Review: Bunk’d ‘Can You Hear Me Now’

There’s not many topics that have been commented on more in the camping world than cell phones so it’s only natural that the often formulaic and predictable Bunk’d would have a cell phone episode and name it after a decade-old Verizon ad campaign (Season 1, Episode 6 – “Can You Hear Me Now“).

Phones at Camp Kikiwaka are only allowed on “Cell Phone Sunday” so you know it’s only a matter of time before Zuri breaks that rule, even after promising to abide the camp rules after last episode when she was cleaning spaghetti out of the trash can as punishment for cheating in the fishing competition. Her plan to skirt the rule and order a pastrami sandwich from her favorite deli in the city is actually quite clever – she makes a cell phone out of a rock to turn in instead of her phone.

Emma gets roped into Zuri’s scheme out of fear that her social media follower count will decline to Ravi levels. They discover that having a phone is only half the battle since the wireless router is also powered down during the week. To solve this problem they enlist Ravi and Tiffany on a top secret mission to build a wireless router.

While Ravi and Tiffany’s “dorky differences” and “nerd trash talk” threaten to stall progress on the wireless router and Emma and Zuri sneak around camp trying to avoid Hazel’s search for the phone, Xander goes a little overboard trying to motivate Jorge and his other campers to create a new totem pole for camp.

The totem pole gives Ravi and Tiffany the perfect place to hide the wireless router, which they construct despite their constant arguing and trash talking – Tiffany makes repeated jokes and comments about Ravi’s age and “his generation” since he’s five years older.

But before the totem pole is unveiled with Jorge’s brightly painted contribution, the truth about Emma and Zuri’s plot comes out, driving a wedge between Emma and Lou that ends up teaching everyone a lesson about how friendships are more important than social media followers.


-Lou has 150,000 followers on Farm Page. “There are a ton of tech-savvy pigs out there.”

-Xander makes reference to a French Immersion Camp across the lake from Camp Kikiwaka.

-Meeting Jay Z’s cousin, as Gabe from canoe class once did, counts for being cool at Kikiwaka, according to Xander.

-Jorge makes reference to a trampoline class and a girl named Katie. “Katie is the best part of my camp experience,” he says.

-Ravi references an article he wrote in Computer Science Magazine, which Tiffany scoffs at, saying that “nobody reads magazines anymore, gramps.”

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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