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While other mothers were cooking dinner, you were cooking meth!
Christy to Bonnie
Pilot
Season 1, Episode 1
Total Episode Count: 1
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Air Date September 23, 2013
Produced by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky & Gemma Baker
Written by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky & Gemma Baker
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Production Code 276061
Length 22 minutes
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Pilot is the first episode of Season 1 and the 1st episode of Mom.

Synopsis

After making a series of bad choices, Christy Plunkett, a newly sober single mother, is trying to get her life together as a person and a mother to Roscoe and Violet.

Unfortunately, she finds this to be a challenge when her estranged mother, Bonnie, comes back into her life.

Title Meaning

(Pilot) Pilot episode.

Episode Description

Christy cries while serving wine to customers at the restaurant, a waitress hands her a birthday cupcake and she sighs before she cries again while wishing an elderly woman named Ethel a happy birthday. Chef Rudy tastes food and critiques his staff. Gabriel informs Christy that her manner while serving is inappropriate, he tells her to take the rest of the night off, Christy says she has children to feed so he offers her complimentary food on the restaurant to take home. Christy tells Gabriel that a customer insulted her by complimenting her waitress skills calling her a "good waitress", which Gabriel agrees she isn't. Christy complains that she wanted to be more than a good waitress and continues working after shocking the entire staff by calling the risotto "a big steaming pile of gooey rice". She serves another customer (special guest - Jon Cryer), after he orders she inappropriately tells him how his food will be cooked.

She goes home after work and while in the car, she sees Luke climbing out of her daughter's bedroom, she goes inside and Violet comes out of her room, she pretends that Luke wasn't over and that she is still a virgin but Christy breaks the facade telling her not to lie to the woman who washes her sheets. She tries to give her the sex talk but it goes wrong because Christy herself has done worse things that she doesn't want her daughter to do and begins to come off to herself as hypocritical. Violet stops the conversation by going back to her bedroom. Christy takes Roscoe to his own bedroom as he tells her that Violet and Luke kissed and took a shower together to her annoyance. Roscoe reminds Christy about his talent show, however when he realises she has to work he tells not to worry because he isn't talented anyway. Christy feels bad and tries to talk him around but Roscoe wants to sleep. Gabriel comes around to Christy's house and they kiss, however she throws into the bushes when Roscoe calls her. She opens the door again and apologizes and warns him when the sprinklers come on.

The next morning she arrives at Roscoe's school for the talent show but is told it isn't happening, she then complains she lost a days work of pay for no reason. She opens the door to Roscoes class and he shrugs it off and tells her he must have got the day wrong. Christy tells his class not to tease Roscoe about the mishap and closes the door but loudly swears so the kids still hear her.

She attends an A.A. Meeting and blames her Mom's alcohol and drugs problem for having to be there due to being messed up by her Mother. Once she finishes she sits down, a woman rhetorically asks her "Aren't you too old to be blaming all your problems on your Mother?", Christy turns around and realizes the woman is her Mom. They go to a diner and talk, Bonnie tells Christy that she is doing better and has become the woman she used to hate. Christy still critiques her and makes backhanded comments due to still being mad although she's doing better. Bonnie reveals that she talks to Violet and knows that Christy is sleeping with her boss and is hanging on by a thread. Christy tells Bonnie that she doesn't want Violet and Bonnie talking, Bonnie tells Christy that Violet needs someone because Violet is sexually active, smoking weed and drinking, she then compares Violet to Christy. Christy becomes mad at Bonnie for turning it around on her, Bonnie says she forgives Christy, this angers Christy more because Bonnie should be the one apologizing to Christy not forgiving her. Christy lectures her and gets up and tells Bonnie to stay out of her life and stop talking to Violet. Christy leaves and Bonnie flirts with a waiter.

Christy comes back to the restaurant to confide in Gabriel but Gabriel's wife-Claudia-interrupts them. She goes back home to find Baxter and Roscoe playing video games. Christy asks Baxter what he's doing in the house, Baxter asks her why he can't just visit Roscoe randomly, Christy reminds him that he's six months behind on child support. Baxter leaves the game to talk to Christy. He says that he thinks he found a way to pay his child support but he asks her for $2,000 to be able to do it. Christy asks him "Just so I'm clear, you wanna pay child support by borrowing money from me so you can buy pot?", Baxter corrects her that he's selling pot. Luke comes out of Violet's bedroom shirtless and interrupts Christy and Baxter. Christy asks Luke why he's here and Luke tries to lie and say that he's studying, although the lie is obvious, Baxter questions Christy's parenting with Violet and says that it sets a bad example for Roscoe. Christy hits back at him as a father, reminding Baxter that he once made Roscoe pee into a sippy cup so that he could pass Roscoe's urine off as his to pass a drug test, Baxter shrugs it off and tells her that it worked. Gabriel comes over and tells Christy he can't divorce Claudia because her father owns the restaurant and could fire him. Christy closes the door on Gabriel to deal with Violet. Violet criticizes her Mom for sleeping with Gabriel and Christy criticizes Violet for sleeping with Luke. Violet defends her relationship with Luke telling Christy she actually loves him, Christy tells Violet that she once loved Baxter. Violet tells Christy that she and Luke have been together for a year but she only noticed them dating when she stopped drinking. Christy apologises for not being there, Violet refuses to forgive her asking her why she should forgive her considering Christy can't forgive Bonnie for doing the same thing. This makes Christy start trying to forgive Bonnie so Violet will forgive her. Christy forgives Bonnie over the phone and asks if Violet can forgive her, but Violet realizes that for her it's not as easy.

