If you are one of the many that has fallen in love with Schitt's Creek, either on Pop TV or via binge-watching on Netflix, then you are already aware that Catherine O'Hara, aka Moira Rose, is an international treasure.
For four seasons she has delighted us as the vain but surprisingly compassionate matriarch of the Rose family whose wig game is always on point and who will never be caught at a bad angle. Her aesthetic is the dream and her pointed one-liners could give Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) a run for her money. Still, as each season of Schitt's Creek has gotten better and better, Season 5 looks like it will bring Moira to her greatest heights yet.
The premiere picked up with Moira in the midst of filming her comeback horror movie that we still don't understand but has something to do with birds. At first it seemed like Moira was the only one on the entire set with a hope that the feature could bring her back to her soap opera days of glory, but she used her charm and powerful skills of persuasion to convince the director that the script just needed a few improvements to make it worth it.
The episode ended with Moira on top of a makeshift cliff, in full bird regalia, talking to her avian friends in a truly moving performance. It's... absolutely freakin' ridiculous, but it is also genius. The scene emphasizes what we've known but haven't gotten to fully experience yet: O'Hara, just like Moira, can make anything work when given the room to express her comedic genius. The scene — as well as the vindication from her director — gave Moira a huge confidence boost that will only make her more of a force when she finally returns to Schitt's Creek.
The first season of Schitt's Creek focused on the simple town folk who so wildly differed from the rich Roses who landed upon them, while the later seasons shifted to focus more on David's (Dan Levy) and Alexis' (Annie Murphy) romantic developments. Moira and Johnny (Eugene Levy) have had their moments of growth as well, but if Season 5 is going to continue on the path of giving us more Moira and letting O'Hara shine to the full extent of her ability, than we are more on board than ever before — and we've been very on board for a while.
Schitt's Creek airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Pop.