Undo one of the straps on your shorteralls because Wednesday night’s episode of Broad City (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Much) brought back the most beloved decade in history in a big way. Okay, so maybe not everyone adores the ’90s the way we do, but Abbi and Ilana get it—the music, the movies, the matching your vest to your hacky sack—all that great stuff. Which is why when they referenced the era in this week’s episode, they chose a deep cut and took it to unexpected heights: a Whoopi frigging Goldberg cameo.
What, you might ask, does one of the last scenes from Whoopi’s Sister Act sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, have to do with Ilana losing her job at Deals Deals Deals? Well, besides both being finales of a sort, both scenes celebrate a deliverance: For the kids in Sister Act 2, it’s from the tyranny of strict parents and an even stricter school system that wants to shutter their classrooms. In Broad City, you’d expect that it would be Ilana rejoicing in her own freedom from an awful, dead-end job; but this is Broad City, so obviously there’s going to be a twist:
Instead, it’s Ilana’s former coworkers who are religiously ecstatic after finally being released from the prison that is working with someone who’d tweet out a bestiality video from the corporate Twitter account. On purpose.
After 511 days of unsteady Deals Deals Deals employment (on three of which she wore clothing designated for dogs) Ilana is fired (Vanessa Williams confirms it), and her tormented deskmate, Nicole, suddenly becomes Lauryn Hill.
Well, okay, not quite, but she tries. Not even a dream sequence can actually match Ms. Hill’s performance in Sister Act 2—the quivering lips! the perfect pitch! the pressure to save your underfunded school while your disapproving mom looks on from the crowd!—but the show did include the sign language interpreter and a trademark Whoopi spin.
Even as Sister Mary Clarence repeatedly hit her in the face, we felt Nicole’s chronic carpal tunnel syndrome pain drain away as she cast off her wrist braces and revelled in the pure joy that is the power of ’90s-era hip-hop-infused gospel.
Hallelujah, you guys.
Watch it again like it’s the first time: