So I was watching television (they changed the channel on the TV in my building, it’s CBS now instead of CNN) and last night I caught the repeat of the new CBS show Mom, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney.
It’s the story of an alcoholic who is just starting to get her life together. She’s celebrating 180 days sober in AA and she works as a waitress in a fancy Napa Valley restaurant.
She also owns an impeccably clean (for a single mother) and well-furnished three-bedroom (minimum) house.
The series has some funny moments, mostly coming from French Stewart’s character as the eccentric Head Chef, Rudy.
But mostly it’s a very ingenuine crapshoot. The whole backstory is that Faris’ character, Christy, has led a miserable life. She dropped out of High School, presumably when she got pregnant with her daughter Violet. She’s clearly spent her life working in minimum wage jobs, in and out of jail it seems, and probably has bad credit.
So how can she afford such a nice house, with a yard (she’s boinking her married boss and when he shows up at her house she comically throws him off the porch and she even has sprinklers in her yard go off on him). So that’s a 3 bedroom house in the suburbs, with a giant living room, a full-size kitchen with a nice table, her son is seen playing what seems to be the latest Grand Theft Auto game that was just released on a 32 inch flat screen television.
How does she afford all this on a waitress’ pay? Especially when it is implied that she’s not a very good waitress, so I doubt she’s taking home thousands of dollars in tips every night.
She’s also living in or near Napa Valley, California…a very expensive place. The cheapest 3 bedroom house I can find in Napa Valley costs $110,000. Even if you assume she’s renting one…$1,375 a month. If she works full-time at server wages and takes home $50 in tips a night she would only make 1400 a month. Take taxes out of that and she can afford all this, how?
Not to mention all of the designer clothes that Faris’ character wears through the show. Now I realize it’s because it’s television and everyone wears designer clothes, but you could at least make it appear as though she was wearing a dollar store shirt or something.
I grew up in impoverished alcoholic homes, they are not as fanciful as this shit. And it’s something that television does a lot, characters who are so ingenuine in their portrayals that it’s just not worth watching.
Reba McEntire’s old show, which is a great show by the way, was another one that was weird like that. She lived in a giant mansion of a house, but she didn’t have a job, or at least not one that would afford that house. But that was at least explained by the fact that her ex-husband was a dentist and paid a lot of alimony.
Christy doesn’t have dentist alimony, unless that Boss of hers that she’s shtoopin’ is paying for her house, so how can she afford all this crap?
I know I’m certainly putting the television on mute when I have to run the desk and it comes on next week.
If you’re still interested in seeing the show, here’s the trailer for it. I’m a little ashamed at the fact that the biggest complaints about the show I’m seeing is that people are upset it uses a laugh-track in the trailer.