What Would TV Do? Mother's Day Edition
What Would TV Do? Mother's Day Edition
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life's mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television.

Mother's Day is upon us, which means it's time to celebrate the many ways in which mothers have touched our lives.

Television understands the importance of mothers too. Moms are central to the plots of so many shows that it might as well be Mother's Day all year! You know, except for the fact that TV isn't always so nice to its mothers. Quite frankly, television can be downright mean when it comes to its more maternal characters.

Maybe flowers would make it all better?

What would TV do?

Wreak havoc on the mother figures.
No show epitomizes televisions maternal meanness more than The Vampire Diaries. Granted, everyone has it tough on that show: with more than 50 onscreen deaths this season alone, it's not just the mothers who suffered.

But you can't say moms haven't taken a hit. Leaving aside the pre-series deaths of Mrs. Gilbert and her husband, the following bad things have happened to The Vampire Diaries' maternal figures:

  • Bonnie's grandmother knowingly put too much into a witch's spell and died.
  • One of the tomb vampires, Pearl, was murdered, much to the horror of her daughter Anna.
  • Isobel went the self-immolation route -- right in front of daughter Elena.
  • Carol Lockwood lost her husband and her son. And then Klaus got her to tumble down the stairs.
  • Sheriff Forbes found out (twice now) that her daughter is a vampire.
  • Aunt Jenna (the sole legal guardian of Elena and Jeremy) was turned into a vampire and then killed. Again.

You really can't blame Matt's mother for getting out of town, when you consider her in-town alternatives.

Deal with mother issues by wiping out the Mother of All.
It's safe to say that the Winchester boys on Supernatural have mommy issues. And can you blame them? Their own mother was kind of burnt to a crisp back when they were wee things, and there hasn't been much in the way of female influences ever since.

The super-nasty Mother of All (the source of the many yucky things that Sam and Dean have to keep killing) made sure to use those mother-issues to her advantage when confronting the Winchesters. She was creepy enough as a sweet, young woman. And then she morphed into Mary Winchester. That's just mean.

Fortunately, Dean's semi-violent feelings toward family were enough to turn the tables and poison Monster-Mommy once and for all.

Redeem Mom from the clutches of her nefarious employer.
Until this past season, we wouldn't have thought that Mary Bartowski, the long-lost mother on Chuck, was deserving of redemption. This was a woman, after all, who abandoned her two adolescent children, leaving them in the dubious care of an often mentally-absent father.

But it turned out that Mom Bartowski was actually a spy, desperately trying to destroy the network of an evil arms dealer. All she wanted was to return home.

It took some work, but Chuck was eventually able to give his Mom the best Mother's Day presents ever: freedom from her psychopathic boss/wannabe lover, exoneration from the United States government and the chance to meet her granddaughter.

That's way better than flowers.

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