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Big Mouth: Season 3, Episode 8 “Rankings” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

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.


Community Rating: 79.63% (3)


 


Network
Netflix
Director(s)Joel Moser
Writer(s)Kelly Galuska
Air Date10/4/2019

Recap

The List: Devon, Nick, Jessi, Devin, Andrew, Gina

During Devon’s bachelor party, since he is willing to get married to Devin if it means a handjob, the boys decide to make lists based on various physical features of the girls. As you can imagine, this blows up and leads to a lot of people dealing with the fact they aren’t that attractive.

Devin, for example, can’t deal with the fact her overall score is 13 while Devon is #1. Also, Lola being higher than Jessi, and Andrew nearly twice Nick’s number? It messes them up substantially. Especially when people start changing their numbers, like Nick does to attract Gina, but then only ends up falling off someone’s list.

Let’s Talk About Sex(uality): Jay, Ali, Caleb, Matthew

Ali (Ali Wong) explaining her sexuality.

Ali (Ali Wong): Pansexual means I’m into boys, girls, and everyone in between.

Big Mouth suddenly realizes it doesn’t have kids from the east side of Asia and introduces two. The one who matters though is Ali who reveals she is pansexual and that lights a fire under everyone. However, while she is the talk of the town, in a good way, Jay coming out as bi doesn’t lead to anything positive. His acquaintances now feel uncomfortable around him, and Matthew participates in bi-erasure. Even Caleb joins in.

Luckily, despite all the drama Jay is part of, and him being crazy, Ali takes pity on him. Maybe even likes him. Thus giving him someone who seems to understand.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Considering the way Caleb reacted to Aiden, does he like Matthew?

Siri, Play “By Myself” by Judy Garland: Jessi, Nick, Andrew, Judd

Jessi’s crush on Judd she tries to pursue, but he is in high school and has zero interest in Jessi. He even refers to her as Nick’s friend, and not by her name. Add in Andrew losing Missy to Lars, and the other Asian guy, Charles Wu, winning Gina, and it becomes a sad day for the lead characters.

Andrew trying to make light of him, Nick, and Jessi being rejected at Devon and Devin's wedding.

Andrew: Nick, Andrew, and Jessi, virgins until college.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. If this show makes it to the high school years, can you imagine Andrew and Jessi losing their virginities to each other?

Review

Highlights

Bi-Erasure Is Real

Whether you are talking about Freddie Mercury or dealing with people like Matthew, you may notice that the idea of bisexuality isn’t taken well – at least for men. For a long period, it seemed every other female pop musician was either presenting the idea it was possible, see Katy Perry, or was fully committed to that life, like Halsey, but those are women.

When it comes to men? While there is Jaden Smith (who might be pan or just refuse labels), he deals with the assumption Matthew gives Jay, as if “Bi,” and its less limiting cousins, are transitionary. So Big Mouth bringing this up really shows that, this season, they are taking sexuality seriously and continuing to prove that underestimating this show is your loss.

The Freedom Girls Have When It Comes To Sexuality – Solely Due To Men Sexualizing It

Jay assuming his sexuality would be more accepted if he was a girl.

Ali: Oh, that’s lame. | Jay: It’d be so much easier if I was a girl.

Continuing the acceptance conversation, let’s note that Ali’s reveal leads Devin to want to experiment and makes many of the boys aroused by fantasies Ali would never include them in. Yet, when Jay comes out, it makes them uncomfortable and dare think he is attracted to them. Reminding you that the main reason women are allowed to be a bit more sexually fluid, in some cases, is because the guy thinks it would lead to a threesome fantasy or because they found it hot in porn.

As for men? Well, there is a reason why there isn’t a female version for the term “DL” or “Down low.” Not to imply some women aren’t into boy love, since there is a whole genre of manga and anime focusing on it, that’s quite popular, but it doesn’t have the acceptance that female sexual expression has. Even in what some may think is a more progressive society.

Plus, as Ali showed, on top of the fantasies others have, they also think you’re hypersexual. That, just because you are open to all genders and those who don’t even see themselves as part of the spectrum, that means you’re pretty much down for anyone – WRONG! But, hopefully, Big Mouth will continue to unfurl the misconceptions. Unless spending an episode on it was their dedication to the subject matter.

 

Creator

Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

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Season Reviews

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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.

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The Freedom Girls Have When It Comes To Sexuality – Solely Due To Men Sexualizing It - 91%

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