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'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' fan recap: 'Smile until you feel better'

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Kimmy Goes to the Doctor! | Aired March 6, 2015

Kimmy Schmidt is still adjusting to “the future” and does not understand why people are so wasteful. Case in point: Why do people throw away perfectly good televisions? Well, someone else’s trash is another person’s treasure, and now Kimmy and Titus are the proud owners of a used television.

One normal thing does happen to Kimmy Schmidt in this episode: She gets hooked on Law & Order. We have all been there, trapped in a never-ending marathon. Until Titus demands Kimmy turn off the program when he sees his nemesis, Coriolanus Burt (James Monroe Iglehart), is guest starring on an episode.

Saved by the bell—well, the telephone—Kimmy gets a random call from fellow Indiana Mole Woman Cyndee (Sara Chase). However, Kimmy soon learns that the call is not that random. It would seem that Titus has been using Kimmy’s Hello Kitty stationery to write letters to Cyndee as Kimmy. Kimmy is not a happy camper and quickly gets off the phone with Cyndee to scold Titus. Titus is penning letters as Kimmy for a good reason; he is worried she is repressing too much and thinks talking to someone who has been through the same thing will help.

Over at the Voorheeses’, Kimmy finds Jacqueline doing happy poses because she just found out that her husband will not be home for another six weeks. Kimmy can understand the concept of masking pain; she likes to live by the motto, “Smile until you feel better.” Jacqueline decides a trip to her plastic surgeon, Dr. Franff (Martin Short), is the perfect way to make her outside and inside feel better.


Dr. Franff becomes kind of obsessed with Kimmy’s skin, which shows no sun damage but a lot of scream lines. Kimmy decides that she should get some Botox to conceal them.

Titus and Lillian have been glued to the television set. While watching the news, Titus learns that after six cast members were injured, Spidermen Too: 2 Many Spidermen is looking for new actors. Titus is ecstatic and thinks that this could be his big break. To prepare for his audition, Titus enlists Kimmy to help him take new headshots via a photo booth in an arcade.

Titus heads to the open casting call for Spidermen Too: 2 Many Spidermen with his new headshots in hand—only to run into his nemesis, Coriolanus Burt, who makes him feel awful for attending an open casting because clearly he does not have an agent. Titus heads home completely deflated. Kimmy is sick of Titus living in the past. So the two head to one of the top talent agencies and do a series of leg and arm poses until an agent notices them.


Titus is noticed and gets an audition for Spidermen Too: 2 Many Spidermen. But when Kimmy is also noticed—as one of the Indiana Mole Women—she panics races to Dr. Franff’s office and demands a whole new face!

Kimmy is in the chair, all drugged up and ready for her new face when she has a bunker flashback. Finally realizing that she is repressing her issues, Kimmy fights her way out of the doctor’s chair and starts to make an epic speech to the people in the waiting room.


Pretty powerful stuff, right? Problem is, Kimmy’s mouth is numb so no one actually hears her moving words.

Later, Kimmy drops some truth bombs on Jacqueline, who is clearly repressing her own feelings about her husband. Jacqueline is sad, and no matter how many times she gets her toes done, yes toes, it will not change the fact that her marriage is falling apart.



Jacqueline decides she will go to China and confront her husband.

Titus has a disaster of an audition and is actually asked to leave, but he is filled with glee when he runs into Coriolanus Burt backstage: He is also auditioning for a role in Spidermen Too: 2 Many Spidermen. Looks like Coriolanus is not as big of a deal as he would like Titus to believe.

Now that Kimmy has finally realized that repressing your emotions is not a good way to live, she calls back Cyndee and invites her to visit New York. Is Kimmy Schmidt ready to share her past with her future?

Season one of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is now streaming on Netflix.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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