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.
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.
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.