A former private school kid (thanks to a scholarship), she nearly tasted the freedom of upward mobility, but now pays her bills tutoring the children of an obscenely affluent Ivy League family led by needy Ally (Connie Britton), a woman who uses her entitlement like a whip.
Season two begins on a glib note: In a satirical fantasy sequence (one of many in the five episodes made available to critics), lingerie-clad Bridgette flirts with and cuddles up to a corpulent man wearing a hotel bathrobe, the camera slowly revealing his creepy, wooden Harvey Weinstein mask.
Wounded Bridgette, who seeks closure with the father who molested her, is also self-absorbed, irresponsible and inconsiderate: In episode two, she ghosts her date to get drunk with her boss, steals a Madonna statue from a church and forces her babysitters to miss their concert.
O'Donnell stands out as warm but barbed Tutu, who navigates grief in the first few episodes when her dementia-diagnosed second husband Joe (Blake Clark) dies by suicide, drowning in his soup while little Larry looks on with adorable confusion.
But as much as I wished characters like Elsie and Ida had their own shows and weren't just utilized as "novelty," I also felt a bitter taste in my mouth at the idea of a white woman claiming solidarity with these working women of color, especially after reports of race-based exploitation on set.
Cast: Frankie Shaw, Rosie O'Donnell, Connie Britton, Raven Goodwin, Miguel Gomez, Samara Weaving, Anna Reimer, Alexandra Reimer, Sherie Rene Scott, Numa Perrier, Sisa Grey Executive producers: Frankie Shaw, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Claire Beitcher, Scott King, Michael London, Zach Strauss Premieres: Sunday, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (Showtime)
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