On “There Goes the Motherhood’s” latest episode, most of the children take part in an etiquette class. The mommies … do not do that.
Instead, they fight in group, with some getting a little over-dramatic about the group dynamic, and then they gossip behind each other’s backs. So let’s check in with Zap2it’s power rankings.
1. Stefanie Fair, up 3 spots
Pros: It turns out Ms. Wild Orchid is starting to emerge as the sanest and most level-headed of the L.A. moms. While Beth may not be entirely in the right with how she’s interacting with Jen, Stefanie at least recognizes that A) Who cares about Beth’s nanny situation? and B) Let’s not exaggerate when talking about how Beth makes you feel “unsafe” in group.
Cons: There aren’t really any this week. She’s helping her son overcome his paralyzing fear of dogs, she’s telling everyone to stop gossiping. She’s basically the best this episode.
2. Meghan Conroy-Resich, down 1 spot
Pros: Meghan is still doing pretty well. Her kids were (rather surprisingly) well behaved at the manners class, and she’s one of the most entertaining moms on the show.
Cons: She’s being a little insane about potty training her 2-year-old, Hattie. Kids potty train at their own pace and trying to force the issue is only going to make it worse. We appreciate the position she’s in with Hattie not being able to advance to the 3-year-old age group in preschool if she’s not potty trained, but Meghan kind of needs to relax about it.
3. Jen Bush, up 2 spots
Pros: She’s back out in the dating world, which means we get to watch her go on a kind of awkward blind date with a guy has four kids and really wants to do some shots.
He also encourages her to open the “pressure chamber,” whatever that means.
Dude, act your age. Can’t blame Jen for trying to get away from him as fast as she can at the end of the night.
Anyway, it’s also nice that Jen is honest about how she has “a lot of love” in her life right now, but she also “would like to get laid,” even if Adam was not the guy for her.
And at group she takes responsibility for the dog situation at Rivers’ birthday party.
Cons: Maybe it’s time to lay off Beth. You’ve gotten your pound of flesh, Jen. Though you still aren’t as bad as Alisa (we’ll get to her).
4. Leah Forester, down 2 spots
Pros: Leah organizes the manners class, which gives the moms time to themselves during the day. She also is working hard to not make manners and rules such “drudgery” that she went through with her own mom. That’s great.
Cons: However, this is the episode where Leah’s “keep myself looking good” talk crosses over from empowering herself to making it sound like if she “let herself go,” her husband would leave her.
Look, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good for your man, taking pride in your appearance and wanting to be healthy and fit. But all of that should come from internal motivations, not external ones. Hopefully for Leah, it does, but in this episode, it didn’t sound like it when she says things like, “A woman who marries someone and then lets herself go is not living up to what being a good wife is. I do know my man and he wants to have his eyes delighted.”
Also, maybe Jen and Alisa should have been invited to moms’ day out even if their kids were too young to go to the manners class. Of course, this is reality TV and if they were there, then who would the other women talk about? Heh.
5. Beth Bowen, up 1 spot
Pros: She’s out of the basement by virtue of the fact that Alisa is really piling on the whole “Beth sucks” thing. It’s making Alisa look bad and Beth look a little like she’s being attacked.
Cons: Her kids are out of control at the etiquette class, plus she’s kind of annoying. Beth needs to take control of her life, her kids and her personality.
6. Alisa Starler, dropped 3 spots
Pros: She helps Jen pick out a sexy outfit for her blind date, saying, “Jen doesn’t give herself credit for how sexy she is and she should own that.”
Cons: She’s getting a little melodramatic about Beth. First off, the Jen-Beth situation really has nothing to do with Alisa, but she’s kind of inserted herself into it. Secondly, nannygate is resolved — Beth doesn’t have a nanny, she wasn’t lying about having a nanny. So let’s not act like Beth made the group “unsafe,” since it turns out she wasn’t lying about anything.