Greetings TV viewers! After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2 episode 1 season premiere last night, I was reminded exactly why I adore Bridgette Bird, played by the brilliant Frankie Shaw. She’s far from perfect and she doesn’t always say the right thing, but you still root for her all the same and laugh and cry along with her. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “S…Man, I’ve Literally Failed,” Bridgette tries to track down her father. Meanwhile, Bridgette meets a new friend at the airport and says goodbye to someone very dear to her heart. My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 1 season premiere are:
“You are a disaster.”
It seems slightly offending when someone you just met makes this assessment, but then again, the stranger is really referring to Bridgette’s back, as she offers to give her a massage after explaining that her father has moved back to Boston. Bridgette is beyond upset, as she just traveled all the way to Philadelphia from Boston, but at least she gets a little TLC while she is there.
“That’s your shadow self.”
In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette has a dream that she is riding a dark horse and she has flowing hair and a carefree spirit, almost like she is right out of a fairy-tale. While I’m not really sure what the dream means, the stranger Bridgette meets in Philadelphia explains that it’s her shadow self and that great stress is coming Bridgette’s way. Is Bridgette truly ready to face it, however?
“Girl to girl…”
After getting off the plane, Bridgette makes the mistake of leaving her wallet on board. She desperately tries to run back inside, but she cannot go through because of security measures. Bridgette tries to reason with the female security guard “girl to girl,” but is politely declined. After explaining that she has the right to shoot Bridgette if she tries to run through, Bridgette comments, “That is so extreme.” While Bridgette doesn’t have any luck finding her wallet, she does squeeze in some cardio by running back up the escalator.
“Maybe I would…but I can’t.”
When Bridgette is waiting at the airport, she meets a father with his young daughter. The father is clearly frustrated with his daughter, but Bridgette can’t help intervening as a “roaming child therapist” and she explains that he should communicate better. Even though Bridgette gets over involved here, that’s what makes her Bridgette Bird. She is not afraid to make an impact, even if she doesn’t always go about it the right way. Later on, Bridgette bonds with the father and daughter and he gives her some good advice about her own father, reminding her that if she has to look for him, maybe he isn’t really worth it.
“You kept me alive all these years.”
At the end of the episode, Joe passes away with Larry in the house and Tutu and Bridgette are left to pick up the pieces and deal with their grief. Bridgette also learns that her own father has passed away and she saves the obituary that read: survived by one daughter. Bridgette initially did not want to speak at Joe’s funeral, but has a change of heart and finally allows her emotions to emerge. Bridgette recognizes that Tutu was the one who was truly there for both her and Joe and she takes a moment to express her gratitude here, which is real and heartwarming. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this show in the first season and the second season has already started off strong. I’m looking forward to more adventures with Bridgette Bird and I’m sure you are too. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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