Emmy episode analysis: Tina Fey goes to court in ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

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Tina Fey is no stranger to the Emmys: after all, she’s been nominated a staggering 39 times, winning eight (six of which came for writing, producing, and starring in “30 Rock”). This year alone she has five chances at snagging another trophy, including two for producing and guesting in her latest series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (the other three come for writing and hosting the “72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards” and for writing the “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special”). Fey scores major laughs for Best Comedy Guest Actress as Marcia Clark, Kimmy’s woefully incompetent attorney, in her episode submission “Kimmy Goes to Court.”

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Kimmy returns to Durnsville, Indiana, to testify against the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm), who’s on trial for imprisoning her and three other women in a bunker for 15 years. Yet her attorneys Marcia Clark and Chris Darden (Jerry Minor) are no match for the charismatic Wayne, and Kimmy’s forced to take matters into her own hands. Can this episode win Fey an Emmy? Let’s weigh the pros and cons:

This character is the stuff Emmys are made of: broad, goofy, and with a ridiculous haircut to boot. Marcia Clark is a far cry from her “30 Rock” leading lady Liz Lemon.

Fey previously won this category for lampooning Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live,” a role that holds many similarities to this one.

Clearly Emmy voters love Fey, as evidenced by her eight wins, and a victory here could make up for her inexplicable snub for writing the show’s pilot with Robert Carlock.

Did Fey submit the right episode? Some would argue that the second of her two guest spots, the season finale “Kimmy Makes Waffles,” offered a more obvious showcase for her comedic talents.

Fey’s multiple wins and nominations could work against her. Perhaps voters will feel she’s been amply rewarded, inclining them to spread the love elsewhere.

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Photo Credit: Tina Fey courtesy of Netflix

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