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Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Crazy Eyes and a Wet Brad Pitt” | Aired Dec 4, 2014

This week we take on the immediate subtext, and the shifting balance of the sophomore season of Mom. Spoiler: We’re on the fence.

EW Community contributors Tamar Barbash, Sundi Rose Holt, and Julia Alexander are chatting about each new episode this season. Here are our thoughts about “Crazy Eyes and a Wet Brad Pitt.”

Sundi: I missed you guys last week, but I was very, very happy to see the return of Jaime Pressly’s character this week.

Tamar: I agree, Sundi, great to have Jaime back.

Sundi: The volume on her character is turned up so loud, but it I find it offers a lot of material for Bonnie and Christy to play off.

Julia: I like that she’s intentionally supposed to be a worse person than either of them.

Tamar: Or at least than the current version of them. It’s almost like she’s a peek into what they used to be.

Julia: Bonnie and Christy have always been the deadbeat characters of the show, but Jaime is a train wreck. They are the best people to help her through her addiction.

Jaime Pressly plays Jill, relapsing drug addict on

Sundi: The “crazy eyes” bit in the screening room was funny, because they all were in the same rhythm; perhaps performing like varying versions of themselves.

Tamar: Bonnie’s swift physical redirect was spectacular.

Julia: I love how much subtle physical comedy the actresses work into their parts.

Tamar: Also at the end of the episode, Allison Janney’s moves as she walked off with Jill’s husband were perfect.

Sundi: That was so good. I love her utter lack of self-consciousness. She goes for it and is unapologetic about it.

Tamar: She’s a genius, Sundi.

Julia: Even Anna Faris’ use of her eyes. Her facial expressions are priceless.

Sundi: I’ve noticed the pace of this season is really quickening. They move very fast through things that I’d like to see them hover over for a while.

Julia: This is the third house change of the season. Although, it might be fun with the entire family in Jill’s house; I can’t see it being more than a couple of episodes at most.

Tamar: What I want to say about this episode is that the deeper commentary is one of the most important aspects of dependency that rarely gets talked about: the misconception that people with money don’t have problems.

Julia: But they also acknowledge that having money makes having problems a little easier. It doesn’t take away from Jill’s problems, of course, but it points out the obvious in a manner that isn’t as harsh.

Sundi: Jill’s character is almost like a caricature (and Jaime Pressly is the perfect person to play that out) but it’s hard to unpack her character when it’s buried under so much silliness. I’d like for them to take their time with her, and all the other characters, a little more so we can really start to care about her.

Julia: That can be said about quite a few characters on the show. Sitcoms are snappy, and to capture the attention of the audience, they need to constantly reinform the audience of why a certain character is important to the show.

Sundi: We just don’t get enough time with each character. One of the most interesting things about last week’s episode was that Marjorie likes to watch gay porn.

Tamar: The gay porn was a delightful discovery.

Sundi: I have beef with both Christy and Bonnie’s character development as well. I want them to be still with each other for a few scenes so that I feel more connected to them.

Julia: For sure. They have one of the most complex and intimate relationships on the show and yet we get a face value look into it.

Christy and Bonnie are rewarded for sponsoring a new member of the meeting.

Sundi: Worth mentioning, as well, is Christy’s share at the meeting. I found that to be so endearing. We always see her in flannels, jeans, and sneakers, and she performed so well in those new clothes. The hair flip, the hand on the hip, the wink: perfect. I chuckled out loud the whole time.

Tamar: I was actually thinking about why they wore those outfits to the meeting. Probably because they have nowhere else to wear those.

Julia: I appreciate how they don’t play the false modesty card. They take the clothes, the house, whatever and boast about it. They don’t care about being humble about what they’re doing and keeping up appearances. They know what they want and they celebrate having it.

Tamar: But I think it’s also that these are the people, their fellow AA-ers, whom they wanted to share their good fortune with.

Sundi: Tamar, that is what I found so hilarious. That they are showing up to this place where people are struggling and in the worst places of their lives and they waltz in and act like a million dollars. Because … where else?

Tamar: There’s a real desire to celebrate the having of the things. It’s not enough to have them; other people have to know they have them. And “oooh” and “aaah” at them.

Sundi: I am at a crossroads with this show right now. I want so badly to love it like I used to, but it is moving so fast, and not spending enough time on the things I want.

Julia: Sundi, what would you like to see change?

Julia: I want them to double down on the leading female characters, Christy and Bonnie, and tighten the story around them. I just feel like they are the best parts of the show and they are wasting what is great.

Julia: I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the kids either. They could be fun and should be incorporated more often instead of just used as story arc crutches.

Tamar: Yes! More Violet!! Although I don’t know that I’m looking forward to a custody battle with Baxter.

Julia: It might be the little bit of drama the show needs.

Sundi: The balance is off in the last few episodes. It’s lost its edge a little.

Julia: This is why the death of the sitcom is upon us, though, and people are turning to other avenues for their comedies, or dramedies.

Sundi: We may need to have this conversation at the end of the season, so we can consider it as whole piece, instead of episode by episode.

Mom airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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