Bonnie comes over at night to make dinner for Christy, Luke and Roscoe, Christy comes home from work and Bonnie makes her tea and they talk. Christy tries to get Bonnie to apologise for being a bad Mother but she doesn't, she instead says she's going to start being the good Mother Christy deserves. The door bell rings and Bonnie exclaims she has a date. Christy whispers "New chapter, same book". Christy sarcastically greets Bonnies date calling him Dad. Bonnie tells her to behave because he's too young for Bonnie and he's married. Bonnie leaves and Christy comments "Married!? What a whore". Bonnie quickly comes back to open the door to tell Christy briefly that she forgot to tell her that Violet thinks she might be pregnant, to call her if she needs to and leaves again.

Cast and Characters

(*Characters and cast members crossed out are not present in this episode.)

Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Chris Erric Maddox as Steve
  • Carol Herman as Ethel
  • Rhona Gordon as Teacher
  • Jim Marshall as Jim
  • Nick Bakay as Man's Voice (V.O.)

Quotes

Chef Rudy: More butter and salt. They only need to live long enough to pay the cheque

(at an A.A. Meeting)
Christy: Hi, I'm Christy and I'm an alcoholic.
Group: Hi, Christy.
Christy: I've been sober 118 days. *group appaluds* Oh, don't applaud for that. They've been the worst. The only reason I'm here is because, uh, I didn't want to turn into my mother. And I did anyway. Yeah, I drank like her. I went through men like her. Um, I was selfish to my kids just like she was. And I didn't know how to live any other way because she was my only role model. I mean, some mothers teach their daughters how to bake. Mine taught me how to beat a cavity search and still feel like a lady. Anyway, thanks for letting me share. And I cannot tell you how comforting it is to be in a room with people who are just as screwed up as I am!

Trivia

  • Roscoe is seen playing Grand Theft Auto.

