Set in Boston, SMILF takes a raw look at a single, 20-something whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood.Created, written, directed, and starring Frankie Shaw, based on her short film of the same title.
Bridgette’s search for her father leads her to Philadelphia and back home again as she loses the key to his whereabouts. Tutu’s decision to leave Larry alone with Joe unexpectedly leads both Bridgette and Tutu on a path to close the door on their pasts.
Bridgette misses a date after unexpected news at Ally’s birthday dinner sends her spiraling towards a religious rediscovery. Rafi struggles to establish boundaries with Bridgette in their co-parenting arrangement. Tutu and her sister Jackie are left to sort through their memories of the past.
On the day of Ally’s birthday, three parallel stories reveal the ripple effects of Bridgette’s night out. Feeling neglected by her husband, Ally goes on a mission to obtain a rare Birkin bag. Ida cares for Ally’s children while she struggles to stay connected with her own daughter in Samoa. Elsie and Mindy have to put their own birthday celebration on hold when Ally makes a special request on their night off.
Bridgette gets a taste of the picture-perfect life of the one-percent, spending a luxurious day at a polo match as a blonde, hobnobbing with celebrities, and celebrating her new best friend’s basic bachelorette party.
In 2014, Bridgette and Rafi prepare for the realities of parenthood as Bridgette experiences contractions, leading her on a day of self-discovery through the streets of Boston.
Bridgette discovers the hidden strings attached to financial assistance. Rafi and Nelson grow closer as they accept the ugly realities of their cohabitation. Tutu’s own housing is at risk with the increased involvement of Joe Jr.
At a cookout celebrating Eliza’s graduation, Bridgette comes to terms with the unacknowledged racial divide between the two friends while Eliza admits that Bridgette’s disconnect is ultimately what gives their friendship strength.
Bridgette throws a bachelor party for Rafi. Nelson celebrates her engagement with her mother and sister, reigniting their unresolved familial tensions. Jackie helps Tutu accept the realities of a life outside of Southie.
Bridgette pursues a former hookup for an opinion on her post-birth vagina; Meanwhile, she also learns that Rafi, her baby's father, is dating someone new.
Left in charge of Ally's house for the day, Bridgette fantasizes about what it would be like living the life of a wealthy, stay-at-home mom. Meanwhile, Nelson vaccinates Larry without Rafi's consent or knowledge.
Nelson convinces Bridge to use visualization techniques to improve her life. Inspired by Eliza's financial success with an online venture, a broke Bridge takes to Craigslist for some fast cash.
Bridget, Eliza and Nelson participate in an extreme mud run; Rafi and Tutu baptize Larry without Bridget's consent.
Bridget is conflicted on Father's Day as she chooses different paths to forgive Rafi for baptizing Larry.
Having realized her true passion for basketball, Bridge tries out for the WNBA. A visit with Father Eddie leaves an at-the-edge Rafi at a crossroads. Tutu reconnects with someone from her past.
Bridge, Eliza and Larry spend a day together searching for Bridge's towed car; Tutu has a manic episode.