Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Episode 4

Martin Short as Dr. Framph in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Episode 4 Breakdown Our show opens with Kimmy finding a television set on the street, and in her naivete, she thinks it'll work. When she brings it into the apartment, Tituss explains that it's not going to work, cutely advising, "Ariel, this thing-ma-bob's not going to work." But, of course, in keeping with the show's … [Read more...]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Episode 3

It’s Hard to Be Cinderella When You’re A Cult Survivor The themes in this episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are pretty clear and for a comedy, delve pretty deeply into existential thinking. Everyone is at the ball pretending to be someone they are not, and the question is, how does a cult survivor handle that pose? We see lots of Cinderellas … [Read more...]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Episode 2

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Episode 2 Screen Capture

Okay, so the dust is settling. We’ve met Kimmy, know her past, and now the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt needs to lay down the foundation for relationships that will inform all the comedic moments to come. All to say episode two spends less time delving into Kimmy’s past experiences and more time introducing the audience to the characters who will … [Read more...]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Episode 1

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Title as Presented in The Show’s Opening Credits

Please see Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Foreword to understand the purpose of these posts and my general feelings when approaching the topic of cult abuse as proffered by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. 1. Pop Culture. It isn’t a mistake that Tina Fey shapes her show—often a study of contemporary pop culture—around a protagonist who is uniquely suited … [Read more...]

Foreword: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ellie Kempner as Kimmy Schmidt

I was surprised when I heard the famously hilarious Tina Fey had turned her energies to producing a comedy about a cult victim making a new life for herself in New York City. Certainly the juxtaposition of small town cult victim and big city savior-faire is fertile ground for a situational comedy. But the broad strokes the show's writers use to … [Read more...]

Debby Schriver Shares Report on Children of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries Cult

Dear Readers, I’m working on a special project and am going to take a break from Skinny Girl Journals to tell you about it. Two years ago I received a telephone call from an individual who wanted me to write the story of her family. I agreed to meet, and I found myself sitting with a mother and father who wove an extraordinary tale. Each had … [Read more...]

Journals of the Skinny Little Girl—Entry 3. Hanging in The Hood

My neighborhood was like any other suburb in Chicago. We had sidewalks, tree-lined streets, and backyards that seemed to run into each other creating a land to explore that seemed to have no boundaries. Lots of kids lived in my neighborhood. The older kids who lived on our block were intimidating and aloof. We little kids kept our distance but … [Read more...]

Journals of the Skinny Little Girl—Entry 2. Thanksgiving

Holidays were always emotionally confusing to me. I liked hiding away in my room with the assurance that I wouldn’t have to see anyone from the “outside” world. On the other hand, this haven inside my house was unpredictable. I never really knew what my mother had in store. When I turned 10, my mother decided that we needed to experience … [Read more...]

Journals of the Skinny Little Girl—Entry 1. Breasts

I was the skinniest little girl in my class. In fact, I may have been the skinniest kid in the entire school. At least I was in my mind. Proclaiming that mine was the skinniest little body they had ever seen, boys regularly picked me up, threw me into the air, caught me, and then having proven their virility, walked away with hardly a glance back. … [Read more...]