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The New Adventures of Old Christine Episode: "Mission: Impossible"

Season 2, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Christine is upset that Ritchie has more fun with Richard during their weekly visits than with her every day, so she insists the guys work on a school project during their weekend together to even the “funless” factor.
Original Air Date: Nov 20, 2006
Guest Cast Carmen Vargas: Voice
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Season 2, Episode 9
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Length: 21:59
Aired: 11/20/2006
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November 20, 2006: Mission: Impossible Season 2, Episode 9

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's homework for him, but that's what ends up happening in this episode, because Christine wants the best education possible for Ritchie and the Mean Mommies tell her that she should be considering Ritchie's college education and future, all in the fourth grade, all based on some project that has them making California missions. Christine shouldn't try to be the most popular parent, but that's what she does, and she does it honestly. She just blurts it out, she doesn't hide it. You can tell how Ritchie's enthusiasm about spending time with his father is making Christine feel bad. Ritchie likes spending time with his father outside of the Homework House, as Christine calls her place. He gets excited about spending time with his dad and runs out of the house eagerly. Christine takes it personally and wants Ritchie to like her. She tells Matthew that she just wants Ritchie to like her. I've never seen a parent on television admit that they just want their children to like them. This show takes parenting to a new level, something I'm not used to seeing. Here are two divorced parents raising a kid in separate houses. Christine openly tells Richard that she wants to win at being a parent, and Richard openly describes his sexual relationship with another woman as a way of competing. It's unusual but it works for them. It's funny when anywhere else it would be weird. I think I'll end by ranking my three favorite moments, three examples of what this show does best. This show talks about relationships in the bedroom in a way that would make you blush, but it does so behind subtle humor. My favorite moment was when Matthew was on hold with the computer tech people and he was listening to a song and he said, "God, I wish I had someone to make love to right now." And Richard walks in. After a pause, Matthew says, "I hope that wasn't my last wish." My second favorite moment was when Marley, one of the Mean Mommies, was in bed with her husband. She told him, "Come back to bed, we'll try it again." Then Christine called, and Marley slapped his hand away, saying, "Now I'm on the phone." Then when Christine hung up, Marley kept talking. She'd rather pretend to be on the phone than be in bed with her husband. My third favorite moment was when Christine told Matthew about her first time, which she related to, of all things, his not "feeling ready" when he thought the computer tech people were finally ready for him, after his waiting so long. Christine said, "On prom night, I let Alan Rice plough me like an Iowa cornfield." Later, she said, "He worked my boobs like he was making a pizza crust." show less
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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Premiered: March 13, 2006, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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