SMILF: Season 2, Episode 5 “Single Mom In Love Forever” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

SMILF Season 2, Episode 5 Single Mom In Love Forever - Title Card
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The days before and day of Larry’s birth are relived – as well as the reason Colleen goes by Tutu and the beginning of the end for Rafi and Bridgette.


Network
Showtime
Director(s) Cate Shortland
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw
Air Date 2/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Fiona Ally Sheedy

2014: Rafi, Bridgette, Tutu, Eliza

It isn’t 100% clear why we jump to the past, but we do, and we get to relive Bridgette finding out she was pregnant with Larry and everyone’s reaction. It ranges from Eliza ready to help Bridgette get an abortion to Tutu saying Bridgette has to get married to Rafi, who she calls an idiot. As for Rafi? Strangely, despite thinking Bridgette was on the pill, he is quite excited.

A Classy Mom: Bridgette, Rafi, Tutu

Tutu trying to be nurturing to Bridgette and getting rejected.

As in present day, Bridgette had dreams of going to NY, acting and so much more. The only difference is that, in the past, Rafi was part of those dreams and a ring was on Bridgette’s finger. But some things never change like Bridgette and Colleen going at it and Colleen taking things a bit too far. Also, despite her openly calling Rafi stupid, her and Rafi seem to have long been on the same page when it comes to Larry. Such as Bridgette going to the hospital to have Larry rather than a home birth.

The Healing Process Begins: Tutu, Bridgette, Rafi, Fiona

Larry’s birth changed a lot for Bridgette. It was probably the trigger for her breaking up with Rafi, it started the healing process between her and Collen, and gave her a kick in the pants. Oh, and also a kick in the vagina since Bridgette does end up doing a home birth and we see the process in all its splendor. From Bridgette puking, defecating, even peeing on herself, to giving birth. Mind you, the birthing isn’t done in graphic detail and the placenta coming out is skipped, but you get the idea.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • The reason Colleen wanted to be called Tutu is because that’s Hawaiian for grandmother and she liked it.
  • Apparently, Rafi cheated on Bridgette, but just by kissing someone.

Highlights

The Shift In Bridgette and Colleen’s Relationship

Bridgette thanking her mother for being there during her birthing Larry.

Due to Bridgette’s childhood, and Tutu’s abrasiveness, she and Bridgette have long had a combative relationship. However, there was something about the fear of birth and Tutu showing up when asked not to be there that hits you a bit. For one, it reminds you Tutu loves Bridgette despite how nasty she can get. Two, as much as Bridgette fears her mom, or doesn’t like certain aspects of her personality, she still loves her.

The combination leads to a handful of possibly tear-inducing moments such as when Bridgette found herself releasing liquids from nearly every orifice and asking for Tutu. In that moment of vulnerability, you’re reminded that Tutu has a connection to Bridgette which is complicated, but loving. One which probably has massive guilt involved so she does whatever she can to atone.

Then, on Bridgette’s side of things, unfortunately, the birthing process was a reality check. One which led her to realize Rafi wasn’t husband material and Tutu was necessary for she is all Bridgette has. She is the only example she has of a mom too for while they know people in the neighborhood, we don’t see or hear from them. So, likely, going into mommy mode, she put Larry’s needs before her own and sacrificed her pride and maybe Rafi in the process.

Rafi & Bridgette As A Couple

It’s sometimes easy to forget Bridgette and Rafi were a couple – never mind a loving one. So to see them as such was a nice treat. Also, getting a hint, if not a reminder, as to why they broke up was also nice.

On The Fence

Would Have Been Cool To Hear Why Bridgette Wanted A Home, Natural, Birth

Fiona (Ally Sheedy) telling Tutu she is entering Bridgette's vitals.
Fiona (Ally Sheedy)

While representation is always swell, when it comes to home birthing and using a midwife, it would have been nice to know why Bridgette wanted that. Was it because of cost, complications, fear of doctors, or she wanted to be comfortable? Also, considering it isn’t necessarily the norm, it could have been cool to hear more about what Fiona offered, how she was chosen, and how she was found. For while people can do research on their own, I feel there is a need to establish a path and not just an existence.


