WTF Christine?? I just watched the episode Sweet Charity. I know the show is only a half-hour comedy, but how do the creators excuse this to themselves, let alone an audience? First of all, what single working mother with a failing business and no money ever can afford a new Prius, that house, the therapy, the clothes, the wine? How can she afford to be scatterbrained and never show up for work at her own business?
I could overlook all of that in the name of entertainment, but I can’t overlook the freewheeling irresponsibility that was shown on this March episode, the nerve of it. Christine and Barb find the business has made a profit and each of them can draw $2,000. What will they spend it on? Before I proceed, let me add that these weren’t just a week or a month’s worth of profits, but a QUARTER. That is 1/4 of the entire year’s worth of earnings of the business.
If you’re a responsible person, you’ll never guess how the money was spent. If you’re a normal person, you’re also out of luck when it comes to foresight in this instance. The women spend their money on a designer dress and a popcorn machine. I’ll let that sink in for a minute while you imagine spending your entire earnings from Jan/Feb/Mar on any one item, just for giggles.
If you’re one of the numerous unemployed or underemployed in the country, you were no doubt joining me in yelling at the television. Who throws away money like this? I paid for my own college with massive debt, so I won’t suggest it should go to Richie’s college fund, but how about an emergency savings? Addressing some of her debt? We just watched Christine be unable to fix a tooth a season or so ago. She can never pay for the kid’s fancy school and Barb had to step in and rescue the business. No one has health insurance.
I was so incensed that I couldn’t enjoy the show. How am I supposed to find it amusing to watch someone waste this amount of money?
I’m sorry…Maybe this is a California version of thinking? A Hollywood version? Because the alternative to spending it all on one large vanity item was to…give it all to charity. You HAVE to be kidding me. You don’t think of giving away a significant portion of your yearly income to useless toys or charity if you cannot support yourself and your family. It isn’t even on the radar.
I’m this angry because I usually love the show. I have not missed an episode of it, one of the few shows I agree to watch from the dismal CBS lineup. And while I can put up with the usual bad behavior as part of the story of the life of selfish Christine, this was simply too much.
This is the kind of thinking that ruined the economy and will bring about class warfare, taken to the extreme. The kind of issue that demonstrates the widening gap between people who have a job and money and those who struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis. Let me clue you in, it isn’t funny.