Mom S5E19 Review

A new building owner can mean change, especially when Bonnie Plunkett is involved. Christy is worried that she and Bonnie might lose their apartment in this week's episode of Mom, when Bonnie behaves the way we know Bonnie to behave. (Also, apologies for the delay in getting this week's review published, don't expect this to be a regular occurrence.)

S5E19 "A Taco Bowl and a Tubby Seamstress"

The episode starts out with Bonnie and Adam surprised that Christy is at home, and it's very funny to see how they are disappointed about this. Christy asks what they do when she isn't home, and Bonnie has a hilarious response: "Don't ask the question if you don't want to picture the answer." Then, the new building owner shows up, posing as someone who wants to rent an apartment. As a result of this, she quickly dislikes Bonnie, and the two's dynamic is quite entertaining. Bonnie doesn't want to do the work necessary to keep her job, even though not just Christy, but also Jill and Wendy try to talk some sense into her.

Marjorie insists on having a conversation with Bonnie about, as Bonnie puts it, "the underlying blah-blah-blah." Bonnie confesses that she doesn't want to do the work because she's worried that if she tries, this will become who she is. Marjorie motivates Bonnie to put in some effort, and she recruits Christy and Adam to help her. However, there is one new task for Bonnie, she has to evict the people more than two months behind in the rent if they can't pay. While initially this doesn't seem like much of a challenge for Bonnie, it turns out to be more complicated than it seems.

Bonnie pays a visit to the blind tenant, who is three months behind on his rent. She discovers that he is unable to pay because he has prostate cancer, and the VA doesn't cover the medication he needs, so those are taking the place of rent in his budget. This gives the episode an opportunity to show how Bonnie really does care about people now, and it does a wonderful job with that. Bonnie insists that she cannot evict him, and when she takes a stand, it leads to a great plot development, the building owner revealing that she doesn't know what she's doing, and really doesn't want to kick him out. Bonnie and the building owner coming together in the end is a great moment, and their tension is resolved in a wonderful way.

This was an excellent episode of Mom. Bonnie was given many moments to be funny all while she was realizing how far exactly she should go to keep her apartment. Also, the jokes directed at Christy this week were very funny, though perhaps a bit harsh.

Score: 10/10

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