My 15 year old son and I are fans of Big Mouth – we see it separately and then we discuss it later. My wife, on the other hand, has a much lower tolerance for talking about animated penises and stupid sexual humor. I totally get it, but among the silly jokes there are some heartwarming stories. These deeper stories are often facilitated by the various emotional support creatures like the Shame Wizard, Depression Kitty, Anxiety Mosquitoes, and yes, even the Hormone Monsters.
When Big Mouth introduced a new team of creatures, the Love Bugs (who also turn into Hate Worms), in season five he served as a backdoor pilot for Human Resources, a show focused on the creatures and the customers they serve. The show itself describes it as “Big Mouth satisfies The officeand i’m here after the first season to report on multiple queer stories on Human Resources.
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The first one was a bit silly. We meet Lionel the Shame Wizard’s mother, Rita St. Swithens, voiced by Helen Mirren. Lionel spends the episode trying to get her attention and approval while she ignores him and spends a lot of time with Kitty Beaumont Bouchet the Depression Kitty (voiced by Jean Smart). He is then shocked to discover that the two have been in a friends with benefits relationship for centuries.
It’s not a very serious story, but I love how they get serious actors involved in these hijinks.
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In the second story, Rochelle the Love Bug and Petra the Ambition Gremlin face off over their client Nadja (Natalie de Big Mouth)’s older sister) and whether he should go to Rutgers to be with his girlfriend Danielle (voiced by Ariana DeBose) or to Berkley to follow his dreams.
The carpal tunnel ball line made me laugh.
There is a lot to love here. I have to add Ariana DeBose to our site, Rosie Perez since Ambition Gremlin is my FAVORITE character on Human Resources and the cast of this scene is amazing: Ariana DeBose, Rosie Perez, Thandiwe Newton, Keke Palmer and Sabrina Jalees. An incredible, award-winning group of actors making it easy for teen lesbians to have sex for the first time – it’s a true gift to the queer community.
Up until this point, Nadja had been on Berkley’s waiting list, but then she gets an email telling her she’s been accepted.
Before this news, Rochelle and Petra had bonded and got along, but now they are at loggerheads.
During dinner, Natalie blurts out the Berkley news and her parents are delighted. But Nadja is still undecided.
With prom approaching, Rochelle makes a plan to connect Petra with Gavin, the Hormone Monster. While Petra is busy having sex for the first time in centuries, Rochelle is able to make her move at prom to convince Nadja to go to Rutgers.
At Prom Nadja wins Prom Queen, and while on stage giving her speech, Rochelle convinces her to make a grand gesture. Meanwhile, Petra realizes what Rochelle did and bursts in as this is happening.
Danielle isn’t as happy as Nadja thought she would be after her big speech.
She doesn’t want Nadja not to go to Berkley just for her. She was happy to have entered the school of her dreams and she just wanted to enjoy the time they had left together. She guessed they would part ways at the end of the summer anyway. Nadja doesn’t take the news well and neither does Rochelle.
Outside, Rochelle comforts Nadja and Petra tries to make her look on the bright side.
Personally, I’m more Love Bug than Ambition Gremlin, but Petra is probably right. Nadja will have a lot of girlfriends in Berkley.
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The overarching story for the entire season is about Emmy the Love Bug in training voiced by Aidy Briant. She is Love Bug’s seasoned assistant Sonya Poinsettia (voiced by Pamela Adlon) who is forced to take on all of her clients when Sonya is mysteriously fired for reasons unknown to her co-workers. Emmy, to put it bluntly, is a bitch who doesn’t know how to get home without losing a shoe, much less how to be a professional Love Bug. Sonya’s main client is Becca (voiced by Ali Wong, who is not the same character she voiced in Big Mouth) a woman in her last month of pregnancy. Emmy isn’t equipped to help a woman through labor and a new baby, but she has no choice!
As the episodes go on, we see Sonya drinking too much and being generally miserable, but we don’t know why she was fired. She just says that she “did something wrong”. Finally, in episode 8, she tells Emmy what happened.
Becca’s husband, Barry, wanted to hire a doula for the birth. Both Becca and Sonya were skeptical, but promised to keep an open mind. When they first met Claudia the doula (voiced by Janelle Monae) they weren’t into the woo woo stuff, but soon she won them both over.
Other humans who are not your clients should not be able to see the Human Resources creatures
During another doula session, Sonya and Claudia come face to face while Becca is in a meditative state. Claudia asks him to stay hers, and although she wants to, her not getting involved with humans is number one. Human Resources rule. However, she can’t stay away and then flies to her window by herself. Claudia sees her shine and they talk again. One of her clients is in labor and invites Sonya to come with her for the delivery. Seeing Claudia bring a baby into her world makes her fall in love even more. After that, Sonya takes her on an adventure in her world.
I can’t figure out who voices Aquarius in that scene. If anyone out there knows please leave it in the comments!
Meanwhile, Barry feels insecure about how attached Becca is becoming to Claudia. He says that he feels like the third wheel on a weird date when they’re together. Sonya goes to Claudia’s house to warn her and she appears to be having a manic episode. Claudia says that maybe she should fire all of her clients so the two of them can run away together. Sonya decides that it is better to leave her world to live on Earth with her.
While packing up her office, Sonya runs into Walter the Love Bug and tells him that she is leaving to be with Claudia. He tries to stop her from telling him that Love Bugs aren’t good for humans, that humans need things they can’t give them. She ignores him and runs out of the building. When she arrives at Claudia’s apartment, she finds her depressed and realizes that Walter was right. She can’t be with her. Aquarius said Claudia was destined for greatness or madness and Sonya needs to go so she can be great. Before she leaves, she makes sure to call her sister for help. They separate and she is very sad.
Wow, this episode made me emotional!
How can a TV episode with a “cockfighting” B-story with animated boxing penises really give me feelings? I think it was the power of Janelle Monae’s voice.
The episode ends sometime in the future with Sonya flying into Claudia’s window while she is working with another pregnant woman. Claudia can’t see her this time, which I think implies that she’s fine and in a better place.
It was a very sweet story.
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This story wasn’t queer-centric, but it did involve a queer character we first met in Big MouthNadja’s younger sister Natalie (voiced by Josie Totah).
This episode deals with the death and grief of Natalie’s grandmother, Yara, at the end of her life suffering from Alzheimer’s. All Yara wants is candy and no one will let her have it, so Natalie takes her out to buy some of her own (she also buys White Claw and vaporizes for her). While they’re away from her, Walter takes her to her favorite long-term memories of her, but even the ones she may always have begin to fade.
Walter desperately trying to get Yara to hold on to her memories made me sad.
Again, it was another emotional episode and I think they did a good job of addressing feelings about death and dying.
I didn’t expect that there would be so many strange stories in Human Resources! The conclusion of my son and I is Human Resources it is more geared towards adults and from our small sample group you are right. he liked it Big Mouth more, and after watching it a second time for this recap, I like this one better.