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Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Nudes and a Six-Day Cleanse” | Aired Jan 15, 2015

EW Community contributors Tamar Barbash, Sundi Rose Holt, and Julia Alexander are chatting about each new episode of Mom this season. Here are our thoughts about “Nudes and a Six-Day Cleanse.”

Sundi: So … what about this Steve character?

Julia: What are your opinions on him?

Tamar: He has so much energy!

Sundi: At first, I thought he was just another skeevy guy used as a gimmick.

Julia: I like that she went back to see him, though. It was a moment of her realizing that she has no right to judge, considering.

TamarI also think she was using his behavior as an excuse not to follow through, and Violet convinced her not to do that

Sundi: Wouldn’t it be so interesting if he does wind up becoming a love interest for Christy?

Tamar: He seems like an unlikely choice for Christy. As opposed to Colin Hanks, who seemed like he’d be a perfect match.

Julia: I mean, from a comedic standpoint, it would be gold. But I also think there can be something really sincere between them. They both come from broken backgrounds, to say the least.

SundiAs frenetic and busy as he came across, he also seemed pretty genuine. I am attracted to his sincerity. I am NOT, however, attracted to that lanky ponytail. I just can’t with it. Blech.

Chrsity gets a new job with Steve on Mom

Tamar: I was too, Sundi.

Sundi: Do y’all think he’ll stick around? This show is not known for lingering too long with the guest stars.

Julia: That’s a good question, Sundi. I’m not sure, but I would like to see him stay.

Tamar: I like the idea of Christy and Steve because they can take their time with it.

Sundi: As much as I love the episodic nature of this show, I find it sometimes lacks a strong long game.

Julia: That’s one of my complaints—although there are few—with the show. These characters deserve to be treated with more respect than just being episodic gags. I want to see them develop, as I know you two do as well, so that means it’s time to bring in someone for either Christy or Bonnie.

Sundi: We saw a little forward movement tonight with Christy and Violet. I liked their shared scene on the couch.

Tamar: I did, too.

Julia: Same. I thought it was where we needed to see them go.

Tamar: I can’t think of anything more soul-crushing than your own daughter telling you she bet on you to quit.

Julia: I enjoy when Christy actually plays Violet’s mom and not her big sister or older friend, which is how I think their relationship is often portrayed.

Sundi: It’s hard to know how to feel about that. I can’t totally buy into her as an authority for Violet.

Julia: Which is what I bet the writers wanted to showcase too, but she’s still her mom. There needs to be a level of authority over your daughter. Can’t be best friends forever.

Sundi: Agreed. Their relationship is so complicated, so scenes like the one tonight on the couch are so valuable.

Tamar: I imagine it ‘s complicated for Christy as well. It probably feels really weird, wrong even, to suddenly claim authority after you’ve been so absentee for so long

Julia:. She doesn’t know how to connect, and one of the best ways to try, as any of us would, is to be more of a friend than a parent. But she has to start making those parental moves now or it’s never going to happen.

Christy decides to go back to get her GED

Sundi: It’s one of many moves she’s taking, although I find this law school bit a little ambitious. That is just not practical or sustainable in terms of sitcom time.

Tamar: I thought it was a weird choice, too.

Julia: It feels clichéd, doesn’t it? It’s always law school.There’s no room for Elle Woods in Mom.

Sundi: Seriously. Why not just business school at night, à la Lorelai Gilmore?

Julia: I’d like to see a realistic setting, where she decides to go to college and get into a trade. It’s less schooling and more employment opportunities afterward.

Tamar: Either of those seem more plausible to me.

Sundi: Speaking of less plausible—Bonnie and Alvin in the backseat of a car. Geez—Allison Janney is probably six feet tall.

Tamar: Ha! Well, I think that was sorta the point. It was a ridiculous thing to try and do. But they were really feeling desperate to cling to their youth.

Julia: But it was definitely funny, so the comedy worked.

Alvin and Bonnie share a sweet moment on Mom

Sundi: Yes—and it gave us that incredibly sweet moment when Bonnie confessed how sad she was to have lost all those years.

Julia: I think this season has been all about realization. They’re clean and they’re finally beginning to realize what loss actually is.

Sundi: Next week is going to be brutal. Bring the tissues.

Tamar: Did you see that preview?!?!?! ARE THEY KILLING ALVIN?!

Sundi: I knew they were laying it on a little thick with the sentimentality. They were setting us up!!!

Tamar: Ughhhhhh, this is horrifying.

Sundi: We didn’t get enough time with them.

Julia: At all. They kind of just glanced over his character.

Tamar: Bonnie saying she was sad they lost all those years was heartbreaking even before I knew what was about to happen. Now … it’s beyond. To be honest, it feels unnecessarily cruel.

Sundi: Tamar, I said the EXACT same thing. Like, why, man? WHY?

Tamar: These people have suffered so much. They are finally getting their act together, but if anything is going to test their ability to stay sober, it’s this.

Julia: That could be an interesting arc, and may be where the series is headed. Bonnie falls off the wagon, Christy has to catch her and help her out.

Sundi: Oooh … does it make me a monster to root for that?

Tamar: No … but I am so sad just thinking about it.

Julia: I think we’re about to see some very painful television, and I think it’s interesting that as one man enters the picture, another one is leaving. It’s agonizing symmetry. I’m excited to see where it all ends up.

Sundi: Sophomore seasons are hard to manage, but I feel good about this one so far.

Tamar: I’m too bummed to be that optimistic, but I will put my faith in the writers and hope it’s all worth it.

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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