TLC’s hit series “sMothered,” co-produced by The Post, follows several pairs of mother/daughter duos with outrageously close bonds.
For instance, there’s Kathy and Cristina, who do everything together — much to Cristina’s husband’s dismay. There’s also Mary and Brittani, who shower together. (Brittani is an adult.) And then witness Dawn and Cher, who talk constantly, much to the aggravation of Cher’s husband.
In the seventh episode of Season 2, “The Secret Is Out,” tensions boil over and there are several confrontations.
Here’s our recap. Spoilers ahead!
Kathy and Cristina
Chicago duo Kathy, 61, and Cristina, 35, have spent Season 2 conspiring to move Cristina’s family in with mom Kathy while Cristina’s home is renovated. The problem? Getting Cristina’s husband, Carlo, on board since he’s not a fan of competing with Kathy for her daughter’s attention.
At last, they get Carlo to cave, but now they’re fighting over how to remodel Cristina and Carlo’s kitchen. Cristina and Kathy are planning to do a black-and-white color scheme.
Carlo is angry that mother and daughter have taken over the remodeling, fuming, “I think I have a say at what’s going on in my house.”
Kathy fires back that his opinions about decor can’t be trusted since his taste runs towards “meathead modern.”
Laurie and Sarah
Laurie, 59, and Sarah, 25, prepare to take their two dachshunds, or “wiener dogs,” to a local festival, where they dress the pups up in costumes and walk around to various stalls selling treats. Laurie has various ailments, including diabetes and kidney issues, and Sarah is worried about Laurie’s health, which causes tension during what should be a fun day.
“The fear of losing my mom is an every-second-of-every-day worry for me,” she says. “There have been so many times that she’s lied about being OK.”
Sarah repeatedly asks if Laurie has had enough water, and Laurie gets exasperated with Sarah’s hovering.
Dawn and Cher
Dawn, 59, is based in Florida, but she’s staying in New York with Cher, 29, and her husband, Jared, to help them take care of their newborn baby girl, Belle.
The problem? She’s overstayed her welcome, and Jared is fed up.
“Just as I suspected all along, Dawn has really settled into our apartment … There’s no inkling of when she’ll go back,” he says. He adds that he doesn’t have that much time left on his paternity leave (he’s a doctor) and he wants to spend it bonding with his baby and learning how to be a dad instead of having the baby’s grandmother swoop in and micromanage everything.
Cher reluctantly agrees with him that it’s time to ask her parents to leave and return to their own home, but “it’s an awkward situation,” she says.
Mary and Brittani
Mary, 59, and Brittani, 19, take a break from showering together this week in order to dive into Brittani’s love life.
Brittani goes on a date with a new crush, Lewis, who asks about her upcoming plastic surgery — the tummy tuck that Mary announced that she was getting her, in front of a crowd at her party. He assures Brittani that he thinks she’s beautiful and doesn’t need plastic surgery, but just when things are getting romantic, their date is interrupted by a phone call from Mary.
Lewis tells the camera that sometimes he thinks Brittani and her mom are too close, especially when it’s interrupting their time together. After the date, when Brittani is telling Mary about it, she nervously proclaims that she has a secret she wants to share: She’s bisexual.
Mary initially reacts with disbelief, then she demands that she “explain that” because, according to Mary, Brittani can’t possibly know that if she hasn’t yet had sex. “You have to try both sexes before you really know,” she says. She eventually validates and affirms that she loves Brittani — but, needless to say, it’s a “yikes” as far as coming-out reactions go.
“sMothered” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on TLC.