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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt "Kimmy Kidnaps Gretchen" Review - AVClub

AVClub: After the murky moralizing of “Kimmy Goes to a Play!,” Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt needed to bounce back with an episode playing more to its strengths. With “Kimmy Kidnaps Gretchen!,” it does just that. The sheer density of jokes in any given scene on this show is staggering. Every line presents an opportunity for a joke. “You know how I roll,” Titus says to Lillian of his tendency to kick men out of his life after sleeping with them. “And I’m not talking about the time I fell into a trash can on top of a hill.” The rapid one-liners are one thing, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt also packs in jokes that land on multiple levels, like when Cyndee Pokorny—Kimmy’s bunkermate who makes a brief return—greets Kimmy on the phone with “Hiya, Kimmy! It’s Cyndee Pokorny! We put a mad man in jail together!” Cyndee’s upbeat sincerity in her introduction is funny, but it’s also dressed up with a meta reference to Jon Hamm’s casting as the reverend. Then Kimmy Schmidt doubles down on the joke later when Kimmy rants about the reverend’s psycho-liar tendencies and says he “claimed he came up with the Buy The World A Coke commercial.” Hell, the episode even makes its Apple product placement funny without betraying the show’s voice.

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