its characters transcend social class. The show does not buy into
the myth of classlessness and, in fact, showcases some of
America’s “one percenters,” those elites whose income places
them in the very top group of households based on income. In
doing this, the show is put into tension with the American dream,
which suggests that all citizens have an equal opportunity for
success and the accumulation of personal wealth through hard
work. The show is of great importance as it speaks to the times
and, more specifically, the 2016 presidential election.
In the first season of Odd Mom Out, Jill continuously
grapples with her authentic self and her aspirational self in relation
to her maternal role. Jill and her husband Andy (Andy Buckley)
have three kids, and the pilot centers around two of them (see
Screenshot 11.1). The episode “Wheels Up” focuses on Jill’s
pursuit of getting her twins into the best kindergarten possible. The
decision about which private primary school applications she
should submit for her children is highly dramatic and intersects
with a storyline in which Jill and Andy learn that his younger
brother Lex (Sean Kleier) has recently sold his company for $675
million. The sale dwarfs the news of Andy’s promotion at work,
and Jill says to her best friend Vanessa (K.K. Glick) that she “feels
the pressure to get her twins into the right kindergarten.” Jill wants
her kids to have fun end enjoy being kids, but she also wants them
to receive a great education like their more privileged cousins (see
Screenshot 11.2). In order to make this dream happen, Jill must
make like a chameleon and integrate herself into the private school
crowd by schmoozing with other parents and impressing them
with her kids’ intelligence and accomplishments. It is during the
pilot episode that viewers first witness Jill’s desire to fit into the
Upper East Side crowd, but she still maintains her authenticity and
uniqueness overall at this early point in the series.
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