‘Mom’ Co-Creator Talks About Crafting a Relapse and Casting Kristin Chenoweth

Variety | 3/8/2018 | Danielle Turchiano
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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Charlotte Bronte and a Backhoe,” the 14th episode of the fifth season of “Mom.”

Just a few weeks after Christy (Anna Faris) faced temptation and almost fell off the wagon on “Mom,” her friend and fellow support group member Jill (Jaime Pressly) experienced a relapse of her own.

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“It just so happened that, organically, both of these stories went to those places,” co-creator and executive producer Gemma Baker tells Variety. “We really write one episode at a time, and it just so happened that these were back-to-back.”

When it came to exploring the idea of a relapse with Christy, Baker says that it felt “right for the story” that she would consider drinking for a “split second.”

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“Christy was in a place where she was doing really well. She thought she was going to graduate and then go to law school. She thought that was what was going to happen. And then she got this sudden bad news [that she didn’t get into law school] and happened to be in a place where there was alcohol,” Baker points out. “The fact that she almost drinks underlines how much she was counting on this being the thing that was going to work out — it didn’t even occur to her that it wasn’t going to work out. It was just a terrible blow.”

Ultimately, though, Christy stayed committed to her sobriety and later confessed her near-slip. Jill’s story was a bit more complicated.

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“She’s been struggling for a long time, and she’s been looking for solutions in a lot of places. She’s really been dealing with a lot of pain for two seasons,” Baker says of Jill. “She wanted to have a baby but then had a miscarriage. She turned her attention to fostering a child,...
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