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'Odd Mom Out' react: Babe, I'm buggin'!

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Dying to Get in” | Aired June 15, 2015

How can you not love a show that starts an episode with the line, “Babe, I’m bugging”? Odd Mom Out is the best possible vehicle for Jill Kargman to be funny in a really specific way—a way that hits me right in my comedy sweet spot.

The entire premise of the show is built around the merciless teasing of all the rich people around her, and we get to make fun of everyone right along with Jill and Vanessa—and sometimes Andy.

This week we are all collectively wishing we could punch her mother-in-law, the newly minted Mrs. Von Weber, for forcing Jill to attend an interview for a swanky cemetery. When talk turns to location of their dead bodies, Jill has had enough. Her “I love BJ” sticker serves the Vons right for making her sit and listen to the virtues of being buried on the grassy knoll versus near the ocean. I mean, they’re all going to be dead, right?

Jill blows into a meeting wearing a I love BJ sticker from a party on Odd Mom Out.

Jill can’t focus on making a good impression anyway, since she’s wound too tight about kindergarten interviews. She is comically distracted during the meeting, popping up and down out of her seat like a three-year-old who has held it too long. She is, thankfully, saved by a phone call from the random mother she asked to watch her kids at BJ’s party (hence the sticker). BJ’s mom has a strict no-drop-off rule, at least for “twins and kids with too much screen time,” so Jill had to find a set of eyes to watch the twins while she goes to the cemetery interview.

Jill waits for an important call at Green Acres on Odd Mom Out

While at the party, Miles (the boy twin) has a nosebleed, prompting the other mother to call. Jill coaches her through the incident, shouting, “Just jam a tampon up there.” She leaves the meeting at Green Acres in a rush, but is still 43 minutes late picking up the twins. Meanwhile, she is still about to pop from the anxiety that no schools have called to arrange interviews. She doesn’t want her kids to turn out like another mother’s child, who “wound up being a Knicks City Dancer” after a hellish phone tag with the school when she didn’t answer the call.

Of course, this is the most ridiculous thing in the world to those of us who are schlepping our kids two miles to the neighborhood schools or scurrying them off to the bus stop with sloppy peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in a brown bag. But that’s the point.

Jill’s extreme neurotic overreactions are meant to draw attention to the absurdity of it all, but I’m not here for the politics. I’m here for exchanges between Andy and Jill that conclude with him telling her to “just be yourself … on Xanax.” Or for conversations in the deli in which Jill and Vanessa discuss what’s on their bucket list, “aside from banging Viggo Mortensen in his full Lord of the Rings outfit.”

The shenanigans are fun too. Jill screws up the Green Acres cemetery interview (obviously), which is pretty standard fare, but then tries to make up for it by crashing a rich guy’s wake (RIP Pendleton Rutledge Cardiff IV). Of course, she is ridiculously conspicuous, knocking things over and talking too loudly—but she’s endearing, even if you have to turn the volume down sometimes just to watch.

Her insane shenanigans can become a lot to manage, and sometimes it seems like they are throwing a lot of jokes at the wall to see what sticks. I don’t mind, because a lot of what sticks has personality and just makes me chuckle. What else can you ask for from a sitcom than to have its star singing a cappella hymns with three other middle-aged white guys?

In the end, Jill and Andy still aren’t as Von as his mother would like. They probably will get into a good kindergarten, and will definitely wind up on the grassy knoll in Green Acres.

Odd Mom Out airs Mondays at 10/9C on Bravo.

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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