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Season 1 Recap/ Review 

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 9 “Single Mom Is Losing Faith”We’re gifted a western theme to help remix things as Bridge and Nelson reconcile, and Mr. Daddy gets his.
Director(s) Zach Strauss
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw, Zach Strauss
Air Date 3/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Mr. Daddy Clark Gregg
  • Sloppy Seconds: Rafi, Nelson, Bridgette, Tutu, Larry
  • Mr. Daddy: Nelson, Bridgette, Larry, Rafi, Tutu, Ally, Mr. Daddy
Season 2, Episode 7 “Smile More If Lying Fails”In a pseudo-Eliza focused episode, we’re reminded how well to do her family is as Bridgette is reminded how much of an outsider she is.
Director(s) Kerry Washington
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw, Thembi L. Banks, Rochée Jeffrey
Air Date 3/10/2019
  • Left Out: Rafi, Nelson, Bridgette
  • The Outsider: Eliza, Bridgette
  • You Got A Friend In Me: Eliza, Bridgette
Season 2, Episode 8 “Sex Makes It Less Formal”On top of possibly seeing the scene which led to SMILF being cancelled, we get a few moments that might make you cry.
Director(s) Cate Shortland
Writer(s) Emily Goldwyn
Air Date 3/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Winnie Claudia O’Doherty
Enid Melanie Griffith
  • We’re The Morons: Jackie, Tutu
  • I’m Suffocating: Winnie, Enid, Nelson
  • The Right Decision: Bridgette, Rafi
Season 2, Episode 10 “Single Mom Is Looking (For) Family”In the series finale, Tutu reveals something major as Rafi struggles with Larry’s birthday and what should have been good news.
Director(s) Cate Shortland
Writer(s) Zach Strauss, Halley Feiffer
Air Date 3/31/2019
  • We’re Fated: Bridgette, Rafi
  • Same Ol’ Mistakes: Bridgette, Rafi, Nelson
  • Milo & The Girl Left Behind: Tutu, Bridgette
Season 2, Episode 6 “Should Mothers Incur Loss Financially?”Accountability is forced upon Bridgette, Tutu, even Rafi and each take the call and pursue different decisions. Some a bit drastic.
Director(s) Cate Shortland
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw, Jessica Moore
Air Date 3/3/2019
  • Losing The House: Tutu, Jackie, Joe Jr.
  • Losing Dignity: Tutu, Jackie, Bridgette, Larry
  • Losing Nelson: Bridgette, Nelson, Rafi
Season 2, Episode 5 “Single Mom In Love Forever”The days before and day of Larry’s birth are relived – as well as the reason Colleen goes by Tutu and the beginning of the end for Rafi and Bridgette.
Director(s) Cate Shortland
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw
Air Date 2/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Fiona Ally Sheedy
  • 2014: Rafi, Bridgette, Tutu, Eliza
  • A Classy Mom: Bridgette, Rafi, Tutu
  • The Healing Process Begins: Tutu, Bridgette, Rafi, Fiona
Season 2, Episode 4 “So Maybe I Look Feminine”It’s Bridgette’s first weekend without Larry, and she gets an offer to hang out with Nelson – what could go wrong?
Director(s) Frankie Shaw
Writer(s) Heather V. Regnier
Air Date 2/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Himself Kevin Bacon
  • A Day To Myself?: Larry, Bridgette, Rafi, Nelson
  • How The Other Side Lives: Nelson, Bridgette, Kevin Bacon
  • An Idle Mind Is The Devil’s Playground: Bridgette, Larry, Rafi
Season 2, Episode 3 “Surrogate Mothers Inspire Loving Families”Non-white women who live in Boston, two who work for Ally specifically, and one of the two’s sisters are the focus of Smilf’s latest episode.
Director(s) Frankie Shaw
Writer(s) Emily Goldwyn, Jess Lamour
Air Date 2/10/19
Introduced This Episode
Elsie Numa Perrier
Mindy Nhadya Salomon
Ida Sisa Grey
Chloe Mia Kaplan
  • You Know I Am Your Mother: Ally, Ida, Chloe
  • A Birthday Gift For Us Both: Ally, Mindy
  • At Beck and Call: Ally, Mindy, Elsie
Season 2, Episode 2 “Sorry Mary, I’m Losing Faith”It’s one baby step forward, and two hops back as Bridgette continues to try to get her life together.
Director(s) Frankie Shaw
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw, Rachel Leavitt
Air Date 1/27/2019
Introduced This Episode
Joe Junior Lucien Spelman
Jackie Sherie Rene Scott
Hank Dan Aid
  • Mourning Together: Tutu, Jackie, Joe Junior
  • Derailment: Hank, Bridgette, Ally
  • Something Has To Give: Rafi, Bridgette

Season 1/ Episode 1 “A Box of Dunkies and Two Squirts of Maple Syrup”

Smilf, similar to Shameless, seems like the type of show which will gain a loyal fan base, but not the mainstream attention it may come to deserve.

