‘One Day at a Time’ Season 3 Review
Recently, the third season of One Day at a Time came out on Netflix and it was great (as per usual). Earlier last year, I binge-watched the first two seasons of the show and immediately wanted to watch more. This time around, we laugh and cry even more with the Alvarez family, all while talking about important issues and realities of living in America today.
The third season brought a multitude of great guest stars, especially in the season’s first episode back when the Alvarez family (including Schneider) went to a family’s member funeral. Gloria Estefan played Lydia’s sister (also Elena’s aunt) and Brooklyn 99‘s Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz play other family members. Another pleasant surprise was seeing Liz Torres, who played Miss Patty in the Gilmore Girls as another family member. In other episodes, we also meet Penelope’s parent-friend later turned boyfriend and even later turned ex-boyfriend, Mateo (played by Alex Quijano), Schneider’s new girlfriend, Avery (played by India de Beaufort), Schneider’s dad, Penelope’s (other) brother Tito (played by Danny Pino), and Victor’s (Penelope’s ex-husband) new fiance turned wife (that hilariously looks a lot like Penelope), Nicole (played by Gloria Calderón Kellett).
Throughout the season, the show covered topics such as drug use (specifically marijuana), alcoholism, anxiety, consent, and sexual harassment, (more) LGBTQ+ topics, virginity, among more. As serious and heavy as these topics are, they did it in the classic-One Day at a Time fashion: by weaving it in with humor. It’s a show where you’re laughing hysterically one minute and sobbing the next but does so brilliantly while talking about an issue in today’s society. One of my favorite moments in the third season (among many many others) was when the show delved into Schneider’s alcoholism and how he’s slipped after his dad came into town. It’s a highly emotional scene, mostly because Alex is the one who tells his mom about his drunken behavior instead of helping him hide in the laundry room. Alex prior to that had been caught with marijuana and didn’t see why it was a problem but realizes that he was wrong after seeing Schneider, whose drunk behavior is vastly different than his usually cheery self.
The season ends with Penelope finally graduating and earning her degree in nursing while Lydia and Leslie are in Cuba, opposed to being in Miami like they’d planned. Why they’re in Cuba instead of Miami is still a mystery so, we’ll just have to wait until next season (fingers crossed for the show to get picked up for another season) to find out.
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