For the past few episodes, Kimmy has made pretty significant strides in life. Rather quickly, she got a job and a new apartment. She still struggles with nightmares and startles easily, but she hasn’t let New York City swallow her whole. Now, she even has a cute boy who kisses her in the cereal pantry. But when fellow mole woman Cyndee Pokorny arrives, Kimmy starts to realize maybe she’s not all that well adjusted after all.
After the intro sequence in “Kimmy Goes To The Doctor!,” Kimmy watches a commercial on her new television for Buhbreeze, a spoof on Febreze air freshener. The spoof becomes a recurring joke throughout the episode, but it also helps Kimmy realize that trying to change your outer appearance doesn’t fix your inner problems. You can’t Buhbreeze your life.
“Kimmy Goes On A Date!” begins with Kimmy waking up from a nightmare to find herself strangling Titus. It turns out she has been having a lot of nightmares since leaving the bunker, so Kimmy tries to work through some of her issues, afraid that she’ll never be normal.
“I like helping people. I’m good at it,” Kimmy Schmidt tells Titus in “Kimmy Gets A Job!” In these first two episodes, it becomes very clear that Kimmy was a huge part of keeping the other women together in the bunker. She developed coping mechanisms for them to survive, like the one at the center of this episode: living life 10 seconds at a time. According to Kimmy, you can withstand anything for 10 seconds at a time. So count to 10 and then start over again, and you’ll get through. It’s grim—a reminder of the trauma Kimmy lived through in the bunker. But it’s also a reminder of Kimmy’s optimism. The 10-second rule is what helps her survive in her new life in New York City, and she imparts the wisdom on the new people she’s trying to help: the Voorhees..eses.
Created by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt comes to Netflix just in time for you to finish binge-watching House Of Cards and start binge-watching this super endearing new comedy.
The series follows Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), the survivor of a doomsday cult. Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne kidnapped Kimmy when she was in 8th grade, keeping her in an underground bunker with three other women who he also abducted and brainwashed. The pilot begins as the women are being rescued and brought back out to the world after 15 years of imprisonment.