Mommie Nearest is the sixteenth episode (36th overall) of the second season which was broadcast on June 9, 2002.
The Meaning Of Life Lesson
"Sometimes she gets a little caught up in herself and needs to be reminded she has children." - Courtney Gripling
Courtney's mother has to stay in the hospital after a bad face lift, causing Courtney to find comfort in Lois. Ginger becomes jealous of Lois and Courtney's bond, especially when Courtney has to stay in their house for a few days. Meanwhile, Dr. Dave convinces Carl to wear a fake chin before going into surgery to make his real one larger.
- Ginger Foutley
- Carl Foutley
- Courtney Gripling
- Macie Lightfoot
- Hoodsey Bishop
- Dodie Bishop
- Lois Foutley
- Miranda Killgallen
- Blake Gripling
- Dr. Juan
- Running Doctor
- Dr. Dave
- Claire Gripling
- TV Announcer
- Brandon Higsby (cameo)
Courtney: (answering Ginger's question) 5:30. Can you believe it? Up with the pheasants. Ginger: Uh, you mean the chickens. Courtney: Those, too.
Courtney: Well, mama I hope you've learned your lesson. There's just no trusting a medical facility called "Same Day Nip and Tuck."
Miranda: (talking about Mrs. Gripling) Ugh. You better come quick, Mrs. Foutley. Now she's in pain. Lois: What happened? Miranda: She just found out this isn't a private room.
Dodie: Well, there's helpful and then there's Courtney helpful.
- Macie and Dodie recall Courtney's traits from the episode "Season of Caprice".
- Darren does not appear in this episode.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the novel and film adaptation Mommie Dearest.
- The top of Miranda's ponytail disappears for one frame when she talks about Claire's botched face lift.