We need to talk about Lucy.
Lucy, Charles’s stepdaughter, injects fun and energy into the already energetic and fun “Only Murders in the Building.” As Hulu’s show prepares to wrap up its blockbuster sophomore season and finally reveal its second killer, Lucy is stunned and stunned by her speech, her discoveries – and her outfits. More than a fashion icon (although she’s one too): she’s the third generation of Steve Martin’s friendship between Charles, Oliver (Martin Short) and Mabel (Selena Gomez).
Teen Lucy is Gen Z and she’ll let you know. Her phone is always available and that’s mainly how she keeps in touch with her father, Charles, who dated her mother for several years and before her mother ended the relationship. Super-connected, Lucy uses confusing texting acronyms and jargon – but both Charles and Oliver are new to texting. It took Charles a while to learn not to sign his papers. Lucy has uploaded a tiktok to something called “The Dazed 100”. She mentions mental health TikTok to Mabel, and it’s not yet clear if Lucy has her own channel, but given that she’s talking to her phone camera in the episode’s intro, it’s very possible.
could be. Because Lucy often wears comfortable pants, she can recover all that.
Lucy, played by Zoe Margaret Colletti in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and 2014’s “Annie,” is earnest and open. Colletti’s popularity lends to her character’s great resilience. Lucy misses Charles all these years of silence because her mother doesn’t understand and doesn’t want the two to communicate. But Lucy is the quickest to jump back into his life.
Lucy often wears comfortable pants, so she might be able to restore all that.. Not only does the character look cool, but she also looks relaxed in soft and fluffy fabrics. She jumps onto tables and crosses her legs. With stylish yet sensible shoes, she can move quickly as assassins follow her. Her wide-leg trousers are printed or checked with yin and yang symbols. I’m jealous of Lucy’s pants (so is Mabel, who says, “I love those pants. I’ve got a pair” at the first meeting.) Even when Lucy’s wearing a formal gown — or a tulle bridesmaid dress, especially for her mom’s wedding — the character stays grounded with sneakers underneath.
Lucy (Zoe Margaret Colletti) in “Just Murders in the Building” (Craig Blankenhorn/All)And Lucy has a knack for the unexpected. It shows how she drops by Charles’ apartment unannounced. And how to sneak into secret passages if no one is home. . . Or the wrong people are entering the house. Fashion-wise, it manifests itself in creative pairings of colors and prints. Rainbow stripes are associated with checks or chevrons. She is classically associated with things that don’t match. But they work on Lucy.
She wears bright shades even in the cold black-heavy Upper East Side. When I lived in Manhattan, I carried a bright red umbrella to stand out. Lucy mixes things up. You don’t know where to find her, what she’ll say or find next (it’s Lucy who gets the murder weapon after all), or what she’ll be seen wearing.
Marv (Daniel Oreskus), Lucy (Zoe Margaret Colletti), Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short) and Mabel (Selena Gomez) in “Only Murders in the Building” (Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)Through her clothes and personality, Lucy is unrecognizable. “I don’t care. I’m just going to leave it,” she says in some of her first lines on the show, examining a large, fuzzy floral hat on her head. “No,” she said, and then tore it up. She was filming at the time. Within moments of meeting Mabel for the first time, she’s talking about anti-depressants and lamenting her own lack of a “real diagnosis.”
She is also non-judgmental. Some teenagers can never forgive Charles for abandoning them, but Lucy once understood and moved closer to him as she tried to make up for lost time. She’s a fan, calling him “my awesome TV star ex-dad kind of guy.” When she retrieves a bloody knife from the butcher’s shop – the murder weapon – her first reaction is a relatively tame “Aren’t you going to wash these?”
Lucy (Zoe Margaret Colletti) in “Just Murders in the Building” (Craig Blankenhorn/All)
Mabel is the character Lucy is closest in age to, but a generational gulf separates even them.
Lucy is open minded. She jokes to Mabel that Charles and Oliver go to a private “adult chat” that seems “queer-coded” in her description of being simply curious and friendly. She also talks to Mabel about changing her pronouns.
Mabel is the character Lucy is closest in age to, but a generational gulf separates even them. Mabel is a millennial, and as such, still different from Lucy, who circles around her and talks differently (she also listens to their podcast at double speed). Although Charles tried to connect the two – she used the word “Manhattan”. [sic] Without subtitles.”—Lucy is her own person, something Mabel makes clear.
We see Mabel differently next to Lucy. We get to see a new, caring side of Mabel as she feels protective of the teenager. The two elders always call Mabel young and Dale has “cool boots”, but Lucy is still the youngest. Although Charles and Oliver think of Mabel as a child, Lucy’s arrival makes it clear that Mabel is an adult capable of taking care of herself, making decisions and making her own way. Lucy helps Mabel grow up.
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Each character in “Only Murders” has a different style than the first. Oliver has long skirts and turtlenecks, Charles sweaters and loose shirts. Mabel came out of the show as the strongest style icon on screen in her bright orange faux fur coat, canary yellow sweater, checked trousers, red headphones and those cool boots. And yes, she makes a great Halloween costume, speaking from personal experience, not all of your friends will understand.
But Lucy is the new style icon on the show. Unexpected, bold and curious, she makes us look at clothes in a different way. She helps us see. Everything Including helping us get to know Charles, Oliver, and Mabel better on “Only Murders.” Now we see her in her floral print, hat with shield eyes.
“Murder in the Building” season 2 finale airs Tuesday, August 23 on Hulu.
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