TV Recap: Odd Mom Out, ‘ Wheels Up’

Written by Marley Ghizzone

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Odd Mom Out Series Premiere Plot Summary:

In the outrageously wealthy and extravagant world of upper class New York, Jill Weber (Jill Kargman – author of Momzillas, the book that inspired the series) feels a growing pressure to get her twins into the right kindergarten.

I don’t know why I harboured a secret high hope for Odd Mom Out. Honestly, how dare I? The half hour comedy is shrill and baseless. There are so many problems ranging from the trying-too-hard jokes to the continued enforcement of stereotypes, specifically female.

Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Bravo
Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Bravo

Jill Weber (Kargman) is different, okay? She likes black nail polish and doesn’t exercise. Her house is wild and she doesn’t wear pants. Jill is quirky. Jill is better than you. Gag me with a cactus. Her character is literally nothing. She’s rich but not that rich and she just doesn’t get the other moms because ohemgee she is so old New York.

Jill Weber is an attempt at writing the cool girl version of a mom. It is whole heartedly sickening. The dialogue and, subsequently, the jokes, were over the top. They attempted to be fresh, hip, and young. Instead, Odd Mom Out fell far from the mark, making Bravo look desperate.

To add to the discomfort, Kargman cannot deliver a line. She seems to miss every single comedic beat. She relies on a fast-paced, questioning tone that screeches oh-so-adorably. Her acting leaves much to be desired and helps to create the unrelatable air that surrounds Jill Weber.

“Wheels Up” was all about showing the drastic difference between Jill and the other moms, especially her sister in law Brooke (Abby Elliott.) Brooke is superficial. Jill is deep. Brooke only cares about her figure and hates bread. Jill loves food, yeah she eats donuts! This is so annoying.

Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Bravo
Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Bravo

I don’t know how many more times I can say this but none of the jokes were funny. This made the attempt to show the difference between the women extremely obnoxious and highlighted the sexist undertones of all Bravo shows. It greatly enforces the idea that passive aggressive fighting and competition among women is the “norm.” Television has the power to change the societal group think on the way women communicate and interact. But, alas, Odd Mom Out decided to stick the route of it’s reality shows and pit women against each other.

I love television. I am also an outspoken feminist. It sometimes makes it hard to watch TV because it is nearly impossible to not see problematic storylines and badly written female characters. I choose my battles, but Odd Mom Out was not interesting or well written enough to warrant a pass on its bad behavior.

Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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4 COMMENTS

  1. The show is based on her book, “Momzillas”, which is a satirized version of her real-life experiences. The UES is also critiqued in the (now questionable) memoir, “Primates of Park Avenue”. Fairly recently, the UES has been in the news for “mommy bonuses” and the new phenomenon wherein you flaunt your wealth via the number of children you have. It’s a bizarre world and, while I believe a lot of the events depicted here are highly satirized, it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility that women/people would behave like this.

  2. Marley (the author) NAILED IT! I watched all episodes and Jill’s acting is awful. Maybe with an accomplished TV actress this show would’ve been good, her character would’ve been relatable. But her acting is so bad it totally takes the viewer out of it. It’s such a shame when people who don’t have the acting know-how INSIST on acting because some kiss up or family member told them they were “great”. The writing also tries way way way too hard to be hip cool fun 20-something millenial-ish. Only this isn’t a show depicting millenials. Stop trying to be so desperate to shout that Mom’s are cool, just because they wear black nailpolish and walk around in their undies. Get a life Jill. Own you, not some desperado “I want to fit in” version of you.

  3. Horrible show! Watch a few times couldn’t stomach the over the top acting and the dumb ass, boring scenarios!

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