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Old Christine: Ritchie Has Two Mommies

by Anna Johns, posted May 2nd 2006 5:47PM
new adventures of old christineWell, this episode totally aired out of order. Ritchie hasn't met old Christine? Hello? Is anybody at the network even watching this show? Ritchie, Richard and new Christine all went to a movie together two episodes back. I think this was meant to be the second episode of the series.

It felt like the second episode of the series, anyway. The one-liners were uncomfortably delivered and old Christine was still having issues with new Christine and her husband dating. I thought we were way past that. And, I actually really felt bad for old Christine in this episode, with her son being so excited about his sugar-filled "fun" day with new Christine.

Overall, I say this episode was... eh. I'm not sure why the network held onto this one for May ratings but it wasn't a stellar edition of this show. I much prefer the Supertramp episode where Christine ends up sleeping with Andy Richter, or when she tries to combat racism at her son's school and it backfires.

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I like the call and leave yourself a voicemail bit, it's a shame they did away with it.

This show was DEFINITELY out of order and definitely not the strongest, but I can see why CBS did it this way. Scuttle the pilot (which is always an odd and somewhat disjointed episode -- especially given that it's filmed many months before the next ep) in a early timeslot followed by the strongest episode with Sad Dad in the true series premiere slot. Follow that up with a 3 episode Burton arc the first of which stars Wanda Sykes, who clearly has marquee value to help build audience. Naturally, you can't really split the arc up as that would really strand viewers. Next comes the best episode so far, "The Other F Word", which I believe reignited some ratings that had begun to sag. Follow that with two strong episodes that stand well on their own which leaves us with this episode, which was nice, but completely out of place.

At any rate, the ratings are getting better and people are at least talking about the show, so their gamble with potentially confusing viewers appears to be paying off in the ratings. I really like the show and hope it gets picked up for a full season in the fall, which would guarantee that none of these "out of order" shenanigans will happen next year.

May 03 2006 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It sure feels like a 2nd episode, especially since the "call yourself and leave voicemail" bit was in the first episode and never returned, it was not smooth at all.

May 02 2006 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really like this show, but your right it wasnt the best one. This show has got better every week, so to go backwards to when they werent quite there yet is silly. Also, the first ten minutes of the episode was ruined for me, because I'm sitting there going, "I know they already met, am I losing my mind!"

May 02 2006 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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