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January 8, 2007: Ritchie Scores

OK, so I’m a huge fan of Christine getting with Ritchie’s teacher, Mr. Harris, and it has to happen soon. I know it can’t happen right away and I like how they’re dragging it out, but I’m very excited to see what happens when they actually get together. They’ve had a lot of those almost-moments, and you know those moments are building up to something. There’s a lot of chemistry between them, which is well-played between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Blair Underwood. They’re very good at showing their attraction to each other without giving us so much that we get tired of the two of them together. Every time they’re together, I’m excited to see it and I want them to just put down their walls and kiss each other already. But, alas, there’s Ritchie. They have the whole parent-teacher thing. But I’d really love to see what would happen if Daniel Harris and Christine got together. I’d love to see how the Mean Mommies would react.... read more

January 8, 2007: Lawrence/Caddel

When I started watching this episode, I cringed. I knew what was coming. The evangelical Lawrences wouldn’t take to the tattooed, bald-headed, free-thinking, Bible-hating Jinxi. And the proud atheist Caddels wouldn’t take to the Jesus-loving, Bible-toting, overly controlling Karen, otherwise known as Big Mama. Big Mama, it seemed, went into the situation to “save” the Caddels. When she was investigating their house, Big Mama saw a photo album and called the Caddel kids “offspring of the devil.” I didn’t think that was respectful or understanding. She saw the stripper pole and all the racy artwork and was immediately judging them. That was what happened with these families. They immediately started judging each other and putting up a defensive wall. Right off the bat, I knew this wasn’t going to work out well. Religion is a personal thing, and these families are from two sides of the extreme. I didn’t see how they would be able, in two wee... read more

January 1, 2007: Supertramp

In tonight’s repeat of a first-season episode, we return to the arrival of Andy Richter’s Stan, nicknamed Sad Dad by the Mean Mommies. Stan was a nice enough guy, but the air of desperation he put off made me cringe. He was really very sad and just a little bit too eager. But he was also sweet, making her a mixed tape of her favorite band and complimenting her hair. So he wasn’t the hottest man that Christine could’ve picked for her first sexual partner in three years. But he was attentive and willing, and that was all she needed. I thought it was hilarious that Ali directed her to the Whole Foods to pick up guys. And I might add, some of those guys in the Whole Foods were really good-looking. Poor Christine, she couldn’t exactly pick up the handsome ones. The first guy she scared off by talking too much, then backing into a grocer putting away vegetables. The second guy she scared off by not saying anything, grinning like a madwoman and doing her body shake... read more

December 18, 2006: Roy/Maness

I’m a big fan of happy hours and having fun, but Frankie Roy needs to figure out some kind of balance, because her house is a mess. I would’ve reacted the same way Angel did when she walked around the Roy house and saw: dog poop with mold on it, mold in juice glasses, a dead rat on the carpet. Any one of the above would be gross, but all three of them spell a whole lot of filth that no family should be living in. Dead rats and dog poop are not good to have around the house, and I’m not surprised that J.P. doesn’t want to bring girls home. Frankie is proud of having a fun house where her kids don’t have any rules except to go to bed at 10 o’clock, but she has to step up a little bit more and at least pick up dead rats from the floor. And she lets J.P. play computer games for six or seven hours a day, which is so not healthy for him. J.P. said he wanted his mom to be harder on him about his schoolwork. He just wants to be pushed a little, and Angel did th... read more

December 11, 2006: Crash

Tonight’s episode was an example of the time-honored battle between little cars and gas-guzzling SUVs. I experience the battle every day when I’m on the road. I have a little car, and I dislike oversized SUVs, especially the kind that take up more than of their fair share of the road. SUVs are so enormous and pompous, like they own the road, and little cars are supposed to bow off in their presence. SUVs are symbolic of the image-obsessed culture that Christine deals with when she encounters the Mean Mommies. So I understand Christine’s anger when Marley’s car wasn’t even dented and hers was completely bent out of shape after she and Marley backed into each other. (BTW, I’m not sure I’ve seen such a complicated security process to get into a school parking lot, but maybe that’s what fancy schools have.) Marley, of course, didn’t think it was her fault. But she told Christine that they would take care of their own repairs and not notify th... read more

