“Fear not, she hath risen!”, Or Moira Rose in a Nutshell

By Zofia Wijaszka

Anybody who knows me also remembers that I absolutely and utterly adore “Schitt’s Creek.” This Canadian television series created by Dan and Eugene Levy is a great, smart, and incredibly funny sitcom about a once-wealthy family who loses all their money and is forced to live in a small town called Schitt’s Creek. Said town was once bought for the son by the father as a joke. In effect, it’s the only asset that the Rose family possesses (and is ready to hang onto it as long as they find another buyer).

Every single character created by Levys is mastered to perfection. Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) is a smart businessman and a proud creator of once incredibly famous Rose Video. Moira (Catherine O’Hara), a matriarch of the family, is a soap opera star. Their children – Alexis (Annie Murphy) and David (Dan Levy), although not experienced in adult life (let’s remember that they are adults), they bring the most laugh. Besides this one family that we focus on, we are also graced by the presence of Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire) – motel’s receptionist, Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott), and Jocelyn Schitt (Jennifer Robertson).

As mentioned above, each character is well-crafted and brings an original element to the series. As “Schitt’s Creek” comes to an end this week, we have to talk about one individual that is above all when it comes to uniqueness. It’s Moira Rose – a soap opera brightest star, a successful woman, a wife, a mother, and more. She’s all of it. Yes, she has attacks of mass hysteria, and yes – when facing failure, she is willing to pop a valium. But this multi-dimensional character, perfectly portrayed by Catherine O’Hara, deserves her own show. And I mean it – so if you read it, Dan or Eugene Levy, it’s something to think about.

“As mentioned above, each character is well-crafted and brings an original element to the series. As “Schitt’s Creek” comes to an end this week, we have to talk about one individual that is above all when it comes to uniqueness.”

Moira is a woman of a mystery. While we get to know her throughout the series, we discover that this lady has two very characteristic attributes. Those are her wigs and her words. Yes, wigs. Or rather a wall of hanging wigs that Moira nails to the motel’s wall. They also have names which we find out in the very first episode: “Did you put Kristen with Robin? They don’t like each other!” she screams and cries at the same time, kneeling on the floor as the collectors are taking the Roses’ things. Thankfully, Kristen and Robin successfully survive the trip to Schitt’s Creek. You rarely see Moira not wearing a wig. It’s her real trademark.

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Moira with her wigs / Pop TV

While we can’t wait for the next episode because we’re dying to see Moira’s next wig, there is something else – the way she speaks. The character’s accent is never specified. It’s something between British, old American, and high, rich person’s jargon. I’m serious. But that’s not it, and it’s also about the way Moira accents stuff. Often, it sounds like questions. It gives the character such fantastic innovation. Besides the way our excellent soap opera talks, there are words. Words that nobody would ever dream of. Episode after episode, we hear terms such as “callipygian,” “blousant,” or her usual exclamation – “bébé!”.

My latest personal favourite line is from the episode twelfth of the sixth season. While Moira finds out there is a reboot of her famous “Sunrise Bay” in which she will proudly partake, Moira cannot believe her surprising, so lucky turn of events. Disbelieving, she says, “Please, tell me this is not some barbarous jape.” While talking on the phone and wearing a sparkly, tall hat-like something, she finds out that it is not, indeed, some barbarous jape. “My answer is yes! A clangorous, vociferous YES!” she exclaims.

That’s when we find out that Moira will be departing to Los Angeles. But her work is not done yet. While the final episode airs tonight, she has to participate in festivities, David’s wedding. While we love Moira’s eccentric clothing and bombastic words, we also see her as a mother. She wasn’t always there for her kids. Throughout the show, we discover that she was “popping pills” and kept forgetting about her son and Alexis as well. In a way, Schitt’s Creek gives her a chance to improve her bond with kids. While David opens up Rose Apothecary with his fiance Patrick (Noah Reid), Alexis finishes her GED, goes to college, and creates her PR brand.

There is no surprise that, afterwards, Moira recognizes the marvellous potential of her daughter and asks Alexis to represent her. O’Hara’s character becomes a better mother and becomes even closer to Johnny. Their marriage and robust and healthy bond are astonishing. They love each other very much, and it displays in every situation they are.

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The Rose Family / Pop TV

Although she prays to leave the town as soon as they can, Moira becomes rather fond of its residents, especially Jocelyn and Jazzagals – a Schitt’s Creek’s very own singing group. The group is her escape from a sad reality, and Jocelyn grows to be one of Moira’s closest friends. And as it turns out after the latest episode, the character has one more person that adores her, Ronnie (Karen Robinson), who tears up after finding that Moira will be leaving.

“Catherine O’Hara helped in this creation. The actress embodied once-cold turned the very kind person who is now flying off to Los Angeles to resume her dream.”

Thanks to Levys, we were graced by the astonishing, multi-dimensional, well-crafted, and funny character that is Moira Rose, for fix years. Catherine O’Hara helped in this creation. The actress embodied once-cold turned the very kind person who is now flying off to Los Angeles to resume her dream. Moira, as well as the rest of the family, proved that, even after the hardest of falls, one can still rise, lift the chin up, and once again succeed. “Schitt’s Creek” will be greatly missed, but we can always rewatch it and laugh with the Roses again.

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