Creator: Frankie Shaw

Season 1/ Episode 2 “1,800 Filet-O-Fishes & One Small Diet Coke”

Bridgette continues to reveal herself as someone who not only gets underestimated but probably underestimates herself.

Director(s) Leslye Headland
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw & Emily Goldwyn
Characters Introduced
Ryan Joseph Winford Warren
Eliza Raven Goodwin
Casey Austin Abrams
  • Larry is Sick!: Rafi, Nelson, Bridgette, Larry
  • Smarter Than You Know: Ally, Bridgette, Casey
  • What’s Up With Tutu?: Tutu, Bridgette

Season 1/ Episode 3 “Half a Sheet Cake & a Blue-Raspberry Slushie”

How does one bring dreams to reality? Much less, know when a dream is feasible? Those are the questions Bridgette faces this episode.

Director(s) Leslye Headland
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw & Jess Dweck
Characters Introduced
George George Basil
Kit-Kat Kimberley Crossman
Craig Jeremy Shamos
Joe Blake Clark
  • Money Is a Major Issue: Bridgette
  • Finding Your Niche: Eliza, Nelson, Bridgette
  • The Escorting Business: Bridgette

Season 1/ Episode 4 “Deep-Dish Pizza & a Shot of Holy Water”

After being assaulted, Bridgette is trying to reclaim her inner bad ass, but people refuse to let her be great and validated.

Director(s) Leslye Headland
Writer(s) Karey Dornetto
Characters Introduced
Ken Matt Shively
Eddie Mark Webber
  • Can I Get Some Validation Here? A Win?!: Eliza, Tutu, Bridgette
  • Reclaiming My Time & My Power: Bridgette
  • You Don’t Respect Me At All Do You?: Rafi, Tutu, Nelson, Bridgette, Eliza

Season 1/ Episode 5 “Run, Bridgette, Run or Forty-Eight Burnt Cupcakes & Graveyard Rum”

Smilf sends us on some kind of trippy Groundhog Day scenario which leaves you wondering what of it all was canon?

Director(s) Amy York Rubin
Writer(s) Zach Strauss
Characters Introduced
Regina Gabrielle Maiden
Phil Gary Anthony Williams
Mo Paula Pell
  • Groundhog Father’s Day – Part 1: Ally, Bridgette, Rafi
  • Groundhog Father’s Day – Part 2: Eliza, Regina, Bridgette, Phil
  • Groundhog Father’s Day – Part 3 and 4: Rafi, Nelson, Tutu, Mo, Bridgette

Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chocolate Pudding & a Cooler of Gatorade”

Disappointments come all around and Bridgette finds herself being everyone’s go-to person.

Director(s) Amy York Rubin
Writer(s) Sarah L. Jones and Mel Shimkovitz
Characters Introduced
Angie (Rafi’s Mom) Marabina Jaimes
Edmond Donald Li
  • My Mother, My Weakness: Rafi
  • Seeing Edmond: Tutu
  • Searching For Purpose: Tutu, Bridgette, Ally

Season 1/ Episode 7 “Family-Sized Popcorn & a Can of Wine”

Epigenetics is the word of the day as Tutu, Bridgette, and maybe even Larry, have a bit of a bad day.

Director(s) Frankie Shaw
Writer(s) Scott King
  • Epigenetics: Tutu, Eliza, Larry, Bridgette
  • I Need A Win Here: Tutu, Eliza, Larry, Bridgette, Joe

Season 1/ Episode 8 “Mark’s Lunch & Two Cups of Coffee.”

In what some may find a triggering episode, Bridgette seeks to get to the root of some of her problems: the father who molested her – repeatedly.

Director(s) Frankie Shaw
Writer(s) Frankie Shaw
Characters Introduced
Richard David DeBeck
Young Bridgette Jordana Rose
Therapist Stacey Moseley
  • My Dad Touched My Vagina: Bridgette, Tutu
  • Date With Daddy – Preparation: Bridgette, Tutu
  • Date with Daddy: Tutu, Bridgette, Nelson, Eliza

Season 2, Episode 1 “Shit Man, I’ve Literally Failed”

Season 2 of SMILF begins in tragedy, yet with death may come new life for Tutu and Bridgette.

Director(s) Frankie Shaw
Writer(s) Scott King
Air Date (Online) 1/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
Sheila Mindy Sterling
  • Daddy Isn’t Here: Bridgette
  • Goodbye Joe: Bridgette, Tutu, Joe, Larry
  • This One Is For You Ma!: Tutu, Bridgette

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