Broad City: “The Matrix” Season 2 Episode 6 Review

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Abbi and Ilana go “off the grid,” and the results are as wonderfully preposterous as you’d expect.

You might not spend your days, as Ilana puts it, going through “Gmail, Grindr, Facebook, Facetime, Insta, Grindr, Tumblr, Twitter, [and] Dlisted,” but I’m sure that many of you are no stranger to getting sucked into an internet spiral. In fact, if you’re reading this right now, it’s likely that you saw a link for this post while browsing on Facebook, which you clicked over to after taking Buzzfeed’s “Which Dead Child Star Are You?” quiz. But that’s just a hunch.

Abbi and Ilana’s journey down the rabbit hole of the world wide web starts out innocently enough as they decide to google Judge Judy’s net worth (it’s so large that it had to be bleeped out), but soon the furious click-clack sound of their typing surrounds them. How many times have you gone on the computer—or your phone, or your tablet, or your…watch?—for a simple task and gotten drawn in by something else. Before you know it, you’ve spent hours trolling through various webpages, and you can’t even remember why you signed on in the first place.

For Abbi and Ilana, the wakeup call arrives when they decide to Skype each other, only to realize they’re still sitting on the same couch…right next to each other. This has never happened to me personally, but I have been out to several dinners where everyone stares at their phones the whole time (it’s as fun as it sounds). It’s alarming to realize just how dependent you are on the internet, but most people just have momentary shock and then move forward. Abbi and Ilana decide to make a change.

On the day of Ilana’s brother’s dog wedding, the ladies decide to leave their phones at home and rollerblade to the gazebo in style. Their journey through Prospect Park begins to highlight just how much they’re used to being plugged in. They have no idea where they’re going since they can’t use Google Maps, and an interaction with some “beefcakes” proves fruitless because they can’t hide behind Tinder. This ladder scene was both funny and almost painfully relatable. It’s so easy to craft the perfect persona online when you can choose the best pictures and think of the best responses. Real life doesn’t give you those options.

Eventually things take a tumble—literally—as Abbi rollerblades into a ditch. Ilana rushes off the find help, but is hindered by her lack of technology. Here, the story splits into two narratives. Ilana’s bizarre and amazing journey to find the dog wedding, and Abbi’s bizarre and amazing adventure in the ditch.

What I like most about both of these plotlines is that they’re weird, but each one is specifically catered to its character. Ilana has always been free-spirited and openminded to the point of no return, so it makes sense that her attempts to find the wedding gazebo involved dragging her butt across the grass and making out with a tree…until she comes to her senses and rushes to the aid of her best friend.

Abbi, meanwhile, has always had a level of domesticity to her. Sure, she’s adventurous and outgoing, but at the end of the day she likes to just sit back on the couch. That’s why it was particularly enjoyable to watch her contemplate fantasies of flea market shopping with Mark Ruffalo, and stage an American Idol-esque competition using the food in Ilana’s backpack. It seems so homey and normal, but it’s also f*cking weird because she’s talking to a fig. The pairing of both her and Ilana’s scenes is the perfect descriptor for the bond they share as friends.

The dog wedding, though interesting enough, is actually the subplot of “The Matrix.” It’s still exciting, however, because we get to see just how awesome and levelheaded Lincoln is. That, and Janeane Garofalo returns as her vet—and now dog wedding officiator—character. Lincoln is immediately able to calm down Ilana’s brother and get to the root of his nervousness about the wedding. Hannibal Buress has such a charming screen presence, and its nice to see him do more than just be Ilana’s goofball hookup buddy. I especially enjoyed his moments of sparring with Garofalo over who’s closer to an actual doctor. Lincoln has some bite to him, and I hope we get to see more.

“The Matrix” smartly didn’t take a firm stance on the overuse of technology by its end. Sure, Abbi and Ilana learned a lot about themselves without their phones, but they also could’ve really used them when it came to Abbi’s injury. The real moral here, if there is one, seems to be that you should occasionally look up from your screen and appreciate the people in your life. You don’t have to go on a total tech purge, but you should be aware of your friends. If you fall in a ditch one day and start talking to a fig, you should know who will be there for you. Grade: A-


Some Other Notes:

– Another great descriptor of Abbi and Ilana’s friendship? The cold open. It had nothing to do with the rest of the episode, plot-wise, but the sight of Abbi’s mustached, sleeveless drummer rocking out next to Ilana’s afro’d, hawk-holding drummer was nothing short of beautiful. And hilarious.

– Ilana’s band name is “Pussy M.D.” Yes.

– My favorite site that Abbi and Ilana looked at during their initial web binge was the article that read “Quick, someone cover the sun before Tara Reid melts!”

– Abbi’s fantasies progressed from having dinner with Elijah Wood, to flea market shopping with Mark Ruffalo, to dancing in Turks & Caicos with Taye Diggs. I would personally go with Mark Ruffalo, but, I mean, you can’t beat Turks & Caicos.

– The running joke about Abbi’s foot size was amazing and cracked me up every time it was brought up.

– “We don’t have the rings!” “I don’t normally say this, but…they’re dogs.” “Well, you just lost one star on dog yelp.” “No….”

– The dog stepping on the tiny glass was adorable. More Jewish dog weddings!


By Mike Papirmeister

One Response to Broad City: “The Matrix” Season 2 Episode 6 Review

  1. Rikk says:

    Will someone please tell me what Ilana said about Judge Judy’s net worth. I understand it was censored, that’s the problem.
    Please email me the answer.
    Thanks for your help.

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