I love these forums!! My reaction is mixed on the show and on this episode. Overall I agree that the daughters (at least Max and Frankie) are bratty and entitled. Buuuuuut.....I too am a single Mom of three ( a son and twin daughters) so a lot of what we see on this show hits very very close to home. I am not wealthy like Sam, and my ex-husband is a much more present father than Sam's, but, like Sam I still do most of the "heavy lifting" of parenting with my kids. My kids are not nearly as disrespectful as Sam's, but we are a cussing household--my rule is that they're allowed to cuss, but not AT me. At times they have expressed that they feel like I'm "a best friend who's just older than me" rather than a Mom, and while that's flattering in a way, it is NOT what I set out to do as a Mom. I never intended to be permissive, "I'm their FRIEND!" Mom, yet I do sometimes feel like the respect for me as a parent is lacking. Not sure if it's a single-parent phenomenon or what, but this show really nails how exhausting it can be to have it all on your shoulders without the "backup" of a second parent in the home dealing with the day-to-day issues that arise. Some things you just decide aren't worth a knock-down, drag-out fight. Some things you know you should be stricter about and/ or that you should remind the kids that you're the authority figure here....and you're just too damn weary at the end of the day to do it. I adore my kids and I know they adore me back....but some days, ugly things are said and ugly emotions are expressed. It's not a pretty picture sometimes. So, I love that this show exposes all of that so realistically.
I do agree that Pam Adlon goes over the line at times (telling her doctor that "it's like you're fingering me", etc.) but I have to say, and sorry if it's TMI, but I've noticed during menopause that the vaginal discharge (and sometimes urine) smell "different" now, and not in a good way. I've totally had the "wait a minute, is that (smell) ME!?!?!?" moments so I howled with laughter at that! I know it's gross, and it's also not one of the "signs of menopause" we typically read about and expect to experience....I had to do some Googling to find out if anyone else was going through it, and was relieved to find other women saying, "Yeah, no one tells you THIS is gonna happen! I hate it! Why did no one warn us?" Ugh. (For the record, dietary changes and charcoal pills can mitigate things somewhat....and barring that, using cornstarch baby powder in the underwear helps a great deal, too.) So I kinda love Pam/Sam for "going there". It's something you will probably only laugh at/understand if you've been there!
Finally...am wondering if maybe Frankie is supposed to be on the spectrum or something? The scene when Sam was puking and Frankie was being so heartless reminded me of the Max (?) character on "Parenthood" (he had autism) when his mother was vomiting from her chemo and he was just dispassionately talking about how unsanitary it was for her to be lying on the floor. Yeah, Frankie is a major brat, and I doubt she is supposed to have autism per se, but maybe she's an undiagnosed Aspie?