Big Mouth: Season 2/ Episode 10 “The Department of Puberty” [Season Finale] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

The outside of the Department of Puberty.
52.38% (2)

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.


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Bob Suarez
Writer(s) Gil Ozeri
Air Date 10/5/2018

Images and text in this post may contain affiliate links which, if a purchase is made from those sites, I may earn money or products from the company. Most affiliate links contain an upward facing, superscript, arrow.

To Sir With Love: Steve, Jay

With the debauchery which happened when the Shame Wizard was dispelled causing a fire, naturally, someone has to be blamed. It can’t be Ms. B for she was knocked out. So, since the principal is retiring soon, and doesn’t want anything threatening her benefits, Steve takes the fall and is fired. Leaving him to say goodbye to… well, Jay. No one else gets the opportunity to say goodbye to perhaps the friendliest guy they know.

Commentary

Steve getting fired.
Principal Baron: Steve! You are fired.

Gym teachers are still part of teachers’ unions, right? Much less, with Ms. B likely having Steve tested, I’m sure she could fight for him to get his job back. On top of that, with what we see between Andrew and the Shame Wizard, alongside Nick being forced to appreciate the people in his life, Steve is overdue for that moment. One in which people recognize how kind he was to them when no one else was. Be it him being there for Jessie after her first period, helping Nick and Andrew when they got lost in the city, and there is probably a Matthew moment too. Likely him treating Matthew like any other kid.

I can see it now! Based off what Matthew said about his upbringing, he was bullied to the point his family had to move him or risk Matthew dying – either by suicide or being murdered. So he came to this new school, scared, frightened, feeling like he needs to be closeted to protect himself. However, Steve, being who he is, accepts Matthew and with that, he comes out slowly but surely. Enjoys Steve even. However, that is until Devin catches on there is a gay kid and decides to befriend Matthew. Forcing Matthew to decide between being stuck with Steve, and bullied again, or harnessing the power of being a bully to survive.

… At this point, I think we can all agree that Matthew is probably one of my favorite characters. If just because of potential.

Bi-Sexuality: Jay, Brad, Suzette, Matthew

With the Shame Wizard gone, Jay is more so insecure, perhaps anxious, to talk to Matthew about what happened than anything. Leading to, with Matthew giving a dismissive statement, Jay kind of walking away relieved and frustrated. But, with him meeting a couch cushion name Brad, who he lets suck him off in the closet, yet enjoy Suzette in his bed, he realizes he is bi.

Commentary

Bard helping Jay to handle his bi-sexuality.
Brad: See? I told you I could do things Suzette couldn’t.

While Maury said Jay seems to be his own hormone monster, is it wrong to wish, of the dozens of hormone monsters we see, one would take Jay under his wing. Not Gavin, or someone like Tyler, definitely not a Rick, but someone who could guide him on this path. For with Matthew also not getting a hormone monster, it almost makes you wonder if season 3 might be the queer season considering everything got set up for it. Jay is bi, Matthew is definitely gay, and all that is left is a trans person coming onto the show.

Which I’m not saying they should do for the sake of tokenism, but because they go through puberty too. Also, again, there aren’t a huge amount of queer coming out stories not littered with some kind of trauma. Much less, with the way Big Mouth handles things, it could find a whole lot of humor in talking about sex, it could lead to a jumping point of talking about gender roles, and so much more. Something that the “Guy Town” episode opened the doors for with us seeing Elliot meow and get called a p**** by Nick.

A Whole New World: Kitty, Maury, Connie, Jessie, Andrew, Nick, Tyler, Gavin, Shame Wizard

Tyler leaves the portal to the HR world of monsters, wizard, and otherworldly beings open. Originally, Nick only invited Andrew to join but to get away from her mother, and going to therapy, Jessie joins them. Leading to them discovering Maury, Connie, even the Shame Wizard, have their own lives and relationships with one another. For example, as flirty and weird things may get between Maury and Connie, it seems they don’t interact a whole lot in their own world.

What isn’t noted though is if that is because she handles girls and he boys, or just a lack of desire to do so. Either way, while we get to see a lot things are handled like a normal day. So nothing gets broken down. Well, outside of the fact that decisions about how a child should be raised does cause conference meetings. Such is the case when Jessie comes up during Connie’s review and it seems the depression Kitty, who is called a consultant despite having a whole floor dedicated to her team, talks about trying to divert Jessie’s current trajectory. Something which she is down with, at first, because anything seems to be better than Connie. Problem is, depression is no joke and Kitty is suffocating.

