Greetings TV viewers! After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 1 episode 6 last night, I am left with the spot-on advice from Dr. Seuss who said that “you know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” For Bridgette, Tutu, Ally, and Rafi, it initially seems like their dreams are something to cling to, giving them a glimmer of hope that they aren’t trapped in their routine lives forever. However, their dreams don’t exactly pan out the way they thought they would. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope or meaning in their lives. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, Bridgette is psyched to receive an invitation letter to try out for the WNBA, her golden ticket to something she has always dreamed about. Meanwhile, Tutu hunts down her former lover on Yelp and Rafi attempts to help his mother out while dealing with his own inner demons. My top 5 moments from SMILF season 1 episode 6 are:
Larry says “bye bye” to the IRS.
In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette is going through a sea of bills and cringes at one from the IRS. Larry innocently says “bye bye” and throws it off the table, causing Bridgette and viewers everywhere to smile as a result. Bridgette is surrounded by never-ending bills, but is ecstatic when she receives an invitation letter to try out for the WNBA. It seems like there is a glimmer of hope for Bridgette after all, allowing her to dive head-first into her hopes and dreams.
Ally has a 911.
As Bridgette is trying to prepare for her basketball tryouts, she is dealing with distractions left and right. Ally begins texting her frantically, saying “911” and it’s “URGENT.” Bridgette swings over there, hoping for something quick and easy, but discovers that Ally is covered head to toe in a cast as she has just went through every plastic surgery she possibly could at once. Ally looks ridiculous, unable to even put a straw in her own mouth, but Bridgette has to put this on hold to go pursue her own dreams. When Bridgette tells Ally that she was beautiful already, Ally points to the picture on her nightstand, explaining to Bridgette her own dream to look that young and beautiful again at a time when she was truly happy and in love.
Rafi has a moment of weakness.
Rafi is initially feeling happy and at peace. He has been successfully sober for a while now and starts discussing all of the good things going on in his life with his priest sponsor, including putting together Ikea furniture with his girlfriend. However, the priest warns him that every day is not going to be a perfect one and he has to cope with what will happen when he doesn’t feel this great. As if he was foreshadowing what the day held for Rafi, he gets a call from his mother and goes to help her move some stuff and feed the dogs. Rafi can’t handle the stress and begins taking his dog’s medication to numb the pain. He goes to see his priest sponsor, who kisses him unexpectedly, leaving Rafi to flee, just needing to escape it all. In a moment of weakness, he falls back into old habits, unable to deal with the chaos surrounding him. We sympathize with what Rafi is going through and hope that he can put it behind him to start fresh and embrace the reality that not everything will work out perfectly. Rather, he needs to focus on the supporting people in his life who will help him get there.
Tutu tracks down her lost love.
Tutu finds her past love on Yelp and decides to go and surprise him, posing as one of his patients at the dentist’s office. While they do have a fleeting moment together, Tutu is horrified to see that he has had his tattoo removed, which is the other half of her heart, snapping her back into reality that their love maybe wasn’t this everlasting and epic story, but that perhaps they just outgrew each other. They swap stories about their lives and families, and Tutu realizes that she is lucky to have Bridgette and Larry in her life, even though it turned out differently than she expected it to.
Bridgette tries out for the WNBA.
Bridgette is clearly nervous to try out for the WNBA, as it’s been about 10 years since she has played competitively. However, this doesn’t stop her from trying out for her dream. Although Bridgette is enthused and passionate, she is clearly outmatched. Bridgette doesn’t want to lose any momentum, but reality starts to sink in when she asks if everyone she is playing against can dunk. When one of the coaches says he has seen all he needs to for today and she can leave, Bridgette is begging for another chance. While her dreams of playing for the WNBA are put on hold at least for today, Bridgette confides in Tutu and is reminded that Larry is her purpose in life. Bridgette desperately wants something for herself, but comes to realize that being a mother is something truly special even if it doesn’t always seem like it.
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below. Also, congrats to the show on its Golden Globe nominations! Happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl