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Big Mouth: Season 3, Episode 7 “Duke” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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The life of the Ghost of Duke Ellington is explored as the boys hound him for the story of his first time.


Network
Netflix
Director(s)Bryan Francis
Writer(s)Gil Ozeri, Jak Knight
Air Date10/4/2019

Recap

The Momma’s Boy Era: Duke, Daisy

Working his way up to his 13th year, Duke talks about his piano lessons, close relationship with mother Daisy, and paints the picture he had a middle-class life in early 1900 DC. One that didn’t have him hit too hard by the laws of Jim Crow, and he even enjoyed, on occasion, playing baseball and, a surprising fact, Theodore Roosevelt would sometimes watch him play (Going by the Washington Post as a fact-checker for this).

Welcome To Atlantic City: Duke, Harvey, Maury

But, as he grew up, there was a natural inclination to meet girls and chase skirts. After all, Maury was his hormone monster. So when he was spending a summer in Atlantic City, working as a dishwasher, he took to the rise of ragtime music, and one musician named Harvey Brooks. Someone who, per Big Mouth’s Duke, invigorated his love for learning and playing piano after his mother forced it upon him growing up. Not due to his style, however, but the women he attracted while playing.

The Birth Of The Duke: Duke, Daisy, Andrew, Jay, Nick

Leading to, when Duke got back home, playing at a local pool hall, and surprisingly being a hit in town. Hence the birth of Duke and how Duke says he had his first love, Jazz. Which upsets the boys, specifically Jay and Nick, for they were waiting on a sex story. And as for Andrew? He wanted to show off how much he knew and even try to interrupt the ghost of Duke Ellington and damn near try to correct him.

 

Review

Highlights

While Not Completely Factual, It Does Pique Your Interest For The Truth

While the idea of us being able to pinpoint who and how Duke Ellington lost his virginity seems like an odd find, you have to appreciate the work of historical fiction Big Mouth made to make Duke more than a ghost in the attic. Granted, they only went up to the beginning of his career, and didn’t go into the start of his band, and things like that, but this sets a pretty cool precedent. One which the show could repeat in the form of David Bowie or Freddie Mercury, if not the rest of the ghosts.

For while some may take what was used as facts, others may find themselves wandering the internet, hopefully beyond Wikipedia, to learn what is the truth. Which could mean renewed interest in legendary figures like Duke Ellington.

The War Of The Penises

Despite being a strange b-line story, I got to admit the World War C*m storyline was fascinating. Almost to the point of being a bit too much of a distraction since Maury’s little d***s usually are just there for comic relief and to heighten the ridiculousness of the moment. So for them to get an actual story, even if episodic, could both throw you off and illicit some excitement of them being used more in the future – with purpose.

 

Creator

Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

Character Guide

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Collected Quotes

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Current Status

Active

Where To Buy, Rent, or Stream?
Netflix

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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.

The War Of The Penises - 8
While Not Completely Factual, It Does Pique Your Interest For The Truth - 9

8.5

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I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and from movies, TV, the occasional book, play, and Broadway show, have been trying to bridge the gap between a critic and an avid lover of various forms of media.

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