December 11, 2006: Yonts/Jan-Turan

OK, so I don’t want to judge or criticize the Yonts family for putting their daughter in beauty pageants, but I just don’t get the whole child-beauty-pageant thing. I understand the competitive side of it, but when you’re putting your daughter on a runway dressed like a doll and trained to wink and charm the judges, I’m not sure how much of a choice that is. She’s too young to know what else is out there, what else there is to do. How can she know what she wants when she’s 5 years old and has been competing in beauty pageants since she was 3 months? Ramona Jan said it best when she said: “Hannah’s not being forced to be in the pageant, but it’s the only life she’s ever known.” She’s basically been put into costumes and told to strut her stuff since she was an infant. She’s 5 years old and she’s being taught that she should think about what people are thinking about her. The Jans put $8,000 a year into her pageant ... read more

December 4, 2006: The Passion of the Christine

Tonight’s episode was a repeat of this season’s premiere, and it was good to revisit all the reasons why Richard and Christine should not be together. Yes, it’s easier for them to hang out with Ritchie and be parents without carting Ritchie back and forth between homes. Yes, they’re comfortable together. Yes, Richard can build fancy laundry rooms. Yes, they can rent movies, eat chili and watch football together, but that doesn’t make a marriage work. They’re missing that sweaty-palms kind of passion that Christine is suddenly feeling from the hunky new fourth-grade teacher Mr. Harris (otherwise known as the gorgeous Blair Underwood). Things would be easy if Richard and Christine just got back together and fell into the same routine they had been in before, but they don’t love each other passionately. They love each more like friends, and they work better as friends. About their routine, Christine said: “I make a few lists, he runs a few errand... read more

November 27, 2006: Rowland/Rivera

The word of tonight’s episode is: Freedom. The question is: How much do you give your kids? For Grace and Luis Rivera, the answer is none. For Doug and Robin Rowland, the answer is too much. The Rivera kids are locked up in their home like it’s a prison. They’re monitored by security cameras. Their calls are screened. They can’t go out with friends; they have to spend evenings at home with their family. The youngest daughter, Marisa Rivera, does what she can to make her parents happy, because that’s what they expect. Grace Rivera says: “I’m not in this world to make them happy. They’re in this world to make mom and dad happy.” I was kind of shocked to hear that. I thought part of parenting meant wanting to make your kids happy. There has to be a compromise somewhere. Grace and Luis are intent on controlling their kids. They don’t want to lose them. If Luis lets his daughters go out on dates or have friends over, he feels like he... read more

November 27, 2006: What About Barb?

Matthew's going to medical school was brought up again. I was wondering what had happened to that declaration. He had said he was going, but then nothing happened. On last night's episode, he registered for classes and was told he would soon get a “heart listener and one of those ear looker things.” It should shake things up to see him in school. We’ve primarily seen him around Christine and inside her world. Now, he can go out and make his own world, and it’ll open up possibilities for new stories that involve him. Maybe he’ll meet somebody. It’d be good to see him with a woman. He’s so charming, laid back and adorable. It’s time he got some romance. Maybe Ally, the girl who works at the gym? They could be cute together. She’s funny. She may wear green pants with a purple shirt, but that just makes her interesting. She says to Barb: “I need February off. Personal reasons,” and then makes motions that indicate she’s getting... read more

November 20, 2006: Mission: Impossible

Well, happy Thanksgiving to everyone. In a few days, we’ll be enjoying Turkey Day with our families and eating lots of good food. There’s no better way to celebrate a special family holiday than to watch Christine try to make her house the Fun House and win a parenting popularity contest that she’s concocted. I’m not a parent myself, but I’ve had jobs where I’ve watched parents ignore their kids and let them run out of buildings in tears without a second glance. I’ve had to run after the kids and get them to stop crying. Whenever I had to do this, I thought to myself that I would never be that kind of distracted parent. Watching tonight’s episode was like seeing examples of what you don’t want to do as a parent, but somehow it ends up happening.I appreciate this episode because it pokes fun at the behavior of parents, taking what they should and shouldn’t do and making it honest and funny.Christine and Richard should not do Richie... read more

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