Anger and self-doubt are in the air on Mom Season 7 Episode 6.
Let's address Christy's storyline first. The sequence of events surrounding Christy's work form a thread through this episode about misplaced and misdirected anger. It has potential, but it gets lost in some of the satire surrounding it.
The barista is an interesting character, although not entirely memorable in the context of the show. Really, his main function is to ruin Christy's day, and while he carries these scene spectacularly with overdramatic coffee order announcements, he doesn't add much more to the plot.
Except, to make sure Christy delivers Veronica some dirty street coffee. It's in the scenes with Veronica that this idea of angry people could be explored a little more, and to an extent, it is.
Despite being only six episodes into the seventh season, the dynamic between Christy and Veronica is starting to feel a little old. Things got very outlandish in past episodes, and by contrast, having Christy pick up dry cleaning and get coffee feels basic.
There is some seriously overly exaggerated Devil Wears Prada level of abuse going on in that office, and it makes for great comedy, but it also makes the moment when Christy stands up for herself feel misplaced.
While I applaud her for sticking up for herself and wanting to be treated with respect, there isn't much Christy can get out of it. She's already run on a treadmill and gone to a marijuana dispensary for Veronica. Losing it over coffee feels anticlimactic in comparison.
Yes, there is always the straw that breaks the camels back, but in this case, it feels like a very light straw.
The other thing about this moment that makes it feel stagnant is that we can't expect real change from Veronica.
Much like other supporting characters on the show, it seems like Veronica is designed to be one-note. She isn't going to change her tune. The writers leaning into a Type A workaholic personality in how they write her and it's wrong to assume that she's going to suddenly be nice.
Paget Brewster's performance as Veronica is very entertaining. She delivers Veronica's dialogue in a cadence that is very authoritative and comical at the same time and it's been a joy her scenes with Anna Ferris.
After Mom Season 7 Episode 5, I'd hoped that maybe Christy and Veronica would form some kind of mentor/mentee relationship, and maybe that's still where this whole thing is going in some weird roundabout fashion, and in Veronica's own way.
Giving Christy advice on how to take out her frustration isn't exactly on par with the little lesson in the reality of being a defense attorney that she gave Christy in the previous episode, but it is still solid advice.
The tag where Christy and Veronica are at the gym trading insults and punching at each other is a nice touch, although hard to imagine happening in reality. Although, they did slap each other while Veronica was high, so maybe this isn't that far off.
While Christy is dealing with Veronica, Bonnie and Adam are unpacking some of his things which include self-help books and a VHS tape from when Adam was a stunt man. Watching the tape brings up some insecurities that Bonnie has about their relationship.
Bonnie and Adam didn't have an easy road to the alter. In the early days of their relationship, it didn't even look like they would make it. They nearly didn't and this blast from the past seemed to awaken everything all over again.
Mostly this was on Bonnie's end. Her time with Trevor, her therapist, has caused her to grow, and Bonnie is getting (somewhat) better at communicating her feelings.
She's still stubborn and it's no wonder Trevor has to limit her to two raspberries a session, but at least she's learned a little along the way.
Still, the fact that she worries that Adam would rather be with a Cheryl Ladd type than her is a palpable anxiety.
Yet, it also feels ill-timed, and is really just a reversal of something they've already explored in Adam and Bonnie's relationship.
One of the major hurdles in Bonnie and Adam's relationship early on was Bonnie meeting a sober man at a food festival that Adam ddn't want to go to. The result almost broke them up and sent Bonnie spiraling down a rabbit hole where she ruminated about how she destroys everything she loves.
While that played into Adam's anxiety, this plays into Bonnie's. There's no present danger here. She's basing all of her subposition off an old video.
The thing is, Adam is good at talking her down and setting her straight. Even pointing out that they met at the right time, because how would it have worked if Bonnie had been drinking when they first met.
While Adam's sentiment is nice and it does seem like he's grown and changed, we've seen bits of that jerky side come out before. I am not entirely sure that's a part of him that's been put to bed.
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