TLC’s ‘sMothered’ finale recap: Babies, blowups close Season 2
TLC’s hit reality series “sMothered,” co-produced by The Post, follows several pairs of mothers and daughters with outrageously close bonds.
After a season of shenanigans — including fights, exasperated partners, a birth, plastic surgery and lots of oversharing — everything came to a head in the Season 2 finale.
Here’s our recap — spoilers abound!
Mary and Brittani
Floridians Mary, 55, and Brittani, 20, are both healed after the plastic surgery they got as a bonding experience — Brittani got a tummy tuck and Mary got her eyes done. “Having plastic surgery with Brittani has brought us so much closer together,” Mary said.
As the duo lounge by a pool, Mary gushed over Brittani’s body, post-tummy tuck, and Brittani talked about how much more confident she felt, since she saw herself as an “ugly duckling” before. They talked about Brittani’s love life, and Mary asked if she wanted to date a man or a woman moving forward. Brittani said either, to which Mary responded, “I love my daughter regardless.”
Their story wrapped on that note, rather than Mary’s somewhat volatile reaction to Brittani earlier in the season when she came out as bisexual and Mary essentially responded with, “Prove it.”
Cher and Dawn
Season 2 has been full of changes for Dawn, 59, and Cher, 29. Cher gave birth to her baby girl, Belle. Dawn stuck around after the delivery to live with Cher and her husband, Jared, hovering and not giving the new parents enough solo time with their own kid. Eventually, Cher had to ask mother to leave and go back to her home in Florida.
This episode saw Dawn talking to her husband about how she’s still hurt and not sure why Cher sent her home. “I think about it a lot,” she said. Then she made the wild suggestion that Cher and the baby move to Florida to be with her — and Jared can visit. Her husband told her that’s ridiculous. “I think you can never be too involved in your daughter’s life,” said Dawn.
Kathy and Cristina
All of Season 2, Chicago duo Kathy, 61, and Cristina, 35, had planned to live together while Cristina’s house was renovated. They finally did, but life was not a party. Although they were having fun together, there was still friction with Cristina’s husband, Carlo — he was not a big fan of his mother-in-law, Kathy.
Cristina’s younger sister, Carly, finally came clean about her secret boyfriend: It was Sal, a friend of Carlo’s (who looked like an extra on “The Sopranos,” just like everyone else in their circle). Carly said their relationship didn’t work out, so there was nothing to tell on that front. While they were all arguing about that, Carlo — who was supposed to be at work in his father’s pizzeria — came into their kitchen and dramatically proclaimed that he quit his job.
“What is wrong with you? How do you not call me first and ask me?” Cristina shrieked in response. “We have to pay bills. This is a very big deal, and I never thought he would put me in a situation to feel like this.”
Their long-planned home renovation was then halted, as their family didn’t have a steady paycheck. While Cristina and Kathy berated Carlo for that, he stormed out and proclaimed they could “kiss my ass.”
Laurie and Sarah
Florida duo Laurie, 60, and Sarah, 25, were celebrating a milestone this week: Laurie turned 60, despite doctors telling her she’d never live to see 40 because of her health issues. During a birthday brunch with family and friends, Sarah presented her with a necklace with a kidney charm on it.
“It’s supposed to have the same meaning as a promise ring,” she explained. “One day, when she needs a kidney, I promise I will give her one.”
But Sarah’s boyfriend, Miguel, was not enthused by that. Later, once they go home, he asked her what living with one kidney would do to her own health, or how it would impact her if she got pregnant. She confessed that she did not want kids, and Miguel responded that he did. When she asked if that was a deal-breaker for their relationship, he said, “In the end, I do have my concerns.”
Yikes. That’s definitely not a “no.”
Sarah told the camera, “If it came down to it and I had to choose between my mom’s health and giving her a kidney or being in a relationship with Miguel, I’d have to pick my mom.”
Sunhe and Angelica
Las Vegas duo Sunhe, 52, and Angelica, 32, had a double dose of big news this episode. When Angelica went to Jacksonville with her boyfriend, Jason, he took her on a boat ride and proposed. She was happy but wished her mom could have been there. “It’s a huge life-changing moment, so I’m a little sad because she’s not,” she said. She immediately FaceTimed Sunhe to tell her, while she and Jason were still in the boat.
After that, Angelica told Jason her own news that she hinted at in last week’s episode: She’s pregnant. “I don’t know if I really had hoped to have children, ” he said. “I guess everything happens for a reason. It’s not a negative thing — it’s positive. It is exciting, I will embrace it wholeheartedly”
Look out for The Post’s exclusive interview with Angelica — and a first look at her baby pics — coming soon.
Season 2 of “sMothered” will close out with two episodes reflecting on the series called “sMothered Knows Best,” airing the next two Sundays (Aug 2. and Aug 9) at 10 p.m. on TLC.
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