“Mom” never shies away from tough subjects, and the most recent arc for Allison Janney’s character Bonnie is no exception. After being prescribed pain medication for a back injury, Bonnie begins to relapse into drug and alcohol addiction, eventually landing herself in jail with a DUI.
On Thursday’s (April 16) episode, Bonnie has to deal with daughter Christy’s (Anna Faris) tough love. Janney tells Zap2it it’s a major setback for their relationship, but in true “Mom” fashion, there are some light-hearted scenes too — like when there are three versions of Bonnie all interacting at once.
This is a huge relapse for Bonnie
“The aftermath of [Alvin’s death] has left her devastated, and she turns back to drugs and alcohol to make the pain go away,” says Janney. “This is a pretty big one. Hopefully she’ll come out of this. I have faith that she will. But it’s definitely what the show is about, is watching these women try to remain sober even with all the things that happen in life that make you want to turn back to it. … This is a big one for her. Things keep getting worse.”
The biggest obstacle is owning up to her actions
“It’s so infuriating when people don’t take responsibility for their
own actions,” says Janney. “It’s probably one of the most infuriating things someone
can do in your life, not owning up to their own s***, for lack of a
better word. I think that’s a really important step in overcoming it, and
Bonnie is sort of blind to everything that’s wrong with her.
Acting ‘with’ herself was very strange
“I couldn’t believe I got to do something like that, I got to act with myself!” she says with a laugh. “It was really an interesting process, getting to do the scene from three different perspectives. Seeing it afterwards, it looked like magic because it was such a tedious process going back and forth.”
Why three Bonnies? You’ll have to tune in to find out. “Mom” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.