TV Review: SMILF (Season 1, Episode 4)
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Bridgette takes on toxic masculinity in A Deep Dish Pizza and a Shot of Holy Water. We catch up with Bridgette immediately after the Craigslist stranger assaulted her, playing basketball in the middle of the night and dreaming of the WNBA. Her euphoria is shortlived, as she’s almost immediately robbed of Larry’s iPad and her Jordans by teenage boys. The incident- compounded no doubt by her recent sexual assault- spurs Bridgette into action. Tired of being subject to toxic masculinity rather than the beneficiary of it, Bridgette starts approaching life with “the confidence of a mediocre white guy”, as Eliza puts it. She aggressively propositions a store clerk and verbally abuses him throughout sex, even telling him “you’re prettier than you know” as George from Craigslist did before assaulting her. However much Bridgette might claim to have blocked out the encounter, her perception of masculine tropes is clearly linked to the sexual aggression she’s experienced in the past. Bridgette’s past throws up another key theme of A Deep Dish Pizza and a Shot of Holy Water- her antipathy for religion. Tutu’s devotion to Catholicism is tested by Bridgette’s refusal to baptise Larry, and her assertion that the Virgin Mary was raped by the Apostles caused controversy both in-universe and off-screen by Christian organisations.
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