by Amy K. Bredemeyer
How many episodes of television have you seen where the main storyline is about someone's parent coming to visit and being overly critical of everything? If you include in-laws, I think the number is pretty high! So, I wasn't all that thrilled with the bulk of this episode, though the B-plot with a lying Lennox was pretty good... though I totally don't believe that she was unable to lie just last episode and can now keep a lie going for multiple days! I particularly loved how Mel worked that right on in to her plan to ditch Monica, though!
Melissa & Joey "Mother of All Problems" (S02E12): Mel's uber-critical mother, Monica, has come to visit. [as much as she nitpicked at every little thing, I think what made me angriest was that she constantly forgot Ryder's name!] Ryder, Lennox, and Mel try to avoid Monica as much as possible, though Joe tries to get to the bottom of the visit... it seems that her husband left her for a younger woman just days before their anniversary. Mel isn't surprised until Monica announces that she's going to file for divorce... because of Joe's advice to move on with her life. [what was with those plants in little window-box-type-things on the sides of the house? Is this the first time we're seeing them?] Monica begins to re-decorate the living room, planning to stay for the long term. Joe keeps trying to calm Mel... right up until he finds out that Monica ruined one of his pans. ["what the hell did she stir it with? a backhoe?" was funny!] Mel tries to send her mom on vacation, but the woman doesn't want to travel alone