Mom (season 8)

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Mom
Season 8
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes6
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseNovember 5, 2020 (2020-11-05) –
present (present)
Season chronology
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List of Mom episodes

The eighth season of the sitcom Mom premiered November 5, 2020 on CBS in the United States.[1] The season is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with series creators Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker serving as executive producer. This is the first season in which Anna Faris is not featured.[2]

Bonnie (Allison Janney) must learn to adjust without her daughter and former-roommate, Christy, around. With a chaotic past behind her and a newly empty nest, she focuses on her marriage to her husband, Adam (William Fichtner), and on what she wants to be now that she’s finally grown up.[3] Now more than ever, Bonnie depends on the support of her friends, including the wise Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy), the wealthy and sometimes misguided Jill (Jaime Pressly), the overly emotional Wendy (Beth Hall) and her loudmouthed but sweet former foster sister, Tammy (Kristen Johnston). Collectively, they help each other overcome their mistakes and stay sober in the face of whatever life throws at them. The episodes are usually titled with two odd topics that are mentioned in that episode.

Season eight of Mom airs Thursdays in the United States at 9:00 p.m. after B Positive.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1531"Sex Bucket and the Grammar Police"James WiddoesTeleplay by : Alissa Neubauer & Adam Chase & Ilana Wernick
Story by : Gemma Baker & Anne Flett-Giordano & Chelsea Myers
November 5, 2020 (2020-11-05)T12.166014.82[4]

When Christy goes to the East Coast for law school, the women plan a surprise slumber party in honor of Tammy's birthday that becomes somewhat tense when Marjorie reveals a health problem. Meanwhile, Wendy is troubled by something that she did while working as an ER nurse and Tammy is upset because her father is looking to make contact with her from prison.

Title meaning: One of Jill’s slumber party games and Bonnie to Marjorie when she questions the grammatical sense of the game “Never Have I Ever”.
1542"Smitten Kitten and a Tiny Boo-Boo Error"James WiddoesTeleplay by : Gemma Baker & Ilana Wernick & Anne Flett-Giordano
Story by : Alissa Neubauer & Adam Chase & Chelsea Myers
November 12, 2020 (2020-11-12)T12.166025.21[5]

The group and Adam are not feeling very welcome towards Marjorie's critical, complaining, and rambling new love interest Gary, who has arrived from Chicago. But his emotional AA share gives everyone, especially Bonnie, an understanding of why Marjorie is falling for him. Meanwhile, Jill accidentally donates a huge sum to charity and feels some Tammy-prompted guilt over clawing back much of it, before eventually doing the right thing.

Title meaning: How Marjorie describes herself feeling about Gary and what Jill calls her mistake after she accidentally donates too much money.
1553"Tang and a Safe Space for Everybody"James WiddoesStory by : Nick Bakay & Sheldon Bull & Chandra Thomas
Teleplay by : Warren Bell & Susan McMartin & Britté Anchor
November 19, 2020 (2020-11-19)T12.166035.07[6]

Bonnie is shocked when rocker Rod Knaughton from the not-so-famous 1980s band Sachet does a share at the meeting. Having spent "four nights" with him 30-some years ago, Bonnie reintroduces herself, but is disappointed when Rod doesn't remember her. After making fun of him, Bonnie goes to Rod's house to make amends and learns he lives with his mother and has been sober longer than he let on. She then agrees to be Rod's sponsor. Meanwhile, Tammy wants to make modifications to Bonnie's and Adam's apartment upon seeing Adam struggle to reach cereal on an upper shelf, only to learn the building's owner forbids it.

Title meaning: A beverage Rod's mother offers to Bonnie and Jill and Marjorie's description of AA meetings after chastising Bonnie for possibly threatening Rod's sobriety.
1564"Astronauts and Fat Trimmings"James WiddoesStory by : Susan McMartin & Britté Anchor & Chandra Thomas
Teleplay by : Nick Bakay & Warren Bell & Sheldon Bull
December 3, 2020 (2020-12-03)T12.166045.32[7]

Bonnie and Adam's relationship is going so well (and annoying the rest of the group so thoroughly) that they decide to lend a hand when they observe a lot of tension between Jill and Andy, but Andy ultimately decides they need to go on a break. Meanwhile, Tammy lends a hand to the recently-fired Chef Rudy as he tries to start a new food truck business, and sparks ignite anew between them.

Title meaning: Marjorie trying to correct Tammy's idea about how backwards things were in 1959 and Andy separating prime tri-tip from its fat and gristle.
1575"Sober Wizard and a Woodshop Workshop"James WiddoesStory by : Warren Bell & Ilana Wernick & Anne Flett-Giordano
Teleplay by : Gemma Baker & Alissa Neubauer & Adam Chase
December 17, 2020 (2020-12-17)T12.166054.59[8]

Adam's excitement at going skiing for the first time since the accident that paralyzed him provokes Bonnie's deep fear of losing those close to her, but a dream visit from Alvin reassures her. Meanwhile, Jill copes with Andy's request for a break in their relationship by helping Tammy with a girls' mentoring program, but she ends up using the girls as a makeshift PA service to get back at Andy.

Title meaning: Bonnie's name for Marjorie while soliciting advice, and one of the vocational training areas at the girl's charity.
1586"Woo-Woo Lights and an Onside Kick"James WiddoesStory by : Warren Bell & Sheldon Bull & Nadiya Chettiar
Teleplay by : Nick Bakay & Susan McMartin & Britté Anchor
January 21, 2021 (2021-01-21)T12.16606TBD

Jill suspects Andy has taken his "break" from her and started a relationship with his new female cop partner, so she enlists Bonnie (and later Tammy and Wendy) to conduct a surveillance operation. While it confirms Andy isn't cheating on her, Jill's night still ends in disaster.

Title meaning: Jill's term for a police siren and a football game Adam keeps talking about which infuriates Bonnie.
1597"S'Mores and a Sadness Cocoon"[9]James WiddoesStory by : Gemma Baker & Ilana Wernick & Chandra Thomas
Teleplay by : Warren Bell & Alissa Neubauer & Adam Chase
February 11, 2021 (2021-02-11)TBATBD

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Mom
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Sex Bucket and the Grammar Police" November 5, 2020 0.6 4.82[4] 0.4 2.10 1.0 6.92[10]
2 "Smitten Kitten and a Tiny Boo-Boo Error" November 12, 2020 0.6 5.21[5] 0.4 2.00 1.0 7.21[11]
3 "Tang and a Safe Space for Everybody" November 19, 2020 0.6 5.07[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Astronauts and Fat Trimmings" December 3, 2020 0.7 5.32[7] 0.3 1.78 1.0 7.10[12]
5 "Sober Wizard and a Woodshop Workshop" December 17, 2020 0.5 4.59[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 4, 2020). "'Mom' Star Anna Faris Exits CBS Comedy Series After Seven Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (October 28, 2020). "Mom EP Teases Christy's Fate In Wake of Anna Faris' Departure". TV Line. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (November 6, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.5.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (November 13, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.12.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (November 20, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.19.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (December 7, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.3.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (December 18, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.17.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "(#MOM807) "S'Mores and a Sadness Cocoon"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Thorne, Will (November 17, 2020). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Nov. 2: 'The Good Doctor' Premiere Adds 4.5 Million Viewers". Variety. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Thorne, Will (November 24, 2020). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Nov. 9: 'This Is Us' and 'Grey's Anatomy' Tussle at the Top". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  12. ^ Pucci, Douglas (December 19, 2020). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: Four ABC Dramas Lead in Raw Adults 18-49 Boosts". Programming Insider. Archived from the original on December 28, 2020.