Friday, May 3, 2019

REVIEW: 'Mom' - Christy Begins Working at a Law Firm While Bonnie Returns to Therapy in 'Finger Guns and Beef Bourguignon'

CBS' Mom - Episode 6.21 "Finger Guns and Beef Bourguignon"

Christy discovers her new job at a law firm isn't quite what she expected. Bonnie's therapist, Trevor, pushes her to confront her problem with procrastination.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of CBS' Mom.

"Finger Guns and Beef Bourguignon" was directed by James Widdoes with story by Gemma Baker, Britté Anchor & Chelsea Myers and teleplay by Warren Bell, Anne Flett-Giordano & Adam Chase

Christy has begun work at a law firm. No, she isn't a practicing lawyer just yet. But she continues to make huge progress in her career as she also evolves so much from the woman she used to be. That's a remarkable achievement that should be celebrated. Sure, she may believe that she continues to be tempting fate by chasing this dream. But a plane does not fall out of the sky and kill her. Nothing bad happens to her that ruins this new professional opportunity. It still isn't a great job. It's nothing like she expected it to be. She is humiliated because she's still essentially serving people their food. She goes from being a waitress to making copies and picking up food. Those are her responsibilities at the firm. It's a paid position though. So, it's better than an unpaid internship. Plus, she gets the validation that this continues to be the right career path for her. She still has a long way to go to become a practicing attorney who helps people in need. However, she has a solid suggestion that can greatly help the case the firm is currently working on. She doesn't initially view it all as a man taking credit for her idea. She just sees the value in having an idea that is worth stealing in the first place. Sure, she still ultimately gets around to the inherent sexism involved with this misdeed. She has friends who are willing to help her get some kind of revenge. She may even be tempted with Tammy's fish suggestion. However, this episode mostly wants the audience to walk away with the clarity that all of this continues to work out for Christy. She is meant to be a lawyer. She may still be struggling for years which will explain why she and Bonnie still live together. But she continues to put so much work into making her life better. Bonnie can claim the exact same thing as well. Sure, their friends enjoy making a drinking game out of all the repetitive excuses that Bonnie and Christy make for their lives. They know that Christy likes to complain about her life while Bonnie wants to use something trivial as an explanation for her horrible behavior. And yet, it continues to be significant that she is in therapy getting treatment for ADD. She actually listened to a suggestion from Wendy. She is learning how to cope with something she has had for her entire life. Sure, she still pushes back at all the suggestions that Trevor makes for how she could continue to benefit her life. She mostly just enjoys using the therapy terms in order to make it seem like she is even smarter in her various arguments. She is still procrastinating though. She doesn't want to sell her car even though Adam is doing well enough to buy a new one for her. She is so grateful that his bar is a success now. She is happy with her life exactly as it is. She is proud of the progress she has made. But she believes she could also be tempting fate by getting rid of the reminders of where she came from. This car has never been reliable but it can also serve as a stand-in for the person she used to be. She doesn't see it as a rejection of the various good things in her life right now. It's just the fear that she could once again lose everything. She doesn't feel secure even though so many things are going well for her. She doesn't want to give the car away just for it to be destroyed. She wants someone to appreciate it. Sure, the final explanation of Tammy getting the car was a little inevitable as soon as she started taking about getting her driver's license. However, it's still deeply rooted in the characters. This is a compromise that actually works for Bonnie that allows her to let go of this part of her past while accepting a better future. She just has to keep putting in the work to ensure she continues making the right choices.