(Original post at The National Student)
This week’s experimental instalment of SMILF takes the show’s traditional format and drives a hearse through it.
Run, Bridgette, Run is a half hour homage to German thriller Run Lola Run– it’s not the most famous reference, but one that’s befitting SMILF’s quirky cultural capital. It’s also stylish as hell, with references to the movie peppered liberally throughout including Bridgette’s periodic red dye job.
The fallout from last week’s episode remains raw, with Bridgette still furious that Rafi baptised Larry without her consent.
On Father’s Day – or Father’s Day for Mothers, as it’s known in the Bird household – Bridgette refuses to let Rafi or Tutu see her son. The episode is also written by Frankie Shaw’s husband, Zach Strauss, which is pleasingly meta. The loss of Larry’s favourite panda toy spurs Bridgette to – you guessed it – run all over Boston attempting to find it.
Yet, where Run, Bridgette, Run really gets interesting is in its use of parallel universes; in each timeline, Bridgette finds a different object that triggers a different memory of where the panda may be.SMILF is hardly the first sitcom to feature parallel universes- Community and Rick and Morty are two notable examples- but Shaw uses the alternate timelines to detail a single psychological process.
Run, Bridgette, Run isn’t perfect, but it’s bold.