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The New Adventures of Old Christine Episode: "Oh God, Yes"

Season 2, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Ritchie goes to church with Richard and new Christine without consulting his mother first, leaving Christine to explain and explore her aversion to organized religion.
Original Air Date: Oct 9, 2006
Guest Cast Mary Gross: Mrs. Orr Benjamin Bryan: Benji Ed Begley Jr.: Pastor Ed
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Season 2, Episode 4
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Length: 07:11:45
Aired: 10/9/2006
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October 9, 2006: Oh God, Yes Season 2, Episode 4

I don't think I've seen a sitcom story line set in a church before. I'm trying to think back and remember if I've ever watched a television show that was situated almost entirely in a church, and I can't recall anything. Which is why I really enjoyed this episode. It felt new and different. Christine went back to church after staying away from it for years. She was only there in the first place because her parents dropped her off on their way to Indian bingo (what is Indian bingo, by the way?). She was 12 and wanted meaning. Instead, when she went to get her confirmation, they forgot to call her name and she took it as a sign from God. Destroyed, she refused to go back. But then her son showed interest in going to church, and she took him. Matthew said to just take him because maybe he would lose interest in it, like when Ritchie was obsessed with fajitas and they took him to get fajitas and the sizzling plate scared him and he ran off. I loved that she did take Ritchie even though she didn't want to go, and I loved that she took Matthew with her. She even sent Matthew along with Ritchie to Sunday school, where we learned that Matthew was an understudy for Godspell and had every line memorized but never got to perform. He performed for the Sunday-school kids with a childlike grin on his face, and I think I would've enjoyed church more as a kid if there had been a goofy guy playing on the piano and singing songs from musicals. I never had a monkey puppet in church, either, which could've made the time pass quicker. Poor Christine was just trying to fit in with the churchgoers. But she started off by kissing the reverend's hand and calling him Your Holiness. When the reverend said that she was kissing his wedding ring, she said, "Oh right, you're married to God. Or Jesus." And he said: "Actually, it's Joyce." And Christine said: "She's great, but she's no Jesus." You could tell it was already getting off to a shaky start. She was trying so hard to fit in, too, but it wasn't working. She dropped the Bible and everyone looked at her and she kissed it. She couldn't figure out what everyone was singing and then she started singing and everyone had stopped. The reverend asked for silence and her cell phone went off. Then he asked her to the front to sing the closing hymn and she was so proud. Called to the front - where she saw the sandwich shop that she had been obsessing about across the street, started backing away and then fled. I loved this episode because I've felt what she did. All she wanted was to be welcomed and to feel like she fit in, but everything was hard for her. Finally, she found her peace, but it was a sandwich, not God. I think it ended perfectly. It was honest. show less
I don’t think I’ve seen a sitcom story line set in a church before. I’m trying to think back and remember if I’ve ever watched a television show that was situated almost entirely in a church, and I can’t recall anything. Which is why I really enjoyed this episode. It felt new and different. Christine went back to church after staying away from it for years. She was only there in the first place because her parents dropped her off on their way to Indian bingo (what is Indian bingo, by the way?). She was 12 and wanted meaning. Instead, when she went to get her confirmation, they forgot to call her name and she took it as a sign from God. Destroyed, she refused to go back. But then her son showed interest in going to church, and she took him. Matthew said to just take him because maybe he would lose interest in it, like when Ritchie was obsessed with fajitas and they took him to get fajitas and the sizzling plate scared him and he ran off. I loved that she did ... read more

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Premiered: March 13, 2006, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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