Image courtesy of the New York Times by Barbra Nitke of Bravo
“You have to apply to a cemetery.”
Yeah that’s how crazy it gets in the new Bravo scripted series “Odd Mom Out,” starring Jill Kargman. Kargman plays Jill Weber an Upper East Side mom, who is literally not like the other moms.
She dances, doesn’t exercise, her hair is black, her best friend is a doctor, who still works and she is *gasp* Jewish. She is designed to stick out like a sore thumb in the world of stereotypical self-absorbed wives of the Upper East Side.
Jill who was okay rich marries into the STUPIDLY wealthy Weber family and has to contend with their rules, rituals and charity events that keep these wives busy. So busy in fact, they have to hire nannies. Oh the horror!
Jill also has to contend with her in-laws. Her mother-in-law Candace, (Joanna Cassidy) and her brother and sister-in-laws, Lex (Sean Kleier) and Brooke (Abby Elliott) who are as self-absorbed as they come. They even changed their names to the Von Weber’s just to elevate their status in the neighborhood pecking order.
Lex, for example, is a successful hedge fund guy, who sold a bagel company to China. A deal so big Jill’s husband Andy’s (Andy Buckley), own mother think this is more important than his rise to partner. And to prove how dumb he is, he think Mexicans deserve Chipotle. Dude, they invented the burrito!
Brooke on the other hand is literally trying to groom herself into the mold of the perfect Upper East Side wife. She also sees it as her job to make Jill conform to the standards that the other wives and Candace have long adhered to.
But you know what, Jill fights them off with every fiber of her being. Her actions state that while she may agree with getting her children into a good school, she will do this on her own terms.
This is actually the second comedy Bravo has created in recent years, the other being Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, another Kargman inspired show. Yet this show plays closer to Kargaman’s vest because while she actually wrote the books that inspired both shows, this one unlike Girlfriends feels more natural. Kargman herself grew up on the Upper East Side, she refers to it as ‘Down under the Roosevelt Island tram overpasses’ or Durito lol.
The show pokes fun of the über-wealthy of the Upper East Side and its denizens some up with some hilarious results. For example, the third episode ‘Dying To Get In,’ Jill has to impress an exclusive cemetery, aptly named Green Acres. At the same time Jill is waiting for the callbacks for her kid’s kindergarten. However, things don’t go as planned and Jill goes as so far to hire the funeral directors a Capella club to curry favor.
Finally, what has truly elevated the show is the book Primates of Park Avenue, the book from Wednesday Martin, which for at least a few weeks had everyone talking. Until, that is everyone realized it’s more of an ethnography and memoir smashed together. Meaning it’s too biased for its own good. Something about the so-called ‘wife-bonus’ rubbed a lot of people a wrong way.
Yet this hilariously biased show somehow feels just right.