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References

            All Episodes of Mom
Season 1
PilotA Pee Stick and an Asian RaccoonA Small Nervous Meltdown and a Misplaced ForkLoathing and Tube SocksSix Thousand Bootleg T-Shirts and a Prada HandbagAbstinence and PuddingEstrogen and a Hearty BreakfastBig Sur and Strawberry LubeZombies and Cobb SaladBelgian Waffles and Bathroom PrivilegesCotton Candy and Blended FishCorned Beef and HandcuffsHot Soup and ShinglesLeather Cribs and Medieval RackFireballs and Bullet HolesNietzsche and a Beer RunJail, Jail and Japanese PornSonograms and Tube TopsToilet Wine and the Earl of SandwichClumsy Monkeys and a Tilted UterusBroken Dreams and Blocked ArteriesSmokey Taylor and a Deathbed Confession
Season 2
Hepatitis and Lemon ZestFiggy Pudding and the RaptureChicken Nuggets and a Triple HomicideForged Resumes and the Recommended DosageKimchi and a Monkey Playing HarmonicaCrazy Eyes and a Wet Brad PittSoapy Eyes and a Clean SlateFree Therapy and a Dead Lady's Yard SaleGodzilla and a Sprig of MintNudes and a Six-Day CleanseThree Smiles and an Unpainted CeilingKitty Litter and a Class A FelonyCheeseburger Salad and JazzBenito Poppins and a Warm PumpkinTurkey Meatballs and a Getaway CarDirty Money and a Women Named MikeA Commemorative Coin and a Misshapen HeadDropped Soap and a Big Guy on a ThroneMashed Potatoes and a Little NitrousSick Popes and a Red FerrariPatient Zero and the Chocolate FountainFun Girl Stuff and Eternal Salvation
Season 3
Terrorists and GingerbreadThigh Gap and a Rack of LambMozzarella Sticks and a Gay Piano BarSawdust and BrisketA Pirate, Three Frogs and a PrinceHorny-Goggles and a Catered InterventionKreplach and a Tiny TushSnickerdoodle and a Nip SlipMy Little Pony and a Demerol DripQuaaludes and CrackerjackCinderella and a Drunk MacGyverDiabetic Lesbians and a Blushing BrideSticky Hands and a Walk on the Wild SideDeath, Death, Death and a Bucket of ChickenNazi Zombies and a Two-Hundred Pound BabyCornflakes and the Hair of Three MenCaperberries and a Glass EyeBeast Mode and Old People KissingA Catheter and a Dipsy-DoodlePure Evil and a Free Piece of CheesecakeMahjong Sally and the EcstasyAtticus Finch and the Downtrodden
Season 4
High-Tops and Brown JacketSword Fights and a Dominican ShortstopSparkling Water and Ba-dinkersCurious George and the Big Red NightmareBlow and a Free McMuffinXanax and a Baby DuckCornbread and a Cashmere OnesieFreckled Bananas and a Little SchwinnBad Hand and British RoyaltyA Safe Word and a Rib EyeGood Karma and the Big WeirdWind Chimes and a Bottomless Pit of SadnessA Bouncy Castle and an AneurysmRoast Chicken and a Funny StoryNight Swimmin' and an English MuffinMartinis and a Sponge BathBlack Mold and an Old Hot DogTush Push and Some RadishesTantric Sex and the Sprouted FluteA Cricket and a Hedge Made of GoldA Few Things and a Hawaiian FuneralLockjaw and a Liquid Diet
Season 5
Twinkle Lights and Grandma ShoesFish Town and Too Many Thank You'sA Seafaring Ancestor and a Bloomin' OnionFancy Crackers and Giant WomenPoodle Fuzz and a Twinge of JealousySmooth Jazz and a Weird Floaty EyeToo Many Hippies and Huevos RancherosAn Epi-Pen and a Security CatTeenage Vampires and a White RussianA Bear and a Bladder InfectionBert and Ernie and a Blessing of the PeoplePush-Down Coffee and a Working Turn SignalPudding and a Screen DoorCharlotte Brontë and a BackhoeEsta Loca and a Little KlingonEight Cats and the Hat ShowCrazy Snakes and a Clog to the Head
Season 6
Pre-Washed Lettuce and a MimeGo-Go Boots and a Butt CushionAmbulance Chasers and a Babbling BrookBig Sauce and Coconut WaterFlying Monkeys and a Tank of NitrousCottage Cheese and a Weird BuzzPuzzle Club and a Closet PartyJell-O Shots and the Truth about SantaPork Loin and a Beat Up Monte CarloFlamingos and a Dance-Based Exercise ClassFoot Powder and the Barrelworks PiratesHacky Sack and a Beautiful ExperienceBig Floor Pillows and a Ball of FireKalamazoo and a Bad Wedge of BrieSparkling Banter and a Failing Steel TownSkippy and the Knowledge HoleA Dark Closet and Therapy with HorsesSoup Town and a Little Blonde MongooseLumbar Support and Old PorkTriple Dip and an Overhand GripFinger Guns and a Beef BourguignonCrazy Hair and a Teeny Tiny Part of Canada
Season 7
Audrey Hepburn and a Jalapeño PopperPop Pop and a PumaGoat Yogurt and Ample ParkingTwirly Flippy Men and a Dirty BirdFake Bacon and a Plan to Kill All of UsWile E. Coyote and a Possessed DollPork Butt and a Mall WalkerHot Butter and Toxic NarcissismTuna Florentine and a Clean HandoffHiggledy-Piggledy and a Cat ShowOne Tiny Incision and a Coffin DressSilly Frills and a Depressed Garden GnomeDammit Sandra and Viking AncestorsCheddar Cheese and a Squirrel CircusSomebody's Grandmother and the A-ListJudy Garland and a Sexy Troll DollBeef Baloney Dan and a Sarcastic NoA Judgy Face and Your Grandma's DrawersTexas Pete and a Parking Lot CarnivalBig Sad Eyes and an Antique Hot Dog
Season 8
Sex Bucket and the Grammar PoliceSmitten Kitten and a Tiny Boo-Boo ErrorTang and a Safe Space for EverybodyAstronauts and Fat TrimmingsSober Wizard and a Woodshop WorkshopWoo-Woo Lights and an Onside KickS'Mores and a Sadness CocoonBloody Stumps and a Chemical SmellWhip-Its and Emotionally Attuned BabiesIllegal Eels and the Cantaloupe ManStrutting Peacock and Father O'LearyTiny Dancer and an Impromptu PicnicKlondike-Five and a Secret FamilyEndorphins and a Toasty TushyVinyl Flooring and a Cartoon BearScooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury SteakA Community Hero and a Wide TurnMy Kinda People and the Big To-Do