Big Mouth: Season 2/ Episode 1 “Am I Normal?” [Season Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Maury showing himself fully shaved.
Maury: I shaved in solidarity, brother.
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We pick up where we left off and Nick is starting to wonder if puberty may ever start to kick in.


Network
Netflix
Director(s)Bob Suarez
Writer(s)Andrew Goldberg
Air Date10/5/2018

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Am I Normal?: Nick, Andrew, Rick, Maury, Steve, Dr. Engle

As with the first season, Nick comparing himself to Andrew is making reality tough to deal with. Andrew is getting taller, bigger, has more pubes, but Nick has… Rick? Someone who, compared to Maury pushes the idea something is wrong. Especially upon learning Coach Steve also had Rick for a hormone monster.

Commentary

Dr. Engle noting that Nick is worrying about puberty a little too early.
Dr. Engle: Look, maybe if you were 16, I’d consider medical intervention.

Isn’t it a shame perhaps some of the best conversations about puberty are probably coming from this show? One which, similar to 13 Reasons Why, technically shouldn’t be seen by those who might need it the most? For being a late bloomer is a scary thing and while I’m not 100% sure whether medical research goes behind the jokes, I’m sure someone identifies with Nick. Maybe sees him as a sense of hope. Though perhaps fear as well because Rick looks all the way messed up. Making you wonder, what does his female counterpart look like and will she end up with Missy?

On The Run: Connie, Jessie, Jay, Greg, Shannon

With running away with Jay comes the realization of a few things. First and foremost, while he does have his moments, he is also damaged past the point of Jessie’s patience. Also, and Connie points this out, he could be the first in a long line of damaged men. Perhaps leading to a confession of daddy issues? Just saying.

But, between Jay pretending to be a 40-year-old magician who is making out with a 13-year-old and his pillow fetish, the fun ends. Jay goes home to an indifferent family and Jessie home to worried parents. The world is as it was.

Commentary

Jessie questioning her decision.
Jessie: What the fuck am I doing?

Considering Jay is screwing pillows and has vivid sex fantasies, is he past the need for a hormone monster? After all, it seems all Maury and Rick really do is push Nick and Andrew to give in to temptation or have temptations. Sometimes they give advice but usually, it is just getting their kid enraged. Something Jay does fairly often and easily on his own.

With that said, considering Jay calling Jessie a b**** and how tumultuous things were, should we consider them over? Or will this relationship just be something for her to understand why her mom cheated on her dad? Much less decided to be with a woman?

Big Man: Andrew, Maury, Marty, Barbara

It has long been established Andrew has the worse parents on the show. His father is a shrill man who complains over anything and everything and his mother is a long-suffering enabler. Making it so Andrew has a terrible home life. One which includes his dad waxing his mustache and forcing his mom to participate. All because he feels Andrew looks to grown.

Which, surprisingly, Maury tries to justify and explain but then comes the basketball game. Andrew isn’t that good and that drives Marty nuts. To the point he berates him publicly and even tells him he should quit. This leads to Maury having a Connie moment and getting enraged and Andrew following suit. However, he gets held back so no blows land.

Commentary

Maury getting pissed at Marty and calling Andrew into action.
Maury: Rage! Fucking Rage!

I’m starting to think, for Andrew anyway, his hormone monster was chosen to be the opposites of his dad. For Maury is supportive, weird in a tolerable way, and is there for Andrew when he needs him. Marty, on the other hand, is the kind of guy you think shouldn’t be raising kids. Also, Barbara is the type of mom who you just have to feel bad for. She probably knows divorce would be the best thing for her and her son but the love she once had for this man makes that decision too farfetched. So, instead, she lets Andrew suffer and even partakes in making him suffer. Despite knowing the damage it could cause her child.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Will everyone eventually get a unique hormone monster, will the ones we’ve met double up, or some, like Jay, may get skipped over entirely? If not neglected?

Highlights

  1. The jokes about Jay’s dog having weight issues.
  2. Nick worrying about not growing up fast enough because his best friend is.

