Mom

Thursday 21:00 on CBS
7 Seasons, 149 Episodes

Genre: Family / Musical / Mini-Series /

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A newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley while dealing with her wayward mother.
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  • Hot Butter and Toxic Narcissism

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    Hot Butter and Toxic Narcissism

    Let's take a deep breath and try to unpack some of what happened on Mom Season 7 Episode 8. 

    The episode starts with some witty Bonnie and Christy banter about smoothies and fights and asking the ultimate question: what if Bonnie's been a ghost this entire time? In the middle of the call she hits a parked car, leaves a note, and then takes it back. 

    This decision doesn't feel like Mom Season 7, law school Christy. This feels like Mom Season 2 or 3 Christy.

    It's often a staple of comedies and lots of TV shows in general where a character, at their core won't change, but that model doesn't work for Mom.

    RELATED: Mom Season 7 Episode 1 Review

    I've discussed previously how the strength of this show is in how it allows for change, and having Christy be eaten up by hitting a parked car, doesn't feel significant enough. 

    Christy hitting the parked car is meant to be the r...
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  • Pork Butt and a Mall Walker

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    Pork Butt and a Mall Walker

    Revelations are coming to light on Mom Season 7 Episode 7, and they hit close to home. 

    Mom is a series that always does well when it's trying to balance real life with comedy, and there are elements of "Pork Butt and a Mall Walker" that hit close to home while still striking a comedic chord. 

    Bonnie and Adam carry much of the comedic thread for this episode. Bonnie's obsession with finding couple friends because that's what you do when you get married is relatable, but doesn't really advance the plot. 

    The double date with Jill and Andy is the crux of the episode, and it brings out the main issue, which is what happens when a sober person has a partner that drinks. 

    Seasons ago, I thought that this issue might be what would do Adam and Bonnie in. Seasons ago, there was an episode where Bonnie met a sober man at a food festival, and it caused some tension in their relationship. 

    While they ultimately pushed through it, ...
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  • Wile E. Coyote and a Pretentious Douche

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    Wile E. Coyote and a Pretentious Douche

    Anger and self-doubt are in the air on Mom Season 7 Episode 6. 

    Let's address Christy's storyline first. The sequence of events surrounding Christy's work form a thread through this episode about misplaced and misdirected anger. It has potential, but it gets lost in some of the satire surrounding it. 

    The barista is an interesting character, although not entirely memorable in the context of the show. Really, his main function is to ruin Christy's day, and while he carries these scene spectacularly with overdramatic coffee order announcements, he doesn't add much more to the plot. 

    Except, to make sure Christy delivers Veronica some dirty street coffee. It's in the scenes with Veronica that this idea of angry people could be explored a little more, and to an extent, it is. 

    Despite being only six episodes into the seventh season, the dynamic between Christy and Veronica is starting to feel a little old. Things got very outlandish i...
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  • Fake Bacon and a Plan to Kill All of Us

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    Fake Bacon and a Plan to Kill All of Us

    Things got existential on Mom Season 7 Episode 5 when a member of their AA meeting dies.

    There is so much to love in this episode of Mom. It's cohesive, and gets back to the core of the show. Some of Mom's strongest episodes have been around emotionally significant events, and this episode falls into that category. 

    Characters have died on Mom before. Bonnie lost Alvin. They all lost Jodi. Marjorie lost Victor. Mom has always handled grief well, and in this case, it's no as heavy bit it's still poignant and resonates. 

    The reactions from the group after Mary's death are all very real. They lament that they didn't know her well, and Bonnie feels guilty about being mean to her.

    RELATED: 21 Characters Who Use Sarcasm as a Weapon

    The resulting change in Bonnie is striking; and weird! 

    After six seasons of Bonnie being sarcastic, it feels so strange to have her...
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  • Twirly Flippy Men and a Dirty Bird

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    Twirly Flippy Men and a Dirty Bird

    Things are back to business as usual on Mom Season 7 Episode 4 except Bonnie and Christy still aren't the ones fighting. 

    Bonnie and Adam are now out of the honeymoon period and are fighting about space. These two have been living together for a while, but Adam brings up a valid point.

    Previously, when they faught, he had a space that he could retreat to, but now he's renting his apartment out so he's not able to hide out there. They're together all the time and he's starting to realize exactly what he's in for. 

    This type of back and forth is the kind of story that Mom has always excelled at. It zooms on one component of their relationship and magnifies it until it's comical. 

    Yet, there's also a ring of truth to it when Adam says to himself that he had so many chances to get out of this.

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    It's true. Ther...
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  • Pop Pop and A Puma

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    Marital bliss is lingering as far as Bonnie is concerned on Mom Season 7 Episode 2.

    Over breakfast, Bonnie feels like everything is different because of the marriage license, and this changing relationship puts her at odds with Adam and Christy.

    Mom has always shined when it comes to tackling tough situations. While some episodes have had some really dark and intimate details come to light about these women, we haven't really seen the type of moral dilemma presented here. 

    While Mom Season 7 Episode 2, still handles the situation with grace, it doesn't feel like it's been appropriately resolved. 

    The incident at the bar with Marv is very timely, and there's not a clear cut side to any of it. The one thing we can all agree on is that Marv is a tool, but Adam is concerned for his business, and Christy wants respect. 

    RELATED: Mom Review: Bonnie Grows Up

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  • For Christy, it was 16 years. For me, it was 43.

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    For Christy, it was 16 years. For me, it was 43. Tears rolled down because Christy's painful memory was also mine for the past 46 years. I never called it rape until a few years ago and like Christy, I will shine a light on rape in hope that rape victims will find the courage to reach out - to a therapist, a best friend, a family member - to quit blaming themselves for something another person took that they had no right to take. But, that doesn't mean shining a light on a rape is right for every girl or woman who has been raped, for this is a very private matter. I only wish the episode didn't make it sound like a rape victim is to blame for other rapes because she didn't speak out. The only person to blame for rape, is the rapist....
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  • Review: Anna Faris Plus Allison Janney Equals Comedy Gold

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    Review: Anna Faris Plus Allison Janney Equals Comedy Gold What if you hadn't spoken to your mother in two years and are just reconnecting for the first time? Would you be able to forgive her for how much she's messed up your life or would you still be mad at her? Maybe a bit of both?
    "No, that's not the plot of a drama debuting this fall. Rather, it's the situation Christy is in on CBS's new Chuck Lorre-created comedy, Mom. Anna Faris plays a single mother who's trying to get by as a waitress so she can provide for her two kids.




    She planned on having a big, successful career, but as can happen in life, she took a wrong turn and ended up down the same path as her mother, Bonnie, played by the Emmy Award-winning Allison Janney. As Christy says in the pilot, "I drank like her, went through men like her, I was selfish to my kids just like she was."

    Both mother and daughter are in Alcoholics Anonymous. And now that they're back in each other's lives, it's going to be hard to forgive and forget. Bu...
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