The more I think about it, the more I want Amy to convert to Judaism for Jake. Not because I have any issues with their relationship, but because I think it would be a ~hilarious~ plot line.
Jake is a secular Jew whose connections to Judaism are more cultural than anything else. Meanwhile, Amy is the most intense pupil/researcher on the planet who has never half-assed anything in her entire life. Can you even imagine how seriously she would take Judaism and her conversion and how much that would drive Jake up the flipping wall?
Imagine Jake buying that one T-Rex menorah and Amy telling him they can’t use it because it’s not a kosher Chanukiah. And Jake’s like “huh? What? It’s a dinosaur, Amy, not a pork chop.”
Imagine Jake offering to sound out the Hebrew in a siddur for Amy with his remedial Aleph-Bet skills to discover she’s already mastered how to read the letters without vowels and is also becoming proficient in modern conversational Hebrew.
Imagine Amy hosting a THE PERFECT Seder (that Charles has enthusiastically cooked for after learning all about kosher laws, having his kitchen completely kashered, and making a menu that includes Jewish cuisines from around the world) that Jake ruins after being caught eating doughnuts in the bathroom because he hates matzah.
Bonus points if Amy finds out she descends from Sephardim and lectures Jake about his Ashkenazi centrism!
Just…imagine how amazing that would be. Please.
C’mon, B99, the episode writes itself!
(Bonus: Holt tells Wuntch, “You think this obsession with legalistic technicalities will dissuade me, Madeline? Try again. I’ve read the Talmud. The entire Talmud.”)
OH HELL YES
This would be an amazing episode, but only if at the end Jake told Amy she didn’t have to do this and Amy either drops it or decides she really likes Judaism and takes it at her own pace, because the stereotype of the proselyte wife is overplayed
Oh yeah, it would totally be Amy’s choice. Jake wouldn’t have any expectation, it’s just something she becomes interested in, maybe when they’re trying to find a rabbi to officiate their wedding.
OH MY GOD @attackoftheskydancers
Ok, question though, is the stereotype of a the wife converting overplayed? Because…i don’t know, I can’t really think of it happening in any show other than sex and the city (which is a garbage show in every respect other than Charlotte’s conversion actually being well done, iirc). And so long as it was done well, with Amy actually choosing to convert on her own, maybe at first only doing it for Jake but then finding a love of Judaism all her own, I think that’s what would actually be stereotype breaking.
Look, aside from the aforementioned SatC, the ONLY other modern tv show I know of that showed two Jews being endgame for one another is Will and Grace (which was retconned in the reboot!)*. We have plenty of media showing interfaith couples, but two Jews ending up together is really, really rare inedia and while interfaith couples are great, the fact that Jewish protagonists always end up with non-Jews, with literally just two exemptions is honestly really disheartening.
*look, I could be wrong, so let me know if you can think of any other tv show in the last let’s say 25 years in which a confirmed jewish main character ended up with a confirmed jewish love interest.
Yeah, I mean, if anything, the TV trope that’s really played out is “Secular Jewish guy who doesn’t really care about being Jewish that much.” It’s always just kind of a throwaway identity, and doesn’t do justice to all of us who are so proud and devoted to our culture. I feel like TV makes it seem like Jews being passionate about their Jewishness, and also Jews marrying one another, are things of the past, and that’s not true at all.
Yeah if you see marvelous Mrs. Maisel they kinda use that to demean the „misguided, insecure shiksa“ housewife convert … which was kinda… annoying. Like why can’t we have Jews who wholeheartedly support their loved ones on joining Am yisroel, who keeps kosher, who have meaning in their Jewish identity? Granted, I was not thrilled with how they played the stereotypes of the Jewish mother and nice Jewish boy with no backbone or whatever …