Thursday, May 13, 2021

REVIEW: 'Mom' - Bonnie Experiences Every Emotion as She Embraces Her Loved Ones in 'My Kinda People and the Big To-Do'

CBS' Mom - Episode 8.18 "My Kinda People and the Big To-Do"

Bonnie gains a new outlook on her sobriety after dealing with difficult news. Also, Jill and Andy take a big step in their relationship.

In 2020, the television industry aired 493 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the series finale of CBS' Mom.

"My Kinda People and the Big To-Do" was written by Chuck Lorre, Nick Bakay, Gemma Baker & Warren Bell and directed by James Widdoes

Eight years ago, it was impossible for Bonnie to imagine a life without self-loathing and self-destruction. She was addicted to drugs and alcohol. She still is addicted too. Her life has changed dramatically though. It was all because she was completely willing to put in the work. Her life didn't suddenly improve because she got sober. She had to work the steps and rely on the people around her. Not everyone who has been influential on this journey is still along for the ride with her. Sometimes, people are only influential for a short amount of time. People rely on this program believing it can help. They give back to others as well. They help others in need. It's a community of addicts. It's an environment without shame. Each member has regrets about what they did under the influence. None of them are without redemption though. They each have the capacity to embrace that. Their lives don't have to be singularly defined by this addiction. They have found people they can express their true selves with. The people on this journey are willing to endure and embrace all of the hardships and successes. The temptation always exists for a relapse. However, Bonnie has arrived at a place where she is no longer selfish in every action she takes. That is huge progress. She is grateful for that journey. She now gets to be the one delivering the cheesy lines during meetings. She brings her own perspective to it. She has been the person sitting in the back of the room rolling her eyes at people who don't understand her addiction. Her experience can help others though. She has found love. She healed her relationship with her daughter. It's unfortunate that Anna Faris doesn't return as Christy in this final episode. She is mentioned briefly. But it's to the same extent as the rest of this season talked about her. She is off building a new life in law school. That was her achieving her dream. Her friends and loved ones helped her accomplish that. She is so grateful for that support as well. And now, the show delivered a season examining the other hopeful endings possible for these characters. Jill is going to be a mother. She and Andy get married here. It's a simple ceremony. One where they don't need much celebration afterwards. She remains committed to her sobriety. She extends the same love to her friends that they give to her. This is a celebration. It's one everyone is grateful to achieve. Life still throws curveballs though. Bonnie experiences a wide array of emotions here. Adam is diagnosed with cancer. She freaks out. She is concerned for her husband. She lashes out at the doctor for not meeting her standards. She has road rage afterwards too. She never thinks about getting drunk though. Instead, she is helping Adam cope through this uncertain time. This is a scary prospect for him as well. It doesn't get in the way of them celebrating Jill and Andy or offering the kindness Shannon needs in her early days of sobriety. It's still a reality they have to deal with. They do so united as a couple. It's striking to see Bonnie this way. She has put in the work. Adam remarks that she is so different from the woman he first met. And yet, their love story was strong and apparent from that first day. They have evolved. They have done so as a couple. Andy and Jill feel the same way - though more of their drama came from this final season. Everyone is grateful for the people who helped them along the way. They share their stories in the hopes of helping the people in crisis now. That helps them maintain their sobriety. It also leaves the audience feeling proud about all that Bonnie, Jill, Marjorie, Wendy and Tammy have accomplished. These stories may be over. However, they can still serve as inspiration for anyone struggling. The show never sugarcoated the difficult circumstances of life. But it also highlighted the joys that can come from this experience as well once toxic behavior is cut out. That too serves as a powerful and inspiring message to the very end. There is a time to joke and laugh. There is a time to grieve. There is a time to fear. There is a time to embrace hope and feel grateful. Bonnie has been the central focus of this long and winding journey. She offers her perspective. She doesn't hide behind jokes in that final share either. She offers nothing but love. She has love for the people she has known and respected for a long time. She also has love for those just starting on this path. It's never too late either. Bonnie is a testament to that. She has found her calling. She expresses herself fully. It's a rewarding and wonderful end to the series.