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Big Mouth: Season 3, Episode 3 “Cellsea” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Jay learns the spectrum of gender and sexual identities, as phone addiction cripples everyone’s ability to socialize.


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Netflix
Director(s)Bryan Francis
Writer(s)Joe Wengert
Air Date10/4/2019

Recap

The Birch Family Phone Addiction: Nick, Elliot, Diane

To show how phone addiction affects a family, across generations, we see the effect a new phone has on Nick and Diane. For Nick, after having a phone slowly dying due to updates, having something fast, new, able to do it all, makes him forget anyone and everyone but Cellsea. Then, when it comes to Diane, her addiction is Boggle.

How bad is it? Well, she turns into Gollum when Elliot tries to talk her away from her phone. At least until he breaks through and, of course, they make sweet and passionate love.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. While we know Judd exclusively uses burner phones, how does Leah handle her use of technology? Is she addicted or has a healthy relationship with her phone? The world may never know.

Socializing Without Social Media: Aiden, Andrew, Jessi, Matthew, Maury

Maury pushing Matthew to get with Aiden.
Maury: He likes you. He wants to see you naked and beef your timeline.

Andrew decides to go off the grid because Fart Boy is becoming an outlet that doesn’t serve him. But, with setting aside technology, he learns how alone he really is and how his friends are too caught up in other things to share his discovery of nature. So he goes back within a few days.

But the big to-do of the episode is how much we see of Matthew. Beyond his school gossip show, or one-liners, we see Matthew’s family, his room, and even watch him stumble in trying to romance Aiden. Heck, he even gets some time with Maury, who seems sexually open but inexperienced with counseling gay teens. Which makes Jessi bestowing what advice she can a saving grace.

It may have even gotten Matthew a boyfriend.

So Many Choices: Jay

Representation is important. Why? Because Jay is closeted and while Matthew exists, he seems to operate on the idea you are either gay, straight, or slowly creeping out the closet. So he is of no help. Making Geordie’s Journey, a Canadian show, that somehow Jay has access to (Is Big Mouth not in the US?), a godsend. Mostly due to it having a lead who, in his adult years, is discovering his sexuality and maybe even gender expression.

But it is later on, when Jay speaks to Duke Ellington, Freddy Mercury, Prince, David Bowie, and more, that he gets to hone in on what he is: A bisexual, cisgender, polyamorous person!

 

Review

Highlights

Sexuality & Gender Expression Is A Spectrum

That whole musical number going through nearly every sexual orientation (though I’m sure some were missing) was eye-opening. Also, add in gender expression, minus trans strangely, and while it was a lot to consume at once, you had to appreciate the presentation. For despite this being MA, like Thirteen Reasons Why, even though the rating says, “This Is Not For Kids!” you know they are going to watch it. Making the exposure of terms they can identify with helpful in their journey of self-discovery.

Showing Why Representation Matters

Gordie's Journey Title Card

As noted by Maury, when Matthew is giving up hope on Aiden, they live in a small suburban town which, let’s face it, isn’t that diverse. It has a few sprinkles of minorities here and there, but is white and cis dominate. So for Jay, it isn’t like he’d find an older Brown person who he could speak to about his feelings. Also, while there is Matthew, being that Jay doesn’t see himself as gay, that wouldn’t help.

Hence why characters like Gideon are important since, even if they don’t look like Jay, he can get the heart of their journey and identify. Also, as most generations preceding should hope, with Gideon, he didn’t have the courage to explore until he was older, married, and unfortunately had to hurt people. With Jay taking on this journey so young, and strangely not tortured by the Shame Wizard, he won’t have to go through that.

 

It’s like Tyler Perry owning his own studio in Atlanta, Billy Porter being out, proud, and one step closer to becoming an EGOT, or Lena Waithe being one of the most recognizable, and out, Black lesbians in America, that representation matters. Be it coming from nothing and becoming a mogul, like Perry, or in the case of Porter and Waithe, seeing someone who lives authentically and isn’t punished professionally for it. Oh, and also has love in their life and seems happy.

Matthew: Beyond The Sassy One-Liners

Let’s count it, we see Matthew’s family, learn the names of his parents, get to understand the dynamic he has with them, see his room, and also see him spend time with Maury and Aiden. That’s a lot for a character who, formerly, was barely featured. And while this does seem like a lot of catch up, with us focusing on toxic masculinity, and the development of girls, Matthew, and Jay repping for the GB community, with Jessi’s mom representing for the Ls, is a big deal.

Leading you to wonder, will the T remain silent, or will a trans character be introduced?

Edward making awkward conversations.
Edward: Oh, yeah, we love all those traditional Jewish sitcoms.

On The Fence

Maury Telling Matthew To Kill Himself

While fully aware it is a joke, I must admit there was a part of me uncomfortable with Maury presenting that idea to Matthew considering his situation. Specifically, his dad denying he’s gay, and mom may be going along with it, the loneliness we saw Matthew dealing with last season, then when you add in the only gay kid he knows, that’s out, maybe not being interested? Granted, Matthew isn’t being bullied, but you can imagine if he was more vulnerable that he could be tempted to attempt suicide under the idea that he will never be loved, accepted, and/or happy.

 

Creator

Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

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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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date10/4/2019
  • 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 Date2/8/2019

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.

Maury Telling Matthew To Kill Himself - 70%
Matthew: Beyond The Sassy One-Liners - 85%
Showing Why Representation Matters - 86%
Sexuality & Gender Expression Is A Spectrum - 87%

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