the show in his 3 episodes, and even steps up the mic to do what he does best, rap (sorta). In the end, Perry and Kimmy do go their separate ways, but I’m hoping that we see more of him in the future. Guest stars Peter Riegert and Josh Charles also step in as foils for Kimmy’s landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) and Kimmy’s friend Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski).
Despite a strong and promising season overall, the finale of Season 3 was lackluster. After spending a season following Kimmy to college as she tries to find her purpose, the end of the season was actually disappointing, as Kimmy flunked out of Columbia and failed to get a job as a crossing guard. Kimmy has shown that she is resilient, cheerfully giving of herself to help her friends, yet she herself has yet to find the happiness she deserves. Thankfully, Netflix announced recently that the show will return for a Season 4, so I am hopeful that we will see Kimmy get the happy ending she deserves!