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'Mom' react: Instead, I'll say g'day

Season 2 | Episode 12 | “Kitty Litter and a Class A Felony” | Aired Jan 29, 2015

EW Community contributors are chatting about each new episode of Mom this season. This week, Julia Alexander and Sundi Rose-Holt (sadly without Tamar Barbash) are working through the aftermath of Alvin’s death in “Kitty Litter and a Class A Felony.”

Sundi: The tone of tonight’s show was considerably lighter, which I appreciated.

Julia: I think it was exactly what they needed after last week’s dramatic episode. Do you think they got back to the main story well enough? You know, after Alvin?

Sundi: I like how the writers are still lingering on Bonnie and Christy’s grief, but they are allowing us room to laugh at it. I don’t know if I totally agree with the first step in grieving Alvin being about money. It feels a little cheap. Although, I didn’t expect an inheritance storyline.

Julia: I didn’t either, but I thought it was kind of the perfect subplot considering the overall financial tone of the show. And like you said, the comedy seemed to really work. They didn’t just leave the death as a onetime episode and expect us to move on. They let us register that this man who was so important to both of them is gone, and it’s okay to laugh.

Sundi: I am afraid it’s going to be a magic wand. I don’t want the money to just magically solve all of the subtext that drives the show. What will Christy’s life look like with money? Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that the whole family was holed up in a ratty motel ducking gunfire. And we loved it.

Julia: I was kind of hoping that it would turn out the money was fraudulent, and they weren’t entitled to anything. I don’t think their spontaneous wealth will sustain a major change in the show’s tone for very long. Do you?

Sundi: I fear something terrible is going to happen, and they’ll lose it all. They might deserve it after that “dead-dad-vagina” bit. It was too much, and they knew it. I had to laugh at the writers’ self-awareness, though. They had to know we were going to giggle with our tongues in our cheeks.

Julia: The comedy did feel a little over the top tonight, but I wonder if that was a calculated decision. The comedy has been lacking in the past couple of episodes, while the drama has been increasing. It is really refreshing to have some actual laugh-out-loud moments that I feel instantly guilty about.

Sundi: I agree. The volume on the schtick was dialed way up tonight, and I have to think that was on purpose. The scene with Bonnie and Marjorie—come on. That’s pretty funny; Allison Janney, all red-faced, with veins bulging, yelling at her passive, sweet friend. Classic.

Bonnie takes out her feelings on Christy and Marjorie on

Julia: I love how much they work with Allison Janney’s body. She’s got so much physical comedy potential, and they know how to make it work in each scene. It cracks me up every time.

Sundi: She does the physical comedy so well, and the differing physicality between her and Christy is as much part of the joke as anything.

Julia: Instead of ignoring their physical traits, they use them to make every scene better. It’s something not many directors and writers do with their actors, and I really appreciate the extra effort.

Sundi: Speaking of hilarious pairings, I really enjoy all the scenes with Bonnie and Lorraine. I adore the burgeoning feud that is happening. It’s could be so, so good.

Julia: Yes! And Lorraine is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters whom I love to hate.

Sundi: I hope (times a million) that we get more of Alvin’s family, particularly the brothers. The brother Jackie is a standout. He is endearing, and I love a good nerd trope.

Julia: It’s nice to see another family come into the fold instead of just group members, random friends, and terrible dates. I feel like we’re going to see a whole new side to Christy that we haven’t yet.

Sundi: The show might be on the verge of real change. The sibling dynamic has a lot of potential, and I really want to see them develop it. I like seeing Jackie and Christy interact, and I think it’s going to be fun to see Christy open up to a male character, in a nonsexual way.

Julia: I definitely agree about Christy having that male connection. I think she needs it now more than ever since Alvin is gone.

Sundi: What were your high points tonight?

Julia: I like that they’re keeping Alvin alive without actually keeping him alive. I think having this extended family could be a great way to keep the dramatic undertones while making sure it’s still funny week after week. You?

Sundi: The brothers … hands down. They are so supercute, and seeing Christy try to process having another family is so interesting. I am rooting for her little family so hard.

What about y’all? What did you love about tonight’s episode?

Note: Contributor Tamar Barbash will rejoin the Mom react crew next week.

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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