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 
  • Terrence 
  • 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.