TV Review: SMILF (Season 1, Episode 7)
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Packing a serious emotional punch, 'Family Sized Bucket of Popcorn and a Can of Wine' is funny and tragic in equal measure. Struggling to potty-train Larry, Bridgette asks Tutu if she can watch her son whilst she sees a movie with Eliza. Tutu’s depression has been exacerbated by her brief affair with Edmond, so Bridgette’s left holding the baby. Her maternal instincts aren’t strong enough to stop Bridgette bailing on the park and taking Larry to meet Eliza instead. Pairing up Bridgette and Eliza doubles the quality of any SMILF scene, and hearing Eliza shout “reclaiming my time!” at nosy cinemagoers was the highpoint of the episode. After a stranger comments on Larry sleeping - taking your toddler to an incredibly violent horror movie is not top parenting, in fairness - Bridgette begins to wonder if she’s a bad mother. This fear is only compounded when she realises Larry wasn’t napping through the movie like she thought, and he hasn’t eaten breakfast or lunch. Is Bridgette a bad mother? No, but she’s definitely careless. Her laissez faire attitude towards parking regulations gets her car towed, and her willingness to hitchhike with Melania Trump obsessives makes Eliza rightfully worried. But if Bridgette is flawed, the precarity of her situation amplifies the risks of her behaviour. She can’t pay for a babysitter to look after her son or a taxi to the junkyard when her car gets towed. Sure, Bridgette loses her son in a barbed wire filled landfill, but other mothers wouldn’t have to take their son there in the first place. Like Bridgette, Tutu struggles because of things she can’t control. Her failed affair with Edmond has completely devastated her, so much so that she leaves her husband Joe sitting in the bath and walks out of her house in a detached haze.
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