Low Points

  1. Andrew not getting to hit Marty.

On The Fence

  1. Jay’s issues still being used for humor.


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Big Mouth: Season 2 – Recap/ Review

Big Mouth season 2 tackles shame, Planned Parenthood, female pleasure, and so much more. All the while seeming like it is more so edutainment than just raunchy good fun.

Season 2/ Episode 10 "The Department of Puberty"

From seeing the world where the Hormone Monsters and Shame Wizard comes from, to meeting Nick’s new hormone monster, the finale packs a punch.

Season 2/ Episode 9 “Smooch or Share”

As many characters face the truth, accept it as well, it loosens the power the monsters and wizard has over them. Perhaps making things worse.

Season 2/ Episode 8 “Dark Side of the Boob”

The Shame Wizard goes into overtime and it seems Connie, Tyler, and Maury aren’t willing or able to do a thing about it.

Season 2/ Episode 7 “Guy Town”

Matthew finally gets recognized for more than his sass and with as Nick finally gets a new hormone monster!

Season 2/ Episode 6 “Drug Buddies”

Jessie gets Nick high, Lila and Andrew become a thing and the Shame Wizard finally gets what he wanted.

Season 2/ Episode 5 “The Planned Parenthood Show”

It’s a sex ed episode, which features all the things Planned Parenthood does — beyond abortions. A fraction of the services they provide.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “Steve The Virgin”

Steve has the opportunity to have sex, with someone who isn’t a sex worker, and the Shame Wizard tries to claim another child.

Season 1/ Episode 1 “Ejaculation”

Big Mouth seems like it will be the few Netflix series, this year, to deserve a long lifespan on the network.

Season 1/ Episode 2 “Everybody Bleeds”

It’s a big day for Jessi. Nick has seemingly evolved into her boyfriend and then she meets the Hormone Monstress.

Season 1/ Episode 3 “Am I Gay?”

In this episode of "Big Mouth," Andrew questions his sexuality as Jessi and Nick devolve their relationship back to a friendship.

Season 1/ Episode 4 “Sleepover: A Harrowing Ordeal of Emotional Brutality”

The boys and girls go to their respective sleepovers and while the boys avoid jizz, Jessi is just trying to avoid hurting people’s feelings.

Season 1/ Episode 5 “Girls Are Horny Too”

After so much time on Big Mouth spent on hearing the boys talk about porn and masturbation, it’s ladies night.

Season 1/ Episode 6 “Pillow Talk”

Two kids from Westchester head to the big city and learn what secrets are hidden within it. Meanwhile, Jay gets his pillow pregnant.

Season 1/ Episode 7 “Requiem for a Wet Dream”

As Jay continues to be abused, Coach Steve makes a friend. Also, Andrew and Missy confess their feelings for one another.

Season 1/ Episode 8 “The Head Push”

Consent is a big focus on this episode of Big Mouth as we learn about someone commonly known as “The Head Pusher.”

Season 1/ Episode 9 “I Survived Jessi’s Bat Mitzvah”

Between kids and parents or lovers, there aren't many happy relationships. But, there's always ghosts, friends & your friend’s mom.

Season 1/ Episode 10 “The Pornscape”

Hasn’t it all led to this? A masturbation addiction and a bunch of emotional boys doing foolish things to deal with their hormones?

Season 1 – Recap/ Review

Big Mouth presents the vulgarity of South Park, alongside having the type of heart that the Disney Channel has recently afforded its shows.

Season 2/ Episode 1 “Am I Normal?”

We pick up where we left off and Nick is starting to wonder if puberty may ever start to kick in.

Season 2/ Episode 2 “What Is It about Boobs?”

Big Mouth continues to make sure the girls of the show aren’t forgotten as it dives into body image issues and learning to love yourself.

Season 2/ Episode 3 “The Shame Wizard”

It seems the being that haunted Missy finds its way to Andrew. As that happens, Jessie becomes more rebellious and Nick tries to woo Gina.

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