How Allison Janney’s Bonnie Continues After Anna Faris Out – Deadline


SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details on Mumseason 8 premiere. When Anna Faris surprisingly stepped out Mum In September, viewers wondered how the show would explain Christy’s absence. However, with the Season 8 premiere tonight, Mum provided a clear, but sudden response.

Season 8’s first episode, “Sex Bucket and the Grammar Police,” kicks off with Bonnie (Allison Janney) and Adam (William Fichtner) in the car, driving home from the airport. After some silence, Christy’s whereabouts are revealed.

“Every mom dreams of the day she can drop her 42-year-old daughter to go to school,” says Bonnie. “I did everything on my own.

Finally ready to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, Christy de Faris is on her way to Georgetown Law School on a full scholarship. As Bonnie is proud of her daughter’s accomplishments and what’s yet to come, she can’t help but think about what she is losing: “the most beautiful daughter a mother can have.” Although Bonnie and Adam decide to head back to the airport to watch Christy’s flight take off (as loving parents would), references to the now-absent character are still quite limited.

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Sans Farris, Mum Season 8 continues with Bonnie, Jill (Jaime Pressly), Wendy (Beth Hall) and Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy) coming together to plan a birthday surprise for Tammy (Kristen Johnston) and make her forget about her former father, who could give it a call. With minimal references to Christy beyond her difficulty adjusting to time differences, the season premiere primarily focuses on the relationships and love shared between recovering drug addicts.

The AA team meets for an alcohol-free night of “Never Have I Ever” and “Would You Rather” games and pillow fights. But when things get a little too loud for Marjorie, she threatens to leave the party.

“Don’t worry, it’s not a slumber party until someone cries,” Jill quipped.

As Bonnie tries to prevent her from going home for the night, Marjorie reveals that she needs a stent in her heart. She said the new diagnosis left her fragile and scared of what was to come. Agreeing to return to the house, Marjorie then reveals her fears – which inspires Jill to create one last sleepover activity.

The party gathers around a small fire for “Fear Bucket”, a game in which women write down their greatest fears and set them on fire “so that they lose their powers,” Jill explains. From fears for their private lives to fears of death, the women have ignited their concerns, turning them into nothing but a heap of ashes.

“I’m afraid the people in this group don’t know how much I love them,” she reads before burning her fear.

After hoping to avoid it on her birthday, Tammy finally answers her father’s call and the two engage in a touching but brief conversation about their sobriety. Realizing that reconnecting wasn’t the mess she thought it would be, Tammy and her group of close friends end the night on a high note and retreat inside. Finally, they rest their heads, only to be interrupted by an unwanted call from Christy, who gives her mother an update on life in Washington, DC.

Naturally, with Season 8 to continue without one of its main characters, Mum makes a comeback that is far from perfect. Instead, by highlighting Tammy’s parenting conflicts and Marjorie’s health issues, the new season makes viewers feel even more invested in the complex and unexplored lives of the characters they’ve come to love. Between the sitcom’s return to television amid the coronavirus pandemic and compensating for Faris’ exit, it looks like the adjustments will be a must for everyone in the Mum community.


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