It looks like the two biggest social events of the year are a go for Schitt's Creek, with David and Patrick already picking out tuxedos for their wedding, and Moira's movie The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening about to drop any day now. Alexis is in her element managing PR for the movie and already has specific plans for David's wedding party, and what Alexis wants Alexis usually gets. Then there's Stevie's decision to leave her job at the Rosebud Motel and go travel the world as a flight attendant — a career move that doesn't go quite as expected.
The Crows movie is one step closer to premiering on Interflix when the long-awaited official trailer drops. Moira gathers the family around her to share her big moment, only to struggle with pre-roll ads and spotty wi-fi, and the whole thing is a very solid bit about streaming video platforms. Gotta appreciate a show with classic comedy beats that also deeply understands internet culture.
I continue to enjoy how meta the Crows storyline is, since Schitt's Creek fans were clamoring for the first Season 6 trailer just a few months back. Even better, the full Crows trailer has been posted to an Interflix Twitter account that you can follow for the latest crow-related news. Go get that Interactive Media Emmy, Schitt's Creek team!
As David and Patrick get ready to pick out Patrick's wedding suit, Alexis jumps right in as David's maid of honor — a role she's got a pretty strong claim to, since she was the first person to encourage their relationship. "You did it! You manifested your wedding and I'm like literally stunned," she tells her brother. "Think of all the people on the planet who find someone, somehow you're one of those people."
Small problem, though — back when Alexis was supposed to be gone for six months, David asked Stevie to be his maid of honor and she agreed. But when Alexis finds out that Stevie kind of shrugged her way into it, she decides she'll just swoop in and take that job off her hands, like she's doing Stevie a favor. She's so casual and confident about it, you have to wonder exactly how many times she's pulled this off.
Johnny and Roland, now partners after Roland took out a second mortgage to buy the new motel, look the place over and discover they have a long-term guest — somebody who keeps a loaded gun and a bag full of cash in the room. They stake out the motel until the rough-looking "squatter" shows up, but when they confront him, he turns out to be a prosecutor who puts away hardened criminals and lives at the motel for his own safety.
First of all, the previous owner of the motel died being investigated by the feds for some suspicious business dealings, and now this guy? What is it about this town that attracts shady crime dramas? I assume the woman who ran a brothel out of the Rosebud Motel in Season 3 was trying to get here and took a wrong turn.
And second, I have to take back some of my initial eye-rolling about Roland — he's particularly funny this season, and for some reason I like him more. I think it's something to do with him being fully invested now; before this, half the reason he worked at the motel was because Jocelyn needed him out of her hair. Now he's really put himself behind the business, and has a lot more to lose if it falls through.
So, Stevie challenging David to compete with her for the flight attendant job in last week's episode is starting to make more sense. Uncertain about Larry Air to begin with, she freaks out and quits when she discovers it's a lawsuit-ridden airline that will only take her as far as South Dakota, and they were going to put her on a real flight when she'd barely started training. Now she finds herself unemployed in her thirties, with nothing to show for her short-lived adventure but an outdated stewardess uniform.
I suspect some viewers might consider this whole Larry Air plot a waste of time, but I don't think so. Until now, nearly every leap of faith we've seen on the show has paid off, career-wise; Alexis has been a natural at her new PR company, and David and Patrick quickly found each other and made steady progress with Rose Apothecary ever since. This is the first time we've really seen someone take a big risk that goes nowhere, an experience my generation knows all too well. (The job that brought me to Los Angeles turned out to be a dud that took years to recover from, so when Stevie slumped in her chair and muttered "What am I doing?" I felt that in my bones.)
Now the only question is, how does Stevie get her bright future back on track? We only have ten episodes left.
I should probably have something semi-intelligent to say here, instead of acting like I've never seen a white guy in a tux before, but I don't. I mean, look at him. He's getting married, and he's so happy about it!
Also, that James Bond joke is going to launch a thousand Secret Agent AU fanfics, I can tell you that right now.
I guess you can't please everybody. Moira's excitement over the Crows trailer gets significantly dampened when Jocelyn can't come up with anything nicer to say about it than "It's a real movie!" You know how it is with creative types: no matter how much praise they get for their pet project, if one friend doesn't like it, that'll be the thing that sticks with them all day. And this is Moira we're talking about, so multiply that by a thousand or so.
Fortunately it turns out Jocelyn wants to be supportive but just can't handle horror movies. (Girl, same.) To make up for it, she writes a review of the trailer for what I'm guessing is the local paper, featuring the line "Yes, there will be blood — and yes, you will be horror-struck!" It's exactly what Moira needs to hear, and it also sounds exactly like something I would write and I want to read the whole thing immediately. Hook me up, Interflix account!
Moira and Jocelyn really seem like close friends after working on Cabaret together, by the way. It's lovely to see.
In one of the sweetest moments of the season so far, Alexis realizes that while she could easily talk Stevie into giving up the maid of honor job, Stevie needs something to keep her spirits up after all the anxiety and disappointment of the last few weeks. "Who are you?" David teases fondly, when Stevie's not looking. "You're getting soft."
This convinces David to offer Alexis an even more important role: walking him down the aisle and giving him away. Honestly, the decision to make David a stereotypical "bride" in a same-sex wedding is up for debate; but the symbolism of David and Alexis observing this tradition when they were mostly ignored by their parents growing up is a beautiful thing.
Personally, I knew David would get too swept up in wedding planning this season, and it's been entertaining so far. But all the while, I've been wondering when his better self was going to appear — the man who carried Patrick up a mountain because he realized how important it was to him, even before he knew there was a proposal coming. And now here he is, just for a minute. Might not be quite where he needs to be yet, but he'll get there.