Big Mouth Season Six: forget Nick and Andrew

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Warning: This article contains mature content such as coarse language and sexual references and content that may not be suitable for children. Read at your own discretion.

Netflix has returned with a sixth season of Big Mouth, everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, horny, and arguably immoral, middle schoolers of Bridgeton. The new season came out on Oct. 28, which comes after the March release of the Big Mouth spinoff, Human Resources.

This season follows Nick (Nick Kroll) through the discovery of his family’s identity. Andrew (John Mulaney) works to maintain his romantic relationship with his camp lover, Bernadette Sanders (Kristen Schaal), while his parents’ relationship becomes more strained. Jessi (Jessi Klein) struggles to balance her relationships with her mother and stepmother, in addition to her new half-sister’s birth. Other popular characters in Big Mouth face relationship struggles this season, whether it is lack of parental figures or difficulty understanding the other’s perspective.

Right off the bat, I was not impressed with Big Mouth’s structure, or therefore, lack of. While every season sticks to at least one major storyline for a character, the script picks and chooses which plotlines from the previous season will be continued, and which plotlines are completely scrapped and put away in a box, with no proper ending. I find this especially odd since Big Mouth is structured chronologically and not what one might call “Simpsonesque,” or every episode has an independent storyline.

For example, this season saw the continuation of Hormone Monster Rick’s pregnancy (which was only a storyline in Human Resources) but completely neglects to finish other plot storylines such as Jessi’s feelings for Ali (Ali Wong) going beyond friendship. In fact, Ali is completely absent from the show for Big Mouth’s newest season. There is no public reason why Ali Wong may not have acted in this season, but I find it odd that Big Mouth did not care to explain where Ali was this season. Ali was also a more major character in season five, so her unexplained disappearance is peculiar.

However, I was impressed by Elijah’s storyline. For a show that is all about raunchy preteens who have barely started puberty, Elijah is a unique character in the show that provides comfort to teenagers and adults who don’t feel the need to be sexual or have interest in sex. Elijah’s asexual identity is a contrast from the sexually charged protagonists of Big Mouth but is welcomed both by the other characters and viewers of the show alike. Big Mouth’s attempt to reconcile people on all sides of the sexuality spectrum, which is done every season, is always much appreciated by me.

My other favorite storylines come from episode three, “Vagina Shame.” This episode was my favorite episode for this season, part of it based on it’s relatability, and part of it based on the fact that a lot of times, these issues are not covered or talked about in society. “Vagina Shame” follows Jessi, Lola, and ‘Cheese Girl’ Caitlin (Jenny Slate) through their vaginal problems. My favorite musical number from this season was also in this episode, which was performed by Lola’s Mamma Mia-like potential fathers.

Ladies, I know Lululemon leggings may be comfortable and stylish, but please, do not wear them multiple days in a row, and not wash them after every wear, or you could end up like Jessi. In “Vagina Shame,” Jessi catches a yeast infection after refusing to change her leggings to spite her stepmother, Caitlin.

Jessi has absolutely zero clue about what’s wrong with her or how to treat it. Honestly, who can blame her? I can’t recall being taught in sex education what a UTI or a yeast infection was or how to treat it. Jessi, who is ashamed and has no idea what is happening to her, goes to a drugstore to buy treatment, and steals scented vaginal wipes, which of course only makes it worse. The animation of the scene was spectacular, I found it extremely humorous when the different products were personified and begging for Jessi to use them. It felt analogous to real life in the sense that there are often advertisements geared towards women to buy useless products that they don’t need or are actually harmful (I’m looking at you Summer’s Eve).

When she finally confides in Caitlin, she finally gets the correct medicine and advice, but it makes you wonder what happens to young women who don’t have motherly figures to guide them through issues that aren’t taught in schools.

While I did really enjoy the storylines this season for the women of Big Mouth, I was definitely not rooting for Nick or Andrew. Despite being the main characters of Big Mouth, they were my least favorite characters this season. Sure, people are not perfect, but I disliked the sense of superiority and ignorance that Nick and Andrew maintained throughout the season. Other than the season finale, in which the sole purpose was for characters to make amends with their struggles, Nick’s snobby rich kid attitude and Andrew’s mistreatment of his girlfriend, Bernadette, made both characters extremely unlikeable this season.

As for the other men of Big Mouth, they fared pretty well in comparison to Nick and Andrew. Matthew and Jay’s relationship storyline could be really relatable to LGBTQ+ youth who are coming to terms to their identity with their family. Additionally, Matthew’s struggle to ensure Jay didn’t change himself to be more likable and fit in Matthew was also a really important lesson for anyone, regardless of a relationship being romantic or platonic, it is important to keep one’s individuality. However, it would have been a better lesson if Jay could be a “wolf” who dates Matthew, a “swan”, that they could be together despite their differences.

Big Mouth is intended to be a comedy and push boundaries, but I would say especially this season, I would NOT recommend watching this with your parents or grandparents (I very tragically once saw Elton John’s biopic in theater with my grandparents). Overall, I would recommend watching Big Mouth’s newest season, but you may want to skip over some of Nick and Andrew’s scenes.