Kitty keeping Jessie from escaping the room she put her in.
Kitty: You belong in here, with me.

However, the journey to save Jessie is difficult since Nick gets sidetracked with finding a new hormone monster after Tyler got fired. Leading him to Gavin. To put it simply, Gavin seems like he was Guy’s hormone monster. Making him a bit too intense for Nick and him hoping he doesn’t truly have the power to assign himself to Nick.

As for Andrew? Well, he wanders about after seeing the end of the Shame Wizard’s cloak and finds himself in the basement. There he sees how terrible the Shame Wizard is treated and learns to appreciate the man… being… wizard. For, in the long run, shame isn’t a terrible thing. It’s quite necessary actually. Take that night when Andrew gets urges. His shame makes him wait until later, to masturbate in the bathroom, rather than right next to his best friend.

Leading to the moment Nick was waiting for: Him getting his official hormone monster — who happens to be Connie. Which is confusing for Nick, at first, but with her being able to get him off, he doesn’t care. Oh, and as for Jessie? She gets rescued and decides she definitely needs therapy.

Commentary

Connie revealing herself to be Nick's new hormone monster.
Connie: I’m your new Hormone Monster.

So, does this confirm the Shame Wizard is really the only one of his kind? How that happen? Is that just a position you inherit generation to generation? One that makes you hated no matter what world you are in? That must suck. Which is what made Andrew hugging and thanking him sweet in a way. Though the Shame Wizard can go off the rails, shame doesn’t always have to be a horrible thing. It’s basically part of your conscious in a way. Which, for Andrew, is already a bit twisted so of course the Shame Wizard would say the kind of stuff he did. As seen by Connie, Maury, and the rest, they let the kid take lead and just amplify their feelings.

Speaking of Connie, how will her being the hormone monsters to the girls and Nick work? With Gina, she has already proven herself disloyal and the kind to play favorites, so how will Nick be treated. Will Connie give him the inside scoop? Perhaps lead to Nick understanding his dad more and being in touch with his feminine side? Does Connie being a monstress even matter in the long run?

Also, considering how many beings saw Jessie, Nick, and Andrew, will anything come from them knowing what it looks like on the other side of the portal? Heck, how does that portal work exactly? I’m just left with so many questions.

Highlights

  1. We got to see the world of the monsters, wizards, and so much more.
  2. Jay accepts his bi-sexuality.
  3. Jessie is heading to therapy!
  4. All the can come of Connie being Nick’s hormone monster, as long as she is more attentive to him than she is to Missy and Gina.
  5. Andrew hugging the Shame Wizard and acknowledging he does play a healthy part in his life – when he wants to.
  6. Pitbull Featuring Ludacris making an appearance.

Low Points

  1. So Nick can go through 3 hormone monsters but Matthew can’t get 1?

On The Fence

  1. While it was cool to see the world of the monsters, it leaves you with so many questions about how things work over there. Also with questions of, with the introduction of the depression Kitty, among others, will we see them play a role in season 3?


Follow Wherever I Look on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and Subscribe to the YouTube Channel.


