Thursday, May 9, 2019

REVIEW: 'Mom' - Bonnie and Adam Make an Impulsive Decision About the Wedding in 'Crazy Hair and a Teeny Tiny Part of Canada'

CBS' Mom - Episode 6.22 "Crazy Hair and a Teeny Tiny Part of Canada"

Christy has trouble enjoying her sober birthday when she learns her sponsor, Nora, is moving away. An argument leads Bonnie and Adam to make a hasty decision.

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 season finale of CBS' Mom.

"Crazy Hair and a Teeny Tiny Part of Canada" was directed by James Widdoes with story by Warren Bell, Michael Shipley & Britté Anchor and teleplay by Gemma Baker, Adam Chase & Anne Flett-Giordano

Bonnie and Adam's wedding has been off and on for a long time now. They began actively planning it at the start of this season. It was in looking at potential venues that Adam found the place to start his bar. That soon took the priority this season. At first, it was struggling. Then, it became a huge success that afforded them more financial opportunities. It's not surprising that Adam broaches the subject of the wedding once more here. He wants to know that it's still the plan. It just turns into a big argument that ends with the two of them eloping. That's amusing and actually fitting for the couple. Of course, it makes just as much sense that the rest of the ensemble would be angry and disappointed that they missed out on it. Bonnie has always been a selfish person. But underneath the surface, she does care about what her friends think of her. She wants to do right by them. They are her barometer for how far she can go with the craziness and still be perceived as a healthy and functional person in society. And now, they are telling her exactly how upset they are that they were deprived of this happy and special moment. Of course, a wedding shouldn't be about the people witnessing it. It should be about the two people making that lasting commitment to each other. Bonnie and Adam want to get married. They have fought about the wedding many times before. They essentially do it to get it over with already. But they hold another ceremony to actually make it something special. Bonnie appreciates having her friends and family there even though she doesn't like Wendy's weird musical accompaniments. Meanwhile, Christy and Marjorie like the acknowledgement of being partly responsible for the couple staying together to make it to this miraculous occasion. And yes, Marjorie does point out that this is a miracle. It's a joyous celebration. It was just hard to imagine once upon a time. But Bonnie absolutely deserves this happiness. It probably won't change her life in any significant way moving forward. It's still a nice commitment to have that proves that things will actually be stable for a little while. Bonnie and Adam instinctively understand each other. Their wedding isn't the only big moment that happens in this finale either. Christy is celebrating her sober birthday with the news that her sponsor, Nora, is moving to Minnesota. That is devastating to Christy. It's not as emotional for the audience though because Nora has just been a brief presence on the show. It was meaningful when Christy decided to get a new sponsor. She saw the value in having a new perspective that allowed her to tackle the challenges of her life in a different way. And now, she immediately goes back to the comfort of having Marjorie as her sponsor. That's a little too expected. But the show probably didn't want the audience to be concerned about Christy potentially relapsing because of this change in her life. She even recognizes that she can't make every decision someone else makes all about her. It's disappointing that Nora is leaving. But that shouldn't mean that Christy slips. If it did, then she would have to have even bigger problems going on. She is solid in her sobriety. That's why each finale celebrates how long she has stayed sober. She still faces challenges though like her legal career and her gambling addiction. Those aren't mentioned here at all. Instead, there are just a bunch of running jokes about Tammy being annoyed by Marjorie leaving notes around the house while Marjorie and Wendy bicker over both coming to events with lasagnas. Both are perfectly fine sources for humor but are a little broad as well.