Mommie Nearest
Season 2, Episode 16
Episode Information
Air date: June 9, 2002
Written by: Sheila M. Anthony
Directed by: Anthony Bell
Episode Chronology
Previous Episode: Ginger's Solo
Next Episode: And She Was Gone

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. 


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