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Season 2 | Episode 21 | “Patient Zero and A Chocolate Fountain” | Aired Apr 23, 2015

EW Community contributors Tamar Barbash and Sundi Rose Holt usually chat about each new episode of Mom, but tonight it’s just Sundi’s thoughts about “Patient Zero and A Chocolate Fountain.”

It’s a real bummer that Tamar couldn’t join the conversation, because we got a very rare glimpse of her fave character, Violet. Too bad she only had three lines before she invoked her signature storm-out. Before I get to Violet, however, I need to back up and start in the courtroom.

Bonnie gets off pretty easy, thanks to Christy’s friend Counselor Ponytail. She winds up with 20 hours of community service, but her attitude is poor, and she isn’t taking responsibility for her behavior.

Instead of delivering the standard, “I’m sorry. It won’t happen again,” she has to qualify her actions with conspiracies of Big Pharma and the victimization of the consumer. It’s not her finest moment. This is not the Bonnie that Tamar and I know and love.


Anna Faris and Allison Janney as Christy and Bonnie on

In their meeting, Regina is busy thanking Jesus for her king-size bed and million-dollar mansion (instead of Jill and her alimony payments), while Christy is seething with a pent-up rage that only gains momentum throughout the episode.

The “share” portion of the meeting devolves into Bonnie evading blame and Christy plotting her murder. But to be fair, Christy is thanking the group for helping her avoid murdering her mother, so we should probably thank them too.

Although it seems like Christy is joking, I believe her. There are a few throwaway lines that support Christy’s anger, and illustrate why she’s taking Bonnie’s relapse so hard.

Christy remarks that being in court reminds her of old times, except, “this time you don’t have to write me a note for school.” And when Bonnie tries to deny the effect she had on Christy’s childhood, she barks, “I was hardly even around when you were young.” While these are jokes first and foremost, they are also telling clues about the history of disappointment between these two women.

Their passive-aggressive bickering turns downright aggressive as they trade jabs about whose life is worse. Christy points out that Bonnie is a 50-year-old woman in an orange vest picking up trash on the side of the road, and Bonnie reminds Christy she is a teen mom who dropped out of high school and failed at stripping. The exchange stings … a lot, mostly because it’s so shocking to see a mother and daughter speak to each other like this. As far as whose life is worse: Let’s call it a draw.

Octavia Spencer and Jamie Pressly as Regina and Jill on

The aforementioned Violet cameo is painfully short. Christy and Bonnie are invited to Shabbat (which is NOT Jewish for Friday, despite what Violet thinks), and their incessant arguing makes it terribly awkward. Violet has called them both over to announce she’s made the Dean’s List, but the feud poisons Violet’s celebration. Before Violet stomps out of the room, she lobs a “I hate you both” at her mother and grandmother, and for once, I agree. They really deserve that tonight.

It’s disappointing that Violet is only used as a tool to demonstrate the depths to which the relationship between Bonnie and Christy has degraded. There is so much to be mined in the Gregory/Violet storyline that they should get their own spin-off. (Again … looking at you Mom writers!)

Christy and Bonnie’s issues are on display throughout this entire episode, and aside from just blurting out hurtful and awful things at each other, there isn’t much resolution. It’s not until they think they weren’t invited to Marjorie’s remission party that they try to make amends with each other.

They attempt to form a truce, but are derailed when they have a car accident during a hug. If any of you guys are into metaphors, here’s a gift for you.

Next week is the season finale, and it’s time for predictions and a wish list. What do you want to add?

Mom airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30C 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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