April 1, 2020
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Netflix, or should I say “Houseflix,” out did itself here. The standout one off episode of Kimmy Schmidt season 4 has got to be the DJ Slizzard Documentary episode, even if you aren’t a fan of Kimmy Schmidt or documentaries, it’s worth a watch.  With Party Monster: Scratching The Surface, you get the hilarious tale of how a successful DJ goes off to search for his long lost idol only to discover that DJ Slizzard is actually Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. For a series that always alludes to real world scenarios, it’s also important to note that this is the episode or part of the plot where Kimmy discovers binge-watching and that Netflix does not exist in the world of Kimmy Schmidt, even though Starz does. It’s also interesting to note that while in the prior episode Kimmy binge watches a different show when her weekend gets freed up, Netflix has only released the first six episodes of her own show. Which is a changed format from 2015 when Kimmy Schmidt season one was first released all at once.

From the perspective of highly successful DJ, DJ Fingablast the episode starts with him trying to find a DJ for his wedding, then it turns into a true crime documentary about Fingablast trying to prove Slizzard’s innocence. Mocking Making a Murderer and the other documentaries that Netflix has cranked out over the years. This is what Party Monster does best.

Jon Hamm always shines as the creepy reverend who held women in a bunker for 15 years while moonlighting as the infamous DJ. It ties together some lose ends about Kimmy’s time in the bunker as well as shows real world footage of Jon Hamm on a dating show.

The me too movement is a big topic on this season of Kimmy Schmidt, and like always, the series mocks both sides of the issue. By bringing on board the incel-like Fran Dodd character who links up with the DJs to try to weave anti-man conspiracies in an effort to re-open the case of DJ Slizzard is comedic genius. Without the majority of it’s main characters, besides for Titus who didn’t know the acting job was a documentary about his best friend’s captor. Scratching the Surface may prove that while Kimmy Schmidt is ending after season 4 perhaps Netflix isn’t ready to give up on it’s colorful world just yet. Some of the characters (Titus) could definitely shine in a spinoff.

John J. Falco