Allen Gregory “Mom Sizemore” Review

Allen Gregory “Mom Sizemore” Season 1, Episode 6 – At last, a character is introduced to Allen Gregory‘s world who is not only immune to his manipulative abuse, but who is in a rare position to effectively wield authority over him.

Allen Gregory‘s scheme to locate his biological mother starts out like most of his other cunning endeavors, but unlike the school faculty, Sheila has nothing that Allen Gregory can hold ransom if she refuses to comply with his demands. Allen Gregory needed Sheila but she didn’t necessarily need him.

Sheila’s comfortable parenting was like a breath of fresh air. She happily took on the mothering role with Allen Gregory and Julie providing love, structure, and discipline in the DeLongpre household. Motivated by a fear of losing the mother he just found, Allen Gregory briefly allowed Sheila to have some influence over him. Unfortunately he ultimately decided that he’d rather be spoiled than have a real mother.

Sheila seemed to be turning a blind eye to all the faults of the DeLongpre household but in the final scene she walked out on Allen Gregory and Richard in a way that Jeremy should have done years ago. She tells Allen Gregory that he is a horrible child and that aside from Julie, this was a family of awful people. Jeremy asks why he wasn’t excluded like Julie was, but I think Sheila’s assessment was pretty accurate considering the way events played out in this episode.

After catching Richard in bed with Sheila, Jeremy left the house and reflected on his relationship with Richard. The bartender he confided in was essentially the in-show representation of me. Like that bartender, I still have no idea why Jeremy wanted to stay in the DeLongpre house at all. If he loved his children so much, why had he not returned to them?

Although I felt bad watching Jeremy be abandoned during their family day outing, his return to the DeLongpre home after falling for Allen Gregory‘s reverse psychology trick just cemented the fact that Jeremy is an idiot. Maybe he does belong with Richard after all.

Although tonight’s episode episode had one of the more intriguing story lines and a number of chuckle worthy moments, there was something kind of sad about the entire premise. Allen Gregory was desperate to have his biological mother in his life so he could have a typical home life like his classmates. Because they are such a dysfunctional unit, Richard was unable to adequately explain to Allen Gregory that although their family wasn’t the norm, they were still a family with or without his biological mother.

Instead of showing Allen Gregory what their family meant to him, Richard put on an act to satisfy Allen Gregory‘s whims and allowed Jeremy to be pushed out of the picture. Everything awful about Allen Gregory‘s personality has been a result of growing up with an empty shell of a family in an affluent household. I don’t know that Allen Gregory specifically needed his biological mother but he and Julie both need at least one real parent which they don’t have in Jeremy or Richard.