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'Odd Mom Out' fan recap: Truth-induced existentialism

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “The Truth Fairy” | Aired July 27, 2015

This week’s Odd Mom Out proves the cliche that “the truth hurts” to be, well, true. But it also proves that “the truth can trigger exaggerated existential crises among preschoolers and a melodramatic witch hunt among their mothers.”

Vanessa is the truth fairy in more ways than ruining the childhoods of the Upper East Side’s richest little cynics. This week she drops some truth bombs on Jill as well. While the kids are falling apart about hate crimes, female circumcision, and the global water crisis, Vanessa confronts Jill about “becoming just like them.” Ouch.

It’s happened slowly, so Jill hasn’t really noticed, but if we actually want to take a closer look at Jill’s descent into Upper East Side indoctrination, it looks like she really is becoming one of them. Vanessa runs down the list of ridiculous things Jill has done to fit in: Sip n’ See hostess, NACHO vice chair, Hat Lunch. Yep, it’s looking official.

Jill is starting to love her Upper East Side role on

It all sort of happened by accident, really. On the way home from her vag-doctor, Brooke reminds Jill that the NACHO event has been moved up a week so that Brooke can lose her new “virginity” at the prom, and to accommodate DiBlasio’s schedule. Jill quickly realizes this conflicts with Vanessa’s birthday party, but Brooke is unsympathetic, suggesting Vanessa, of all people, should understand the dangers of obese kids.

But Vanessa doesn’t understand. At all. When Jill tries to figure out a work-around for the scheduling conflict, Vanessa encourages her to blow it off, saying NACHO is just “a tax-free way to bully husky kids into an eating disorder.” She’s so unsympathetic, in fact, that Jill has to lie to her about the Hat Lunch.

As the resident friend-no-one-has-to-impress, Jill is recruited to pick up Candance from her boob surgery. With “the new hair and the new pair,” Jill guesses she’s got a special friend, and Candace confirms it by telling her, “I have taken a lover.” In her gratitude for Jill’s non-judgment and generous escort home, Candace gives her the seat at the very socially prestigious Hat Lunch.

Candace didn’t tell her she would have to accept an award on her behalf, but Jill didn’t miss a beat, delivering an extemporaneous speech that left her pits “dripping.” She killed the speech and had a legit drop-the-mic moment at the end. The speech was hilarious, but Brooke promises a future conversation about tone. The NACHO prom is much more serious event, with a very serious name.

Brooke reacts to Jill

At first, Jill protested the Hat Lunch invite, but then admits to Andy she kinda wants to go and even has to lie to Vanessa about it, calling it “boring kid errands.” Of course this means that Jill will run directly into Vanessa in the park, wearing the giant, ridiculous hat and looking like she’s loving every second of it.

This encounter leads to a tense visit from Vanessa later, in which she reminds Jill of their pact promising to “kidnap and deprogram” Jill if she became too much like the Momzillas she’s been making fun of all along. This little encounter also leads Jill to figure out that Vanessa is the one who’s been filling the kids’ heads with hard truths about the Sudan and Elf on the Shelf. Jill is going to have to call off Brooke, who is desperately trying to smoke out the dream-killer that has half of the kids on the Upper East Side questioning their entire existence and the lies their parents told them.

Crises are going around. It looks like Lex might be having his own midlife thing. Like the huge cliche that he is, he’s currently sleeping with his secretary, and blames Brooke for the affair. According to Lex, “Being married to her is like living on an Army base,” but after a healthy dose of judgment and reproach from Andy, it seems like he feels regretful.

Lex promises to end the fling with the secretary, but I’m doubtful. Just like I’m doubtful Jill is going to pull back from the fun, new Upper East Side celebrity she’s enjoying.

Only one episode left this season, and there’s a lot to tie up. Predictions?

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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