Check Out Other TV Recaps


Creator

Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

Character Guide

Not Created

Collected Quotes

Not Created

Current Status

Active

Where To Buy, Rent, or Stream?
Netflix

Season Reviews

Season 1 | Season 2
Check Out The TV Series & Specials Page
Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Characters
Season 3, Episode 10 “Disclosure the Movie: The Musical”A new hormone monster is introduced, and while Mirror Missy doesn’t appear, it might be because she integrated with the real Missy. Also, the Fab Five appear.
Director(s) Bob Suarez
Writer(s) Emily Altman, Victor Quinaz
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • Reinventing Coach Steve: Steve, Antoni, Jonathan, Karamo, Tan, Bobby, Jay
  • Disclosure – The Movie Turned Musical: Jessi, Gina, Matthew, Ali, Missy, Nick, Andrew, Mr. Lizer, Lola, Mona, Lars
  • The Return of The Steve: Steve, Mr. Lizer, Lola, Jessi, Nick, Andrew, Missy, Mona, Connie
Season 3, Episode 11 "Super Mouth" [Season Finale]It’s the end of an era, or just 7th grade if you want to be lame and less dramatic. But, nonetheless, things may never be the same.
Director(s) Bryan Francis, Mike L. Mayfield
Writer(s) Gil Ozeri
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • The End Of An Era: Jessi, Nick, Andrew, Missy, Lars, Jay, Caleb
Season 3, Episode 6 “How To Have An Orgasm”The importance of the female orgasm is explored, Jay overstaying his welcome at Nick’s house, alongside dick pic etiquette.
Director(s) Bob Suarez
Writer(s) Emily Altman
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow: Luda, Nick, Jay
  • A Chode: Cherry, Maury, Andrew, Marty, Barbara
  • Love Like This Before: Jessi, Jessi’s Vagina, Judd, Connie, Missy, Shannon, Dina
Season 3, Episode 7 “Duke”The life of the Ghost of Duke Ellington is explored as the boys hound him for the story of his first time.
Director(s) Bryan Francis
Writer(s) Gil Ozeri, Jak Knight
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • The Momma’s Boy Era: Duke, Daisy
  • Welcome To Atlantic City: Duke, Harvey, Maury
  • The Birth Of The Duke: Duke, Daisy, Andrew, Jay, Nick
Season 3, Episode 8 “Rankings”The middle school kids are rocked by a new kid, voiced by Ali Wong, introducing pansexuality as well as lists of who is the hottest in 7th grade.
Director(s) Joel Moser
Writer(s) Kelly Galuska
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • The List: Devon, Nick, Jessi, Devin, Andrew, Gina
  • Let’s Talk About Sex(uality): Jay, Ali, Caleb, Matthew
  • Siri, Play “By Myself” by Judy Garland: Jessi, Nick, Andrew, Judd
Season 3, Episode 9 “The ASSes”Standardized test pressure leads to the Depression Kitty’s return and Jay doing what he usually does: Things that go against his interest.
Director(s) Kim Arndt
Writer(s) Joe Wengert, Max Silvestri
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • I Just Needed Someone To Care: Jay, Diane, Elliot
  • The Pressure Is On – For Some: Depression Kitty, Shannon, Greg, Andrew, Jessi, Jay, Missy, Nick
  • The Side Effects Of Pursuing A Secure Future: Missy, Andrew, Nick, Jay
Season 3, Episode 5 “Florida”Nick and Andrew head to Florida, and between cousin love, babies with guns, and crazy people, we get a lot of what Florida is known for.
Director(s) Kim Arndt
Writer(s) Victor Quinaz
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • Little Orphan Jay: Elliot, Diane, Jay
  • Florida Is Crazy: Cheryl, Nick, Andrew, Barbara, Marty, Skip, Lewis
  • Getting The Hell Out Of… Well Hell: Cherry, Nick, Andrew, Menopause Banshee, Barbara, Marty
Season 3, Episode 4 “Obsessed”It’s a very homoerotic episode of Big Mouth as Jay and Missy collaborate, Matthew has his first kiss, and we learn about Elliot’s moisturizing regimen.
Director(s) Joel Moser
Writer(s) Kelly Galuska, Jaboukie Young-White
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • Soft Daddy & The Mobile Phone: Elliot, Diane, Andrew, Cellsea, Nick, Judd, Cellsea, Maury
  • Are We Like, Friends?: Missy, Jay
  • Homoerectus: Aiden, Jessi, Matthew, Maury, Edward, Kimberly
Season 3, Episode 3 "Cellsea"Jay learns the spectrum of gender and sexual identities, as phone addiction cripples everyone’s ability to socialize.
Director(s) Bryan Francis
Writer(s) Joe Wengert
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • The Birch Family Phone Addiction: Nick, Elliot, Diane
  • Socializing Without Social Media: Aiden, Andrew, Jessi, Matthew, Maury
  • So Many Choices: Jay
Season 3, Episode 2 “Girls Are Angry Too”Big Mouth returns, and thanks to the stupid action of the boys, the girls get punished. Leading to Missy deciding it is time to let her dark side out.
Director(s) Bob Suarez
Writer(s) Hayley Adams, Joellen Redlingshafer, Kelsey Cressman
Air Date 10/4/2019
  • Turkey Basting: Jay
  • Girls v. Boys: Nick, Jessi, Devin, Lizer, Andrew, Jay
  • Welcome To The Dark Side: Missy
Season 3, Episode 1 “My Furry Valentine”My Furry Valentine not only gives Matt a storyline but introduces us to how complicated Nick and Connie will be as a pair.
Director(s) Kim Arndt, Bob Suarez
Writer(s) Emily Altman, Victor Quinaz, Jaboukie Young-White, Gil Ozeri
Air Date 2/8/2019

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.

How Would You Rate This?

Negative Mixed Positive