'Kidding' Season 2 Episode 5 will see Ariana Grande’s green fairy arrive on Jeff's show as old set collapses
Change is the theme of the episode. Because everything has changed. The management, Jeff’s marriage, the puppets on the show, and even Jeff’s hair
Episode 3 of Showtime’s tragicomedy ‘Kidding’ Season 2 saw Seb (Frank Langella) leave behind the Pickle Empire and hand it over to his daughter, Deirdre (Catherine Keener), after his son, Mr. Pickles/Jeff (Jim Carrey) fires him.
Deirdre heading the “Mr. Pickles” brand turned out to be both a good thing and a bad thing, as we saw in episode 4. For one, she managed to put the show back on air after cracking a deal with Amazon. For another, she lost many of the famous puppets from the show during her divorce mediation. All the puppets, designed by her, were under her ownership legally. Her now-estranged, openly gay husband Scott Perera (Bernard White) took over half of them and she had to settle.
So, glass-half-empty, right? What will happen next?
According to Showtime, in the episode titled 'Episode 3101', Jeff will try to teach children about change in the first episode of the 31st season of ‘Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time’.
Change obviously has to be the theme of the episode. Because everything has changed. The management, Jeff’s marriage, the puppets on the show, and even Jeff’s hair. And perhaps through the show, in trying to teach the kids, this is also Jeff’s way of dealing with all that has gone topsy-turvy in his life.
In the promo for the episode, we see Jeff, on the sets of his show telling the audience, “I’ve invited my wife, nurse Jill (Judy Greer), to celebrate a change,” and the moment he says it, the set starts collapsing. While that is likely how he designed the episode but knowing ‘Kidding’, it could well be another instance of the show’s much-loved use of magical realism.
Even Deirdre is on the sets for some reason, but it’s difficult to tell if she too was part of the ‘Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time’ episode. Jeff tells Deirdre, “Pickle Barrel Falls is falling apart.”
Throughout the promo we see the show’s sets in various stages of destruction, sometimes even in the process. But there is also a surprise guest. Dressed as a green fairy, pop star Ariana Grande pops out of a barrel, and asks one of the puppets, “If you can see me, how bad can things be?”
'Kidding' Season 2 airs on Sundays at 10 pm EST on Showtime.